Louth Contemporary Music Society presents the world premiere performance of a fantastic new spiritual work Monk’s Music by the Russian Composer Alexander Raskatov. Monk’s Music will be performed by the Carducci Quartet and Gordon Jones of the Hilliard Ensemble.The performance will take place on Friday 8 February 2013 in St. Nicholas’ Church of Ireland Dundalk (The Green Church).
Raskatov’s composition Monks Music is based on seven brief texts by the Russian Orthodox monk Elder (“Starets”) Silouan, who was described by Thomas Merton as the “most authentic monk of the 20th century”, and declared a saint in 1987. Loosely modelled on Hadyn’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, Raskatov has scored the work, by turns mystical and dramatic, for solo bass and string quartet. It was written in memoriam Alfred Schnittke.
By inviting international composers and musicians to perform and educate in Louth, Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS) has been at the forefront of contemporary music in Ireland. The long list of composers including Arvo Pärt, Terry Riley, Philip Glass, John Zorn to Sofia Gubaidulina and Valentyn Silvestrov demonstrates the quality and stature of LCMS events. LCMS has exposed Irish audiences to unfamiliar yet current music and composers in a manner that is universally praised by audiences and critics alike.
Monk’s Music will be the first time the music of Alexander Raskatov has been presented in Ireland. The composer, fresh from his success with the opera A Dog’s Heart, a De Nederlandse Opera/ENO production, which will be presented in La Scala del Milano in March 2013 conducted by Valerie Gergiev, will come to Ireland for the premiere of his beautiful mystical work Monk’s Music.
Raskatov whom Alfred Schnittke once called “one of the most interesting composers of his generation” has received commissions for new works from Gidon Kremer, the Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Hilliard Ensemble and the Schoenberg Ensemble, among others. He received the composition prize of the Salzburg Easter Festival in 1998. Raskatov was born in Moscow in 1953 and finished his studies at Moscow Conservatory in 1978. In 1990 he joined the Russian Contemporary Music Association. His interests centre especially on vocal and instrumental chamber music and symphonic sonorities.
The Carducci Quartet is recognised as one of today’s most successful young string quartets. Based in the UK, the quartet holds residencies at Cardiff University and Dean Close School and is visiting quartet in residence at Trinity Laban in London, Repton School and the Cork School of Music in Ireland. Regulars at London’s Wigmore Hall, they perform throughout the UK, including their own festival in Highnam, Glos.
Monk’s Music is funded by the Arts Council and financially supported by Create Louth.
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St. Nicholas Church of Ireland Dundalk
Friday 8 February 2013 | 8.00pm | €10(includes a glass of wine in the Wellington Hall)
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26th October 2012 at 11.30-1pm
Dr. Patricia Mc Cabe will give a lecture on “History of Watercolour and its origins in China” which includes the work voted as Irelands favourite painting “ The Meeting on the Turret Stairs” also Ancient gospel books of which The Book of Kells is an example, The beautiful medieval Books of Hours, Durer’s Water colours & Raphael’s cartoons for the Sistine Chapel tapestries
Ireland Favourite Painting;
Hellelil and Hildebrand,The Meeting on the Turret Stairs,1864
Artist: Frederic William Burton (Corofin, Co. Clare 1816-1900, London)
Dr. Mc Cabe is currently Secretary of The Watercolour Society of Ireland , member and past President of The Dublin Art Society. Her work has been exhibited in the RHA and is part of the collection in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, Iaranroid Eireann, the permanent collection of Limerick University and in private collections in Ireland, England,America and in the collection of the Royal Family, Bahrain.
26th October 2012 at 11.30-1pm
Contact:Anne Callanan Luan School of Art on 0876177580 or email email@example.com
Time for another Empire Of Sound this month on the 31/10/12.
Empire Of Sound is an all ages event that is bounding towards the forefront of the current and future music scene of Dundalk and its surrounding towns/cities. E.O.S provides a platform of professionalism and flare to the thriving music scene that bubbles just under the surface of that “18 & over” venue requirement.
Our aim is to create a major buzz BY the current advancing music /creative scene, FOR the younger bands.
Advertising and promotional stunts are in the pipe-line over the next 3 weeks so please plug this event as much as humanly possible!
Any questions or suggestions, I would be happy to receive to this email address.
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The Comhaltas Tour of Ireland 2012 will visit Dundalk on Tues 16th Oct and perform at the Oriel Centre on that date.
Dundalk is one of over 1300 towns and cities across the world where photographers will be taking part in the fifth annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk on Saturday October 13th.
