Bryce Dessner, guitarist and composer, who is looking forward to ‘new encounters’ at Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival

It is proving hard to pin down Bryce Dessner. He might be in France, offers one of our go-betweens, or perhaps Ibiza. His management later suggests(...)

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sang with a kind of effortless aplomb, as if singing of beauty and precision were something that could just be made to happen

The New York Philharmonic’s appearance at the National Concert Hall on Thursday was anything but orthodox for a visiting orchestra. There was no bi(...)

Opera of a different kind featured on Dublin’s streets over the weekend in Things We Throw Away (above). A public street with pedestrians passing around and sometimes through the performing space is not exactly an easy spot for pop-up opera. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

If you’re of a certain age you’ll remember blackouts from the bad old days of ESB strikes. Different areas of the land would take it in turn to hau(...)

David Lang: the line-up of his festival featured composers with an average age of 54 and a range of works with an average year of composition around 2000

For two days last weekend the National Concert Hall was taken over by What? . . . Wow, David Lang’s Festival of Music 2015. Lang is the Los Angeles(...)

 David Lang, whose Man Made will be performed by the RTÉ NSO and So Percussion

A parakeet squawks from a cage in US composer David Lang’s Soho loft in downtown New York. His mate died recently, and Lang was concerned he would (...)

Traditional Musician of the Year Máirtín O’Connor

Over the past 17 years, TG4’s annual Gradam Ceoil Awards have made it their business to train a spotlight on a handful of those who have pushed the(...)

‘Bruch never managed to reconcile himself with the direction taken by Wagner and Liszt, let alone those who built on their achievements.’ Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

You have to feel sorry for Max Bruch. He was born in Cologne in 1838, and in spite of some notable successes would spend his life in the shadow of (...)

‘Reign’: they should really call the show ‘Dawson’s Keep’

Aidan Power arrives into town, much like Papa Lazarou from The League of Gentleman or Pennywise the clown from It, and makes families compete against (...)

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(...)

Pantha du Prince: perfect chiming

Pantha du Prince and the Bell Laboratory NCH, Dublin **** Fusing electr(...)