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Composer: Dennehy, Donnacha (b. 1970)

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Year of birth1970
NationalityIreland
Period20th century
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LondonThe Second Violinist

Dennehy: The Second Violinist
Ryan McAdams; Enda Walsh; Irish National Opera; Crash Ensemble; Irish National Opera Chorus; Aaron Monaghan; Máire Flavin

AmsterdamThe Second ViolinistNew production

The Second Violinist
Dennehy: The Second Violinist
Ryan McAdams; Enda Walsh; Dutch National Opera; Jamie Vartan; Joan O'Clery; Adam Silverman; Jack Phelan
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The Last Hotel at the Edinburgh Festival

Claudia Boyle (Woman) © Patrick Redmond
The World Premiere at the Edinburgh Festival of The Last Hotel:   a strange and haunting new chamber opera from post-minimilist composer Donnacha Dennehyna and acclaimed writer Enda Walsh with the Crash Ensemble generating exciting rhythmic pulsing energy in the pit. 
***11
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Michael McHale's Irish Piano Tour

© Michael McHale
Resonant Mussorgsky Pictures cap an unusually fresh, imaginatively programmed recital. Is Michael McHale the best Irish pianist since Barry Douglas?
****1
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Education, levitation, and mountain bears in collected stories: “(post)folk”

Kaki King © Kaki King
The U.S. première of Richard Ayres’s No. 42 In the Alps was musically delightful, visually whimsical, and all-around hilarious.
***11
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra gets contemporary with MusicNOW: Vaporized

©  Cristian Macelaru
As a title for the opening performance of MusicNOW’s 2013-2014 season, “Vaporized” is somewhat misleading. It comes from the evening’s first piece, and it makes for a tidy, catchy branding for a new music concert. Yet the other two works are steeped in a density and concreteness that are counterintuitive to the abstract, amorphous implications of that title.
***11
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Crash Ensemble plays a spread of text settings and folkloric magics at Carnegie Hall

Dawn Upshaw  ©  Dario Acosta
On Friday night, the Irish new music group Crash Ensemble produced some sonic pyrotechnics to match the Scriabinian lights display at Carnegie Hall’s recently renovated Zankel Hall.
****1
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