Dublin will celebrate its rich melodic heritage and modern-day musical maestros as MusicTown returns for its second year this April 6th to 17th. Organised by Dublin City Council, the festival showcases the vast musical talent and vibrant musical culture that permeates throughout our Capital City. MusicTown’s eclectic programme has something for all ages and interests, celebrating all types of music created and enjoyed throughout the city today; from classical to pop, trad to rock, psychedelic to opera, electronic and everything in between. Some events are free and some have a nominal charge. For further information and tickets visit www.musictown.ie
MusicTown has joined with 12 Points Festival for one of the more interesting events of the festival at Meeting House Square on April 13th. Reflecting on the debut of Handel’s Messiah in Dublin and looking to the future of music, 17 innovative young musicians will take to the stage over the night, including London quintet WorldService Project, Nordic punk-pop-jazz with Pixel from Oslo and Dublin’s own hip-hop collective, Mixtapes from the Underground. All proceeds from this event will go to the Irish Youth Foundation and the Peter McVerry Trust.
Handel remains an important strand to the MusicTown programme. ‘Messiah in the Street’, a stalwart of the Dublin choral calendar returns to commemorate the anniversary of the very first performance of Messiah on April 13th 1742 in The Great Music Hall on Fishamble Street; ‘Handel at the Chapel’ sees The Frideric Band perform a lunchtime concert of the renowned composer’s music in the beautiful surroundings of the recently refurbished Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle; Opera Theatre Company present a performance of ‘Ariodante’ with Christian Curnyn conducting the acclaimed Irish Baroque Orchestra in the atmospheric St. Patrick’s Cathedral; and Pat Liddy, well-known for his historical walking tours, will be on hand to take music lovers on a special Handel-inspired tour through the city.
12 Points joins this year of commemorations in celebrating its 10th edition in 2016. Ten years of adventurous, stylistically diverse programming, a festival of discovery to highlight the hidden gems that reflect the contemporary sounds of Europe today. This somewhat unconventional 12 Points model attracts new audiences, challenges jazz stereotypes and mirrors the cultural heart of a progressive 21st century Europe.
In the spirit of the Messiah’s debut in 1742, all proceeds from this 12 Points event will go to two worthy charities, the Irish Youth Foundation, enabling future generations of young composers and creators, and Peter McVerry Trust, helping our city’s homeless.
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