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Donnacha Dennehy's "Grá Agus Bás" Opens Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Crash Ensemble Residency

  • Friday, November 16, 2012
    Donnacha Dennehy's "Grá Agus Bás" Opens Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Crash Ensemble Residency

    The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF), the UK's largest contemporary music festival, gets under way today, and Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy's Grá Agus Bás will be the culminating piece in tonight's Opening Night concert at St Paul's Hall. 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 in 2011 to international acclaim.

    Crash is an ensemble in residence at this, the 35th annual Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, which runs through November 25. In addition to the all-Dennehy opening concert, the group's residency includes a performance of works by American composers this Sunday and a free concert of contemporary Irish music on Monday, November 19, both at Bates Mill. 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 in 2013 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 and ticket links, 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 include an instant download of the album at checkout.

on November 15, 2012 - 1:13pm
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The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF), the UK's largest contemporary music festival, gets under way today, and Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy's Grá Agus Bás will be the culminating piece in tonight's Opening Night concert. The all-Dennehy program will be performed by Crash Ensemble, with Alan Pierson conducting and featuring vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird, all of whom performed Grá Agus Bás on Dennehy's Nonesuch debut album of of the same name. Crash, an ensemble in residence at HCMF, will also bring Grá Agus Bás to the US in 2013 for performances with Dawn Upshaw at The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.

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The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF), the UK's largest contemporary music festival, gets under way today, and Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy's Grá Agus Bás will be the culminating piece in tonight's Opening Night concert at St Paul's Hall. 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 in 2011 to international acclaim.

Crash is an ensemble in residence at this, the 35th annual Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, which runs through November 25. In addition to the all-Dennehy opening concert, the group's residency includes a performance of works by American composers this Sunday and a free concert of contemporary Irish music on Monday, November 19, both at Bates Mill. 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 in 2013 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 and ticket links, 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 include an instant download of the album at checkout.

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Friday, November 16, 2012 - 09:00
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Donnacha Dennehy: "Grá agus Bás" [cover]

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