Donnacha Dennehy's "Grá Agus Bás" to Open Crash Ensemble Residency at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy's Grá Agus Bás will be the culminating piece in the Opening Night concert of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF), the UK's largest contemporary music festival, on November 16. This portrait concert of Dennehy's music—also including his Glamour Sleeper, Disposable Dissonance, and the UK premiere of his As An Nós—will be performed by Crash Ensemble, with Alan Pierson conducting and featuring Irish sean nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird. All of these artists performed Grá Agus Bás on Dennehy's Nonesuch debut album of of the same name, released one year ago this month to international acclaim.
Crash is an ensemble in residence at this fall's 35th annual Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival this fall, which runs from November 16 through 25. In addition to the all-Dennehy opening concert, the group's residency includes a performance of works by American composers and a free concert of contemporary Irish music. For additional information and tickets to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, visit hcmf.co.uk.
Crash Ensemble will also be bringing Grá Agus Bás to the United States next year for performances at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, on May 14, and in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall in New York City on May 17. Both concert programs also include That the Night Come, which Dennehy wrote for Dawn Upshaw, who performs the piece on his Nonesuch debut album and will do so in these concerts as well. For details, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.
To pick up a copy of Grá Agus Bás and hear samples from the album, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders also include instant downloads of the album at checkout.