Russian ‘Rose’ composer brings her fiery work to Ireland
One of the world’s greatest composer’s, Russian born Sofia Gubaidulina will bring her world renowned contemporary music to the Drogheda Arts Festival on the evening of the 1st May.
Gubaidulina (pronounced ‘goo-bye-DOO-lee-nah) who is visiting Ireland for the first time, will attend a composer portrait concert at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda in which highly acclaimed performers including Ivan Monighetti, the Dublin Guitar Quartet, Malachy Robinson, the Heath Quartet, The Oriel Trio and Dermot Dunne will perform a range of her works.
The concert is the latest of several high profile art music events organised by the Louth Contemporary Music Society, to bring world renowned composers to Ireland, previously having successfully featured, Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Terry Riley and Valentyn Silvestov.
Eamonn Quinn, Artistic Director with the LCMS, spoke about the forthcoming event.“We are proud to be able to attract such major contemporary musical events to the area and host such high calibre composers who have chosen to have their music performed in Ireland.”
“It is very exciting to be able to bring the works of Gubaidulina here to Ireland. She has been called the greatest Russian composer at work today since Shostakovich.”
“We are a small society trying to make a big difference to Contemporary music in Ireland. We are becoming more recognised internationally and this has helped us to attract such important composers and performers to attend and participate in our music events,” he said.
“The ‘Fire and the Rose’ performance will be a significant cultural event for Ireland, as it is the first composer portrait of Gubaidulina with the composer present in Ireland.”
Born in 1931 in the Tartar region of the former Soviet Union, performance of her works was forbidden and she was subject to the severest of repression. Now, her music, which was unknown in the West before the Iron Curtain fell, is in great demand by artists all over the world.
Her unique music is marked by the use of unusual instrumental combinations and tunings and shows her interest in folk and ritual instruments from Russia, the Caucasus region and Asia.
Sometimes, fiery and sometimes as soft as a rose, her music includes elements of Christian spirituality, musical symbolism, unique structures derived from fragmentation and repetition of simple material. Early on in her career, she was supported by Dmitri Shostakovich who recognised the musical gift that she possesses.
In 2007, Gubaidulina was the first woman composer to be spotlighted by the BBC during its annual ‘composer weekend’ in London and she has been awarded many prestigious awards including the Prix de Monaco in 1987 and the Living Composer Prize of the Cannes Classical Awards in 2003.
The Fire and the Rose: the Music of Sofia Gubaidulina is presented by Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS) in association with Drogheda Arts Festival. The event is funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and financially supported by the Drogheda Arts Festival and Louth County Council.
A free viewing of the Barrie Gavin film ‘A Fire and a Rose’ about the life and work of Gubaidulina scripted by Gerard McBurney will take place at 5pm in Barlow House on the 1 May 2010
Tickets for the performance priced €15 are available from www.centralticketbureau.com and Highlanes Gallery, Laurence St, Drogheda Telephone: +353 (0)41 9807114. Tickets for the screening of the film the Fire and the Rose are available from the festival box office in Highlanes.
The Fire and the Rose is part of the Drogheda Arts Festival. The Drogheda Arts Festival will run at various venues in Drogheda from 1-4 May 2010. For programme details and biographies of Gulaidulina and the performers see www.louthcms.org www.droghedaartsfestival.ie and www.createlouth.ie
Gubaidulina Reflection on a Theme B-A-C-H Heath Quartet
Bach Cello Suite Ivan Monighetti
Gubaidulina Garden of Joy and Sorrow The Oriel Trio
Gubaidulina In Croce Dermot Dunne + Ivan Monighetti
Gubaidulina Repentance Ivan Monighetti, Dublin Guitar Quartet + Malachy Robinson.
PAUL ROE AND PHILIP LAWSON
IRISH COMPOSERS’ COLLECTIVE APRIL CONCERT
DATE: 26nd April 2010
TIME: 8.30pm, pre-concert talk 8pm
VENUE: Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin
This April 26th the Irish Composers’ Collective present an exciting programme of Irish contemporary music in the beautiful setting of the Kevin Barry Room in the National Concert Hall. Clarinetist Paul Roe and Guitarist Philip Lawson will perform new compositions of David Bremner, Amanda Feery, Richard Gill, Bill McGrath, Emma O’Halloran and Dylan Rynhart.
The Irish Composers’ Collective is a non-profit organisation that aims to provide Irish composers with a community for information, education and the pooling of resources in order to create concerts of their music with professional musicians.
Tickets €12 and €10 (student ID must be presented to obtain discount) may be purchased from the National Concert Hall Box Office online at www.nch.ie , in person or by telephone +353 (0)1 4170000.
This event is in association with The National Concert Hall and supported by the Arts Council.
Join Date: Jul 2010
Artem Belogurov piano recital at the Georgian House, Pery Square, Limerick
Pianist Artem Belogurov plays Chopin, John Field and a selection of contemporary pieces next Thursday, July 29th 2010 in the historic surroundings of The Georgian House, No. 2 Pery Square, Limerick.
Artem is studying at the New England Conservatory/Harvard, under renowned pianist Victor Rosenbaum.
