Christmas Choral Concert

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We’ve had such a lovely evening at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street Dublin, where D.I.T Conservatory of Music and Drama presented A Christmas Choral Concert featuring DIT Choral Society and DIT Chamber Choir. We were even invited for a sing-a-long of Joy to the world, which we did.

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Greatness

Greatness was wandering around one time.He is still with us, neica Brancusi, one of my beloved Romanians.

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Ludwig van Beethoven

In the beginning of the year I’ve had the privilege to visit Ludwig van Beethoven’s house in Bonn, Germany. It was exciting, fascinating and a very humbling experience.

It is considered that he was born 245 years ago, on 16th of December.

Happy Ludwig van Beethoven anniversary everyone!

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Varcolaci, vrajitoare, luna plina

La ce ma mai uit cand nu vreau sa-mi bat capul si trebuie sa-mi relaxez intelectul

Peste tot in jurul meu am parte strambaturi din nas, cazut de fata si chiar omenescul “du-te acas’ la tine” de la unii bastinasi la auzul originii mele pen’ ca in lumea vestului romanii sunt acelasi lucru cu tiganii, insa de asemenea vad peste tot fascinatie pentru tot ce este romanesc, in filme dai peste cate-un underdog-villain care de fapt e baiat bun, tigan din familie cum e-n Hemlock Grove seria televizata care are tigani, varcolaci si alte bazdaganii. Tiganu’ are nume de polonez sau ceva pe acolo, chiar si pronuntia numelui e poloneza-ceha-slovaca-oricum o pronuntie slava care nu e rusa totusi. Dar ce mai conteaza, povestea e asa: e tigan cu stramosi in piciorul de plai pe-o gura de rai, e jumate italian nu mi-am dat seama care jumate ca ma-sa nu pare italianca si nici numele de familie nu i l-a dat ea deci e o dilema, nici urma de polonez, numele lui o fi agent sub acoperire … poleita. Insa asta seara cand ma uitam la unul din episoade am avut tresariri cand am auzit saraca inima me, cunoscuta doina romaneasca de dor si jale, pe care sincer nu cred s-o fi avut tigani-n folclorul lor. Mi se pare atat de ciudat cateodata sa aud romaneste incat abia la cateva secunde realizez de ce creierul meu a recunoscut cuvintele respective. Nevorbind si neauzind romana in permanenta am ajuns ca unele sunete sa mi se para ciudate si straine. Filmul e slabut insa micile prostioare si mituri despre romani imi aduce zambetul pe buze, are niste efecte speciale frumoase, insa fiind serial e supertrasdepar si de aia pare slabul insa povestea e interesanta. Ce nu-mi place este ca informatia si cultura a ajuns atat de universala, la indemana oricui incat acum nu prea mai exista identitate ci totul e pus, scris, gandit la gramada, confundat si amestecat mai rau ca un cocktail ce-ti da dureri de cap.

Imi place insa sa aud anumite chestii, m-a si pufnit rasul auzind pe maica-sa spunand “da-le dracului” desi corect era “dai”. Influentele insa sund demodate cu date oferite de care romani care sunt de 40-30 de anu in state sau poate chiar s-au nascut acolo, pana si imbracamintea tiganului e exact cum purtau tiganii tineri prin ’80-’90. Macar merge la scoala tipul ūüėÄ Ma mai uit poate apare si Dracula, ca Ordinul Dragonului a aparut de la inceput. Nu pot sa rezist ca-mi plac dragonii, asta e evident.

Chihuly at Somolon Fine Art Gallery Dublin

If you stumbled upon my blog you may have read there are some Chihuly art pieces in Dublin. There is one exhibition with the Ulysses Cylinders at the Coach House in the lovely gardens of Dublin Castle, and at Solomon Fine Art Gallery there are those wonderfully gorgeous pieces which brought me almost to tears when I saw them. The Solomon Fine Art Gallery had their exhibition set until the end of July, but due to popular demand they extended the period to TADAAAAA! 23rd of August. This mean more paradise for my eyes.  You should see them, it is a once in a lifetime experience.

Don't forget this exhibition is extended to 23rd of August!
Don’t forget this exhibition is extended to 23rd of August!

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This kind of glass work sends my imagination to the Catalan and Spanish dresses, the colours are so beautiful, it’s a regal for the eyes.

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The Solomon Fine Art Gallery is located on Balfe Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

You can find them online at http://www.solomonfineart.ie

 

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Creative Ireland

I loved this sign. In front of Jam Art Factory on Patrick Street, Dublin.

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Dale Chihuly’s exhibition in Dublin

Chihuly in Dublin!
Chihuly in Dublin!

Last month when I heard the news about Chihuly’s exhibition in Dublin, Ulysses, I was so excited. Do I need to tell you who is this wizard??? No, because if you didn’t heard about him by now, chop chop go and check him out NOW! For me there are two great brands for glass works, Chihuly with his great art pieces, and Riedel with their glassware. There is nothing else. Every time I see a new piece by Chihuly is a mesmerizing experience. This exhibition is a special one, a unique opportunity. Inspired by Joyce’s Ulysses, it can be considered a continuation of the Irish Cylinders, started 40 years ago. The exhibition is held in the Coach House in Dublin Castle and being priceless is fee free. It will be open until 23rd of August 2014. I wish I was present at the opening on the 17th of June this year when Chihuly himself was there, but life got in the way. Go there and enjoy. I promised myself I will go back cause we’ve got there just before closing.

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For more information go to:

http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Chihuly_in_Dublin

http://www.chihuly.com/cylinders-irish-cylinders_detail.aspx

PS Coach House of Dublin Castle is situated in the Dubh Linn Gardens, near Chester Beatty Library (another gem in Dublin), behind Dublin Castle.