Barrow River Arts Festival
May 09 2014 - May 11 2014
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Small and intimate arts festival which showcases the richness and individuality of culture in Ireland, with a fascinating blend of baroque and contemporary music, visual art and literature.
Barrow River Arts Festival is a small and intimate event which showcases the richness and individuality of culture in Ireland, with a fascinating blend of baroque and contemporary music, visual art and literature. Under the artistic direction of Barry Guy and Maya Homburger, this festival offers an exciting range of events to the very highest standards in the magnificent setting of historic Borris House on the River Barrow in one of the loveliest parts of Ireland.
In a relaxed and informal atmosphere, a captivating blend of baroque and contemporary music provides the central thread of the festival with improvisation a common exciting element. Leading international musicians together with Irish performers showcase the richness and individuality of high quality culture in Ireland. The Swiss cellist Thomas Demenga, pianist Anton Kernjak and violinist Muriel Cantoreggi perform Beethoven, Schubert, Webern and Shostakovich; The Calmus Ensemble from Leipzig return to the festival for an a capella recital and a final night programme of Bach (cantata and harpsichord concerto), Purcell and Handel with Camerata Kilkenny; free improvisers Paul Plimley and Lucas Niglii join forces with bass player/composer Barry Guy which includes the work Come and Go based on texts by Beckett; and the Homburger/Guy Duo play Biber, Kurtag & Guy with percussionist Niggli.
There will be an exhibition of works by the Scottish painter Alan Davie and acclaimed Irish actor Barry McGovern will read excerpts from Samuel Beckett, Flann O'Brien and James Joyce.