Friday 10 December

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra Presents Christmas Big Band

RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Time 7:30pm
National Opera House Wexford

Tickets: from €20

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Wexford audiences can have themselves a jazzy little Christmas! A big band of extraordinary RTÉ CO musicians is joined by multi-talented pianist/conductor/arranger Cormac McCarthy and stunning singer Dana Masters for a Christmas special.

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, set on Christmas Eve, is a musical tradition this time of year. Tonight offers a rare chance to hear a live performance of Duke Ellington’s reworking of the Nutcracker into a jazz classic, with Billy Strayhorn as arranger.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and Let It Snow get the full Gordon Goodwin big band treatment – and won’t resemble any church or musak version you’ve ever heard!

Dana Masters is hailed by All About Jazz as ‘a jazz singer of real note’ who ‘will long be remembered for the exceptional quality of her voice’. She takes centre stage for mellow Christmas classics including famous Ella and Sinatra versions. And we couldn’t come to the National Opera House without bringing something very special, a brand-new arrangement by Cormac McCarthy of The Wexford Carol, sure to bring the house down!