Arts & Parts October 10th, 2016

Great names in music

Music, laughter and art are on the bill in the coming weeks at venues in and around Letterkenny

Daithi Ramsay


Daithi Ramsay

Great names in music

Ballyshannon Drama Society members rehearsing for "Our Town" which opens on Tuesday at the Abbey Arts Centre.

There’s a whole host of great music coming up soon at An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny, with Declan O’Rourke, Damien Dempsey, Phil Coulter, Lisa Hannigan, The High Kings, Eddi Reader, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry all booked in.

More at or call 074 91 20777.

Andrew Maxwell

Comedian Andrew Maxwell performs this Saturday, 15 October, at An Grianán Theatre, with his brand new show, “Yo Contraire”, after performing it before sell-out crowds at festivals in Edinburgh and Australia. For a comedian with a natural ear for the absurdities of our news cycle, 2016 has been a vintage year. Sure we could all do with a laugh! Tickets available from 074 91 20777, or get them on the door. Show starts at 8pm.

Chamber Music Festival 

The Donegal Chamber Music Society in association with Donegal Music Education Partnership presents the 3rd Donegal Chamber Music Festival this Friday to Sunday, October 14th to 16th. There are three concerts over the weekend, at Glenveagh Castle, Glebe House Gallery and An Grianán Theatre, presenting well-known classical pieces as well as contemporary works by this year’s festival’s featured composer, Dublin-born John McLachlan, who lives in Inishowen.

There’s the Donegal Camerata String Ensemble at 8pm on Friday in the drawing room, Glenveagh Castle; a family concert on Saturdayr at 12.30pm at the The Glebe House and Gallery, Churchill; and Donegal Chamber Orchestra’s 10th Anniversary Concert on Sunday at 7pm in An Grianán Theatre. 

John Carpenter: Live Retrospective

Normally I don’t stray far outside the county for events to mention but this one certainly deserves a mention. The legendary composer John Carpenter and his band will be performing themes from his classic films ​and new compositions on Tuesday, October 25th,​ in Vicar Street, Dublin. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see the man who composed all those spine-tingling scores for Halloween, The Fog, They Live, Escape From New York, Assault on Precinct 13, etc. Tickets on Ticketmaster. I wonder are we allowed to bring in popcorn? 

Suil na nÓg Junior Cert Art Exhibition     

This annual explosion of teenage creativity will feature over 100 pieces of Junior Cert art in a range of media including drawing, painting and 3-D in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny. The work is drawn from 20 secondary schools throughout Donegal. The exhibition is presented by the RCC in partnership with the Donegal Art Teachers Association. The official opening is Friday at 7pm and everyone is welcome.

Nathalia Milstein         

French pianist Nathalia Milstein, who swept to victory in the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition with what one critic called an “electrifying” performance of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto, performs in concert at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny at 8pm on Wednesday, October 19th.

While possessing a phenomenal technique, Nathalia has also been lauded for her wonderfully expressive, heartfelt playing. She recently gave her début recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Programme for the night is: Johann Sebastian Bach Toccata in C minor, BWV 911; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata in B-flat major, K.281; Béla Bartók Suite “Out of Doors” Sz.81; Franz Liszt Sonneto 104 del Petrarca; Gráinne Mulvey “Interference Patterns”; Maurice Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin.