Evelyn Grant and the Cork Pops Orchestra to Present THE COLOURS OF MUSIC

The annual series of concerts for primary and post primary schools - 'The Colours of Music' - presented by Evelyn Grant and the Cork Pops Orchestra will take place at:

City Hall, Cork:

Primary School Shows:

Tuesday 8th November - 10am & 12 noon

Wednesday 9th November - 10am & 12 noon

Post Primary School Shows:

Thursday 10th November - 10am & 12 noon

University Concert Hall, Limerick:

Primary/Post Primary shows

Friday 11th November 10.15am and 12 noon

This year our young audience is invited explore and experience The Colours of Music with the Cork Pops Orchestra. Happy music, sad music, peaceful music, or dramatic music - all these different kinds of sounds evoke an emotional response, which often correlates to colour. People tend to pair fast music in major keys with lighter, more vivid yellow colours, whereas slow music in a minor key is more likely to be associated with darker, bluer colours. Then, there are the fascinating accounts of composers and artists who have synaesthesia - a neurological condition through which the listener 'hears' music as 'seeing' colours.

Many classical composers, including Liszt, Rimsky-Korsakoff and Sibelius had this condition. Singer-songwriter, Pharrell Williams said of his compositions:

"It just always stuck out in my mind, and I could always see it...I could always visualize what I was hearing...it was always like weird colors."

For painters, such as Kandinsky and Paul Klee, music and colour were closely linked. And with modern technology, music producers like D.J. Dashka are reflecting their sounds in visual images. Dance music producer, DJ Dashka will join forces with vocalist Keith Hanley for some contemporary surprises.

The programme makes connections between music of the past and present. The concert focuses on active and attentive listening, encourages audience participation, and is a multi-media experience. Classroom resources are provided to participating schools. Further internet links can be found on the orchestra's website on www.corkpops.ie.

Experiencing live music through active listening makes an impact on a child that lasts a lifetime. Evelyn Grant's unique skill in communicating the joy of music past and present is at the heart of the success of Cork Pops Orchestra concerts

Evelyn will raise her 'magic wand' and bring her audience on a musical journey through the ages, ably abetted by her 'Genie' Keith Hanley (Voice of Ireland winner 2013) DJ Dashka and the irrepressible 'cello playing gorilla, who has been released into Evelyn's care.

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