Musical Tales is a concert presented by the Contemporary Music Centre that is aimed at encouraging new audiences to engage with the vibrant world of contemporary music by highlighting the rich connections between composers from Ireland and the chosen books for Dublin: One City, One Book.
Curator & Music – This year, curator Jane O’Leary, herself a composer, has chosen short works by Eibhlís Farrell, Amanda Feery, David Fennessy, Marian Ingoldsby, Finola Merivale and Joan Trimble, which have a connection in some way with the 2019 chosen book ‘The Country Girls Trilogy’ by Edna O’Brien, be it through themes, era, characters, places, ideas, sounds, images, etc.
Performers – Musical Tales is a relaxed informal performance, presented in the welcoming atmosphere of Farmleigh House by students of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama at the Technological University for Dublin, with support from their teachers.
Interviews with Composers – To open the concert, and in between the performances of these short works, composers whose works are featured in the concert are invited by Evonne Ferguson, CMC Director, along with Jane O’Leary, to give an insight into the inspiration for their works, the very personal process of composing these works and their relationships with the works performed.
Readings from the Book – Prior to the performance of each work, Linda O’Shea Farren of CMC will read the relevant section of The Country Girls, illustrating the connections between the music being performed and the book.
Tickets €5 per ticket or €15 for family tickets (4)