Composer Workshop @ Walled City Music Festival 2021

Composer Workshop @ Walled City Music Festival 2021

Saturday, 27 March 2021, 4.00pm

25th–28th March 2021

In 2021, the Walled City Music Festival will celebrate its 12th festival, featuring guest artist performances by some of the world’s leading musicians.

This year’s festival will be presented online, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and can be viewed for free on our website, Facebook page and YouTube channel. 

Join us online for a world-class line-up of concerts, workshops and podcasts.

Programme of Events

Opening Gala Variety Concert
Thursday 25 March 2021, 8pm
Measha Brueggergosman (soprano)
Li-Wei Qin (cello)
Kirill and Alexandra Troussov (violin, piano) 

Join us for an evening of world-class music-making from across the globe featuring the award-winning Canadian Soprano, Measha Brueggergosman; one of the most sought-after cellists of his generation, Chinese Australian Li-Wei Qin; and the brilliantly virtuosic sibling duo Kirill and Alexandra Troussov from Germany.

Barry Douglas In Concert
Friday 26 March 2021, 8pm

Internationally-renowned Irish pianist Barry Douglas joins us for a very special recital featuring some of the greatest in Russian romantic piano music; Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky. 

Recorded exclusively for the 2021 Walled City Music Festival in the Great Hall, Ulster University Magee, don’t miss this brilliant and bold performance by the piano virtuoso. 

Jeffrey Zeigler and Friends Live from New York
Saturday 27 March 2021, 9pm
Jeffrey Zeigler (cello)
Andy Akiho (steelpan)
Sean Dixon (drums)
Lynn Procope (poet) 

Jeffrey Zeigler and Friends is a collaborative exploration of meaning and conversation. Expect a blend of hard driving rhythms and biting social commentary that utilizes steelpan, cello, drums, and poetry/vocals.

Drawing from a variety of musical styles, this group forms a brash symphony that nods the head, moves the feet, and asks viewers to challenge and disturb their own comfort. The resulting work is a bold narrative about people, justice, struggle, joy, and celebration.  

Closing Gala Concert
Sunday 28 March 2021, 8pm 
Arizona State University Dance Faculty
Daniel Bernard Roumain (violin), Christopher Creviston (saxophone), Hannah Creviston (piano), Jiji Kim (electric guitar), Cathal Breslin (piano), Sabrina Hu (flute)

The Walled City Music Festival is thrilled to present this stunning collaboration of music and dance in partnership with the Arizona State University Dance Faculty. 

Featuring traditional Irish music performed and recorded in An Culturlánn (Derry), and music composed by Irish composers Linda Buckley, Greg Caffrey, Jonathan Nangle and Christopher Norby, and violinist/composer Daniel Roumain, this performance will be a very special spectacle of modern dance, hip hop and salsa to close the 12thWalled City Music Festival. 

Composer Workshop
Saturday 27 March, 4pm, Zoom 
Composer Panel: Ed Bennet (N. Ireland), Fernanda Aoki Navarro (Brazil), Christopher Norby (N. Ireland) and special guest Chen Yi (China) 

Aspiring composers are invited to submit scores and ideas for review and feedback from this international panel of leading, renowned and experienced composers. Scores should be previously unperformed and preference will be given to works composed or completed in the last 12 months. 

Podcast Series
Friday 26 - Sunday 28 March 

Featuring interviews with cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, poet Lynn Procope, choreographers Carley Conder and Bboy House (Arizona State University Dance Faculty), soprano Measha Brueggergosman and composer Frank Lyons (N. Ireland). Hosted by Co-Artistic Directors Cathal Breslin and Sabrina Hu, this series will be available to listen to on all standard podcast platforms and the Walled City Music Festival website. 

WCM International Piano Festival and Competition Highlights
Friday 26 - Sunday 28 March 

Enjoy this recap of thrilling performances from the 2020 Walled City Music International Online Piano Competition, which featured over 40 participants from 17 different countries worldwide, and guest jury members Awadagin Pratt and Barry Douglas.

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