Dear Friends of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama,
I am delighted to write to you about three events happening in the next ten days at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama!
First, the inaugural concert of our new DIT Chamber Orchestra takes place at 8pm tonight (26 October) with a concert in the Gleeson Hall. Under the baton of conductor David Brophy, this new group will perform the gorgeous Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Haydn’s Symphony no. 70 in D major and Gustav Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite. All are welcome to come and hear our new Chamber Orchestra sound and the concert is free to attend.
Second, on Wednesday November 1st DIT Conservatory celebrates 30 years of the Bachelor of Music performance degree with a Gala Concert at 8pm in the National Concert Hall. Titled “Past and Present” the concert will feature eleven of our star alumni who are returning to perform with over 150 Conservatory musicians on the NCH mainstage. Not to be missed, the programme includes many well-loved classics and is a testament to what can happen for young Irish performers when talent, hard work and the right opportunity combine. Details of the concert, the performers and tickets are available below…we hope you can join us for what promises to be a truly memorable evening!
Third, DIT Conservatory is also proud to announce Sounding out the Space, an international conference on the spatiality of sound which will take place on our Grangegorman campus from November 2-4. A collaboration between the DIT Conservatory, the Dublin School of the Creative Arts and Gradcam, this is the first conference of its kind in Ireland. Bringing over 85 speakers to the new DIT campus at Grangegorman, the conference will include presentations from sound artists, visual artists, composers, academics and post-graduate researchers who will consider the spatiality of sound in all its diverse forms. Keynote speakers include US sound artist and composer Bill Fontana and American artist, writer and theorist Brandon LaBelle.
With lots to see, hear and experience, it’s a big week for cultural things to do in DIT. We hope you can join us!
Dr. Orla McDonagh
Head, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama