Christian Blackshaw: performing Schubert’s piano sonatas at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Schubert: Dreaming the Sublime Kilkenny Arts Festival, Friday August 11th to Sunday August 20th kilkennyarts.ie Kilkenny Arts Festival’s main compos(...)

In the last year of Mozart’s life he wrote a number of pieces for glass harmonica (above), an instrument devised by Benjamin Franklin. Photograph: iStock

History tends to focus on the big events. So 1791, the last year of Mozart’s life, is usually seen as the time of the last great works. There’s the R(...)

Work by Jane Rainey

NCAD Graduate Showcase NCAD Thomas St Campus, 100 Thomas St, Dublin; NCAD Postgrad Centre, 101- 103 James’s St. June 18th-26th. ncad.ie Uncover: D(...)

Agrippina: director Oliver Mears plays it as a contemporary soap opera

Agrippina Lime Tree, Limerick *****   Agrippina is widely regarded as Handel’s first great opera. He wrote it to a libretto b(...)

Rachel Kelly, Padraic Rowan and Máire Flavin. Photograph: Sara Freund

It’s not every day that you hear parallels drawn between the Netflix series House of Cards and a Handel opera from 1709, but Máire Flavin is quite (...)

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A couple of years ago I had my ear bent by music lovers who were so upset about the severity of orchestral cutbacks in RTÉ that they seemed to be s(...)

Darina Allen: scheduled to appear at the festival in Boston

Build it and they will come is what Irish entrepreneur Rachel Kelly is hoping will happen when the doors open on the inaugural iFest event in Boston o(...)

Michelin Star chefs and brothers Peter (left) and Jonray Sanchez-Iglesias, from Casamia Restaurant in Bristol, officially launching this year’s Taste of Dublin event, which is taking place this weekend in the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The organisers of Taste of Dublin have spent recent days burying statues of the Child of Prague around the grounds of the Iveagh Gardens in an attempt(...)

Composer Igor Stravinsky  (right) and impresario Sergei Diaghilev in Seville during their Ballets Russes collaboration. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

There’s a scene in Arthur Penn’s 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, where the two bank-robbers fruitlessly try to make out on a bed. Lots of rustling sheets,(...)