Cork International Choral Festival at Cork City Libraries

Another Cork International Choral Festival has come and gone and our fair city by the Lee is still reverberating with the echoes of heavenly harmonies from many lands. The festival was a resounding success as usual and Cork City Libraries was proud to be a part of the chorus with outstanding performances in our central and branch libraries.

We captured some of the action for your enjoyment. Here’s looking forward to 2016!

The Tallinn University Chamber Choir entertained the public at Bishopstown Library as part of their first visit to Ireland.

 

The Foerster Female Choir in the City Library.

The Foerster Female Chamber Choir (Czech Republic) was founded in Prague in 1975 and quickly came to be regarded as one of the Czech Republic’s leading choirs. Over the last few decades the choir has amassed a plethora of prizes, winning honours at festivals in Arezzo, Cork, Debrecen, Jihlava, and Prague, along with claiming outright victories at competitions in Klaipeda (2003), Vienna (2006), Venice (2008), and Rimini (2012). The choir pays special attention to contemporary music and has given many Czech composers their premier performance,though its repertoire is wide, ranging from Renaissance polyphony to music of the 20th century. Current director Jaroslav Brych studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Václav Neumann and now works as a pedagogue there, the Faculty of Pedagogics at Charles University, and the Conservatoire of Pardubice.

 

 

Komorni Zbor Hugo Wolf Choir at Cork City Library

Komorni Zbor Hugo Wolf (Slovenia) was founded in 2010, the 150th Anniversary of the birth of composer Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) as part of the Cultural Society of German-Speaking Women (Mostovi-Brücken). Keeping in spirit with the rich tradition of choral singing in Maribor, the choir incorporates a very broad range of styles, both old and contemporary, with no limits of genre or origin. The choir consists mostly of students of the choir’s artistic director, Aleš Marčič, a Master of Musical Arts. In 2011 the choir was awarded the golden diploma in category “Musica sacra” at “In… Canto sul Garda”in Italy. In 2014 they were invited to perform at Festival Maribor as part of the project “Stolen” with artistic director Richard Tognetti, director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

For more information on the Cork International Choral Festival and for a full report on the results of the competition, please visit the festival website.

http://www.corkchoral.ie/

 

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Keeping it Country with Martin Gilmore! Fri 8th May, 11 am 

The Rory Gallagher Music Library has established very strong links in the areas of Bluegrass and Country music over the years with regular performances by domestic and international acts. As part of our Country Music Recital Programme we are delighted to host an in house performance by the Martin Gilmore Trio. The show will take place in the Music Library at 11 am and will be free of charge so don’t miss this golden opportunity to experience the amazing musicianship of this band!

Martin Gilmore

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Martin Gilmore is a man with stories to sing and tunes to play. His love of history is blended into original songs taking audiences on journeys to places in time that may have faded in memory.

Each time Martin performs listeners get to see a craftsman at work. Stellar musicianship, engaging stage presence and genuine passion for performance come together when Martin sings and plays.

Wrap a lifetime of exposure to musical genres of bluegrass, folk, jazz, Irish, classical, rock and roll and the influences merge when he steps on stage. Performing with the Colorado based bluegrass band “Long Road Home” (Pete Wernick, Gene Libbea, Justin Hoffenberg, Jordan Ramsey), Martin’s lead singing gives that band it’s signature.

When he is not performing, he can often be found conducting workshops at festivals, teaching lessons at various venues around the Denver metro area or working as a studio musician and producer.

Nick Amodeo

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Nick Amodeo is a multi-instrumentalist who’s focus is making honest, soulful music. Playing everything from reggae bass to bluegrass mandolin to honkytonk guitar, Nick continuously reinvents himself, keeping an open ear and a welcoming attitude to all styles of music. He is the 2005 Rockygrass mandolin champion, and has performed over the years as a sideman for the celebrated blues artist Otis Taylor. Nick was featured on Downbeat Magazine’s 2007 Blues Album of the Year; Otis Taylor’s “Definition of a Circle” and has toured throughout North America and Europe, sharing the stage with such legends (and personal heroes) as Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, Chuck Campbell, and Ron Miles. Nick has also had the opportunity to teach music at Naropa University and Swallow Hill Music School, and is currently a popular instructor on Jamplay.com. Nick is originally from Des Moines, Iowa but now lives in Denver, Colorado.

Ian Haegele

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Ian Haegele comes from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and currently lives in Boulder, Colorado. In high school, while taking private lessons and studying the bass and playing in orchestra, jazz band, and a performing around Wisconsin in a bluegrass/folk trio, he decided that he wanted to pursue a career in music. After high school he moved to Boulder to study double bass performance at the University of Colorado, graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in 2014. When he wasn’t practicing and studying music at school, he was pursuing his love of bluegrass and American acoustic music, playing in various pickup groups, going to local bluegrass shows, picks, and festivals, playing music with friends gained from said events, and learning as much as he could about the Front Range bluegrass/acoustic music and it’s musicians and fans. Even though Ian graduated, you can still find him doing all of those things. Otherwise, you might find him hiking. Upon graduating, he began pursuing music more intently and started playing with Golden-based bluegrass/acoustic country band, Thunder and Rain. Even more recently, he joined forces with the Martin Gilmore Trio as well as Martin’s other band, Long Road Home and has really been relishing the many musical opportunities that have been coming his way, helping him start his career and live his dream.

For more information about the band please visit their website:

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Cork Singer/Songwriter to fulfil his wish!

DAVE BURKE DEBUT ALBUM LAUNCH

Cork City Library

Wednesday 25th March 2015

7.00pm

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Dave Burke is by now a well known figure in the Cork singer/songwriter scene and has built up quite a reputation for himelf over the last few years. We are delighted to host the launch of Dave’s debut album ‘Fulfil the Wish’ in the City Library on Wednesay March 25th.

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The event is free of charge and starts at 7.00pm. All welcome!

Fáilte roimh gach éinne!

More info about Dave Burke on his Facebook page. Click below!

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