A burst of the new

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

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.

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