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Stations of the Sun Festival taking place in Dundalk this weekend

Stations of the Sun Festival taking place in Dundalk this weekend

Leading contemporary composers and musicians from across the world will gather in Dundalk for the Stations of the Sun music festival this Saturday and Sunday.

Organised by Louth Contemporary Music Society, this year features a stellar line-up of five concerts featuring leading female composers and musicians, including two concerts curated by the internationally esteemed composer Kaija Saariaho.

While tickets have already sold out for the debut of György Kurtág’s new work HiPartia, a limited number of festival tickets remain. The exclusive package gives admission to all five concerts, including Kurtag, for only €30 and are available via Eventbrite. Select tickets for individual concerts are also available.

The festival also brings the sonorous voices of The Russian Patriarche Choir to Louth for their first Irish performance. While Dundalk Gaol is the setting for a free concert debuting new music from Linda Caitlin Smith, Pascale Criton, and Peter Garland commissioned for the festival.

Noted composer, Gavin Bryars, whose Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet was a highlight of the 2018 festival. He shares his praise for this year’s line-up, “It is such an honour to have someone of Saariaho’s stature to not only visit Ireland but to mark her first visit to Ireland by coming to Dundalk to curate two beautiful concerts with musicians who are among her closest collaborators. Although small in scale, the festival is a real jewel with the lovely venues and the warm spirit of the whole enterprise, and its concision is also its strength.”

Festival Director, Eamonn Quinn, added, “We’ve been fortunate to receive global recognition for our past events, with past performances and commissions sampled by The XX and Mike Posner. We’re looking forward to this new series of concerts and musical debuts, and this year we are particularly proud to showcase ground-breaking female composers and musicians from across the globe.”

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.

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