Events

This page is for events (other than services) run by or in the church. If you would like to receive this info in a monthly e-mail, please submit your e-mail address above. For titles and people associated with services for the coming month, go to the services page. All events in the church unless otherwise stated.

Friday 20th September
Culture Night 2019
5-11pm

As in previous years, the church will be open for Culture Night 2019. Come on the hour to enjoy musical performances or talks about the church or join us towards the end of the hour to enjoy learning about the churches’ outlook on worship and life, as well as some history on the denomination and the building, in an exhibition specially put together by our congregation.

With spotlight events (music and talks) on the hour lasting roughly twenty minutes, and the rest of each hour devoted to welcoming visitors into the church, the congregation of the Dublin Unitarian Church are looking forward to meeting you. All welcome.

5pm – “The Harvest Moon” (recital)
Eileen Coyle (soprano) & Frazier Hickland (piano)

6pm – “The Wilson Window” (talk)
Rev. Bridget Spain

7pm – “Around The Green –
Stories Behind 8 Historical Landmarks on St. Stephen’s Green” (talk)
Frank Tracy

8pm – “Rebel wedding – The secret marriage of Maryanne Emmet 20th September 1799” (talk)
Fergus Whelan

9pm – Tolka Hot Club (concert)

10pm – A Quiet Place (recital)
Josh Johnston (piano)

www.culturenight.ie

Sunday 27th October
Aiken Promotions presents
Martin Kohlstedt
Tickets €20 from www.ticketmaster.ie from Friday 21st June at 10am.

“Martin Kohlstedt is a young composer with a curious touch. `{`He`}` moves between classical and electronic realms, refusing to allow his music to be pinned down.” Clash Music

“His performance was filled with mystery, joy and excitement.” The Tehran Times (IR)

Martin Kohlstedt does not shirk from a challenge. You can tell by the look in his eyes when he makes a fleeting connection with his audience or when he returns to the refuge of his pianos and electronic keyboards.

Those same eyes search and probe remorselessly through whatever space is in front of him, even before he engages his intellect. Fraught with risk for a performing musician, this game of provocation pushes at the limits of control, but it bears dividends for the composer. Kohlstedt, born in the rural heart of Germany, has become celebrated for the energy and unpredictability of his concerts, selling out Hamburg’s state-of-the-art Elbphilharmonie and playing such venues as the Russian State Library in Moscow and the Talar-e Rudaki in Tehran. But there is no pomp and circumstance in what he does. His focus is on a different way of conceiving music – and of communicating with it. He does not compose ‘works’ as such; rather he creates musical modules whose power lies in the way they can be combined and varied to produce conflicts and make points in ways that could not have been foreseen.

In 2019, never short of ambition, Martin Kohlstedt continues to move onward and upward in his work. Collaborating with the 70 singers of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Chorus and its artistic director, Gregor Mayer, he has created Ströme (Currents). It investigates and gives expression to the process of interaction between a collective body and a feisty, intuitive solo performer. In this project, drawing on his own experience and the experience of his long-term colleagues, he lets things take their course and, as two musical forces come together, he allows for the possibility of failure. The result is pure dynamism, characterised both by monumental clashes and gentle rapprochements, and at no point is Ströme intimidated by conventional conceptions of what classical music ought to be.

Saturday 2nd November
Aiken Promotions present
Jonathan Wilson – Solo In Concert
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €22 from www.ticketmaster.ie from Friday 26th July

“a new masterpiece from the prominent L.A. producer! … Its splendour reveals itself more and more with each listen.” – Rolling Stone France, Album of the Year 2018 & Album of the Month March 5****

“(A) most magnificent recording, one that is mandatory listening if you are in search of an immersive album rock experience in the 21st century.” – Billboard

“Multi–tracked perfection… Rare Birds transcends its central theme in a flurry of uplifting, gospel–tinged pop, swooping George Harrison–style guitars and achingly good ballads.” – Sunday Express – Album of the Week 4****

“The whole thing is pulled along by virtuosity, invention and depth.” – The Times 4****

“Rare Birds unpacks a wealth of sonic detail… This feels like a record you could lose yourself in for months.” – MOJO 4****

Friday 29th November
Jennifer McMahon Band
Doors 7pm
Tickets €15 from www.eventbrite.ie

Jennifer McMahon brings her debut project ‘Part of The Whole’ to life, alongside some of Dublin’s finest musicians, in the uniquely beautiful setting of Dublin’s Unitarian Church. Expect new music from upcoming projects, too.

“Jennifer’s munificent charm and honesty is all too clear in her music which aims to embrace it’s listeners in musical refuge and individual uplift, with rounded-out low tones, smooth jazz-sensibilities and tender lyrics, from the heart to the heart.”

Straddling the boarders of jazz, soul and folk, Jennifer is a songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist and producer from Dublin; Part of The Whole is her debut recording project. Written after the loss of her father and breakdown of a relationship, the album focuses on hope, gratitude and the will to move forward. Recorded predominantly during her time studying abroad, the album features more than 20 musicians from over 10 countries and is set for release on November 8th 2019.

Your ticket cost includes the album download

Saturday 25th April 2020
Lore in concert
Show 8pm
Tickets €20 from www.eventbrite.co.uk

“Since its inception, Lore has been racking up critical and popular acclaim both at home and abroad. Like Northern Ireland, the band’s identity is vibrant, complex, and even elusive.”
– Celtic Life Magazine

The band that add sophistication to pop, Lore play their first headline show in Dublin. Famed for turning the legendary Teenage Kicks on its head, Lore have went from living room dreams to Sell-Out Theatre Tour success in a short time. With captivating harmonies and finely crafted songs, Lore will provide an evening of soulful songs with stunning musical arrangements.

www.loreband.com

*****

Supporting his latest critically acclaimed LP “Rare Birds” released via Bella Union, Jonathan Wilson is back on the road with a tour of intimate solo performances.

Saturday 23rd November
Harvest: A Neil Young Tribute
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €20 from www.eventbrite.ie

Harvest (a tribute to Neil Young) will play a very special all acoustic show at the Dublin Unitarian Church on Sat 23rd November 2019

Think Neil Young, Unplugged.

The band will reprise all the usual acoustic classics (“Heart Of Gold”, “Old Man”, “Harvest Moon”, “Helpless, “Sugar Mountain” etc) and re-invent some others (“Powderfinger”, “Ohio”, “Southern Man” and “Rockin’ In The Free World”)

It’s going to be a fantastic night as the band take advantage of the natural acoustics of this beautiful venue

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