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The announcement of Il Divo playing A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live with The City of Cork Symphony Orchestra at Musgrave Park is a fantastic coup for Cork city which will host The Irish Open on the same weekend.

The City of Cork Symphony Orchestra has today announced a major concert for Cork to be staged at Musgrave Park this summer. The orchestra will be joined by the world’s leading classical crossover quartet Il Divo as the superstars perform at a fully seated 5-hour event at Musgrave Park, on Midsummer’s Night (Saturday, 21 June 2014) at 6.00pm, the same weekend as The Irish Open golf tournament comes to Cork.

Tickets go on sale from this Saturday, February 1, at 9am through Ticketmaster and Pro-Musica Cork.

Leader of The City of Cork Symphony Orchestra, Brian Murphy, is behind this major musical coup for Cork.

Commenting on the upcoming concert, Brian Murphy, Leader of The City of Cork Symphony Orchestra (who secured the operatic pop legends for Cork) said: “This high profile performance is sure to appeal to a wide audience and is a tremendous coup for the city and indeed the orchestra and its volunteers. Not since the hugely successful Bocelli concert at Collins Barracks in 2005 has an event of this magnitude been attempted and we hope to replicate that success at Musgrave Park in Cork, with a fully seated audience of 14,500 enthusiasts.

“Tickets for Bocelli sold out in 21 minutes so we are expecting that this high profile billing will be a sell-out and have people clamouring to be there for this great occasion. Furthermore, it’s on the Saturday night of The Irish Open golf tournament at Fota so it’s going to be a fantastic weekend to be in Cork.”

The record-breaking classical crossover group Il Divo were originally formed by music manager Simon Cowell and have sold more than 26 million albums worldwide, so it is unsurprising that this show in Cork has been billed as a once-in-a-lifetime performance!

The talented singers have worldwide fame and frequently sell out their concerts in Ireland and abroad.

Il Divo, with Spanish baritone Carlos Marin, French pop star Sebastien Izambard, US tenor David Miller and Swiss tenor Urs Buhler, have played several concerts in Ireland over the last number of years, with sell-out concerts each time, while enjoying world-wide acclaim for their unique performances and charming personalities.

They will be supported by the créme de la créme of Irish classical vocal talent, including The Irish Sopranos, with other surprise guests on the evening and a full programme of popular music performed by The City of Cork Symphony Orchestra, the longest-running non-professional orchestra in the world.

Audience members can expect to hear popular classics such as “Some Enchanted Evening” (South Pacific), “Bring Him Home,” (Les Miserables), “Tonight,” (West Side Story) and more, drawn from Il Divo’s current album “A Musical Affair” (which showcases Il Divo’s signature romantic and emotional interpretation of Broadway favourites) while artfully accompanied by the ever popular 75-strong City of Cork Symphony Orchestra.

Tim Lucey, Cork’s City Manager congratulated the Orchestra on attracting Il Divo to Cork, and commended Munster Rugby and Musgrave Park representatives on their foresight in making the impressive stadium available for such a concert, stating: “Having high profile international superstars of such a stellar calibre performing in Cork continues to prove Cork’s capacity to host events of this nature.

“Having them perform with our much-loved City of Cork Symphony Orchestra on such a grand scale in a fully seated event at Musgrave Park also recognises the world class quality of the Cork cultural and musical product and profile. I anticipate that this will provide a tangible boost to Cork city itself with an influx of visitors drawn to this area by such a special event. Congratulations to all those involved.”

The event is creating a frisson of excitement amongst potential sponsors and long-time supporters of the Orchestra. Details will be released in due course.

This is a fully seated event, catering to 14,500 concert goers. A first for Musgrave Park, the stadium will have full bar and catering facilities and corporate entertainment facilities to enhance enjoyment of the concert and a park in ride system will be in operation to provide a seamless and well-organised event which is fully supported by Cork City Council and other stakeholders.

Tickets for this concert are very reasonably priced from €75 and are available on ticketmaster.ie from Saturday 1st, February at 9am, or can be purchased at Pro-Musica, Oliver Plunkett St., Cork (021) 4271659 from that date also.

For corporate entertaining and corporate ticket enquiries only (details to be announced at a later date) please register your initial interest by email to mary@hopkinscommunications.ie; or at www.cityofcorksymphonyorchestra.ie, www.ildivo.com.


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