Baroque gets into the Groove
ARDEE BAROQUE FESTIVAL Various venues, Ardee, Co Louth Fri-Sun 087-6115679 GROOVE THEORY Irish World Academy, University of Limerick Thurs 1pm Adm free; Seapoint Leisure Centre, Salthill, Co Galway Thurs 8pm; Project Arts Centre, Dublin Fri Nov 23 1pm; St Peter’s Church, Portlaoise, Co Laois Fri Nov 23 8pm; Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin Sat Nov 24 8pm MORS ET VITA NCH, Dublin Thurs 8pm ¤25/¤30 01-4170000 Concertos by Bach are the focus of the Irish Baroque Orchestra’s concerts at this weekend’s Ardee Baroque Festival. Their two programmes, tonight and Sunday night, include the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, as well as harpsichord concertos both with harpsichord and in versions for other instruments.
Later in the week the IBO (members above) opens a tour of
Groove Theory, a work by jazz violinist Hollis Taylor that takes its extra-musical inspiration from string theory – that’s string theory as in quantum mechanics and general relativity. Gounod’s sacred trilogy Mors et
Vita is one of those religious works of which the Victorians were so fond. The music’s reputation has long been in the doldrums since it premiered at the Birmingham Festival in 1885. So Thursday’s NCH performance by Proinnsías Ó Duinn and Our Lady’s Choral Society, with soloists Orla Boylan, Martha Bredin, Andrew Boushell, Park Ki Hyun, provides a rare opportunity for reassessment.