This is the first time the event has been marked in Dundalk, giving local photographers the opportunity to take part in what’s being billed as ‘ the world’s larged social photography event in the history of photography’.
The Dundalk walk is being lead by Argus reporter and amateur photographer Margaret Roddy who felt that it was time that Dundalk had a walk of its own.
‘We have two camera clubs in town as well as a photography course at O’Fiaich College so there should be plenty of photographers out there who would be interesting in getting together, taking photos and putting Dundalk on the map.’
The two hour walk gets underway at St Helena Park, (entrance opposite Lidl) on Saturday October 13th, setting off at 11am, and is open to anyone interested in photography, whether they use a smartphone or a DSLR. It’s all about having fun and sharing a love for photography.
More Photo Walk details are available at: http://worldwidephotowalk.com – simply search for walks in Ireland and register to participate in the Photo Walk. It’s a free event and there’s the chance to win a prize for the best photograph taken on the walk.
St Nicholas Parish Church, (The Green Church), Dundalk is presenting a Harvest Concert on Friday 12th October at 8pm. The Choir of St Nicholas and Friends will perform much loved pieces and have invited The Cloughmore Male Voice Choir from South Down to sing a selection from their extensive repertoire. Also taking part in the concert are the beautiful children’s voices of the St Nicholas National School choir.
Heading the line up for the concert the choir is delighted to welcome back Miriam Blennerhassett as guest Soloist. Miriam is a founder member of the highly successful group Anúna, the National Chamber Choir and The Drawing Room Opera Company, and she has sang for Opera Ireland in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Puccini’s Madam Butterfly as well as numerous other performances, broadcasts and recordings, both at home and aboard.
“The St Nicholas Choir is fondly known throughout the local community for the annual “Carols by Candlelight” service, which attracts a full multidenominational audience of music lovers every year,” commented Sharon Eveson, Director of Music. “Following the success of last year’s Harvest concert, we are once again holding this event over the “Harvest Festival” weekend in St Nicholas’ when the Church will be decorated with flowers, fruits and vegetables to give praise to God’s Bounty.”
Tickets at €15 are available from Oriel Office Supplies, The Ramparts or by phoning Toymaster at Forkhill, 048 30 888 808. The ticket price includes a wine reception in The Wellington Hall at 7pm prior to the concert. All proceeds from the concert will go to the Wellington Hall Restoration Fund.
For anyone wishing to visit the Green Church over the Harvest weekend to see the decorations and displays, the church will also be open to the public on Saturday 13th October from 10am to 4pm. There will be live music from Zoe Conway and free guided tours of the church.
For more information please contact Brigitte Nelson on 0879856137 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Best Traditional Irish Music Venue in the North East
Some special events in our music calendar for Oct/Nov 2012 :
Tues 16th Oct 9.00pm – Comhaltas Tour of Ireland – ‘Macalla na hÉireann’ :
Featuring the best of traditional talent drawn from the four Provinces of Ireland who will perform at 14 venues from 14th to 27th October. Each year the tour assembles a fine mix of established artistes together with up-and-coming young stars whose talents are blended together into a fast-moving and colourful show that appeals to both the connoisseurs and peripheral fans of Irish traditional entertainment – a show that reflects the breadth and depth of music, dance and song.
The 2012 tour artists are
Alice Fitzgerald (Waterford), Singer and MC; Noel Battle (West Meath) Mouth Organ; Shane Keating (Cork) uilleann pipes; Emer Toale (Dublin) harp/ piano; Lorraine McMahon (Louth) fiddle/whistle; Joseph Keane (Co. Laois) button accordion, Elaine Reilly (Longford) banjo; Róisín Broderick (Galway) concertina/fiddle; Clare Heffernan (Limerick) whistle/ flute; Aisling Vaughan (Cork) dancer/ concertina; Christin Mulcahy (Limerick) dancer/concertina; Tomás Ó Sé and Seán Hanafin both dancers from Kerry.
Martin Murphy (Longford) tour manager; sound engineers – McElligotts (Tralee).
Tickets €10 adult /€8 concession / €25 family
Thurs 18th Oct 8.00pm – Comhaltas Seisiún – ‘An Táin’ : Thematic stage production of traditional Irish music, song and dance interweaves the epic local legend – the Táin Bó Cuailgne – Special Performance – FULLY BOOKED
Sat 20th Oct 8.00pm – Gaol Sessions – Angelina Carburry & Peter Carburry : The Gaol Sessions Series returns under the guidance of Craobh Dhún Dealgan with 2 well known musicians from Co Longford.
Tickets €10 / €25 family
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Alternatively tickets for some events can be booked directly online through our website www.orielcentre.ie
Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann
Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol