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A Fight for Power and Wealth: 'Possession' at the Project Arts Centre A Fight for Power and Wealth: 'Possession' at the Project Arts Centre Adrian Smith 'Possession', a new operatic work by the artist Amanda Coogan and composer Linda Buckley, based on a script by the deaf artist Teresa Deevy, ran at the Project Arts Centre from 21 to 24 February. Adrian Smith reviews.
Bringing an Irish Dimension to the Bach Cello Suites Bringing an Irish Dimension to the Bach Cello Suites James Camien McGuiggan Ailbhe McDonagh has just released a recording of the complete Bach solo Cello Suites, the first Irish cellist to do so. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.
The Forgotten Influences on Pianists and Composers of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries The Forgotten Influences on Pianists and Composers of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries James Camien McGuiggan A new book by Gabriela Mayer, 'The Art of the Unspoken', explores how rhetoric, linguistic parallels and the singing voice were understood by pianists and composers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and how performers can interpret these aspects today. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.
We Hear Life Persist: Meredith Monk at the National Concert Hall We Hear Life Persist: Meredith Monk at the National Concert Hall Brendan Finan Pioneering American composer and vocalist Meredith Monk performed at the National Concert Hall last week with members of her vocal ensemble. Brendan Finan reviews.
A Concert Like a Classical Work: Killian Farrell, Sharon Carty and the Irish Chamber Orchestra A Concert Like a Classical Work: Killian Farrell, Sharon Carty and the Irish Chamber Orchestra Brendan Finan On 10 February at the Whyte Recital Hall in Dublin, the Irish Chamber Orchestra with conductor Killian Farrell and mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty performed Deirdre Gribbin's 'The Stones of Life', Mahler, Prokofiev and Mozart. Brendan Finan reviews.
Beginning with America: Chamber Choir Ireland at the Pepper Canister Beginning with America: Chamber Choir Ireland at the Pepper Canister Brendan Finan Last weekend, Chamber Choir Ireland began their spring/summer season, and their final year under conductor Paul Hillier, with a programme of works by American composers. Brendan Finan reviews.
Irish Classical Not So Hidden Anymore Irish Classical Not So Hidden Anymore Brendan Finan BBC Radio 3 has recently broadcast a series exploring Irish classical music across three centuries. Brendan Finan reviews.
The Irish for Hip Hop The Irish for Hip Hop Shannon McNamee 'Ó Bheal', a new documentary on Irish hip hop, was broadcast on TG4 earlier this month. Shannon McNamee reviews.
'There are no good – even tolerable – musicians coming from Ireland anymore and we don’t expect them': Francis O'Neill Letters Published Online 'There are no good – even tolerable – musicians coming from Ireland anymore and we don’t expect them': Francis O'Neill Letters Published Online Toner Quinn The five letters, written between 1906 and 1914, provide an insight into O'Neill's perspective during his seminal publishing and collecting work.
'The only thing I am rich in is songs': Tom Munnelly's Lifelong Journey as a Collector 'The only thing I am rich in is songs': Tom Munnelly's Lifelong Journey as a Collector Lillis Ó Laoire TG4 recently broadcast 'Fear na n-Amhrán: Tom Munnelly', a documentary on the life and work of the great song collector who died in 2007. Lillis Ó Laoire reviews.

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