Following a successful series of music events in intimate spaces during 2011-2012, the contemporary music ensemble Concorde is pleased to launch a new series in 2013 in cooperation with the RHA Gallery, Ely Place.  Up Close with Music II will take place on Sunday afternoons from January to April, offering listeners the chance to hear newly commissioned pieces from Irish composers alongside selected international repertoire from the 20th/21st centuries and to meet with composers and performers during the interval.

Director Jane O’Leary says, ‘the open spaces of the RHA Gallery are inviting and complementary to the fresh sounds we create and the connection with Irish contemporary artists is one which we enjoy exploring.’ 

The first event of the season takes place on Sunday 20 January at 2.30 p.m. and features the first performance of two commissioned works.  Judith Ring, who has worked with Concorde many times and is featured on their CD Reflections, has written a new work for instrumental trio, Swelt belly at dawn,  while Ariel Hernandez, Argentinian composer who lived in Dublin for many years and has now returned to his homeland, has composed a suite for violin, cello and accordion based on rhythms from the Litoral region in the North East of Argentina.  Malcolm Dedman’s solo violin piece, Dispelling the Darkness, appropriate for this time of year, was selected from submissions in the Global Connections project with ACM of Chicago.  Also receiving first performances are trios by Derek Ball (inspired by a painting of St. Jerome in the National Gallery) and Ada Gentile from Rome.  Luciano Berio’s clarinet solo, Lied (Song) from 1983 and Sofia Gubaidulina’s stunning work Silenzio (Silence), written in 1991 when she left her native Russia to live in Germany, will complete the programme. 

The Series Up Close with Music continues on February 17, March 24 and April 28. Exhibitions in the RHA during these dates include Basil Blackshaw: Blackshaw at 80,  Polke & Richter: Works on Paper from the Kunstmuseen Krefeld,   Zineb Sidera & Amina Menia: Becoming Independent,  Justin Larkin: Scenery,  Vivienne Roche RHA: Spirit & Light, Anita Groener: State and Skin, An Artistic Atlas.

Concorde is supported by a Music Project Award from The Arts Council.

Sunday 20 January, 2013

RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2

2.30 – 4.30 pm

Admission Free (limited seating)

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