Upcoming events at Flowerfield Arts Centre
Thu, March 16, 2017
Glenarm-born singer/songwriter Ben Glover will take to the stage at Flowerfield Arts Centre later this month.
The gig on Thursday 30th March is part of his Emigrant tour – the same title Glover has chosen for his new album.
And it’s easy to see where he draws his inspiration– Irish-born but now based in Nashville, Glover’s world is split in two with an ocean in between.
Co-produced along with Neilson Hubbard, the album features six traditional folk songs and four original compositions (including co-writes with Gretchen Peters, Mary Gauthier, and Tony Kerr) as he addresses the universal theme and personal challenge of immigration.
“Over the past couple of years, I have been going through the process of getting my U.S. Green Card, so the reality of immigration was very present in my world,” Glover says. Not only did he have to slice through web of bureaucratic issues, he also found himself face-to-face with the bigger questions posed by the process. “Contemplations like 'what and where is home?' were never far from my thoughts,” he said.
The Flowerfield event will showcase songs from the new album, including the title track which Glover started writing while on a rural writing retreat in Ireland.
It was completed with Gretchen Peters in Nashville, and when the song arrived, it unlocked a desire to make an album that brought together an older tradition with a present-day spirit.
Tickets are available online at www.eventbrite.co.uk or through Flowerfield Arts Centre. Please contact 028 7083 1400.
Glenarm-born singer/songwriter Ben Glover will take to the stage at Flowerfield Arts Centre on Thursday 30th March
Critically acclaimed classical pianist Ivan Ilić
Critically acclaimed classical pianist, Ivan Ilić, is bringing his stark, gently mournful but spellbindingly sensual performance to Flowerfield Arts Centre for a matinee performance on Sunday 2nd April.
One of classical music’s most talented and intelligent personalities, Ivan began music studies at the age of just 6.
He holds degrees in music and mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and studied at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, where he took a Premier Prix in piano performance.
Ivan has performed throughout America, Europe and South America including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto and the American Academy in Rome.
In recent years, Ilić's approach has broadened in scope. In 2011 he acted in two French short films, Luc Plissonneau’s Les Mains and Benoît Maire’s Le Berger. His articles have been published on the websites of Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, and Music & Literature. Since 2014 he has co-produced multiple five-hour radio programmes for Swiss Radio.
The matinee performance, which begins at 2pm, will feature:
Beethoven: Variations on a March by Dressler; Sonata in F-Sharp major (“A Thérèse”), OP. 78.
Hadyn: Symphony No 44 in E minor “Sorrow” transcribed for solo piano.
Chopin: 3 Nocturnes; Preludes Op. 45; 3 Waltzes; 3 Etudes.
Tickets are available online at www.eventbrite.co.uk or through Flowerfield Arts Centre. Please contact 028 7083 1400
Critically acclaimed classical pianist, Ivan Ilić