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SYMPOSIUM INSIDE THE PERFORMANCE Chamber Choir Ireland Friday 3rd May, 2pm

Curtis Auditorium & Doolan Room (Room 217), CIT Cork School of Music & Millenium Hall, City Hall Admission: Free of charge

THE COMPOSER SPEAKS Michael Holohan Friday 3rd May, 4.15pm - 5pm Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music Admission: Free of charge ROCKY ROADS, BELFRIES OR SAFE HARBOURS ? An illustrated talk about key post-war choral works, 1950-2010. Michael will briefly examine the choral music of Berio, Xenakis and Messaien and his own personal engagement with these great international figures. Other composers discussed will include Ligeti, Stockhausen, Tavener and Part. The lecture will pose an important question in relation to recent choral music: are we now on a journey from the experimental back to the traditional? True or false? Hopefully this subject will provoke an interesting discussion and debate.

In a new development as part of their residency at Cork International Choral Festival, the singers of Chamber Choir Ireland will offer coaching to selected choirs attending or participating in the Festival. The choirs will be put through their paces with a vocal warm-up and technique session as well as a tailored masterclass on the repertoire the choir is performing or working on to elevate their performance to the highest levels. In 2019, the selected choirs are: Capella Lyrica (conductor: Maria Judge), Cór Lae Nua (conductor: Nicholas McMurry), and Cork Contemporary Choir (conductor: Valter Fralda) and will run in the following venues Curtis Auditorium & Doolan Room, CIT Cork School of Music & Millenium Hall, City Hall. Known for its dynamic performances of everything from medieval music to cutting edge contemporary works, Chamber Choir Ireland is the national chamber choir and flagship professional choral ensemble in Ireland.

Michael Holohan was born in Dublin 1956. He has won numerous prizes for his compositions. His music has been recorded commercially and broadcast internationally. Gallipoli, the GPO and Flanders, commissioned by the Irish Government for the 1916 Centenary, was premiered at The National Concert Hall, Dublin in November 2016. With the support of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, The Hills Are Crying, a major song cycle based on the poetry of Francis Ledwidge was premiered in Slane, July 2017 and at the National Gallery in November 2017 for The Ledwidge Centenary. His new CD The Road to Lough Swilly was performed in concert and released at the Drogheda Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August 2018. A former prize winner of The Sean O’Riada Memorial Trophy 1982 and a commissioned composer in 2002, Michael has continued to have a long and cordial relationship with the festival. He has a deep interest in Irish literature and among his choral compositions are settings of poems by Seamus Heaney, Sean O’Riordáin and Susan Connolly. 47

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