Sofa Symphony: The music of Kaija Saariaho

Sofa Symphony: The music of Kaija Saariaho
Thu 20 May 2021





Originally delivered as part of the Healthy Ireland initiative and with assistance from the Tipperary County Council  - Tipperary Arts Office, “The Sofa Symphony” is a live online ‘Listening Party’ at The Source Arts Centre where music lovers can listen to great works of classical  music and in real-time share their reactions and comments with other music lovers. Delivered though the use of free-to-access digital platform such asfacebook, Spotify and YouTube and taking place every Thursday evening during the month of May each concert is also enhanced by fun and informative video presentations and helpful listening guides.

The composer Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952) is one of the most wide-ranging and important composers known today. Her music combines fascinating and complex orchestral timbres with innovative electronics to create whole new sound worlds that are both immediate and extra ordinary. From her first studies in her native Finland through her work in ‘Spectral Music’ at the Influential IRCAM Institute in the Centre Pompidou, Paris, her work opens new possibilities for the way in which acoustic and electronic music can combine to create until now unimagined sounds. In 2016, her opera L’amour de loin was staged by the New York Metropolitan Opera – only the second time an opera written by a woman had been staged, and the first in over 100 years.

The concerts are curated by Tipperary based Music Director/Educator Eamon O’Malley who will introduce each work and present a specially recorded video-guide each week. While the music is playing, audience members can use an online comments board to remark, make observations and interact with others in an informal and fun online setting.

Image by David Zydd from Pixabay

Links for this programme to come.


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