Shorter in Shan­non

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SHAN­NON IN­TER­NA­TIONAL MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL Var­i­ous venues, Lim­er­ick, Jul 9-12 061-331549 The Ir­ish Cham­ber Orches­tra’s MBNA Shan­non In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is spread­ing its wings. Or, if you look at it an­other way, it’s tilt­ing its aim away from what used to be its core au­di­ence. Last year’s main draw was Sinéad O’Con­nor; this year, jazz sax­o­phon­ist Wayne Shorter is the star at­trac­tion at the “the open­ing flag­ship con­cert”, with not a whiff of the Ir­ish Cham­ber Orches­tra it­self on the night.

The orches­tra gives a “Wild & Eclec­tic” pro­gramme with pi­anist Joanna MacGregor (above) on Thurs­day (Brit­ten, Dow­land, Pi­az­zolla, Bach and James MacMil­lan), and MacGregor of­fers a se­lec­tion of Mes­si­aen’s Vingt Re­gards sur l’En­fant Jé­sus in a late-night Satur­day slot.

Among the other events, ICO artis­tic di­rec­tor An­thony Mar­wood leads a per­for­mance of Schu­bert’s Octet on Fri­day, di­rects Four Sea­sons per­for­mances from Europe (Vi­valdi) and South Amer­ica (Pi­az­zolla) on Satur­day, and there are also con­certs from com­poser/ pi­anist Mícheál Ó Súil­leab­háin, mezzo so­prano Paula Mur­rihy, and the ICO un­der Sian Ed­wards. MICHAEL DER­VAN

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