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Silenzio festival taking place in Dundalk this weekend

Silenzio festival taking place in Dundalk this weekend

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Two of the world’s leading composers will perform at a new festival of contemporary music taking place in Dundalk this weekend

Silenzio is a new festival being hosted by the Louth Contemporary Music Society. It will host a number of events in a variety of local locations this Friday and Saturday.

The highlight will take place in Dundalk Gaol on the Saturday when renowned Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino (pictured above) performs Sciarrino’s Perfection at 3pm in Dundalk Gaol before rounding off the event at 8pm that evening with Madrigals in the Green Church at 8pm.

The night before at the same venue at 8pm world famous Swiss composer Jürg Frey will be presenting the world premiere of his new work “I Listened to the Wind Again”.

There will also be a number of talks on Saturday. These include ‘Let me die before I wake’ at 1pm in the Basement Gallery at An Táin Arts Centre on Saturday June 24th and ‘Traditional Italian songs of Work, War & Love” in An Táin Arts Centre at 5pm.

Sciarrino will then be in conversation with Paul Griffiths at the side chapel of St Nicholas’ Church of Ireland at 7pm that evening before the event is rounded out by ‘Madrigals’ in the Green Church at 8pm.

The majority of the events are free, but booking is required. You can check out the list of venues HERE.

The world première of Jürg Frey’s ‘Listened to the Wind Again’ is on Friday at 8pm in The Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol. Tickets are HERE.

Salvatore Sciarrino’s Twelve Madrigali performed on Saturday at 8pm in St. Nicholas Church of Ireland. Tickets are HERE.

Last week The Guardian featured an article on Silenzio, which can be read here.

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