28 April 2014

Link to the Berg Op. 6 article in Musical Times posted.

Link to the article on Sensational! posted.

20 February 2013: Berg Day RIAM: Journey to a Masterpiece

10.30 – 12.30pm Introduction to the Three Orchestral Pieces op. 6: background, analysis, influence (Boardroom just behind reception desk); Kevin O’Connell

1.00 - 2.00pm Guest lecture: Alban Berg, Modernism and the Viennese Tradition; Professor Douglas Jarman (Recital Room)

2.30-4.30pm Berg opus 6 open rehearsal. Izumi Kimura and Isabelle O’Connell (Kathleen Brennan Hall)

4.45 - 5.30pm Open Forum: Berg and his influence: Martin O’Leary, Evangelia Rigaki, Rhona Clarke, Grainne Mulvey, Kevin O’Connell

(Kathleen Brennan Hall)

5.45 - 6.45pm Film: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Pierre Boulez rehearse the Three Orchestral Pieces op. 6. (Recital Room or KBH)

7.30 – 9.00pm Recital (KBH):

Berg: Piano Sonata op. 1; Nadene Fiorentini

Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano op. 5; Patrick Burke (TBC)

Seven Early Songs; Lynda Lee and Alexander Bernstein

Three Orchestral Pieces op. 6 arr. for two pianos by Kevin O’Connell (premiere); Izumi Kimura and Isabelle O’Connell

Forthcoming Seminars by Kevin O'Connell

  • University College Dublin Oct 8th 2012
  • Queens University Belfast Oct 17th 2012
  • Composers Centre Trinity College Dublin January 17th 2013

2012 Performances of Works by Kevin O'Connell

  • Ceimeanna for piano (2007) Therese Fahy January 18th 2012 Kevin Barry Room, NCH
  • Strike For Violin and Cello (2012) Roisin Walters and Ailbhe MacDonagh (premiere)February 20th 2012 RIAM
  • String Trio The Ficino Trio (1986) February 29th RIAM
  • The young are always right (2006) RIAM Symphony Orchestra cond. James Cavanagh March 5th National Concert Hall
  • Where should this music be? For string quartet (2008-9) Kirkos Ensemble April 17th St Ann’s Dawson Street
  • Epithalimium I and II for cello Ailbhe MacDonagh RIAM 8th June RIAM
  • Failte don Ean (1987) New Dublin Voices cond. Bernie Sherlock: Ireland June 9, 15, 17
  • Musique en Morvan, France, July 21, 23, 24, 27, 28
  • Where should this music be? Kirkos Ensemble September 21st CMC Dublin
  • Strike for violin and cello Contemporary Music Centre Dublin, Nov. 29th

5 March 2012

Kevin O'Connell's orchestral overture 'The young are always right' will be performed at the National Concert Hall Dublin on March 5th 2012. The main work is Mahler's Symphony No. 2. This concert with 300 performers celebrates the 20th anniversary of the orchestra

24 January 2012

Kevin O’Connell’s Seminar on variation form will take place at the Royal Irish Academy of Music from Monday 30th January to Wednesday 1st of February 2012.

On Wednesday 29 February next, the String Trio will be performed in the RIAM.

The young are always right is scheduled for the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on March 5th along with Mahler 2 played by the RIAM SO and Chorus.

On 18 January 2012 Ceimeanna was played by Therese Fahy at the NCH.

19 October 2011

Kevin O’Connell’s ‘Where should this music be’ Library Tours:

  • Monday Oct 24th: Ilac Library, 1-2 pm
  • Tuesday Oct 25th Drumcondra Library 6.30-7.30pm
  • Thursday Oct 27th Rathmines Library, 1-2pm
  • Wednesday Nov 2nd Walkinstown Library 7-8pm

9 June 2011

O'Connell's essay on Hindemith's contrapuntal teaching, 'Hindemith's voices', has just appeared in the June 2011 edition of Musical Times. Hindemith devoted a large part of his career to thinking out his approach to this subject, and the ideas he came up with are fascinating and original ones.

O'Connell will present an edited version of this paper at the forthcoming Society of Musicology Conference to be held at the RIAM, Dublin, June 24th-26th. He will also conduct a performance of Berio's Folksongs at this event. For the Conference schedule, click here.

13 May 2011

O'Connell and the composition department of the Royal Irish Academy of Music recently hosted a very successful String Quartet Day with guest performers the Con Tempo Quartet and guest composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Sir Peter expressed warm praise for the work of student composers Leonie Bluett, Fergal Mulloy, Breffni O'Byrne and Sebastian Adams. Sir Peter was made Fellow of the RIAM and the ceremony was followed by a performance of his Naxos Quartet no. 8.

O'Connell's address to the 2008 International CG Jung Conference in Zurich, entitled I wrote what I heard; late thoughts on The Rite of Spring, is now available in book form. The book is called Music and Psyche:Contemporary psychoanalytic explorations (Spring Journal Books); obtainable from Amazon UK (below left) and Amazon USA (below right)

12 April 2011

Ceimeanna at the Hugh Lane Gallery and in the USA

Pianist Therese Fahy will play Kevin O’Connell’s piano work Ceimeanna (Steps) at the Hugh Lane Gallery on Easter Sunday (April 24th) at 12.00 noon, and at four venues on the Eastern seaboard of the USA. For more details go to Therese’s Facebook page. This is worth checking because the programme varies somewhat for every concert.

Here are the dates:

  • Sunday 24th April, 12 noon Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin
  • Friday 29th April, 7.30 pm Fenway Centre, Northeastern University, Boston MA
  • Saturday 30th April, 8 pm Westmoreland Congregational Utd. Church of Christ, One Westmoreland Circle, Betheseda MA
  • Tuesday 3rd May, 1 pm, Shenandoah College of Music, Winchester, VA
  • Thursday 5th May, 6 pm, The Irish American Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, NY


13 January 2011

Review by Irish Times music critic Martin Adams of Kevin's world premiere of Symphony.


10 January 2011

'Everybody is frightened of the word symphony'. Michael Dervan, music critic of the Irish Times, interviews Kevin.


2 January 2011

Briefly to let you know about the world premiere of my new Symphony on January 11th. It will be performed by the National Symphony Orchestra with Gavin Maloney conducting. Note that this is a lunchtime event and that admission is free. It is also a launch-time event, being the first of the RTE Horizons series.

2 January 2011

O'Connell has just completed a new commisson for the string ensemble of the East Ayrshire education authority in Scotland, also involving some 30 string players from Northern Ireland. You will find a blog about this project here.

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