Art on the river Barrow

Graignamanagh is gearing up for the Barrow River Arts Festival, which will take place from March 2-4 in Duiske Abbey and in Borris House in Carlow.

Graignamanagh is gearing up for the Barrow River Arts Festival, which will take place from March 2-4 in Duiske Abbey and in Borris House in Carlow.

The 2012 festival begins in Duiske Abbey with the French piano duo of Katia and Marielle Labèque performing music by Debussy, Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein (suite from West Side Story) and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The festival then moves to Borris House on March 3 as the Calmus Ensemble presents a programme of a capella vocal music from Germany, Italy and Spain entitled ‘Sacred and Profane’ by Schütz, Monteverdi, Bach, Franke (b.1959) and Mateo Fletcha (15th century Spain).

On March 4, international award-winning ensemble Camerata Kilkenny joins forces with the Calmus Ensemble for a performance of two of J.S. Bach’s sacred cantatas Ich habe Genug (BWV 82) and Nach dir, Herr verlanget mich (BWV 150), his second Orchestral Suite in B minor for solo flute, strings and basso continuo (with its famous Badinerie movement) and Mystery Sonata No 4 by H.I.F. Biber.

An exhibition celebrating the 90th birthday of English abstract expressionist painter Albert Irvin will open in the presence of the artist on March 3 at 2pm in Borris House and will run until March 11. Saxophonist Evan Parker will play at the opening, and more free improvised jazz can be heard later that evening (following a tapas supper with the performers) when the Spanish/English AURORA Trio of Agustí Fernández (piano), Ramón López (percussion) and bass virtuoso Barry Guy join forces.

At 4pm on March 4, Irish actress Marcella Riordan will perform excerpts from Molly Bloom’s soliloquy, from the Anna Livia chapter of Finnegan’s Wake and from Beckett’s play Happy Days in a programme entitled “Women in Joyce and Beckett.”

Storyteller Eddie Lenihan, recently nominated for the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (the world’s largest children’s literature award), will weave his tales of myth, magic and mystery for adults and children on March 4 at 2.30pm.

Tickets are on sale from Carlow’s Visual Centre for Contemporary Art and The George Bernard Shaw Theatre; 059 9172400; and info@visualcarlow.ie. For more information, see www.barrowriverartsfestival.com.