Sean O Riada Mass gets fresh interpretation

Sean O Riada

The music of composer Seán Ó Riada will be celebrated by Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS) when a unique arrangement of his Mass is performed on Sunday, March 10, 2012, in Dundalk.
The new arrangement was completed by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky.  A native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, he most recently has been a composer-in-residence at Harvard University and Dartmouth College. Yanov-Yanovsky has received commissions from celebrated musicians including the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet and Hilliard Ensemble. Yanov-Yanovsky’s music was first performed in Ireland at LCMS’s Sounds of the Silk Road Concert at Drogheda Arts Festival in 2011.
Yanov-Yanovsky has arranged the mass for 16 voices, fiddle, harp and bodhrán. The mass will be performed by the finest Irish professional singers in the newly formed EQ Singers, with Zoe Conway on fiddle, Laoise Kelly on harp and Mel Mercier on bodhrán. The choir and players will be conducted by Eamonn Dougan Associate Conductor of internationally renowned ensemble The Sixteen. The performance will take place in St. Nicholas’ Church of Ireland (The Green Church), Dundalk Co. Louth at 8pm.
Iarla Ó Lionáird will perform a selection of sacred hymns before the choral performance. It is fitting that Iarla Ó Lionáird will take part in this event. Iarla Ó Lionáird grew up in Cúil Aodha, Cork. His neighbour Seán Ó Riada was often in the Ó Lionáird home and the young Iarla was a member of Ó Riada’s choir, which he entered in childhood and remained in into his early twenties.
Additionally, Tomás Ó Canainn, author of ‘Seán Ó Riada – His Life and Work’, will give a talk on Ó Riada, his music and the masses in the Space,Town Hall, Crowe St, Dundalk ,at 5pm on Saturday 10 March 2012. The talk is free but it is advised to book tickets in advance.
Eamonn Dougan, Associate Conductor of The Sixteen will be giving a choral workshop for amateur singers on the morning of March 10. Singers will explore a selection a pieces while also working on warm ups, breathing techniques, stylistic advice, tuning and vocal blend. More details on the workshop are available by emailing
Tickets for the concert cost €15 and are available from
The Ó Riada Mass has been funded by the Arts Council’s DEIS scheme and is financially supported by Foras na Gaeilge and Create Louth.

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