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The Contemporary Music Centre June Newsletter
 

We've had a busy few weeks in CMC, with many wonderful events and projects happening. Here's a brief summary of what we've been up to in May, as well as a preview of contemporary music events happening in June!

DONNACHA DENNEHY'S THE SECOND VIOLINIST WINS THE FEDORA-GENERALI PRIZE FOR OPERA 2017   

Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera were awarded the FEDORA - Generali Prize for Opera 2017 for their upcoming production of The Second Violinist, a new opera by composer Donnacha Dennehy and writer Enda Walsh. The prize, worth €150,000, was announced on 3 June by the European Circle of Philanthropists of Opera and Ballet at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in Austria.

The Second Violinist  was selected from a competitive shortlist, beating off several of Europe's leading opera producers. This is the second opera of Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh's creative partnership, the first being  The Last Hotel , which was premiered and toured in 2015/16. Read More.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FROM IRELAND REPRESENTED AT CLASSICAL:NEXT 2017

Classical:NEXT  is the world's largest annual classical and contemporary music expo. This year, contemporary music from Ireland was strongly represented with CMC, Crash Ensemble and record company Ergodos all part of the Irish stand. The Irish delegation, which also included representatives from the Arts Council of Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland hosted a networking evening at the event, while CMC Director Evonne Ferguson was invite to speak on panel discussions organised by Music Estonia and the International Association of Music Information Centres. 

CMC are proud to continue to promote the diversity and vibrancy of contemporary music from the island of Ireland year on year and would like to thank Culture Ireland for its support at Classical:NEXT 2017. Read more.

GARETH WILLIAMS RECEIVES AWARD NOMINATIONS FOR HIS WORKS IN SCOTLAND AND CANADA 

CMC composer Gareth Williams has received award nomination for awards for two of his music theatre works. The composer is nominated for a CATS award (Critics' Award for Theatre in Scotland) for his musical  306:Dawn , and has received an impressive nine nominations for Tapestry Opera's production of his opera  Rocking Horse Winner  in the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Dora Awards. Read more.


COMPOSER MICHAEL GALLEN & CHOREOGRAPHER PHILIP CONNAUGHTON ON EXTRATERRESTRIAL EVENTS 

Last month CMC spoke to composer Michael Gallen and choreographer Philip Connaughton about their latest collaboration, a 'dance opera' entitled  Extraterrestrial Events. The sold-out premiere of the opera took place at Dublin Dance Festival on the 27 and 28 of May. To listen to the full interview, click here.  


EMMA O'HALLORAN AWARDED CMC RESIDENCY AT THE CENTRE CULTUREL IRLANDAIS IN PARIS 

US-based Irish composer  Emma O'Halloran has been selected for a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais.  The composer residency, in association with CMC, is part of the CCI's  annual residency programme  and will enable the composer to spend time at the centre to work on a number of composition projects during 2018. Read more.


BRIAN BOYDELL CENTENARY CONFERENCE TAKES PLACE THIS MONTH 

Born in Dublin in 1917,  Brian Boydell  was one of Ireland's major 20th century composers. To mark his centenary, a celebratory conference will be held on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June 2017 at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, to re-evaluate his contributions to Irish musical, artistic and academic life, and their place within the wider contexts of musical, cultural and artistic developments in Ireland in the 20th century. 

The conference will also feature a concert of the composer's music by some of Ireland's leading performers including ConTempo Quartet, Sylvia O'Brien, John Feeley, Bill Dowdall and Clíona Doris, as well as a video screening and special art exhibitions. For full details, including the conference programme, click here.  
 

JENN KIRBY ANNOUNCED AS FIFTH SOUNDSCAPE IRISH ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

The  Association of Irish Composers, The Contemporary Music Centre and soundSCAPE Festival are delighted to announce  Jenn Kirby as the 2017 Irish Artist-in-Residence at the festival.  soundSCAPE  is a contemporary music festival and summer school which takes place over two weeks each year in the beautiful town of Maccagno in the Italian Alps. The festival features daily concerts and seminars from faculty, students and guest artists.

As part of the residency at soundSCAPE, Kirby has devised a programme of music that incorporates live electronics by Irish composers, and will present two talks, on the subjects of 'Performing Electronics' and 'Celebrating Diversity'. Read more.


CMC Shop Spotlight: CMC'S Choral Catalogues now available for purchase by licensed download    


Scores of the individual works contained in CMC's Choral Catalogues are now available for purchase by licensed download on our website, giving  ease of access to this exciting choral repertoire for amateur and professional choirs. Sample pages of the scores in our Choral Catalogues are also available  on CMC's website, providing the opportunity to view the music before making your purchase. For a full walk-through of how to download scores from the choral catalogues on our website, click here. 

Upcoming events in June 
WORLD PREMIERE OF IAN WILSON WORK AT CORK MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL    
Saturday 17 June 2017, St. Peter's Cork , North Main Street, Cork City, 1 :00 pm

'HomeSpace' is a new 40-minute work for soundtrack by Cork Phonographers Union which will be premiered at Cork MidSummer Festival.  Experience a journey in sound through a virtual home, guided by acclaimed Cork percussionist and Crash Ensemble member Alex Petcu-Colan, performing a specially-written score by Ian Wilson (also a member of CPU). Tickets details available here.

MORE SELECTED EVENTS
Date: Saturday 10 June, 7.30pm  
Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford.

Date: Saturday 17 June, 8pm 
Venue: The Complex, 15 Little Green Street, Dublin 7   

Date: Wednesday 21 June, 7.30pm 
Venue: Custom House Quay Building, Dublin 2

Date: Thursday 22 & Friday 23 June, multiple performance times
Venue: Cork MidSummer Festival, The Maldron Hotel, John Redmond Street, Cork 

Date: Friday 30 June, 8pm 
Venue: Bantry House, Bantry, Co.Cork  

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