Whale Theater unveils jazz and classical performances

THE Whale Theater will host a series of jazz and classical music performances as part of its spring schedule, featuring performances by local and international artists.

n Sunday, March 20, ‘Journey Through the Senses’ sees local pianist Dr Svetlana Rudenko collaborate with professional ballet dancer Zoe Marinello-Kohn and American lighting engineer Sterling Baldwin in an exploration of synesthesia through live music , ballet and lighting design at the Greystones site.

Described by neuroscientists Ramachandran and Hubbard as a “window into perception, thought, and language,” the study of synesthesia helps us understand how our senses interact, influencing our perception and emotions.

Featuring acclaimed Wicklow-based Canadian soprano Catherine Redding, the Whale Theater will host a very special performance of John Tavener’s beautiful song cycle ‘To a Child Dancing in the Wind’ on Sunday 10 April.

Instrumental accompaniment will be provided by Trio Táin, comprising Wicklow harpist Aisling Ennis, flautist Vourneen Ryan and violist Robin Panter. In a rare break from his prolific output of liturgical and choral works, Tavener’s song cycle includes a number of poems by WB Yeats, with instrumentation for flute, viola and harp.

The night’s program will also include additional works by Debussy and Fauré.

Meanwhile, acclaimed Greystones-born soprano Jade Phoenix will return to her hometown for an intimate recital on Saturday, May 14. introductory concert for anyone wishing to dip their toes into the world of opera.

After performing at the Whale Theater last October as part of the stellar Ari Hoenig Trio, British guitarist and songwriter Tom Ollendorf also makes a welcome return to Greystones on Friday May 20 with his own trio. His debut album ‘A Song For You’ is described as a blend of gracefully grooving musical themes, warmly conversational improvisations, baroque-style unaccompanied studies and fast, fast swing.

The Whale Theater’s comprehensive spring schedule features a mix of music, comedy, family shows and performances sure to appeal to all tastes.

For more details or to make a reservation, visit the Whale Theater website at whaletheatre.ie.

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