Arts Column with Conor Malone

Arts Column with Conor Malone
This Week’s Highlights

This Week’s Highlights

This is probably the quietest week I can remember for some time. There’s still a couple of things to catch the eye.

Canadian old time roots sensation Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys kick off the week tonight (Thursday, July 3) with a gig at The Balor, Ballybofey.

The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland are at An Grianan, Letterkenny at 7.30pm tomorrow, Friday 4th and there’s another earlier than usual start at An Grianan on Sunday 6th with a showcase performance by the students of Ri-Oga Dance Academy taking place at 5pm.

Other than that, I can only assume that everybody is enjoying the weather, keeping their powder dry for The Aaragail Arts Festival or enjoying the World Cup. I backed Germany at 13/2 before the tournament began and drew France in the Balor Sweepstake. Fingers crossed.

Orchestral Manouevres

The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland visit An Grianan, Letterkenny tomorrow (Friday July 4th). There are106 musicians in the National Youth Orchestra so it’s probably just as well that An Grianan have one of the largest stages in the country – the largest theatre stage outside of Dublin, I remember being told once.

The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland come to Letterkenny tomorrow as part of it’s Summer Proms tour. Conducted by internationally renowned Chinese conductor En Shao, they’ll present an ambitious programme including Rachmaninov’s second symphony and Rimsky-Korsakov’s overture to The Tsar’s Bride.

They’ll also be joined by multiple prizewinning German violist Nils Monkemeyer as soloist for Walton’s viola concerto.

There really is something very impressive about seeing such a large body of musicians coming together as one to perform some beautifully intricate pieces music.