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Irish Certainties
“Life, Love, and Death” on April 11 at Turner Hall Ballroom.

Iarla Ó Lionáird photo by Feargal Ward 

Never a group to shy away from the big picture, Present Music offers a program simply called “Life, Love, and Death,” which – other than taxes – pretty much covers it all. But with simple ideas come large beauty. Donnacha Dennehy’s “Grá agus Bás,” (“Love and Death”) features a contemporary ensemble fronted by Iarla Ó Lionáird, who sings in the traditional Irish style known as Sean-nós. The piece’s 2011 Nonesuch release received plaudits from around the world. The other piece on the program, “Life,” is a collaboration between composer Louis Andriessen and film artist Marijke van Warmerdam, a piece in which, according to The New York Times, “the fantastic repeatedly emerges from the mundane.” (Paul Kosidowski)


“Life, Love, and Death” (April 11). Present Music. Turner Hall Ballroom. 1034 N. Fourth St., 414-286-3663, presentmusic.org.
This article appears in the April 2014 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
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