Ardee Baroque returns with popular favourites
Ardee Baroque returns for its 16th year with a programme of some of the most popular and loved works by Handel, Vivaldi, Gluck, Back and even Irish composer Turlough O’Carolan. Whether you are a seasoned baroque music fan or someone completely new to it, this year’s festival is tailored to provide entertainment for all.
One of the big successes in last year’s festival was Musici Ireland who performed to a packed church with a concert of popular baroque hits along with Belfast choir, Melisma. This year, Musici Ireland return with a programme of Handel, Bach and Corelli and bring two internationally acclaimed trumpeters, Crispian Steele Perkins and Niall O’Sullivan for Vivaldi’s virtuosic concerto for two trumpets.
The weekend opens with an evening of glorious opera arias from composers such as Gluck and Handel with star mezzo soprano Sharon Carty and her ensemble. Writing group Lit Lab also return for a free poetry reading in the Library on Saturday afternoon, there’s a guest talk with Dr James O’Brien Moran on Sunday, workshops in the community and the festival draws to a close with a concert that explores the connections between baroque and traditional Irish music featuring the skills of uilleann piper David Power with acclaimed early music group Camerata Kilkenny.
Programme director, Pauline Ashwood said: “Ardee Baroque brings together some of the most wonderful musicians, playing beautiful and often very well-known music, in one of Ireland’s geographic and historic towns, it’s no wonder it is classed as one of Ireland’s premier music events. Each year, it is programmed to thrill its loyal fan base and entice newcomers. Whether it is opera arias, traditional influences or show-stopping hits, there really is something for all musical tastes.”
Full details on the Festival are available on www.ardeebaroque.com Tickets are on sale through An Táin Arts Centre, Crowe St, Dundalk, Co Louth +353 42 9332332 or www.antain.ie Booking charges apply.