‘Classical meets Trad’ at Conwal this Sunday

December 22, 2019


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first_imgA concert with a difference is promised at Conwal Church in Letterkenny on Sunday afternoon, featuring the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, brilliant young trad group Coirm and virtuoso musician Tom Byrne.It’s a ‘Classical meets Trad’ concert, organised by the Donegal Chamber Music Society. Classical suites will rub shoulders with traditional tunes, and the violin and cello will share the limelight with the fiddle and mouth organ.The concert presents one of the most novel musical programmes of the year in Donegal. Tom Byrne will take the lead on mouthorgan on two much-loved pieces by Kreisler, ‘Liebesleid’ and ‘Liebesfrued’. Classical and trad will meet when DCO and Coirm join forces to play a piece by Zoe Conway, ‘Suaimhneas’, written specially for Coirm.Fittingly on Mother’s Day, the DCO’s set will include ‘Ten Pieces for Children’ by Bartok, arranged by Weiner. They will also play a selection from the ‘Carmen Suites’ by Bizet.Coirm, brought together by Paul Harrigan of Letterkenny trad school Ceol na Coille, will perform ‘Failte an Earraigh’, a commissioned work for them from Altan’s Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh.Paul Harrigan said he’s really looking forward to the concert. “I’m delighted that Coirm are getting the chance to share this platform with the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, who must be among the leading string ensembles in the country. It’s a wonderful learning experience for our young trad players.“Of course we’re already seeing crossover between classical and trad in Donegal. There are quite a few young musicians doing both. A concert like this helps to broaden the horizons of everyone involved.”DCO conductor Victor Yelamo, a cellist himself, said the concert programme will bring listeners “from the cafes of central Europe to streets closer to the Río de la Plata” of South America.“The DCO will present Bartok and Bizet, Coirm will have those new traditional pieces, and the brilliant Tom Byrne will bring us those Kreisler pieces on mouthorgan but also the music of Argentinian tango king Astor Piazzolla on the accordion. It’s promises to be a wonderful afternoon.”The Donegal Chamber Music Society wishes to thank the parish of Conwal and Gartan parish for their generosity in making Conwal Church available. The concert is organised in association with the Donegal Music Education Partnership (DMEP) and Ceol na Coille. Admission to the concert is €10 (€5 concession), payable at the door. The concert starts at 3pm.‘Classical meets Trad’ at Conwal this Sunday was last modified: March 10th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Lindblad Expeditions C

August 11, 2019


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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterLindblad Expeditions’ CEO & President, Sven Lindblad, revealed details of the company’s first polar-build vessel last week, the 126-passenger National Geographic Endurance.The ship was unveiled during a live video conference alongside members of the line’s ship-building and expedition team including Trey Byus, Chief Expedition Officer (CXO); Nikolaos Doulis, Senior VP of Marine Builds; and Captain Leif Skog, VP of Nautical. The panel of experts discussed the ship’s innovative design and development, previewed interior renderings and revealed the inaugural Arctic itineraries following her early 2020 delivery.Fully stabilised with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel, National Geographic Endurance will provide unprecedented access to polar environments, opening up previously unexplored areas as well as allowing Lindblad to explore familiar geographies for longer in polar environments.Lindblad Expeditions © National Geographic EnduranceThe most striking feature of National Geographic Endurance is her distinctive profile, resulting from the patented X-Bow, introduced by Lindblad’s Norwegian shipbuilder, Ulstein.The X-Bow significantly increases the joy of observing wildlife, enabling optimal forward and straight-down-the-sides viewing; no leaning out over the deck rail is required. The unobstructed downward sight lines, plus multiple walk-out areas from the Bridge and Observation Lounge and glass rails on the top deck, create superb conditions for viewing and photography.Lindblad Expeditions © National Geographic EnduranceSleek and powerful on the outside, National Geographic Endurance is luxe, in the best Scandinavian design tradition, on the inside. Conceived by Partnership Design in Hamburg, the streamlined modernism of her welcoming reception, distinctive style of her elevators and staircase and comfort of her public and private spaces have been designed for guest ease. With a total of six guest decks, the ship has over 930 square metres of glass, keeping guests constantly connected to the view.National Geographic Endurance’s luxuriously appointed interiors are superlative from a design and hospitality perspective and uphold Lindblad traditions: making community (the Lounge) and insight (the ‘Circle of Truth’ podium) the centre of expedition life.Lindblad Expeditions © National Geographic EnduranceFire and ice are twin themes throughout the ship, in the colour schemes and the feelings engendered by her spaces: from the ‘chill’ cool of the Ice Lounge, the expedition community hub for recap, talks, presentations and sociability, with a B&H Photo Gear Locker for trying new tech, to the conversation-kindling warmth around the fireplace of The Den on the Observation Deck. Travellers can discover spa treatments and therapies at The Sanctuary, and enjoy twin infinity Jacuzzis as well as saunas with million-dollar views. A glass-walled yoga studio will transform the polar experience.Elegantly imagined, with a sense of limitless space effortlessly incorporated into the design, the 13 extra-large balcony suites – each named for a famous polar explorer – impart a feeling of serenity. Palettes of warm creams, oatmeal and coral are complemented by soft textures, round corners, art that invites the eye to linger and Lindblad’s signature feather duvets; a walk-in wardrobe and roomy, stone-clad bath make each suite a haven.Full-height windows and furnished balconies bring the scenery in, and in the 56 standard cabins, azure accents meet polar vistas at the windows for a feeling of expansive yet cosy space. Of the 56 standard cabins, 40 feature a balcony (including the 12 solo cabins). All 69 cabins in total feature a sofa or reading chair, as well as the new “Command Centre” with a National Geographic Atlas, barometer, analogue clock, digital tablet with daily programming and a generous array of USB and universal electrical ports for cameras and devices, plus a retractable lighted vanity mirror.Lindblad Expeditions © National Geographic EnduranceDining options include Two Seven Zeroº, which surrounds superb dining with stellar views. C. Green’s, named for Shackelton’s cook, offers an early-riser breakfast, fresh salads and lighter fare, plus custom-grilled selections at lunch and dinner. The Chef’s Table is an innovative approach to private dining. Over the course of each voyage, all guests will be hosted by the chef. Intimate and interactive, each dinner features ‘polar theatre’ in the form of regionally inspired, sustainable and inventive food. In addition, daily high tea, hors d’œuvres at Recap and barbecues in the heated outdoor Winter Garden round out the new level of dining.Lindblad Expeditions © National Geographic EnduranceThe ship will feature a suite of Lindblad’s signature tools for exploration: a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks, snowshoes, cross-country skis, an ROV, hydrophones, video microscope, underwater video technology and a hyper-efficient Zodiac loading area for ‘getting out there’ more swiftly and safely, with more expedition enhancements to be announced soon.In 2020, National Geographic Endurance embarks on a series of eight inaugural Arctic itineraries to explore areas both familiar and brand-new, presenting unprecedented opportunities to explore further. She will travel where few have gone, see what few have seen and experience what few can, venturing earlier and penetrating farther into the most adventurous regions. That’s what National Geographic Endurance is designed to do. A few highlights:Svalbard in Spring: Polar Bears, Arctic Light and Epic Ice Voyage deep into Svalbard, the way few have. A true Arctic refuge, covered in snow, surrounded by sea ice, where polar bears freed from their winter sleep stalk seals on the ice. Be stunned by the astonishing lights as the spring sun mounts higher in the Arctic sky each day.Northeast Passage: An Unforgettable Voyage from Norway to Alaska National Geographic Endurance roams free at the top of the world on this pioneering expedition on one of the most un-travelled, adventurous routes in the High Arctic, including Franz Josef Land, Severnaya Zemlya, the barely explored Siberian coast and Wrangel Island.East Greenland: Wild Shores of the High Arctic As fiercely guarded as any kingdom, Greenland’s eastern coast is flanked by thousands of bergs calved from the massive ice sheet. It’s where the ship will enter the largest national park in the world – Northeast Greenland National Park – to find polar bears, seals and walrus; crevasse-laced glaciers; mountains made from some of the world’s oldest rock art; and coastal villages, where descendants of the greatest hunters and survivors our species has ever known to dwell.Visit www.expeditions.com (or visit www.adventureworld.com) for more information.All renderings supplied by Lindblad Expeditions.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Did Ahmed Mohameds Arrest Have AntiMuslim Roots

