19-20 June 2020
The Louth Contemporary Music Society’s annual midsummer festival has quickly established itself as an event of prime importance, not only in Ireland but internationally. Composers and performers from around the world are drawn to Dundalk by the qualities of enthusiasm and attention they meet from a growing local audience. This year’s instalment, “The Gathering”, runs from the evening of Friday 19 June for a little over 24 hours and goes further than ever before, welcoming Cuba’s foremost composer Leo Brouwer. “The Gathering” takes its name from a string quartet by the exciting Greek-Canadian composer Christos Hatzis. This will be played by Ireland’s own Esposito Quartet, on a programme that also includes music by Kevin Volans (This is How it is for String Quintet). A beautiful programme by the Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa will be performed by Sabine Oehring, guitar and Yuriko Ozaki, soprano on Saturday at 1pm
The German violinist Carolin Widmann lends her top virtuosity and expressive drive to a programme of new and recent solo pieces including a new work by Gloria Coates, pursuing her own fascinating course through her eighties. Carolin’s concert takes place in the Chapel of St.Vincent’s School, Jocelyn St Dundalk.
The festival closes with voices: the Vox Clamantis choir of Estonia, singing music by Arvo Pärt including LCMS’ commission The Deer’s Cry, Helena Tulve, Kevin Volans’ estatic work Glosa a lo Divino and a new piece by Siobhán Cleary. Vox Clamantis concert takes place at 8pm on Saturday 20 June 2020 in St.Nicholas Church of Ireland Dundalk.
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