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Sunday, 31 October 2021, 12.00pm

Anakronos - Citadel of Song

Anakronos is comprised of some of Ireland’s most celebrated and adventurous virtuoso musicians from the worlds of classical music, early music, jazz and traditional music. They are:

Caitríona O’Leary – voice, Music Director
Nick Roth – saxophones, percussion
Deirdre O’Leary – clarinets
Barry O'Halpin - Electric Guitar
Andrea Piccioni - Frame Drums

Anakronos’ next project, Love in a Time of Plague: Songs from the Decameron, features songs and dances from Giovanni Boccaccio’s masterpiece, The Decameron. Caitríona O’Leary will set Boccaccio’s lyrics from The Decameron to Italian music of the period (14th century) as a starting place in order to create a stunning new musical experience.
The Decameron is a masterpiece of Western literature written during & relating to quarantine in a time of a pandemic; in this case the Black Death which ravaged the world between 1347 - 1351. The narrative takes place during the height of the plague; 7 young women & 3 young men depart Florence & repair to the safety of an isolated villa in the hills outside the city. Over 14 days they build a protective fortress of words and music, taking turns telling stories and singing songs to entertain themselves and each other.
The Black Death in The Decameron has an uncanny similarity to the Covid-19 pandemic affecting Ireland the world today. While the theme of the songs in The Decameron centre on the joyful, hopeful, fraught and painful aspects of romantic love the cataclysm of the plague always remains suspended in the background. Anakronos will use Boccaccio’s conceit, adapting it to modern times in order to create a performance that will be artistically original, accessible, and emotionally poignant.
*If you wish to attend please observe the following safety measures:
- Proof of vaccination /certificate (digital if possible) must be shown on entry, with proof of identification
- Face coverings must be worn by audience members in the gallery
-Please queue outside the gallery, entry to the concert begins at 11.30
-If you have any cold or flu symptoms please do not attend this event
-Hugh Lane gallery staff reserve the right to refuse entry

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The Sundays @ Noon Concert Series is funded by Dublin City Council
and grant aided by The Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon

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