Louth takes Pärt to its heart
IOANA PETCU-COLAN (VIOLIN), MICHAEL McHALE (PIANO), STATE CHOIR LATVIJA/MARIS SIRMAIS FERGUS SHEIL St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda Wed 8pm 125 0818-205205; St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dundalk, Co Louth Thurs 8pm 125 0818-205205 This week and next there will be an extraordinary focus on the music of Estonia’s best-known composer, Arvo Pärt (above), whose often plaintive musical calmness has made him a cult figure with a reach far beyond the normal confines of contemporary music.
Eamonn Quinn’s Louth Contemporary Music Society has commissioned a short new choral piece from Pärt, The Deer’s Cry, which will be premièred by the State Choir Latvija at St Peter’s Church in Drogheda on Wednesday, with a repeat at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dundalk on Thursday. Both programmes also offer cross-sections of Pärt’s choral and instrumental music, but differ in detail in the works they offer. There are premières of new works by Georg Pelecis ( I See His Blood Upon the Rose), and Deirdre McKay ( Comendo spiritum meum ) in Drogheda, and by Rihards Dubra ( Hail, Queen of Heaven) in Dundalk.
Wednesday’s Drogheda concert is already sold out. But there are some tickets left for Thursday’s, in Dundalk, and there is still time to book for the RTÉ Living Music Festival, programmed this year by James MacMillan, which offers a three-day survey of Pärt’s music from Friday February 15th to Sunday 17th.