A new staging of Shakespear's King Lear, a Beethoven Quest, and eclectic music sessions hosted by Clare fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes are among the many highlights at this year's Kilkenny Arts Festival which runs in the Marble City from August 8 to 17.
Artistic residencies, unexpected collaborations, surprise guests and secret garden music are also promised to delight festival goers in the medieval city this August.
This year's programme features two ambitious special projects in contrasting musical fields - Beethoven Quest and The Marble City Sessions.
Beethoven Quest is an epic journey through the composer’s string quartets and piano concertos and his complete string quartets will be performed throughout the ten days of the Festival by the acclaimed Heath Quartet in a series of ten lunchtime concerts.
The complete piano concertos will be performed by Barry Douglas (piano/director) and Camerata Ireland over two evenings in St Canice’s Cathedral.
The Marble City Sessions, co-curated by Kilkenny Arts Festival with Martin Hayes, gathers some of the finest musicians in America and Ireland - with backgrounds in traditional, jazz, folk, contemporary, oldtime, bluegrass and many other styles - for a week of unique, cross-genre collaborations building to an unforgettable Festival Finale where many of the resident artists will join forces in a gala night at St Canice’s.
For more information on the full line-up go to www.kilkennyarts.ie/blog/