CONCORDE present: Up Close with Music

A Series of 6 Afternoon Concerts in Gallery Spaces in central Dublin was launched this week at the Contemporary Music Centre by Dr. Cliona Doris, Chair of CMC.  Concorde contemporary music ensemble are celebrating 35 years of continuous work nurturing the creation of new music and presenting music to the public. Concorde will be working in partnership with the Rubicon Gallery, 10 Stephens Green, the Contemporary Music Centre, Temple Bar, and the Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar to present concerts from November 2011 to July 2012.

Each event will be on a weekend afternoon, from 2 – 5 pm, and will feature a commissioned composer with a new work.  In addition, Concorde’s presentations will highlight works from their extensive repertoire and new compositions from both Irish and international composers.

Commissioned composers:
Dave Flynn, Nov. 13 @ Rubicon Gallery
Rhona Clarke, Nov. 27 @ Rubicon Gallery
Jane O’Leary, Feb. 11 @ Contemporary Music Centre
Elaine Agnew, March 10 @ Contemporary Music Centre
Raymond Deane, July 1 @ Gallery of Photography
David Fennessy, July 22 @ Gallery of Photography

In addition, new works are being contributed to celebrate Concorde’s birthday from
Irish composers Stephen Gardner, Bill Campbell, Frank Lyons, Grainne Mulvey, Deirdre McKay, Judith Ring, Alyson Barber, Ed Bennett, Donal Rafferty.  Korean composer Si-Hyun Yi and Slovenian composer Nina Senk are presenting new pieces for performance in the series.  The late James Wilson will be honoured through performances of his work. 

The music of Elliott Carter has often featured in Concorde’s programmes and will appear throughout the series, as will pieces previously commissioned or premiered by Concorde, from John Kinsella’s ‘Aberration’ for flute and violin of 1980 to Ailis Ni Riain’s ‘Don’t’ (2000) and Stephen Gardner’s ‘Klezmeria’ (2008).  Concorde will select international compositions submitted to a project called ‘Global Connections’, in partnership with the American organisation Access Contemporary Music.  In addition, Concorde’s commissioned works will be performed by the Chicago-based Palomar ensemble.

The focus will be on solos, duos and trios and the concerts will offer a chance for listeners to experience new music ‘up close’ in intimate settings, engage with performers and composers during the afternoon, enjoy the visual context of their surroundings, and hear a range of music from composers of all ages.  It is with a spirit of adventure that Concorde continue to explore new repertoire and reach out to curious listeners.

Admission is free and the series is funded by a Music Project Award from the Arts Council.  The commissioned works will be presented together in concert at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Autumn 2012.

‘adventurous, inventive and always surprising music
performed by one of the world’s best modern music groups.’
            New Classics Music Review…re Concorde CD Reflections
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