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Sunday, 10 December 2023, 12.00pm

The Spero Quartet presents a Sunday midday concert in the Dun Laoghaire LexIcon Studio, in collaboration with poet Adam Wyeth. The quartet will perform Bryce Dessner's recent work Le Bois, which was"inspired by the Notre Dame Cathedral and the 1,000-year-old wood ceiling that was lost in the devastating fire there in the spring of 2019. Le Bois is a musical reflection on the impermanence of so many things we take for granted, whether it be our relationships, the structures that surround us, or our environment itself, which is rapidly being destroyed by climate change.”

Also on the programme is a unique performance reading of award-winning poet Adam Wyeth's book about:blank. Originally funded by the Arts Council, the Abbey Theatre and Poetry Ireland, with support from the Civic Theatre, Mermaid Arts Centre, MOLI and Riverbank Arts Centre, Wyeth’s fragmentary long poem encapsulates a day in Dublin—meandering through Rathmines, the Grand Canal, Dolphin’s Barn, and Dublin Zoo. The arresting narrative weaves together a rich tapestry of Irish myth, subtly alluding to dindsenchas, where the essence of city and psyche intertwine. Electric cellist Frieda Freytag and Spero Quartet violinist Brigid Leman have created a contemporary classical soundscape to accompany the text.

The Spero Quartet will then perform Dvorak's Quartet No. 10 ("Slavonic") a passionate celebration of Czech folk music and one of the composer's most popular works.

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Published by Spero Quartet on 9 November 2023

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