An Intro to MARKIEVICZ
Join us for a relaxed and sublime afternoon concert that juxtaposes Irish traditional and classical music traditions, featuring music from Michael Rooney and UCD Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholars, The Stella Quartet.
One of the most exciting projects we are developing for 2019 is MARKIEVICZ – a music and words production that commemorates, interrogates and reflects on the significant legacy of Constance Markievicz. Featuring a newly commissioned musical suite by Michael Rooney, MARKIEVICZ is written and directed by Kellie Hughes. We invite you to join us for an introduction to the project. Joins us to witness, first-hand, the seeds of this project come to life.
About Michael Rooney
TG4 Composer of the Year in 2017, Michael Rooney is widely regarded as one of the foremost players of the traditional Irish harp.
Originally from Scotstown, Co. Monaghan and now a long time resident of County Sligo, Michael has composed eleven suites of music in the past 20 years, including The Macalla Suite (2016), Boróimhe Suite (2014), The Second Coming (2014), De Cuellar Suite (2011) and Battle of the Books Suite (2007).
In May 2015, Michael was commissioned to write music and perform on the occasion of Prince Charles’ visit to Sligo. His music features on ‘The Queen's Speech’, RTÉ's documentary of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland.
An album of ‘The Macalla Suite’ was released in December 2016 and Michael has also recorded two CDs with flute player June McCormack; 'Draíocht' and 'Land's End'.
About Stella Quartet
The Stella Quartet are an exciting string group combining the instrumental talents of four UCD Ad Astra Scholars whose musical paths have merged to recreate a refreshing sound of Baroque, chamber, classical and contemporary music. In their time together they have delighted discerning audiences with their authentic, virtuoso and ensemble playing.