MusicTown 2015 – A Capital Celebration of a Symphony of Sounds
Dublin’s musical heritage and vibrant music scene are the inspiration for a brand new music festival, MusicTown 2015 taking place from April 10th – 19th across the city. Organised by Dublin City Council, it’s a celebration of all music, created and enjoyed in Dublin. Tapping into our lyrical, musical and storytelling culture, its eclectic programme will thrill all ages and interests across 10 days. The full programme will be launched next week but tickets for some events are now available on www.musictown.ie .
MusicTown 2015 will continue the tradition of innovation, by surprising and inspiring, through a packed programme that includes everything from classical to trad, rock to world percussion, and everything in between. The programme ranges from ‘Barrytown Meets MusicTown’ a literary and musical journey of music and written word that inspired Roddy Doyle when writing his Barrytown Trilogy to Handel’s ‘Il Trionfo Del Tempo e del Disinganno’ performed by the Opera Theatre Company in Christchurch Cathedral. Concerts, talks, workshops and walks, will make the music of Dublin accessible to all
- ‘Barrytown Meets MusicTown’ on April 12th in Vicar Street will see a musical and literary celebration of Roddy Doyle's 'The Barrytown Trilogy', the featured book for Dublin City Libraries’ Dublin: One City One Book Choice 2015. This special event will be a mixture of music and spoken word that inspired Roddy in the mid 80s whilst writing the books, music that came from the books, and musicians who were inspired by the books. Voices on the night will come together from the worlds of theatre, film and music and confirmed to participate so far are Glen Hansard, Damien Demspey, Angeline Ball, Peter Coonan, Aslan, The Trouble Pilgrims, Cait O’Riordan, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Paul Mercier, and Nelli Conroy. Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.ie
- Handel’s ‘Il Trionfo Del Tempo e del Disinganno’ will be performed by the Opera Theatre Company in the historically significant and beautiful Christchurch Cathedral on April 10th.
- ‘Choice Cuts presents Hank Shocklee’, founding member of Public Enemy and ground-breaking hip hop producer, will feature in a Q&A session and DJ set at The Sugar Club on April 10th.
- First Music Contact presents ‘Breaking Tunes Music Trail’, on April 11th and 18th which will take participants on a walking tour of Dublin discovering a myriad of nooks and crannies where various artists from the breakingtunes.com stable will perform 20 minute, unplugged pop-up gigs.
- ‘Dodeca Cycle’ at City Assembly Hall, South William Street from April 16th – 18th will see music and technology come together in a novel, interactive musical installation, allowing 12 people at a time to create their own musical loops.
- ‘A Touch Of Frost’ featuring Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto and Sibeluis’ Symphony No. 1 in E minor will be performed by outstanding young clarinettist Julian Bliss and conducted by leading young conductor David Brophy in the National Concert Hall on Friday 17th April.