Concorde celebrates 35 years with afternoon performances in CMC on 11 February


The performance is part of the contemporary music ensemble’s successful Up Close with Music series and takes place between 2 and 5pm on Saturday, 11 February 2012 in CMC.

Jane O’Leary, Concorde’s director, is the featured composer on the programme. She has written a piece for solo violin dedicated to Concorde’s violinist Elaine Clark, and also pays tribute to the building in which it will be premiered, No. 19, Fishamble Street. The site of a busy fish market in medieval times, the street has also been home to Kennans Engineering works and the famous 18th Century Music Hall. The building was completely renovated in 2000 to house the Contemporary Music Centre.

Also on the programme are premieres of new compositions by Irish composers Alyson Barber and Massimo Davi, both of whom have written new pieces to celebrate Concorde’s 35th anniversary. Alyson’s duo An Draíocht captures the atmosphere of a story where a spell is cast by a group of cloaked individuals on a cold winter’s night, in order to rejuvenate a dying wood. Korean composer Si-Hyun Yi has composed a new piece for Concorde and will be attending the concert for the premiere of The Goblins and the Golden Clubs, based on a Korean fable and in part a satire on our overly materialistic modern society. Shia is represented on Concorde’s CD, Reflections, which was launched in the CMC in December 2010. Scottish composer Katrina Burton’s piece for solo cello, 74 Front Street, has been selected for performance following submissions as part of a project called ‘Global Connections.’ All of these composers will be present for the performances.

Concorde musicians Madeleine Staunton, Paul Roe, Elaine Clark & David James perform these works in three separate programmes at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Admission is free but seating is limited and advance booking is strongly recommended to  or call 01 6731922.

The Series is supported by a Music Project Award from the Arts Council and continues on March 10 (Elaine Agnew, commissioned composer), July 1 (Raymond Deane, commissioned composer) and July 22 (David Fennessy, commissioned composer).

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