I’ve been in and out from UCD this week where Music Network’s development programme Making Overtures is taking place. Highlights of the week so far include an insightful presentation on self-promotion by Bill Whelan and a panel discussion on the Role of the Critic including panellists Michael Dervan, Siobhán Long and Jim Carroll, chaired by Fergus Sheil.

Ensemble ICC performs at the National Concert Hall this evening at 7.30pm. The programme includes works by Peter Moran and Sean Reed.

Tomorrow evening Paul Hillier conducts the NCC in a performance entitled From the Sublime to the Ridiculous, which includes new works by Andrew Hamilton and Argentinean-American composer Ezequiel Vinao.

The Arts Council commissioned website recently went live and includes detailed information on public art commissioning in Ireland, including a critical space which promotes international conversations on public art.

Contemporary Music organisation Ergodos have announced a whole spate of performances in the second half of 2009 including performances by Trio Scordatura, Moya Homburger & Barry and Paul G. Smyth. More information on their live page

Crash Ensemble have just announced details of a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy with libretto by Simon Doyle entitled Gas. The first performance of the opera is to take place Saturday 03 October in Dublin. EDIT – Crash’s manager Frances Mitchell informed me that this work is an “Opera in Progress” – a workshop performance

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