The Music That Enlivens Us: Joy for the soul! Always has been, and always will be.
We will explore together through the medium of the internet, a weekly journey through the magic of music in all its forms. Zoom works really well and is so easy to use. You may not be able to come to Ballyroan Library, but not to worry Ballyroan Library can come to you. All are welcome, and no previous knowledge is necessary.
This is a series of four talks taking place on Thursday 23rd & 30th July, 6th & 13th August 7-8PM.
You can book your ticket here
Week 1: The Nutcracker
Why did Tchaikovsky return to Russia to face certain death?
What are the similarities between him and our own Oscar Wilde?
What is so fascinating about his opera Eugene Onegin?
Week 2: La Traviata
Verdi's great failure was destined to become one of his greatest successes. How did a young girl from Orne create such a stir in Paris? Alexandre Dumas? Liszt?
How does Verdi address beauty? loss? mortality?
Exploring a ballet within an opera; the wonderful setting of 'Di Madrid.'
Week 3: The Divas of History
Who were they? Why are they unforgettable?
Helen of Troy
Dido of Carthage
Aida of Egypt
Cleopatra, the last pharaoh
Week 4: Black and White Swans in 'Swan Lake'
The power of love and tragedy set to dance.
A modern take on this classic; Aronofsky's The Black Swan - how is this classic reinvented?
Pique Dame - from lakes to rivers in the medium of opera