Tickets are 10Euros each, and the recital starts at 8pm.
For more information, visit
A Coffee Concert in aid of music at Corpus Christi Church will take place this Sunday August 8th at 2pm in Corpus Christi Parish Hall, Homefarm Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. Featuring soprano Sinead Flynn, pianist David O'Shea and special guests performing light music old and new. There is no admission fee but donations to the music fund will be appreciated.
Terry Riley, Talvin Singh and George Brooks
Louth Contemporary Music Society Celebrate Terry Riley’s 75th Birthday with
Terry Riley, Talvin Singh, George Brooks
California Kirana – The West Coast Legacy of Pran Nath
An Tain Theatre Dundalk
29 Oct 2010 @8pm.
Louth Contemporary Music Society, is honoured to present the world famous Terry Riley as he celebrates his 75 birthday to perform Indian ragas with arrangements on the saxophone played by the ever progressive saxophonist George Brooks and Mercury Music awarded tabla player Talvin Singh. Terry Riley who was listed in the London Sunday Times as "one of the 1000 makers of the 20th Century" is one of the founder fathers of minimalism in music. Terry Riley was invited by Louth Contemporary Music Society for his first visit to Ireland in May 2007.
This show is not only to celebrate Terry Riley’s birthday and welcome return to Ireland but also to see how Indian Classical music so easily flows into Jazz and minimalism, as well as seeing the young maestro and experimentalist of tabla, Talvin Singh, to perform in a traditional context.
Terry Riley, Talvin Singh and George Brooks will perform traditional ragas arranged for piano, voice, saxophone and tablas, focusing on some of Pran Nath’s favorite ragas from the Kirana tradition such as Darbari, Bageshri, Malkauns, Yemen and Bhimpolasi.
In addition they will perform works from the Riley-Brooks duo repertoire including movements from “Salome Dances for Peace“ and “Ebony Horns“. Each artist will also perform a solo work.
California Kirana – The West Coast Legacy of Pran Nath is presented by Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS) in association with Create Louth. California Kirana – The West Coast Legacy of Pran Nath is funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and financially supported by Dundalk Town Council and Louth County Council. RTE lyric fm are the media sponsor.
Tickets for the performance priced €25 are available from www.centralticketbureau.com Phone 0818 205 205(Ireland) 0870 850 2896 (UK)
Or from An Tain Box office : Crowe Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth T: 042 9392919
California Composer Terry Riley launched what is now known as the Minimalist movement with his revolutionary classic IN C in 1964. This seminal work provided a new concept in musical form based on interlocking repetitive patterns. Its impact was to change the course of 20th Century music and its influence has been heard in the works of prominent composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams.
Terry Riley was strongly influenced by jazz and tape loop experiments when he began composing repetitive music. In 1964, Riley composed In C, which is generally considered the benchmark work of American Minimal music. Its impact was to change the course of 20th Century music and its influence has been heard in the works of prominent composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams and many prominent rock bands such as The Who, Brian Eno and Curved Air. Later works like Cadenza on the Night Plain was selected by both Time and Newsweek as one of the 10 Best Classical Albums Of The Year. The epic string quartet cycle, Salome Dances for Peace, was selected as the #1 Classical Album Of The Year by USA Today magazine and was nominated for a Grammy. Terry Riley was listed in the London Sunday Times as "one of the 1000 makers of the 20th Century."
Talvin Singh Producer, composer and tabla player.
The Mercury Music Prize 1999 winner is known for creating an innovative fusion of classical Indian music and drum and bass. He is generally considered as a central figure in the electronica sub genre called Asian Underground. Also, his traditional tabla playing has gained him world recognition and respect. He has worked with the likes of Bjork, Blondie, Madonna, Siouxsie & the Banshees, David Sylvian, Sun Ra, DJ Spooky, Massive Attack, Future Sound of London, Ryuchi Sakamoto, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
George Brooks Saxophonist
George Brooks has performed with such notable musicians as Etta James, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, Anthony Braxton, Zakir Hussain, and Terry Riley. His original compositions combine elegant melodies with the rich harmonies of modern jazz and the driving rhythms of North India to form a unique and wholly satisfying musical experience.
HANDEL'S MESSIAH Presented by the Culwick Choral Society in aid of One Family
The Culwick Choral Society is proud to present their 21st annual charity performances of Handel's Messiah on Wed. 1st and Thurs. 2nd December 2010. The Choir of over one hundred voices will be joined by four wonderful soloists in the glorious medieval St. Patrick's Cathedral Dublin, a mere stone's throw from Fishamble Street, site of the first performance of Messiah in 1742, proceeds from which were donated to local charities. The Culwick Choral Society continues that great tradition by donating proceeds from their annual Messiah performances to selected Irish charities. This year's charity is One Family, www.onefamily.ie, the leading provider of specialist support services for one-parent families in Ireland.
Sinéad Campbell-Wallace (soprano),
Chloe Hinton (alto),
Benjamin Hulett (tenor),
John-Owen Miley-Read (bass),
& Orchestra (Alan Smale, leader),
Bernie Sherlock (conductor).
