Lassus choir
Sat 22 Feb


Founded by Dublin Choral Foundation as a fully professional chamber choir and directed by Dr Ite O' Donovan, Lassus was officially launched at a concert in the National Concert Hall in January 2016. On this occasion the choir performed music by Orlande de Lassus, Gné na Gaeltachta by Bill Whelan and Mozart’s Requiem. Lassus specialises in bringing to life rarely performed masterworks from the Renaissance and early Baroque periods. The choir’s repertoire of sacred polyphony extends to modern choral classics and more recent and newly composed pieces have featured in the choir’s unique and memorable concerts. Concert venues are chosen for their historical significance, architectural beauty and stunning acoustics. Over the past few years these have included St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road, Dublin; the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Felim, Cavan; St Michael's Church, Enniskillen, the beautifully restored St Mel's Cathedral in Longford and the Cathedral of the Assumption in Sligo. Movement by the choir members throughout the architectural space adds interest, facilitates the performance of polychoral works and leads the audience into an atmospheric experience of the choral art at its finest.

Director Dr Ite O'Donovan

Lassus choir

Lassus is directed by Dr Ite O’Donovan, founder of Dublin Choral Foundation whose existing choirs Piccolo Lasso and The Lassus Scholars have made an enormous contribution to music education in Dublin since 1996. Ite made history in 1982 by being appointed the first woman conductor of the Palestrina Choir. She subsequently graduated from QUB in 1986 with an MA in Renaissance Music and for many years combined a career as lecturer at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama with intensive choral activities. For over three decades her choirs have travelled to many European cities and to Canada, New York, Boston and Moscow, forging a reputation for excellence in performance. Having taken early retirement from her whole-time post in 2008 Ite graduated from UCD with a PhD in Musicology in 2014 having undertaken major research work into ‘Music in Irish Periodical Literature 1770-1970’.


In 2015 Lassus recorded its first album, RESURREXI, which features a programme of Easter music not previously recorded by Orlande de Lassus, the Missa Paschalis (Pub. 1579), Officium Paschale (Pub. 1574) and a selection of motets appropriate to the Easter Season. A second album featuring Missa Domine Dominus noster and Christmas motets by Orlande de Lassus was recorded in August 2019.

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Event Details

Sat 22 Feb
19:30 to 21:30

£17 / Under 25s £7


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