Michael McHale in the new Kevin Barry Recital Rooms

Pianist Michael McHale will give a performance of Schubert’s Op. 90 Impromptus with Ergodos-curated interludes on Tuesday 31 May, at 7.30pm, in the newly restored Kevin Barry Recital Rooms at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

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The Kevin Barry Recital Rooms at the National Concert Hall have been restored as one of the capital projects for Ireland 2016. These rooms were the setting for the meeting of the second Dáil Éireann and the historic treaty ratification debates between December 1921 and January 1922. Watch a 3D walk-through here.

This recital sees another performance of the “Schubert Project”, in which Ergodos co-directors, composers Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, along with regular Ergodos collaborator, composer Simon O’Connor, engage with the beguiling beauty of Schubert’s Opus 90 Impromptus for solo piano – some of the best-loved and most performed pieces of the 19th century Romantic piano repertoire. McHale will perform the Opus 90 Impromptus in their entirety. Interspersed between each he will perform an interlude, specially composed by each of the three Irish composers – three highly personal responses to Schubert’s masterpiece. The careful combination of new and old intensifies both – perceptions of the familiar and the unfamiliar become inverted and listening experiences become charged in new ways.

This unique programme was premiered at the Ergodos-curated Santa Rita Concerts series in the Little Museum of Dublin, and has been recorded and released on the Ergodos label. Check out the recording here.