A bit of everything in at the Linenhall

Antti Siirala

Antti Siirala

Dazzling trad with Flook at the Linenhall

Dazzling contemporary trad group Flook performs at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Monday November 24 at 8pm. The flutes of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly weave and spin traditionally rooted tunes into the breathtaking sound of the groundbreaking band Flook. Comprising four exceptional musical talents, Flook possesses a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination, as witnessed in a string of acclaimed CDs. Exuberant and exhilarating, and with a justifiable reputation for brilliant live performances- be prepared to be blown away. Flook performs at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Monday November 24 at 8pm. Booking advised. Tel: 094 9023733

Antti Siirala at the Linenhall

Recognised as one of the outstanding pianists of his generation, Antti Siirala appears at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Monday December 1 at 8pm as part of a Music Network tour. Helsinki-born Antti Siirala made his debut with an orchestra at the age of seven, and by 24 the multi-award-winning pianist had won the prestigious Leeds International and AXA Dublin International Piano competitions. Praised by critics for his breathtaking technique, instinctive musicality and wonderfully sustained intensity, Siirala has performed solo recitals at most of Europe’s finest concert halls with many top conductors. Best known for his interpretations of works by Beethoven and Brahms, his recording of works by Brahms received Gramophone magazine’s Editor’s Choice award in 2003. Concert Programme: Bach’s Partita No.1 in B flat major BWV 825; Brahms’ Rhapsody in B minor Op. 79/1; Brahms’ Variations on an Original Theme in D major Op. 21/1; Deirdre McKay’s Time, Shining; Chopin’s Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58. Antti Siirala performs at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Monday December 1 at 8pm. Booking advised. Tel: 094 9023 733.

Antigone- Drámaíocht as Gaeilge

Splódar Productions presents an Irish-language version of the Classical Greek drama Antigone at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday December 4 at 8pm. Seo scéal an chailín a thug dúshlán an stáit agus a chuir fáilte roimh an mbás mar nár fhéad sí glacadh leis an measarthacht nó leis an modhúlacht. Tá an bhua is an díomua, an chaimiléireacht is an chneastacht, an grá is an ghráin fite fuaite ina chéile sa scoth-shaothar seo. Ceann de mhór-dhrámaí ár linne, aistrithe go Gaeilge don chéad uair agus arna léiriú ag an gcompántas nua-bhunaithe Splódar. Stiúrthóir/Aistritheoir: Proinn Ó Duigneáin. Urraithe ag Foras na Gaeilge.

Jean Anouilh’s Antigone is based on the enduring Greek classic of Sophocles, a tale of individual versus state and duty versus conscience. Splódar Productions (formerly The Glens Players ) present a play not only of deep passion and emotion but also of ideas and deep insights into the human condition. Directed by Prin Duignan. Splódar’s Irish-language version of Antigone takes place at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Thursday December 4 at 8pm. Booking advised. Tel: 094 9023 733

Thomas Moore commemorative concert

In celebration of 200 years of Thomas Moore's world-famous Irish melodies, a scintillating concert entitled My Gentle Harp: Moore’s Irish Melodies 1808-2008 takes place at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday December 11 at 8pm.

For this very special evening, one of Ireland’s leading pianists Dr Úna Hunt, together with young sopranos Roisin Walsh, Anna-Louise Costello and Katy Kelly, present a programme of Moore’s songs including such much-loved classic songs as “The Last Rose of Summer”, “The Minstrel Boy” and “The Meeting of the Waters”. The concert is presented by the Thomas Moore Commemorative Festival, and is supported by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism, the Arts Council, the Office of Public Works, the National Library of Ireland and DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. My Gentle Harp: Moore’s Irish Melodies 1808-2008 takes place at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Thursday December 11 at 8pm. Booking advised. Tel: 094 9023733.

Stephen Rinn exhibition

This coming week will be the last chance to see Intimate Ground, an exhibition of atmospheric paintings by artist Stephen Rinn currently on show at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar. Living near the sea at Howth has given Stephen an intimate knowledge of natural elements, out of which emerged an abstract dialogue concerning themes of open and closed spaces relating to the sea/shore geography. “There is a landscape narrative in the work which relies on impressions received during these visits. I am not interested in describing a literal sense of landscape and so I rely more on abstract values which would be evocative of the area visited. They are not specific to time and place as a photograph would be, I think of them more as painted spaces. The finished paintings are a vocabulary of gestures and markmaking that hint at or give a nod to these areas visited.” The exhibition runs until November 29.

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