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    Louth Contemporary Music Society in association with Louth County Arts Office and Dundalk Arts office present [color=red:ceaf17fbc3]The Kronos Quartet with special guest Wu Man in the Irish premieres of Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera & Terry Riley’s Cusp of Magic in An Tain Theatre Dundalk on 13 July 2009. [/color:ceaf17fbc3]Both works were specially written for the Kronos Quartet and are available on cd recordings from Nonesuch records.

    Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential ensembles of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 45 recordings of extraordinary breadth and commissioning more than 600 new works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos’ work has also garnered numerous awards, including a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and “Musicians of the Year” (2003) from Musical America.

    [color=red:ceaf17fbc3]Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera[/color:ceaf17fbc3]
    Ghost Opera is an acclaimed work for string quartet and pipa (Chinese lute) from Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera is written for string quartet and pipa (Chinese lute) and features Grammy winning Kronos Quartet with acclaimed Chinese instrumentalist Wu Man. Stephen Pettit of the London Times said Tan Dun is master of effect. Ghost Opera is a five movement theatrical work that mirrors an ancient Chinese funeral custom in which the performer engages in a dialogue between his past and future. Ghost Opera is beguiling and moving. It is a colorful as well as a touching meditation, garnished by sounds of clashing stones and cymbals, the Chinese one-stringed lute and pipa, and small bells. . .wonderfully atmospheric.”

    [color=red:ceaf17fbc3]Terry Riley's Cusp of Magic[/color:ceaf17fbc3]
    Terry Riley’s six-movement piece, The Cusp of Magic was described by the Los Angeles Times “with its lullabies and entrancing Chinese songs and sweet disposition, brims with joy.”

    Tickets €20 on sale from
    0818 205 205 UK: 0870 850 2896 International: ++353 1 8721122

    An Tain Theatre Box Office Crowe St, Dundalk.
    00 353 42 9392919.
    more details http://www.louthcms.org/?p=963