Check out the work of the Dublin Youth Orchestras, above, at the NCH on January 9th

We’re all familiar with the “tip of the iceberg” notion. What you see or know is sometimes only a fraction of the whole. That fraction can be unbelie(...)

Three organisations – Music in Wexford, Music in Kilkenny, and Lismore Music Festival – have lost €30,000 in grant funding from the Arts Council. Photograph: Thinkstock

The line about never letting a good crisis go to waste has been used many times. It comes up in assessments of the Government’s track record, not lea(...)

“The steering committee controlled the first New Music Dublin festival, and then handed the later festivals to Donnacha Dennehy and David Lang (above). It’s easy to see why it has lacked a coherent vision”

The whole idea of “contemporary music” as a thing in itself seems to have arisen in the early decades of the 20th century. Back in the 18th century i(...)

John Adams describes his 2013 Absolute Jest as “a colossal, 25-minute scherzo”. It’s a concerto (sort of) for string quartet and orchestra that plays (...)

Best Shops winner (gift/design/interiors) in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill

The Burren Perfumery, Co Clare  What a year it’s been for The Burren Perfumery, situated in Carron, Co Clare. Since winning the Best (...)

Actor/director Steven Berkoff: ‘If there’s anything that the establishment can’t bear, it’s someone who stands out. You could say the same thing about any radical person, starting from Jesus Christ.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Not many people realise this, but you don’t actually learn anything at art college any more; however, you do have to go there to find that out.” A(...)

Silent Night: the quick scene changes of the prologue, which were handled by the rotation of a turntable in Cincinnati, will be solved at Wexford with lighting

France’s most notoriously eccentric composer, Erik Satie, once offered a tongue-in-cheek timetable of “The Musician’s Day”. It begins: “Get up: 7.1(...)

American violinist Chad Hoopes was born in 1994. His debut CD pairs a work first heard in January of that year, the Violin Concerto by John Adams, wit(...)

Wide Open Opera has brought the work to Dublin. Australian baritone Barry Ryan (above) is a thoughtful Nixon

Who would have predicted that minimalism and opera would combine in a popular partnership? Back in the 1960s, the idea of operas from the likes of Phi(...)

‘Despite its reputation for being an opera in minimalist style, an opera based on contemporary events, one of the delicious things about Nixon in China is that it’s also a parody,’ says composer John Adams

For anyone with a broad interest in opera, Wide Open Opera’s Irish premiere of John Adams’s Nixon in China is a no-brainer. It is, as was remarked (...)