A festival highlight will be the performance by the Ulster Orchestra conducted for the first time by one of the world’s most respected conductors Tõnu Kaljuste. Founder of the highly esteemed Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Taillinn Chamber Orchestra, Tõnu Kaljuste has gained international fame with his diversified repertoire, and has developed close working relationships with contemporary composers such as Giya Kancheli, Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis.It is a also a major coup for Louth Contemporary Music Society to have the Ulster Orchestra, Northern Ireland’s only full-time symphony orchestra and one of the major orchestras in the United Kingdom, performing at the Temenos festival.
Latvian cellist Marta Sudraba, will perform the Protecting Veil with the Ulster Orchestra on Friday 24 October 2008 in St. Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda. One of Tavener’s most famous works, The Protecting Veil for solo cello and string orchestra was commissioned by the BBC in 1989. Perhaps no other piece of modern classical music has caused such a stir since its debut (in the 1989 Proms) as this work has. The inspiration of the piece comes from the Orthodox feast of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God, which commemorates the the apparition of Mary the Theotokos in the early 10th century at the Blachernae Palace church at Vlacherni, Constantinople. ‘The Protecting Veil’ provides an Ikon in music of the mother of God during her life.The piece is profoundly beautiful.
Marta Sudraba never ceases to thrill and amaze her many listeners and fans. Sudraba, one of the best and brightest musicians of her generation, has worked with Gidon Kremer and plays the cello in his Grammy nominated orchestra Kremerata Baltica.
Irish Chamber Orchestra violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan makes a welcome return to perform Tavener’s Dhyana with the Ulster Orchestra on the 24 October 2008.
The Temenos festival also explores Tavener’s deep connection with Irish poet WB Yeats with performances of two Yeats’ influenced works. Derry mezzo soprano Doreen Curran, RTE’s 1998 Young Singer of the Future and a graduate of the National Opera Studio, will open the festival with a performance of Tavener’s Supernatural Songs with the Ulster Orchestra. The songs constitute one of the composer’s finest achievements.
The Ulster Orchestra with Ioana Petcu Colan (violin), Doreen Curran (Mezzo soprano) and Marta Sudraba (cello) Tõnu Kaljuste Conductor
Friday 24 October 2008 at 8pm
St.Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda.
John Tavener Supernatural Songs (2003)
John Tavener Dhyana (2007)
John Tavener The Protecting Veil (1988)
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