Ardee Baroque opens this Thursday 14 November and will run until Sunday featuring the Irish Baroque Orchestra and special guests.
This year, Irish Youth Opera make their first public performance with a concert entitled “Striking like a Thunderbolt.” Four young Irish opera singers will perform a programme of arias from Handel’s operas, as well as songs by Purcell. For this concert, Jennifer Davis, Soprano, Máire Flavin, Mezzo, Graham J Norton, Counter Tenor, and Benjamin Russell, Baritone will sing arias from Alcina, Tamerlano, Semela, Rinaldo, Orlando, and Giulio Cesare, all by Handel, as well as songs and ensembles by Purcell. They will be accompanied by David Adams, harpsichord, and Sarah McMahon, cello. And if you’re wondering, “Striking like a Thunderbolt” is how Mozart described Handel’s music.
Continuing the theme of attention-grabbing concert names, “Hang the Harpers” will see two young Louth-based musicians, Conal Duffy and Michael O’Neill, perform music composed in Ireland during the 17th and 18th centuries. Despite harpers, pipers and bards being under threat of execution in Ireland in the 17th century, some of out most iconic and long-lived music was composed in the midst of this oppression. The concert will focus on music that was created and played in a rapidly-changing society.
Also on Saturday 16 November a special concert for families will take place in Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire, at 5pm.
Their are concerts and recitals, and an exhibition of photography by members of the Mid Louth Photographic Society will be on display in Ardee Castle from the 14 to 17 November, as part of Ardee Baroque.
At the start of the summer of 2012, the Louth Arts Service invited the Mid-Louth Photographic Society to work with lens-based artist, Jackie Nickerson, in documenting that year’s Baroque Festival. The exhibition provides a “warts and all” account of both the rehearsals and the performances of the 2012 festival.
On Sunday there is a free lecture by local historian, Larry Ward, reflecting on the life and works of Patrick Reilly, the ‘Bard of Balnavoran. Larry has recently published a book containing all known poetry of Patrick Reilly who hailed from Drumconrath, and reflecting on his life and times.