Operatic theatre at the Linenhall

Get ready for a truly memorable theatrical operatic treat when international tenor Ignacio Jarquin performs Caruso and the Quake at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Wednesday November 3 at 8pm.

Caruso and the Quake chronicles legendary Italian Tenor Enrico Caruso’s escape from the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, combining beautiful storytelling with live opera from Puccini and Rossini. A wonderfully engaging evening of theatre and music in prospect.

Booking advised: 094 902 3733.

Classical ensemble at the Linenhall

The Cappa Ensemble brings its dazzling artistry to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar for a wonderful classical concert on Monday November 8 at 8pm.

Named after the celebrated 17th-century Italian violin-maker Gioffredo Cappa, this exciting young chamber ensemble has quickly established itself as a quartet of outstanding artistry, touring extensively in Australasia and Japan as well as throughout the UK. Winner of Music Network’s Young Musicwide competition in 2009, the quartet boasts a line-up of top performers in their own right: Michael McHale (piano ); cellist Brian O’Kane; violinist Bartosz Woroch; and violist Adam Newman. An exciting night in prospect, with a programme of music by Mozart, Walton, Schumann and contemporary Irish composer Elaine Agnew. Part of a Music Network tour.

Top trad at the Linenhall

Two of Ireland’s finest Traditional musicians, Uilleann piper Diarmaid and guitarist Donncha Moynihan perform at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday November 11 at 8pm.

Diarmaid and Donncha Moynihan first teamed up in 1996 as Calico, a Traditional band that released two award-winning albums, Celanova Square and Songdogs. The band was one of the most influential ensembles to come out of Ireland, touring widely in Europe and the USA. Their latest album, The Lights of Ranzanico, is a collection of beautiful original tunes fused with Irish and European melodies, and once again demonstrates both creative vision and extraordinary lyrical approach to music, and was RTÉ Lyric FM’s Album of the Month for May. Performing tonight with top drawer guest musicians Christy Leahy (accordion ) and Donal Siggins (bouzouki ).

Preston Reed

Regarded by many as one of the top contemporary guitarists in the world, the spectacular and extraordinary Preston Reed makes a welcome return to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday November 18 at 8pm.

Preston Reed delivers a six and 12 string thrill-ride through the impossible and unforgettable in acoustic guitar music, as with blurred hands he taps, tickles, slaps and soothes his instrument, fusing polyrhythmic percussion with emotive melody to create a compelling sonic landscape. Yet this is not guitar wizardry for its own sake. Blues, rock, funk and jazz meet, embrace, interlock and attack to create a musical brew quite unlike anything you’ve heard before. Playing an array of guitars from acoustic to electric to classical, Reeds vast range of explosively original music will forever change your expectation of a guitarist.

The Linenhall Gallery is open to the general public Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm; Saturday from 11am to 5.30pm. Admission to exhibitions is free. Further details from the Linenhall: 094 902 3733; www.thelinenhall.com

 

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