Countdown is on to Stations of the Sun music festival in Dundalk
Tickets are now on sale for Louth Contemporary Music Society’s Stations of the Sun music festival, which will bring international leaders of contemporary music to Dundalk next weekend June 21st and 22nd.
This year will see composer Kaija Saariaho make her first visit to Ireland, in addition to the debut of new works from Catlin Smith, Kurtág, Criton and Garland, commissioned for the festival. Festival tickets with admission to all five concerts are on-sale now for €30, via Eventbrite, with some individual concert tickets also available.
The organisers have garnered global recognition for their past events, with past performances and commissions sampled by The XX and Mike Posner. The 2019 contemporary musical showcase will feature leading female composers and musicians in a stellar line-up of contemporary artists.
Festival Director, Eamonn Quinn, was awarded the Belmont Prize for Contemporary music in 2018 for his work in pushing the boundaries of Irish contemporary music. Speaking about this year’s line-up he said: “Louth Contemporary Music Society is an Irish group, growing every year since 2006, with a mission to bring the most renowned contemporary musicians, performers and composers to Ireland. This year we are particularly proud to showcase ground-breaking women composers and musicians from across the globe.”
On June 21st to 22nd, in the image of a ritual journey, Stations of the Sun will follow the solar cycle in a sequence of five unique concerts in different innovative venues across the town:
- This year’s programme begins and ends with two performances of work by internationally esteemed Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. Saariaho’s luminous music uses digital production to marry medieval and modern influences. Vocal and instrumental pieces from throughout her career will be performed by musicians with whom she collaborates closely.
- There will also be a performance of György Kurtág’s Bach-inspired HiPartita for solo violin, given by the musician for whom it was written: the extraordinary Hiromi Kikuchi. Kurtág has is internationally acclaimed for his opera setting Samuel Beckett’s Endgame.
- Three diverse composers will Linda Caitlin Smith, Pascale Criton, and Peter Garland will debut new pieces in the atmospheric and resonant space of the old Dundalk Gaol, with mesmerizing pieces for string quartet and tenor voice.
- Also to be heard for the first time in Ireland are the sonorous voices of the Moscow Russian Patriarchate Choir, in new pieces and venerable chants, led by conductor Anatoly Grindenko.
Festival tickets are currently on sale for €30 plus booking fee, with full admission to all five concerts, opening reception, composer interviews with the BBC’s Marie Louise Muir and a free copy of Klang – LCMS’ new CD. Individual tickets for some concerts are also available via Eventbrite.