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The Last Rose of Summer

Classical and chamber music featuring Irish harpist Siobhán Armstrong and clarinetist Carol McGonnell

16 August - 20 August


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Siobhan Armstrong & Carol McGonnell. Images courtesy the artists

Siobhan Armstrong & Carol McGonnell. Images courtesy the artists

The lunchtime concert festival “The Last Rose of Summer” presents five days of classical and chamber music in the courtyard of the historic Mendelssohn House, celebrating its 10th year of the festival in 2024. As part of Zeitgeist Irland 24, two acclaimed Irish musicians will perform during the series. Harpist Siobhán Armstrong will open the festival on Friday 16th August with her concert ‘Music from Early Ireland, England and Continental Europe’ . On Monday 13th clarinetist Carol McGonnell joins a quartet to perform ‘“Quatuor pour la fin du temps” (Quartet for the End Times’)” (1940-1941)’ by Olivier Messiaen. Composed in 1941 in a prisoner of war camp near Görlitz under bleak conditions, the rehearsals at the time took place in the camp’s washrooms.

Concerts are at 13:00 every day with more information on the whole programme available via the Event/ticket link.

Siobhán Armstrong is one of Europe’s foremost historical harpists, playing single and multi-row European harps from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the baroque era. Siobhán performs and records 15th- to 18th-century music with many of Europe’s most prestigious historical musicians, and also collaborates with some of Ireland’s best traditional Irish music performers. She particularly enjoys accompanying vocal music: from plainchant to polyphony to sean-nós song to early opera and chamber music. Siobhán was born in Dublin where she first played modern harps, read Music at Trinity College Dublin, and was a professional choral singer before specializing in historical harps.

Hailed as “an extraordinary clarinetist” by the New York Times, “elastic, exacting, stupendous by the LA Times and “clarinet genius” by Time Out NY, Dublin born clarinetist, Carol McGonnell, is known for the expressive power of her playing of standard repertoire while also enjoying acclaim for her fearless exploration of cutting-edge developments in new music. Carol is a founding member of the Argento Chamber Ensemble. Carol has appeared in the inaugural concert of Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and in Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series, has performed as soloist in both John Adam’s “In Your Ear Festival” at Carnegie and in LA’s “Monday Evening Concerts”, curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen and with numerous orchestras around the world and ensembles including Ensemble Modern, St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, the Zankel Band of Carnegie Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert. She has performed at the Marlboro, Mecklenburg, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals, among many others. Carol has been broadcast on RTE, Lyric FM, BBC, WQXR and NPR.


Mendelssohn-Remise am Gendarmenmarkt
Jägerstr. 51
10117 Berlin

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