Brundibár by Hans Krása

Killaloe Chamber Music Festival (c) Yodaspirine

Thu, 24.05.2018 -
Fri, 25.05.2018

St. Flannan's Cathedral

Saint Flannan's Cathedral
Royal Parade

As part of the Killaloe Chamber Music Festival 2018

The 6th international Killaloe Chamber Music Festival will take place from 24-27 May 2018 and will be opened with the Irish premiere of the children’s chamber opera 'Brundibár'. The 'Brundibár' score had originally been smuggled into the National Socialist concentration camp Theresienstadt in 1943 where it was reworked by the Czech Jewish composer Hans Krása for the children and musicians incarcerated in the camp. Marking its 75th anniversary, the Irish premiere will take place on Thursday, 24 May at 7:30pm in St. Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe, Co. Clare and will be followed by a special school’s performance on Friday, 25 May 2018 at 11am.
JOACHIM ROEWER – Artistic Director
Joachim Roewer was born in East Germany and graduated from the Hochschule für Musik 'Franz Liszt' Weimar and the Orchesterakademie of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, having performed frequently with this world class orchestra in Berlin and internationally. In 1994 Joachim Roewer moved to Ireland to become principal viola with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, a position which he has held ever since. On numerous occasions he appeared as soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante alongside violinist Anthony Marwood with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Berlioz’ “Harold in Italy” with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. Since 2006 Joachim Roewer works as Course Director of the annual international ConCorda Chamber Music Course for Strings. Joachim Roewer is a passionate teacher and a busy chamber music player. He is a member of the Esposito String Quartet and was invited to perform with the Vogler Quartet, the Vanbrugh Quartet and the RTE Contempo Quartet. Since 2013 he is Artistic Director of the Killaloe Chamber Music Festival. In 2017 Joachim Roewer took on the position of Artistic Director of the MA programme in Classical String Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
KATHERINE HUNKA – Festival Orchestra Director
Born in London, Katherine Hunka began playing the violin at the age of four. Whilst growing up under the guidance of teacher Sheila Nelson, she performed chamber music at London’s South Bank and the Royal Albert Hall, was soloist with the City of London Sinfonia and led the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Katherine is Leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) since 2002 and regularly directs from the leader’s chair. As director and soloist, with the ICO, she has toured Germany, China and Singapore, appeared at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, and more recently, at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Katherine has been a guest leader with the Manchester Camerata, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as well as guest soloist with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Concert Orchestra. She is currently a Professor at the CIT Cork School of Music and the Irish World Academy of Music.
MARC ATKINSON – Stage Director
Marc is a New York City based director, originally from Ireland, the UK and Catalonia. Marc co-founded Sugarglass whose work has been presented internationally, including the Irish premiere of Tender Napalm by Philip Ridley (Project Arts Centre Dublin) and All Hell Lay Beneath, an immersive adaptation of Herman Hesse’s Steppenwolf (Dublin Fringe Festival/Irish Times Cultural Highlight of 2012). Recently, Marc directed the tour of Outlying Islands by David Greig (Connelly Theater, New York/Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin) among others. Assistant Director to Anne Bogart at SITI Company, Joe Murphy and Lisa Dwan at The Old Vic and The Abbey Theatre, and Ivo van Hove at Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Marc was the Associate Director for Selina Cartmell’s inaugural production at The Gate Theatre, The Great Gatsby. Marc was awarded the Jennifer Johnston Directing Bursary and, as Shubert Presidential Scholar, graduated with an MFA from Columbia University in 2016. Current productions include a new adaptation of Gorky’s Children of the Sun and a production of 10 out of 12 by Anne Washburn, as well as working as the Associate Director for Assassins by Stephen Sondheim at The Gate Theatre.
 Tickets are available here. Supported by the Goethe-Institut Irland.