Following the success of three sell-out Irish concerts last March, celebrated Italian tenor, Friar Alessandro, has confirmed that he will perform a Charity concert in Dublin on Sunday, 14 December 2014 in aid of the Irish Franciscan Mission in Zimbabwe.
Friar Alessandro, who performed on RTE’s Saturday Night Show during his visit to Ireland in March, sold out large venues in Dublin, Cork and Galway on that occasion. This time he will be performing an afternoon concert in The Church of Adam and Eve, Merchant’s Quay, Dublin.
Friar Alessandro will be performing tracks from his bestselling Christmas album, Voice of Joy.
Tickets numbers are strictly limited and are available from the Friary Offices, Merchant’s Quay Dublin between 10am-2pm on weekdays. Or online at www.bit.ly/FriarAlessandro tickets are priced at €20 and there is a €1.95 booking fee for online tickets. Doors will open at 3.30pm on Sunday 14 December 2014 and the concert will commence at 4.30pm sharp.
Friar Alessandro shot to fame in 2012 on the release of his debut album Voice of Assisi. The album went to number one in the UK Classical Charts and was nominated in the Best Album of the Year Award in the Classic Brit Award 2013.
His renown has seen him perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London and record at the famous Abbey Road studios with world famous producer Mike Hedges who is best known for his work with U2, The Manic Street Preachers and The Cure.
The 36-year-old, a dedicated Franciscan Friar, is signed to Decca Records, part of the Universal Music Group. In keeping with the vow of poverty made by Friar Alessandro, all proceeds from his singing career go straight back to the Franciscan Order’s charitable works. All profits from the Irish concerts will go directly to the Franciscan Mission in Zimbabwe.
Franciscan Brother, Pat Lynch OFM, co-ordinator of Friar Alessandro’s Irish concerts, said: “We are really pleased to be able to welcome Friar Alessandro back for this Christmas concert. As well as delighting all those who saw him perform last March, his concerts raised €13,000 for the Irish Franciscan Mission in Zimbabwe. This Christmas concert is in aid of the same cause and is one that is close to the heart of Franciscans’ worldwide.”
The supporting musicians at Friar Alessandro’s concert will be Marina Cassidy, harpist and singer and organist Sr Anne O’Flanagan, a Mercy Sister. In 2011 Marina was made a Fellow of the Guild of Musicians and singers in the UK.