A burst of the new
SMITH STRING QUARTET AND OTHERS Various venues around the country, various dates and prices
Suddenly, it’s almost as if there’s a contemporary music festival spread around the country. Saxophonist Gerard McChrystal and the Smith String Quartet (above) are on tour (to Navan, Bray, Moate, Dublin, Belfast, Omagh, Downpatrick and Portstewart) with a programme that includes Donnacha Dennehy’s new Stamp (to avoid erotic thoughts), Kevin Volans’s Hunting, gathering, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin’s Oíche Nollaig, Michael Nyman’s If and Why, as well as Ciarán Farrell’s The Pilgrim’s Return (for venues south of the border) and Greg Caffrey’s Lapse (in the North).
The Mornington Singers include works by John Tavener and Arvo Pärt in their programme at the ProCathedral in Dublin on Saturday.
A three-concert series of Polish music in Bantry and Cork by violinist Patrycja Piekutowska and pianist Beata Bilinska features Krzysztof Penderecki’s Second Violin Sonata at the Triskel Arts Centre on Sunday afternoon.
William Dowdall (flute) and David Adams (piano) play Raymond Deane, Martin Lodge and Eve de Castro Robinson in the Sundays at Noon series in Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery.
Clarinettist Michael Seaver plays Tom Johnson, Eric Sweeney, Wayne Siegel, Philip Glass, Gavin Bryars and Steve Reich at the CIT Cork School of Music on Monday. Benjamin Dwyer’s new Praeludio for baroque violin, harpsichord and double bass is premiered at St Audoen’s Church in Dublin’s High Street as part of the Temple Bar Dublin Handel Festival on Tuesday.
And composer Michael Finnissy is visiting Queen’s University in Belfast to give a seminar on New Complexity on Wednesday and a piano recital of his own work on Thursday, when the wonderfully fanciful titles include Romeo and Juliet are drowning, The History of Photography in Sound and Innocent Ingenue Baby.