TICKETS are now on sale for this year’s Arts Festival which boasts an exciting line up including a return of the Globe Theatre who will perform The Taming of the Shrew at the Castle Yard.
Rosemary Collier, Festival Director said, “For 40 years, Kilkenny Arts Festival – or arts week as it was formerly known – has played such an important role in the cultural life of this country and is an integral part of Irish summers. To mark our 40th Festival we hope to celebrate the legacy of eclectic programming that has been presented at Kilkenny down through the years. We are delighted that a number of artists who have been part of Kilkenny Festival story in the past will return this year including Colm Tóibín, Irish pianist Barry Douglas and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company. We are equally excited to be presenting four times Grammy Award winning Dawn Upshaw who will perform her first solo recital in Ireland. New works are always a key part of the Festival and we delighted to announce Festival commissions for 2013 include a piece by leading American composer Michael Gordon to be performed by The Crash Ensemble, and a brand new dance show called Dusk Ahead from Junk Ensemble,” she said.
Dawn Upshaw, who has won four Grammy awards is one of classical music’s most magnetic and groundbreaking stars and August 2013 will see her perform for the very first time in St Canice’s Cathedral.
As part of the 2013 Festival the critically acclaimed Junk Ensemble will perform a powerful new dance show, Dusk Ahead, a captivating new work from one of Ireland’s most dynamic dance companies is a specially commissioned and co-produced by Kilkenny Arts Festival and the Project Arts Centre. A multi-award-winning company who often stage works in unusual locations, Junk Ensemble’s innovative productions stretch the boundaries of dance theatre, creating a rich sensory mix that challenges the relationship between audience and performer. A second festival commission, a new work by American composer Michael Gordon to be performed by Crash Ensemble as part of a very special performance in St Canice’s Cathedral will also premiere at the festival.
Fresh from a European tour celebrating Ireland’s presidency of the EU and appearance at the BBC Proms the day before, Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland will travel to Kilkenny to perform a special programme to mark the Benjamin Britten centenary. Camerata Ireland brings together the finest Irish musicians – both young and established – to create a unique and world-class chamber orchestra. Since pianist and conductor Barry Douglas founded the ensemble in 1999, it has toured all over the world gaining an international reputation for excellence. Douglas himself is no stranger to Kilkenny’s festival audience having performed at the festival many times as a soloist and with chamber ensembles.
This year as part of The Gathering Ireland 2013, the Festival has made a global call for international choral singers to participate in an ambitious choral event which will be a major highlight of the 40th festival celebrations. Under the baton of the prolific Irish conductor Fergus Sheil the festival hopes to bring together 100 Irish and international singers from more than 20 countries for a very special performance one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century music: Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The Kilkenny Arts Festival runs from August 9 to 18 and attracts over 28,000 visitors to the city annually. A full programme will be announced over the coming months.