DIT's Conservatory of Music and Drama makes 'Nordic Connections' at the National Concert Hall

Dublin, July 2006: DIT's Conservatory of Music and Drama in collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy of Music will be joining Finland's finest musical talent from the Sibelius Academy in a special series of concerts entitled 'Nordic Music Connections' presented by the National Concert Hall. The concerts coincide with Finland's six months Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will involve DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama students and staff on Friday, July 14th at 1.05 pm and Friday, July 28th at 8.00pm. In all, the National Concert Hall's 'Nordic Music Connections' series consists of five concerts running from the 14th to the 28th of July and is supported by the Sibelius Academy, Finland and the Finnish Embassy.

The first of the five concerts (Friday, 14th July, 2006) features the DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble, directed by Odhrán O Casaide. The programme pays tribute to the exciting cultural landscape of Ireland and Scandinavia and is modelled on the pioneering work of Seán O Riada and Ceoltoiri Chualann. The ensemble is a collection of some of the finest young student talent to play at the National Concert Hall to date.

The final concert of the 'Nordic Music Connections' series (Friday, 28th July, 2006) sees the students and staff of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama join together with Ilona Jokinen and Asta Lotjonen from Sibelius Academy to perform a varied programme of works by Brahms, Strauss, Wagner and Sibelius. This prestigious concert will showcase the incredible capabilities and talent of the students and staff of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

The Conservatory of Music and Drama has been offering undergraduate programmes in music since 1986. The staff of the Conservatory, many of whom are internationally recognised performers, encourage their students to achieve the highest artistic and intellectual standards that lead them on to careers in classical and traditional music performance, music education, music technology, composition, the dramatic arts, and the other cultural industries.

For further information and to book tickets please see http://www.nch.ie/news/article.asp?id=190

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