Romanian Poetry and Music

With all the life events and social medial platforms, I’ve left my blog somewhere in a corner of my existence and didn’t post something in such long time, is a wonder I still get followers and appreciations for which I thank you with all my heart, your kindness leaving me humbled and deeply moved.

Last Wednesday left me with a deep nostalgy and yearning for my beloved homeland, Romania, and its mysterious beauty.  HE Mrs. Manuela Breazu, Ambassador of Romania in Republic of Ireland, and her team, organized an evening of Romanian poetry and music at the National Library of Ireland, as part of a programme celebrating Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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When we arrived we’ve been welcomed and invited to try some amuse bouche, non alcoholic beverages and taste some Romanian wine. The wine, Umbrele, was from Cramele Recas winery, Chardonnay and Merlot, and because I drink almost only red wine, I’ve had some Umbrele Merlot and a sip, more of a little kiss of Umbrele Chardonnay from hubby’s glass. Umbrele wine is made exclusively for export. The Merlot has a smooth and juicy round taste with hints of plum and dark forest fruits, the tannins are subtle and not overpowering the fruity round taste. Even if I didn’t quite grasped the signification of the name of the wine, because depending on the accent when you say the word can mean umbrellas, which I doubt, or shadows, which I’m more inclined to believe is the name translated from Romanian, the wine was very tasty and I’ll keep and eye on the off licences to try to buy it.

As always when is about cultural events with Romanian music and any other type of art, I’m sold. HE Mrs. Breazu made the introductory remarks and presented the programme and the artists invited.

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Barry McGovern, one of Ireland’s most experienced and skilled actors, with a long theatre, film, television and radio career, considered one of the greatest Beckett interpreters in the world, recited translated poems belonging to Mihai Eminescu, Gelu Naum, Marin Sorescu, Nichita Stanescu and Ion Minulescu. I was mesmerised by this great artist and was very happy to see that he dressed in the colours of Romanian flag, a very thoughtful touch.

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Shannon Kuta Kelly, poet and music composer, native of Lincoln, Nebraska, based in Galway, Ireland, read from her poems and travel writings fondly remembering her travels in Romania. We love to see people surprised by the wonderfulness of Romania.

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All this regal was interspersed with works of Romanian composers George Enescu, Constantin Dimitrescu, Bela Bartok, Vasile Jianu, Diamandi Gheciu, Stan Golestan, beautifully interpreted by Andreea Banciu, violonist, Adrian Mantu, cellist, of RTE ConTempo Quartet and Dubliner Dermot Dunne, accordionist. First time I saw the musicians during the first edition of Enescu International Chamber Music Festival 2017, in The Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle, and I was very impressed with their art.

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I leave you here with my best wishes and with a great hope of many more wonderful events like this one.

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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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Hidden treasures

Sometimes the most beautiful of treasures are meant to be hidden. Just looking beyond surface we can see the real beauty in everything. Looking beyond surface involves some sort of understanding if not empathy.

Who can guess what is this beautiful object?

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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

 

                                                                                               To be continued …

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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.