HAZEL: Made in Belfast

Presented by Gregory de la Haba

Written by Terence Browne

Performed by Sarah Power, and Aveen McEntee on Violin.

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The world premiere of “Hazel: Made in Belfast”— by Irish poet Terence Browne, timed to coincide with the centennial of the Easter Uprising which paved the way for Irish independence— presents the unsung story of American artist Lady Hazel Lavery, wife of the Irish portrait painter Sir John Lavery. Lady Lavery played a pivotal role in the 1921 Anglo-Irish talks involving Winston Churchill, Michael Collins, President of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and UK Prime Minister David Lloyd George.

 

As a testament to her profound influence, all the Irish banknotes from 1928 until the 1970s featured a portrait of Lady Lavery as the personification of Ireland.

 

Sir John Lavery

Lady Lavery, 1928 Oil on canvas

By Kind permission of The Central Bank of Ireland

Prize-winning Irish soprano Sarah Power makes her New York debut singing Belfast airs with Dublin Symphony violinist Aveen McEntee and poet Terence Browne on piano. New York artist Gregory de la Haba narrates the story.

Sir John Lavery

The Artist's Studio: Lady Hazel Lavery with her Daughter Alice and Stepdaughter Eileen, 1910-1913

Oil on canvas

By Kind Permission The National Gallery of Ireland Collection

Photo (c) National Gallery of Ireland

WHEN:

Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 7:30pm

WHERE:

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Near 154 West 57th Street

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