John O’Conor’s playing had something of the air of a grand master about it, the big picture always well-understood

On Monday, Google’s homepage ran a picture to celebrate the 360th birthday of Bartolomeo Cristofori, inventor of the piano and keeper of instrument(...)

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(...)

‘The super-short concert is a very interesting concept. The one at Happy Day Enniskillen International Beckett Festival by French soprano Léa Trommenschlager (above) with pianist Julius Drake, was a model of its kind’

The winner of the inaugural ESB Feis Ceoil Orchestral Conducting Competition in April was Elaine Kelly from Cork. It’s good to see the Feis taking (...)

Catherine Conroy writing in her yard, with bunting and bells for company

I am sitting in the garden, reading and working on college assignments. I look up to see my dad standing at the back door, looking unconvinced. I s(...)

Adrian Dunbar opens the third edition of the Happy Days Festival, the world’s first and only festival dedicated to the Nobel-prize winning writer Samuel Beckett, at The Skull, Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen,  Co Fermanagh. Photogprah:  Paul Faith

Catastrophe Adrian Dunbar directs one of Beckett’s last plays, the short and pointedly political depiction of a director and his assistant engaging wi(...)

Google’s experimental “happy” newsroom processes were made public after the Brazil vs Germany World Cup semi-final – there was a distinction between negative terminology topping searches, yet more upbeat content being shared on social media. Photograph: Rowan Staszkiewicz/PA Wire.

In this paper last week, Michael Harding referred to Gabriel García Márquez’s idea that what matters in life is not what happens, but what and how (...)

Alistair Spalding: ‘I hardly ever go to America to see work; we take work there but there isn’t a flourishing of dance.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Talk to Alistair Spalding about dance, and one of the first things he’ll light upon is hip hop. “All the terminology in ballet and the movement and vo(...)

Corita Kent: a nun for 32 years in a Hollywood convent before she left to become a full-time artist

The campus buildings oat LA’s Immaculate Heart College are decorated with huge, colourful posters of food – rows of shiny, stylised apples and pear(...)

Meditating on mortality: Klaus Maria Brandauer in Krapp’s Last Tape. Photographs: Das Letzte Band

There are three events that Sean Doran recalls, over the course of a varied international career as an artistic director, when he thought he had fi(...)

Alvin Lucier sat impassively, letting his engineer see what he could do. Photograph: Amanda Lucier

Talking to Alvin Lucier for the interview published on this page last Friday, I asked him whether his piece I Am Sitting in a Room was as straightf(...)