BLACKOUT – Contemporary Music and Food in Darkness
For the first concert in the series, we’re serving up Messiaen’s seminal Quartet For The End of Time, performed by a quartet of Kirkos members: Róisín Walters (violin), Yseult Cooper Stockdale (cello), Léonie Bluett (clarinet) and Máire Carroll (piano).
Written while imprisoned in Stalag VIIIA, the work is a devout celebration of the composer’s beloved God, summoning the entire spectrum of human suffering as it reaches for the heavens. This music cries out for the embrace of darkness.
Kevin Volans, Roger Doyle, Ed Bennett, and Robert Coleman have written solo works in response to Messiaen’s seminal work – one for each musician.
Meanwhile, Kevin Powell (Gruel Guerrilla) and Vania Ling will be serving up a delicious plate of culinary delights.
French wines will be served to compliment and heighten these great pieces.
In partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland
French Wines accompanying Messiaen Blackout recital
Courtesy of the French Embassy in Ireland
- Discover France: French Wines @ Kirkos Blackout Recitals
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Grand Vin de Bordeaux
Châteaux Tour Bel Air 2011
Montagne Saint-Emilion Rouge
Appellation Montagne Saint-Emilion Contrôlée
Produce of France
Montagne-Saint-Emilion surrounds the village of Montagne, few miles to the north of the town of Saint-Emilion in the Bordeaux region.
The Right Banks Bordeauxs are beautiful blends that consist mostly Merlot, making some of the most sought-after wines in the world.
Chateau Tour Bel Air belongs to the Laporte family, who first arrived in the village of Montagne in 1760.
Traditional red Bordeaux vinification in concrete vats, with a quarter of the final blend aged in barrels. With a hint of oak, the smoothness of the merlot and the elegance of the cabernets, Château Tour Bel Air is a perfectly balanced right-bank wine.
The Bordeaux Wine Route
If you want to enjoy some of the magnificent French wine routes, one of the best spots for wine lovers is Bordeaux.
Bordeaux wines, in fact, belong to a region with AOC-57-Appellations of Origin, which produces some of the world’s finest wines, white, red or sweet.
No area in the whole world treasures such an impressive collection of fine wines, most of them made for centuries in chateaux (castles) reflecting the importance that these wineries have acquired over its history
The “Bordeaux Wine Route” is located at Bordeaux city’s doorstep, an hour from the Atlantic Ocean beaches.
Appellation Alsace Contrôlée
Pfaffenheim Riesling 2012
La Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim (Alsace - France)
Produce of France
Alsace is located on France’s eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine.
Riesling is known to be the finest Alsace wine. It gives dry, neat, graceful and well-balanced wine.
Of great finesse, this dry Riesling is an excellent food wine releasing citrus notes in a fine bouquet of delicious fruitiness.
Alsace, where the wine becomes a journey
Wine tourism is a tradition that has long existed in Alsace. Launched in 1953, the Alsace Wine Route is one of the oldest wine routes in France. It offers visitors - both neophytes and connoisseurs – a wide range of activities related to wine and the vineyard all year round. Originally a popular touring rally, it has become one of the jewels of the Alsace! The Alsace Wine Route is also a popular gathering place. From April to October, villages organise wine and harvest festivals in turn. Folklore entertainment, processions and wine-tastings take place all day long, and even at night, in a lively and friendly atmosphere !
BLACKOUT – Dark Music Played in Darkness
Messiaen - Quartet For The End of Time
8-9 May 2015, 10.30pm
@ Royal Irish Academy of Music, 36-38 Westland Row, Dublin 2
Tickets: €20/€25 - Limited places available
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