Concorde perform the second of its Up Close with Music events in CMC on 10 March

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Concorde Contemporary music ensemble continues its 35th year celebrations with a successful series of free afternoon performances at the Contemporary Music Centre between 2pm – 5pm on 10 March 2012.

Each Up Close with Music event features a newly commissioned work from an Irish composer, and the upcoming one focuses on the music of Elaine Agnew. Paul Roe, Concorde’s clarinetist, will perform a new piece by the composer inspired by Kennan’s Engineering Works, former residents of 19 Fishamble Street. In addition to the premiere, the ensemble will also perform a number of earlier pieces by Agnew, including the song cycle In the Adriatic, an evocative and poignant setting of Chris Agee’s poetry, and the live premiere of Music Box, a 2002 Galway Arts Festival Soundscape commission for clarinet and recorded voices.   Also included in the programmes are some miniature gems from American composer Elliott Carter, whose work is included in each of the six Up Close with Music events, as well as music by Brian Keegan, Gráinne Mulvey, Jane O’Leary, James Wilson, and Jacob ter Veldhuis.

Three previous events have taken place in the Up Close with Music series – one at the Contemporary Music Centre and two at the Rubicon Gallery, featuring premieres from Irish composers, a retrospective of works previously performed and commissioned by Concorde and international works from Concorde’s project ‘Global Connections’. The series continues on 1 July at the Gallery of Photography with commissioned composer, Raymond Deane; and 22 July also at the Gallery of Photography with commissioned composer, David Fennessy.

Admission is free but seating is limited and advance booking is strongly recommended. To book contact Karen Hennessy, CMC Promotion Manager, khennessy@cmc.ie or tel 01 673 1922.

The Up Close with Music Series is supported by a Music Project Award from the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Up Close with Music
2pm – 5pm, 10 March 2012, ADMISSION FREE
The Contemporary Music Centre – Platform for Performance Space
19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8

Concorde
Tine Verbeke, soprano
Paul Roe, clarinet/bass clarinet
David James, cello
Dermot Dunne, accordion

2:00 pm
Elliot Carter – Uno, from Tempo e Tempi soprano and cello  (1998-99)
Jane O’Leary – Awakening recorded sounds (2002)
Brian Keegan – Poltergeist (premiere) soprano and cello (2011)
James Wilson – Donizetti Variations accordion solo (1969)
Elaine Agnew – hhmmmm (premiere) bass clarinet solo (2012) commissioned by Concorde

3:00 pm
Elaine Agnew – Music Box clarinet and recorded voices (2001/12)
Grainne Mulvey – Duo bass clarinet and accordion (2004)
Elaine Agnew – In the Adriatic soprano, clarinet/bass clarinet, cello, accordion (2006) text by Chris Agee, commissioned by Concorde

4:00 pm
Elliott Carter – Una Columba, from Tempo e Tempi soprano and clarinet (1998-99)
Jacob ter Veldhuis – Night and Day bass clarinet and accordion (1992)
Grainne Mulvey – Sonic Study II (Clay) recorded sounds (2002)
Elaine Agnew – hhmmmm bass clarinet solo  (2012) commissioned by Concorde

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