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Sir. John Tavener Temenos Festival 24- 26 October 2008 Louth Ireland

Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS) will host a major celebration of the work of Sir John Tavener in its Temenos Festival from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 October 2008 in venues in Louth Ireland. Festival highlights include the first Irish performance by Anonymous 4, the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste and a world premiere of John Tavener’s O My People performed by Polyphony. Tõnu Kaljuste will also take a choral workshop on Saturday 25 Oct 2008 in Dundalk. "Temenos" is a Greek word for sacred space and it is apt that the festival focuses on Tavener who is strongly influenced by sacred and spiritual texts.

Friday 24 October 2008 : The Ulster Orchestra conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste in St.Peter's Church of Ireland, Drogheda.

The Ulster Orchestra conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste will perform for the first time in Drogheda on the 24 Oct 2008 in St.Peter's Church of Ireland Drogheda. The Ulster Orchestra, Northern Ireland's only full-time symphony orchestra and one of the major orchestras in the United Kingdom, opens John Tavener's Temenos festival.

The performance by the Ulster Orchestra conducted by the world's most respected conductors Tõnu Kaljuste will undoubtedly be a festival highlight. Kaljuste who was last in Drogheda as conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir's sold out performance, has gained international fame with his diversified repertoire, and has developed close working relationships with contemporary composers such as Giya Kancheli, Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis.

Latvian cellist Marta Sudraba, will perform the Protecting Veil with the Ulster Orchestra on Friday 24 October 2008. One of Tavener's most famous works, The Protecting Veil for solo cello and string orchestra was commissioned by the BBC in 1989. Perhaps no other piece of modern classical music has caused such a stir since its debut (in the 1989 Proms) as this work has. 'The Protecting Veil' provides an Ikon in music of the mother of God during her life.The piece is profoundly beautiful. Marta Sudraba never ceases to thrill and amaze her many listeners and fans. Sudraba, one of the best and brightest musicians of her generation, has worked with Gidon Kremer and plays the cello in his Grammy nominated orchestra Kremerata Baltica.

Irish Chamber Orchestra violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan makes a welcome return to perform Tavener's Dhyana with the Ulster Orchestra.

The Temenos festival also explores Tavener's deep connection with Irish poet WB Yeats with performances of two Yeats' influenced works. Derry mezzo soprano Doreen Curran, RTE's 1998 Young Singer of the Future and a graduate of the National Opera Studio, will open the festival with a performance of Tavener's Supernatural Songs with the Ulster Orchestra. The songs constitute one of the composer's finest achievements.

The Ulster Orchestra with Ioana Petcu Colan (Violin), Doreen Curran (Mezzo) and Marta Sudraba (Cello) Tõnu Kaljuste Conductor
Friday 24 October 2008 at 8 pm at St.Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda.

John Tavener : Supernatural Songs (2003)
John Tavener : Dhyana (2007)
John Tavener: The Protecting Veil (1988)

Saturday 25 October 2008 : One of the world's best choirs Polyphony to perform for the first time in St.Patrick's Dundalk

Whenever you're in the presence of the vocal ensemble Polyphony and their conductor Stephen Layton you begin to understand what authenticity is really about. The Times - March 2008

One of the world's best choirs, Grammy winner Polyphony will perform in St. Patrick's Dundalk on 25 October 2008 as part of John Tavener's Temenos festival. Polyphony conducted by Stephen Layton will perform Tavener favourites alongside the world premiere of a new Tavener work O My People. Tavener's music finds devoted interpreters in Polyphony who produce some of the most beautiful choral singing you could ever hope to hear.

Dundalk audiences are in for a further treat with Patricia Rozario opening the Dundalk concert with Tavener's To A Child Dancing in the Wind. Patricia Rozario's described by Gramophone as possessing a voice of liquid gold regularly performs and records Tavener's work and her performances are considered as definitive by the composer.

Polyphony with Marta Sudraba (cello) Stephen Layton Conductor
Patricia Rozario and the Oriel Trio
Saturday 25 Oct 2008 at 8 pm at St.Patrick’s Cathedral, Dundalk

John Tavener :To a Child Dancing in the Wind(1983)
John Tavener :Melina (1994)
John Tavener: Song for Athene (1993)
John Tavener :The Lamb (1982)
John Tavener :Hymn to the Mother of God
John Tavener :O My People. (world premiere) (2008)
John Tavener :Chant (1995) (solo cello)
John Tavener :Mother of God here I stand (from Veil of the Temple) (2004)
John Tavener: Awed by the beauty (from Veil of the Temple)
John Tavener :Syvati (1995)( cello and chorus)
John Tavener: Funeral Ikos (1981)

Sunday 26 Oct 2008 : Anonymous 4 make their Irish debut in St.Peter's Church of Ireland Drogheda

Often haunting and inspirational, these songs about going to heaven frequently will take you there."Lawson Taitte, Dallas Morning News

Billboard chart topping American vocal group Anonymous 4 make their Irish debut in St. Peter's Church of Ireland on 26 October 2008. Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine musical, literary, and historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition as they create ingeniously designed programs of medieval, contemporary, and American music. Anonymous 4 will perform Irish and English early music works alongside works by John Tavener and Arvo Pärt at the Temenos 08 festival.

The Temenos festival is a major celebration of the music of Sir John Tavener, a leading figure in 20th century contemporary music and best know for his Song for Athene performed at the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997. Sir John Tavener's choral and orchestral works reflect his deeply spiritual outlook and distinctive musical voice.

The weekend festival organized by Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS), runs from 24-26 October 2008 in venues across Louth, Ireland. The Festival will provide an exceptional opportunity to see major performers brought together for the first time in Ireland.

Anonymous 4 and Rothko 4
Sunday 26 October at 8pm at St.Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda

Prose: Gaude virgo salutata [Dublin Troper]

Song: Edi be thu hevene quene
John Tavener : Out of the night (1996)
John Tavener :As one who has slept (1996)
Valentin Silvestrov: Ikon
Prose: Prophetarum presignata [Dublin Troper]

Song: Alma redemptoris mater
John Tavener: Come and do Your will in me 
Arvo Part : Fratres 

Prose: Salve mater misericordie [Dublin Troper] 

Song: Hail Mary full of grace
John Tavener : Ikon of Joy/Sorrow (1999)
John Tavener: The Lord’s Prayer (1999)
Hymn: Ave maris stella
Alexander Knaifel : An Autumn Evening
John Tavener : The Bridegroom 
Prose: Miserere miseris [Dublin Troper]

Tickets €30 are on sale from :
The Central Ticket Bureau, Liberty Hall, 33 Eden Quay, Dublin 1
Telephone Bookings; UK 0870 850 2896, ROI: 0818 205 205
International :00 353 1 4487777

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