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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 12, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    If you only do one thing this weekend …. throw some shapes

    Laurence Mackin

    Hear: In Wexford this weekend, you’ll find a powerful combination of music, group and venue. Ensemble Avalon, a young piano trio, will be hoping to light up the St Iberius Church with performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They’ll be performing works by (deep breath) Mozart, Schubert, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Strauss and Britten, as well as a specially-commissioned work for piano trio by Irish composer Benedict Schlepper-Connolly. And they’ve roped in the talents of soprano Patricia Rozario and violinist Michael d’Arcy to put a bit of Daz on proceedings. For more information click here.

    Listen: For some lunchtime literary entertainment, Dublin City Public Libraries and the Ireland Literature Exchange have put together a series of readings by Irish festivals, as part of the Bealtaine festival. The first event took place last week, when Jennifer Johnston took the floor, and tomorrow is the turn of Carlo Gébler, who will be speaking at the Ilac Centre library from 1pm. Kevin Barry and Paul Murray are scheduled for May 20th and 27th respectively. Admission is free, call 01-8734333 for details.

    Dance: The Dublin Dance Festival is kicking off its shoes from tomorrow and festival director Laurie Uprichard is ending her tenure in style. Tomorrow night sees a double header of Jodi Melnick and Burt Barr in Fanfare and Yasuko Yokoshi in the intriguing Bell in Imma’s Great Hall. Bell features a classical Japanese dance reputed to be the most complex dance work in Kabuki theatre. You can catch this pair again on Saturday evening, before stumbling out into Imma’s courtyard and throwing your own shapes in the Bumper 2 Bumper Headphone Disco. Don’t forget to bring your own radio. Click here for more details.

    Relive: It’s always a little disappointing when a band starts touring a key album – it almost makes you feel like they’ve given up on producing new music. However, the chance to hear Deserter’s Songs in all its wide-eyed glory is too much to resist so in this instance we’re glad to see Mercury Rev back in town. Its technically not the weekend when they roll into Cork on Monday night, but they are being decent enough to stick around for two nights before heading for Dublin so we’ll give them (another) pass. We’ve also just realised this album is 13 years old. How the hell did that happen?

    And finally: The other day I put up a post about the ongoing detention of Ai Weiwei and one of you lot was decent enough to point out his Ted talk in the comments section, so here’s a little something to make you stop and think about the power of art over the weekend. Inspiring stuff.

    • derek says:

      I don’t go to classical concerts often, but I was at the Avalon Ensembles concert in the Hugh Lane in January where they played the Schlepper-Connolly piece (if it’s the same one) it was superb, really beautiful and haunting.

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