Eric Sweeney

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 The title page of the printed programme for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s concert at the National Concert Hall on Friday has a banner headline “Towards 2022”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

What are you looking forward to in 2022? The Winter Olympics? The Fifa World Cup? The Commonwealth Games? Or, perhaps less likely because they are ann(...)

Members of the Madrigallery Chamber Choir rehearsing ahead of the premiere of a commissioned choral works, Hospital Voices, in the chapel at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) on Thursday, December 6th.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Ireland’s longest running arts and health organisation, the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) celebrates 25 years with the premiere of a commissione(...)

Raphaela Mangan, Andrew Gavin and Rory Musgrave in Opera Collective Ireland’s   ‘The Return of Ulysses’, directed by Patrick Mason and conducted by Christian Curnyn. Photograph: Marshall Light Studio

David Adams St Michael’s Church, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin Sunday September 2nd 8pm €12 087-9048190 David Adams is not just a staple of the annual or(...)

New York-based Irish clarinettist Carol McGonnell played at the Airbnb International Hub on Hanover Quay

Kilkenny Arts Festival has announced full details of its 2018 programme which will run from Thursday, August 9th to Sunday, August 19th. It is the las(...)

While John Harris wants to ‘salvage as much as we  can’, pressure  of time and space are weighing against him

Snow has been everywhere this last week and the New Music Dublin Festival was among the casualties. It can’t have been easy for festival director John(...)

Alexander Toradze: His approach was to ignore all the music’s invitations to prattle in predictable patterns

Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto turned 60 last year. The age matters, because it’s often described as the last piano concerto to have entered the(...)

The concert ended with Gerald Barry’s From the Intelligence Park (1986), a collage-like piece, sometimes calmly mono-linear, sometimes fiercely aggressive

The Composing the Island festival at the National Concert Hall, surveying the past 100 years of music in Ireland, has presented a lot of music that h(...)

Horror films have always thrived on scenes featuring everyday objects moving in ways that simply shouldn’t be possible. The table raises itself off(...)

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(...)

The first opera production of the year was – where else? – in Cork last weekend, when the CIT Cork School of Music presented Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro (above)

There’s something about opera and Cork. It’s not just that the city has a theatre called the Cork Opera House: it’s that Cork just won’t lie down w(...)