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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Unique concert in darkness

Published 11/09/2013 | 05:20

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Louth Contemporary Music Society present a unique event for local audiences – a concert which will be performed in St. Nicholas Church (Green Church) in the dark.

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The concert, entitled Darkness Audible, will include the Irish premiere of the aptly titled 'In the Dark' by Georg Frederich Haas'.

The work is performed in complete darkness, with the musicians playing from memory in different parts of the performance space.

In iij Noct (In the Dark) is an innovative musical composition by the acclaimed contemporary Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Hass which uses the theme of darkness to explore how music initiates and expresses the genesis of the inner light that leads to 'peace'.

Haas reveals how music is both the means and the end to such peace through a radical reversal of traditional conceptions of the concert performance.

The idea of performance in the dark comes from Renaissance and Baroque composers who wrote settings of Tenebrae services, to be sung in gradually darkened churches during the three days leading to Easter.

The performers play from memory and they play blind.

The performance will take place on Friday, September 20, in St. Nicholas Church.

Tickets, priced €10 will be available at the door or in advance from Central Ticket Bureau, www.centralticketbureau.com

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