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 23rd August
Tell It On The Mountain
a showcase performance of a new play by John Murphy
8pm
Tickets €10 from www.tickets.ie

Tell It On The Mountain is a new play by John Murphy telling the story of the small remote Irish village of Black Mountain. In 1964 the village is decimated by abject poverty, emigration and a lack of hope. A young curate father John Lynch struggles to tend his dwindling flock. The church is destined to close and the small community is fated to disappear forever until a stranger arrives in town.

Mercy McGifford is a gospel singing tour de force hailing from South Chicago where the civil rights movement under Martin Luther King is in the eye of the storm. Two worlds collide, one clinging desperately to the old beliefs and traditions and another where change is the only hope.

What ensues is a true, feel good story of faith hope and comedy with music to raise the roof that will have you singing and smiling all the way home. The cast are led by singing sensation Karen Underwood, herself a native of Chicago. Appearing alongside Karen will be Claudia Carroll, acclaimed Fair City actor and best selling novelist, Mark O’Regan, Stephen O’Leary, Wes O’Duin, Aoife Fitzpatrick and Moses O.W.

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 (more details in due course) 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.

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 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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