Operatic theatre at the Linenhall

Get ready for a real 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. The morning after Caruso’s sell out performance of Carmen at the San Francisco Opera House in 1906, the San Francisco earthquake struck. Mexican tenor and stage actor Ignacio Jarquin recreates Caruso’s experiences in the ensuing chaos as he attempts to make his way out of the decimated city.

Top 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 pianist Michael McHale (piano ), cellist Brian O’Kane, violinist Bartosz Woroch, and violist Adam Newman. An exciting night is in prospect, with a programme of music by Mozart, Walton, Schumann, and contemporary Irish composer Elaine Agnew.

Preston Reed at the Linenhall

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. Preston Reed performs at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Thursday, November 18 at 8pm.


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