Thursday 25th February
Lime Tree Theater
Belltable, 69 O’Connell St, Limerick.
As part of the Kate O Brien Literary Festival, Kaleidoscope Night makes its Limerick debut featuring the RTE Con Tempo Quartet, Breanndán Begley (narrator, song), Mick O Brien (uileann pipes), Anne-Marie O Farrell (harp) and Colette Delahunt (soprano) in a programme of music by Irish composers Bill Whelan, Dave Flynn, Anne-Marie O’Farrell and more.
Bill Whelan’s “A State of Light”, for soprano and string quartet is based on a poem by Carrick-on-Suir poet, Michael Coady and was premiered at the Clifden Arts Festival in 2013, as part of a Kaleidoscope Night visit there.
“Stories from the Old World” by guitarist and composer Dave Flynn (artistic director of the Clare Memory Orchestra) was premiered at the Blasket Island Centre in 2008. The work is based on four stories as narrated by the famous Blasket Islander, Peig Sayers, each story set to music with string quartet accompaniment and uilleann pipe interludes.
“Pomes Penyeach” by Anne Marie O Farrell, Composer in Residence in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, is a song cycle of poetry from James Joyce autobiographical series of poems of the same name. It was premiered in MIC in February 2015 with the composer on harp, Colette Delahunt and the RTÉ Con Tempo Quartet.