Tickets: €30 from
Tel.: 1890 66 22 12,
(NO BOOKING FEE)
Choir's website: www.culwick.org
A GLORIOUS CHORAL CHRISTMAS!
The Culwick Choral Society's annual celebration of Christmas has been delighting capacity audiences at The National Concert Hall for many years. Presenting favourite carols, much-loved Christmas songs and music, and featuring the wonderful fifth cantata from Bach's Christmas Oratorio, the Culwick dedicates this concert to the 60th anniversary of the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency.
Bring the family!
The Culwick Choral Society presents:
A GLORIOUS CHORAL CHRISTMAS!
The Culwick Choral Society with guest soloists:
Suzanne Savage soprano,
Jennifer Hughes alto,
Brian Gilligan tenor,
Gavan Ring bass.
The Culwick Ensemble (Brona Fitzgerald leader)
David Leigh Accompanist
BERNIE SHERLOCK Conductor
Olivia O'Leary, Compère
Cantata No.5, Bach's Christmas Oratorio
favourite carols, much-loved Christmas songs and music
NATIONAL CONCERT HALL
Thursday 9 December 2010, 8pm
Tickets: €15, €20, €25 (Choir Balcony €10), concessions
From: National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.
Tel.01-4170000 or online at www.nch.ie
Dedicated to the 60th anniversary of UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency.
Visit the choir's website www.culwick.org
Join Date: Jan 2008
University of Dublin Choral Society - Ralph Vaughan Williams Concert
Join the University of Dublin Choral Society in our upcoming celebration of the music of the twentieth-century British composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams. The main work being performed is Hodie, a Christmas cantata telling the story of the nativity and will feature the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Girls’ Choir. This will be only the third ever performance in Ireland and the first since 1982. The other works include Fantasia on Christmas Carols and the Serenade to Music, which draws its text from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. UDCS is also extremely proud to present the Irish premiere of Willow-Wood, a cantata for baritone solo and orchestra.
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Hodie - Fantasia on Christmas Carols - Serenade to Music - Willow-Wood
Conducted by David Leigh
Aoife O’Connell (Soprano) - Eugene Ginty (Tenor) - Eoghan Desmond (Baritone)
Featuring Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Girls’ Choir and The Campanile Consort
Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th November 2010
Examination Hall, Trinity College Dublin - 8pm sharp
Tickets: €15 or €10 concession (Available at Door)
More information at www.udcs.org
Founded in 1837, The University of Dublin Choral Society is Trinity’s oldest and largest choir and is believed to be the oldest Choral Society among the universities of Great Britain and Ireland. Throughout its history,
UDCS has had the honour of presenting the first performances in Ireland of some thirty-five choral works including Bach’s Mass in B Minor (1908), Verdi’s Requiem (1876), and Mozart’s Grand Mass in C (1906). The tradition that members wear the formal academic gown for performances is upheld and concerts take place in the beautiful surroundings of the Examination Hall, Trinity College Dublin.
Next Fri 26th @ NCH - Sibelius/Walton/Nielsen
Fri 26 November 2010, 8pm
"By the Waters of Babylon"
Sibelius The Captive Queen, Op. 48 [15’] (Sung in Finnish)
Walton Belshazzar’s Feast [36’]
Nielsen Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 ‘The Inextinguishable’ [36’]
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Ashley Holland baritone
RTÉ Philharmonic Choir (chorus master Mark Duley)
Hannu Lintu conductor
Intellectually and musically riveting, Principal Guest Conductor Hannu Lintu’s programmes will be another highlight of the 2010–2011 season. Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast is an eclectic work for the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir to embrace, while Walton’s debt to the influence of Sibelius establishes a connection with the opening work, the rarely performed Captive Queen. The first of three Lintu concerts, this evening also highlights the Nielsen presence in the season – beginning with ‘The Inextinguishable’!
More details & tickets at http://www.nch.ie/Box-Office/Perform...2010&time=2000
Join Date: Nov 2010
Join Date: Dec 2010
Chicago Opera Vanguard in Belfast - Feb 19th, 2011.
Thought some of you North of the border might be interested in this event in earl 2011 --- with a note that we are currently auditioning for three male singing roles and a keyboard accompanist to complete our Belfast team - anyone interested should contact email@example.com for further info. please put DEVO WEEK as the subject.
An advance notice for The Suitcase - An Opera in Belfast at Crescent Arts Centre on Saturday, February 19th 2011.
Chicago Opera Vanguard explores the contents of a suitcase unopened for fifty years. A suitcase filled with letters sent across the American continent from one young man to another. Letters filled with questions about life, art, and the making of self; about the struggles of what it means to be a young gay man rubbing elbows with the queer elite of 1950 New York; about bars that catered to pre-liberation Manhattan and the clientele therein.
The Suitcase—an Opera is currently in development. Chicago Opera Vanguard will present sections and arias from the piece in collaboration with Belfast artists. Chicago Opera Vanguard is committed to creating accessible and exciting theatrical experiences, both concretely and virtually, by commissioning new works, giving a second voice to daring music-theatre pieces, and by completely re-imagining operatic favourites.
The Suitcase—an Opera is presented in association with Queen’s Quarter Weekends.