And so to Bed­time

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - MICHAEL DER­VAN

EMMA JOHN­SON (CLAR­INET), JOHN LENE­HAN (PI­ANO) Mar­ket Place, Ar­magh Fri 8pm £10 048-37521821

Tom John­son’s Bed­time Sto­ries is a rare gem. As you might ex­pect from a com­poser who wrote a Four Note Opera (that uses just four notes), Bed­time Sto­ries is an­other piece that of­fers ex­actly what its ti­tle sug­gests. It’s an amus­ing piece, and a sheer de­light for clar­inet­tists who want to talk to their au­di­ences rather than just play. Emma John­son (left) of­fers a rare op­por­tu­nity to hear it in Ar­magh this week, in a pro­gramme that also runs to more familiar pieces by We­ber, Schu­mann, Saint-Saëns, Co­p­land, El­gar and Chopin.

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