Well, it seems unlikely we will see any more overpowering images in the cinema this year. Within its first 10 minutes, Edward Burtynsky’s combination (...)

Theo Parrish: “Make it personal”

How did the live band come together? Piece by piece, with unexplainable timing and luck. I started by approaching the talent around me – Duminie Depor(...)

The performance of Mendelssohn’s youthful Octet, led by Katherine Hunka (above), buzzed with energy. The audience loved it. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Killaloe Music Festival has got a new lease of life, although it’s not quite the same Killaloe Music Festival that the Irish Chamber Orchestra (...)

The music of Philip Glass has always been a strong selling point for The Dublin Guitar Quartet. After all, the players’ enterprising arrangements rece(...)

In ‘The Invader’, the musical style might best be described as eclectic minimalist. Echoes of Philip Glass abound, but the musical material is much more varied

Ten years ago I interviewed Pierre Boulez in connection with the 2004 RTÉ Living Music Festival. I had to ask him about opera, given his famous 196(...)

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(...)

The Kronos Quartet (left to right): John Sherba, Sunny Jungin Yang, Hank Dutt and David Harrington. Photograph: Jay Blakesberg.

David Harrington is in inspired mood, coming off the back of another concert celebrating the Kronos Quartet’s 40th anniversary. “We just had a concert(...)

La Belle et la Bête

Jean Cocteau’s extravagant 1946 fantasy reacquaints a familiar nursery tale – a beautiful young girl goes as a hostage for her father to live with a h(...)

From dive-bombing bats in Cork to blood-sucking mosquitoes in Colombia, the Dublin Guitar Quartet takes it all in its stride. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The ups and downs of the music business are all in a day’s work for the Dublin Guitar Quartet. We’re not just talking scales and arpeggios here; the e(...)

Class act overkill

A few years back I talked to the irrepressible Terence Davies about his film The Deep Blue Sea. I admired his decision to include Samuel Barber’s Conc(...)