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 2:00

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 2:00

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 (...)

Attacca remain young not only in appearance and spirit, but also in sound
Review: Attacca Quartet
  • Music
  • February 28, 2014, 17:05

Attacca Quartet St Finian’s Lutheran Church, Dublin *** John Adams – John’s Book of Alleged Dances (exc). Beethoven – String Quartet i(...)

Attacca are, clockwise from far left, Amy Schroeder, Luke Fleming, Andrew Yee and Keiko Tokunaga

At the moment, New York’s Attacca String Quartet are tied up with the music of John Adams. They’re playing excerpts from his witty John’s Book of A(...)

John Wilson makes his debut as principal conductor of the RTÉ CO in a Hollywood Rhapsody programme on Thursday. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

It was so quick and quiet that you might not have noticed it, but there’s been a major departure from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Two days be(...)

FOR THE HOME ITSELF  The Christmas candle gets a modern twist. Superliving’s brightly coloured candlesticks, come in three sizes; the 21cm and 28cm Cosmos are €21 and €26 respectively. The shapely Curve, 20cm, is €26, all at Ranelagh- based Magpie Trading

Great gift ideas for that will bring a smile to all interioristas, from hostesses with the mostest, hard to buy menfolk, bachelors, Panks – profession(...)

Demonstrators in solidarity with Bradley (Chelsea) Manning in Washington. Photograph: Getty Images

I am too old to have many heroes left but one I retain is Hugh Thompson. He is an unlikely hero for someone of my political disposition: a conservativ(...)

Irish republicanism has a rich tradition of political thought, and its founding father, Wolfe Tone, is honoured at Bodenstown every year. So surely it should mean more than ‘Brits Out’? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In 1995 I took a walk with a colleague along the canal from Maynooth to Kilcock. Coming up to a bridge we spotted that someone had painted “Brits O(...)

Piano technician Martin Walsh is fully on the side of Hamburg Steinways over the New York-made version

The website and printed material for the new Dublin International Piano Festival & Summer Academy are emblazoned with a night-time image of the Co(...)