The Contemporary Music Centre will present a series of short early evening concerts of music by Irish composers over four Thursdays in August.

The performances, each lasting around 30 minutes, feature soloists from several of the country’s leading ensembles and will take place at Exchange Dublin in Temple Bar. Admission is free.

On 9 August Andreja Malir, Principal Harpist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, opens the series with a recital including works by Brian Boydell and Philip Martin. The accordion is the focus on 16 August when Dermot Dunne, a member of the contemporary music ensemble Concorde, performs works by James Wilson and Deirdre Gribbin. Soprano and Béal Festival co-founder Elizabeth Hilliard’s concert on 23 August features music by Gráinne Mulvey, David Bremner and Derek Ball. Finally, on 30 August, Lisa Dowdall, viola player with Crash Ensemble, performs works by Amanda Feery, Ann Cleare, Linda Buckley and David Collier. Each performer will introduce the music, providing an insight into each work.

The series showcases the work of the Contemporary Music Centre, which acts as an archive and resource centre for Irish composition. This is the first time that CMC has presented events at Exchange Dublin, a collective arts centre presenting a wide range of visual arts, music, drama and discussion. The informal performances will be entirely visible from the street and it is hoped they will attract an audience which might not have encountered Irish new music previously.

DETAILS

Thursday 9 August
Andreja Malir, harp
Works to include:
Brian Boydell (1917-2000) A Pack of Fancies for a Travelling Harper (1970)
Philip Martin (1947-) Les Anges de Saint Julien (1996)

Thursday 16 August
Dermot Dunne, accordion
Works to include:
James Wilson (1922-2005) Donizetti Variations (1969)
Deirdre Gribbin (1967-) Hells Kells (1995)

Thursday 23 August
Elizabeth Hilliard, soprano
Works to include:
David Bremner (1977-) The Bright Kids (logic ballad)
Gráinne Mulvey (1966) Eternity is Now (2008)
Derek Ball (1949) New Work (2012)

Thursday 30 August
Lisa Dowdall, viola
Works to include:
Amanda Feery (1984-) Boreal (2010)
Ann Cleare (1983-) IRK (2006)
Linda Buckley (1979-) Do you remember the planets? (2004)
David Collier In your own time (2012)

All concerts take place at Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Admission is free

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