Featuring such musical gems as Macushla, Because, Roses of Picardy, Somewhere a Voice is Calling and many, many more, this delicious musical evening chronicles the extraordinary life story of the legendary Count John McCormack. Narrated by the much loved radio and TV presenter Kevin Hough (from RTE’s The Lyrics Board), the show stars Waterford tenor Frank Ryan as John McCormack, and renowned Cork soprano Linda Kenny as Lily.
Directed by the celebrated Cathal McCabe (former RTE Head of Music), the show also features the multi-award winning violinist Deirdre Lehane and legendary pianist Michael Casey.
‘Music like this does indeed soothe the troubled heart’
Venue: Droichead Arts Centre
For group bookings of more the 10 people a special group rate is offered. Call Droichead Arts Centre Box Office on 041 9833946.
May belongs to the Bealtaine festival, celebrating creativity as we age! Over 120,000 people now take part in Bealtaine. From dance to cinema, painting to theatre, Bealtaine showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists.
It is a chance for people to make new and challenging work, a chance to communicate traditions between the generations. It is a chance for the novice to discover a talent until then unseen and a chance for a long-dormant skill to find a new outlet.
Louth Contemporary Music Society in association with Drogheda Arts Festival presents Arabian Waltz with Rabih Abou Khalil , the EQ Ensemble and Elisaveta Blumina in St.Peter’s Church of Ireland Drogheda 4 May 2012 at 8pm.
The shrewd, witty and inventive Abou Khalil – a world musician years before the phrase became a label -makes the hot, staccato Middle Eastern flavour and the seamless grooves of jazz mingle as if they were always meant to. John Fordham The Guardian
For nearly a quarter century, Lebanese-born oud master and composer Rabih Abou-Khalil has defied all of the artificial boundaries to create a musical world entirely his own. With his first Irish commission for Louth Contemporary Music Society, Rabih once again proves to be a truly visionary artist.
The concert will feature a magical programme of music ranging from Elisaveta Blumina performing piano works by Fazil Say and Alan Hovhaness to The EQ Ensemble performing John Surman’s Mimosa and Leylek Geldi for string quartet and bass. Rabih will perform solo on the oud and then will be joined by the EQ Ensemble for the world premiere of a new commission for string quartet, bass and oud. The new commission, funded by the Arts Council, will receive its world premiere on 4 May 2012 as part of the Drogheda Arts Festival.
Born and raised in the cosmopolitan climate of Beirut in the sixties and seventies, Rabih Abou-Khalil leaned to play the oud at the age of four. In the Arab world, this instrument is as popular as the guitar or the piano in the West and is the composer’s instrument par excellence. An oud is a form of lute or mandolin played principally in Arab countries. The Lebanese civil war forced him to leave his country in 1978 to study classical flute in the German city of Munich, where he was tutored at the Munich Academy of Music by Walther Theurer.
Tickets for the concert cost €10 and are available from www.ctb.ie ( 0818 205 205)or the festival box office 041 983 3946 or at www.droghedaartsfestival.ie. LCMS will hold a wine reception at the interval for all ticket holders.
Rabih Abou Khalil’s first Irish commission was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.The Arabian Waltz concert is funded by Create Louth and the Arts Council of Ireland. Louth Contemporary Music Society is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland
The Drogheda Arts Festival, the first festival of the summer, will run from 3rd – 7th May with new theatre, music, family events, visual arts and lots more.
Jennifer is currently in her fourth year of study for a degree in Music Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under the tutelage of Professor Detlef Hahn. She has performed as a soloist in the National Concert Hall and the Helix, in Dublin, and in various venues around London, Switzerland, France and the USA. As first violinist of the Cassian String Quartet, she has performed in the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Centre, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall in London. Jennifer has taken part in masterclasses with many prominent musicians including Jacqueline Ross, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Daniel Rowland, the Takacs Quartet, members of the Belcea Quartet and also with Greg Dicterow, leader of the New York Philharmonic. She has recently been awarded a scholarship to study for a Masters in Music Performance and Research with Maurice Hasson at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Jennifer is well known to audiences in Dundalk and Drogheda where she performs on a regular basis with both Setanta Choir and St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir. She gave her first solo public performance at the age of 12 and has continued to delight audiences ever since. Over the years we have seen this young musician grow and develop her wonderful talent. Following a recent performance in London, Jennifer’s playing was described as “passionate and engaging, imaginative and daring … full of fantasy, displaying a technical brilliance that had the audience in thrall.’’ She has been lauded as ‘‘an intelligent, communicative and lively violinist, a joy to watch”.
On this occasion Jennifer will be joined by Yunhee Choi on piano. Yunhee, born in Seoul, South Korea, has also studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she graduated with a Masters in Music and Music Performance. She has extensive experience as a solo performer, chamber musician and accompanist. She has worked with many eminent musicians and conductors including Iain Burnside, Ralf Gothoni and Martin Katz . She is now based in London and enjoys a busy career as a performer and teacher.
The programme will include Brahms Sonata no.1 in G major for Violin and Piano, Poème Op. 25 by Chausson, Wieniawski’s Lègende and Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy.
Tickets: €10 (Concession €8) available at the door.
The Father McNally Chamber Orchestra
Celebrating 40 Years of Dundalk Institute of Technology
Conductor Proinnsías ó Duinn
Violinist Rita Manning
8.00pm Saturday 11th February, 2012
Venue : The Faulkner Building, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Internationally acclaimed local violinist, Rita Manning, will return to her home town to perform the beautiful Bach E Major Violin Concerto with the Father McNally Chamber Orchestra under the baton of the RTE Concert Orchestra’ Conductor Laureate, Proinnsías ó Duinn. The concert , which takes place at 8.00pm on Saturday 11th February, in the Faulkner Building at Dundalk institute of Technology, is part of the college’s 40th year celebrations. All proceeds of the concert will be donated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Rita, a past pupil of Rev. Fr. Brendan McNally, has a highly successful international solo career that has included performances with orchestras such as the London Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin of the Field, where she also acted as co-leader for many years. The grand finale of this gala concert will see Rita perform the ever popular ‘Czardas’ by Monti.
‘It is fantastic to have the opportunity to work with Rita Manning and Proinnsías ó Duinn’, said Orchestra Director, Briege McGoldrick. ‘Rita was one of Fr. McNally’s first pupils and many of the members of our orchestra are also past pupils of Fr. McNally. It is a real privilege for us to have Rita and Proinnsías perform with the Father McNally Chamber Orchestra which was established in Fr. McNally’s honour. Proinnsías ó Duinn, has personally arranged and orchestrated the music for the second half of our concert which includes audience favourites such as Cavalleria Rusticana and Barber’s ‘Adagio for Strings’, Briege added.
The orchestra has been busily rehearsing in the Department of Music and Creative Media at Dundalk Institute of Technology where the Father McNally Chamber Orchestra has been ‘Orchestra in Residence’ since May 2011.
This promises to be a wonderful gala concert with classical favourites for all to enjoy! The Orchestra would like to express its thanks to Dundalk Institute of Technology, Co. Louth VEC and Create Louth for their support of the Father McNally Chamber Orchestra. Tickets for the gala concert, which takes place at 8.00pm on Saturday 11th February, 2012, in the MPC at DKIT, are priced at €15 and are available from Devenneys in Crowe Street, and the St. Vincent de Paul Shop in Clanbrassil St. Dundalk.. This is definitely a concert not to be missed!