Scholl and Wil­liams are Kilkenny stars

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

CLASSICAL MU­SIC AT KILKENNY ARTS FES­TI­VAL Var­i­ous venues, Kilkenny Aug 8-17 Var­i­ous prices 056-7752175 www.kilken­n­ Counter tenor An­dreas Scholl (left), who will sing on Fri­day, and gui­tarist John Wil­liams, who plays on Thurs­day, are the star at­trac­tions at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Fes­ti­val. Scholl con­cen­trates on early English mu­sic in his recital with lutenist Craw­ford Young. Wil­liams in­cludes works by him­self and fel­low-Aus­tralian Peter Sculthorpe along with sta­ples of the gui­tar reper­toire.

The pe­riod-in­stru­ments band Camerata Kilkenny are joined by so­prano Claire Booth for two Bach can­tatas in an all-Bach pro­gramme on Satur­day, and Bach will fea­ture again in Mal­colm Proud’s or­gan recital on Satur­day Au­gust 16th.

This year’s res­i­dency by mem­bers of the Dres­den Staatskapelle be­gins on Thurs­day, and the reper­toire in­cludes Schu­bert’s Octet, Bar­ber’s Sum­mer Mu­sic, Hanns Eisler’s 14 ways to de­scribe rain, and Mozart’s Pi­ano and Wind Quin­tet.

The largest event on the fes­ti­val’s sec­ond week­end is an ap­pear­ance by the Ul­ster Orches­tra, play­ing Beethoven (the Eg­mont Over­ture), Mozart (the Fifth Vi­o­lin Con­certo with Priya Mitchell) and Dvo­rak (the Eighth Sym­phony) un­der Ni­cholas Braithwaite. The full Dres­den Staatskapelle, by the way, will be back in Ire­land next June, for an­other con­cert un­der Daniel Hard­ing at the Na­tional Con­cert Hall.

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