Photo: Ronan Scolard, Emmett O’Hanlon, Conor Murphy
Photo Credit: Wojciech Jankowski, Gulf Coast Symphony
Young Toronto Canadian-Irish Tenor,
Stars in New PBS TV Concert
Trinity – Classically Irish
Premiering March 6 at 3:30 pm and March 8th at 8 pm
Remember that night in February 2020 when the Zamboni driver took over as goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes in their game against the Maple Leafs? That was the same night, and the first of three times, that Toronto-based, Canadian-Irish tenor, Conor Murphy, sang the national anthem to an appreciative live crowd at Scotiabank Arena. There would have been more except the games were cancelled due to COVID.
Conor Murphy is back, along with Emmett O’Hanlon and Ronan Scolard, all accomplished young Irish singers with performance experience in opera houses around the world, and they make up PBS’s newest Celtic music project— Trinity. Their first PBS concert, Trinity- Classically Irish, from Daniel Hart, creator and producer of The Irish Tenors, and former PBS Fundraising Vice President, Joe Campbell, will air on PBS this March 6 at 3:30 pm and March 8th at 8 pm.
Trinity – Classically Irish is the TV premiere of Trinity, recorded before a wildly enthusiastic audience at The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers Florida last November with the Gulf Coast Symphony conducted by Andrew Kurtz. The one-hour concert celebrates the richness of Irish musical heritage with some of the most beloved Irish songs newly arranged for a 45-piece orchestra.
Conor was contacted by Producer Daniel Hart in the spring of 2021 when he was looking for Irish lads to join this new group. He found Conor through social media, and they connected shortly afterward in Ireland in August when Conor first met with his two new colleagues to begin rehearsals.
Conor Murphy graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music in classical voice. Since graduating, his work has included touring with the International Magic Tenors in Ireland and Germany, performing as the lead tenor for the Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular in British Columbia, and, of course, singing the national anthem for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“It’s been great to be working with Irish repertoire again, and with these three amazing young voices and crackling new arrangements, I so happy to have this chance to revisit the great Irish songbook and to have found Conor, whose performance in this PBS special surely establishes him as one of the finest Irish tenors of his generation,” said Hart.
Trinity is produced by Daniel Hart and Joe Campbell.
Trinity: Classical Irish is anticipated to tour in the United States beginning August 2022, COVID permitting.