Saturday 23 September 2017

Pleasure List: Gray tributes to encapsulate artist's genius

Talent: Violinist Anna Cashell
Talent: Violinist Anna Cashell

IRISH designer Eileen Gray arrived in Paris the City of Light in 1902 to an explosion of artistic creativity and musical expression.

 Legend has it that by night Gray sped through the streets of Belle Époque Paris with her nightclub singer lover, Marie-Louise Damien, riding shotgun and their pet panther in the back seat. It was an exciting time to be alive and Paris was a Mecca for a one-of-a-kind artist and designer like Gray. This season the Royal Irish Academy of Music is joining forces with The Irish Museum of Modern Art to celebrate Gray's creative genius and that of her musical peers in a three-part series of concerts in the beautiful and evocative setting of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, currently hosting the Eileen Gray Retrospective Exhibition. The first concert is at 3pm on Sunday, November 17. Timeless and atmospheric pieces by Ravel and Debussy will be performed by, among others, the Schumann Quartet featuring violinist, Anna Cashell. Two further concerts will be held on December 1 and January 19. Tickets from the National Concert Hall at 01 417 0000 or www.nch.ie

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