Birthday Reflections: the music of Jane O’Leary
The new music ensemble Concorde continue their 40th Anniversary celebrations with the second in a series of four concerts at the Hugh Lane Gallery on Sunday 16 October. Having given over 100 concerts at the Gallery, Concorde are delighted to present this series, which includes world premieres as well as a look back at previous repertoire.
The October 16 concert will focus on the music of Concorde’s director - composer Jane O’Leary. The programme ranges from a duo for flute and percussion from 1993, Silenzio della Terra, one of Jane’s most frequently performed pieces, to the world premiere of a new work for the ensemble. Pablo Manjon, clarinetist, joins Concorde regulars in a performance of Jane’s sextet Reflections II from 2002, while Elaine Clark and Madeleine Staunton perform two movements from Jane’s evocative duo for alto flute and violin, A Winter Sketchbook (2015), which is dedicated to them. At the centre of the programme is Jane’s poignant trio for accordion, alto flute and bass clarinet, A Way Through, which is performed with visuals by Marie Hanlon - created from photographs taken in the surroundings of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig. Jane herself celebrates a 70th birthday in mid-October. The last time a portrait concert of hers took place was on the occasion of her 60th birthday in the National Gallery of Ireland.
Concorde’s 40th Anniversary Series is funded by a Music Project Award, The Arts Council.