August 9, 2019


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first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 16, 2015; Washington PostLiving in a post-9/11 world, there has been an understandable uptick in security concerns and measures. You can’t go through security in the airport without a ticket, the government has been able to monitor Americans for years without our permission, and noticeably, there is increased mistrust of Muslims, most of it unwarranted.By this point, you have likely heard the disturbing story of the arrest and subsequent suspension of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed at a high school in Irving, Texas. Mohamed brought a homemade clock into school to impress his teachers. Instead, his teachers reported him to the principal, who then reported him to the police. The school administration and the police chief of Irving, Texas, stand by the fact that they believed the clock to be a bomb (or a facsimile of one) and warranted Mohamed’s arrest.It’s dubious whether Mohamed’s clock constituted a true or a perceived threat after a serious look at the situation. Had his English teacher been truly concerned, there would have been an evacuation or some other effort to isolate the device.“I really don’t think it’s fair because I brought something to school that wasn’t a threat to anyone,” Mohamed told NBC. “I didn’t do anything wrong. I just showed my teachers something, and I end up being arrested later that day.”I expect they will have more to say tomorrow, but Ahmed’s sister asked me to share this photo. A NASA shirt! pic.twitter.com/nR4gt992gB— Anil Dash (@anildash) September 16, 2015This is a pic of the device Irving police say they found on the student. @CBSDFW pic.twitter.com/WNKMew783W— Jennifer Lindgren (@JLindgrenCBS11) September 16, 2015As of Wednesday, the Irving police chief, Larry Boyd, has indicated Mohamed will not be charged for any wrongdoing. This seems prudent, as it doesn’t seem like he did anything wrong. Mohamed has since stated publically that he will be transferring schools, and undoubtedly many will welcome him with open arms.On social media, the #IStandWithAhmed hashtag has taken off, hilariously documenting Mohamed’s supporters holding clocks in defiance. President Barack Obama, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have all lent their voices to support Mohamed and condemn the response to his creative clock. He has been offered an internship by Twitter, and been invited to visit both Facebook headquarters and the White House. Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015 Assumptions and fear don’t keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building. https://t.co/ywrlHUw3g1— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 16, 2015You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he…Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, September 16, 2015While it is certainly heartwarming to see the overwhelmingly public positive response that emerged from Mohamed’s ordeal, many online are alleging blatant Islamophobia. The Council of American-Islamic Relations is actively investigating the incident. “I think this wouldn’t even be a question if his name wasn’t Ahmed Mohamed,” said Alia Salem, CAIR’s executive director for the Dallas-Fort Worth region. In fact, Gawker went a step further to list seven other kids who brought homemade clocks to school and were not arrested. None of them were named Mohamed.Although Mohamed’s story will soon become old news, Islamophobia in America isn’t going anywhere. The reactions of the school administration, teachers, and police to this situation are a cause for serious concern. There’s no doubt that a school must take every precaution to ensure the safety of its student body. Mirroring the dilemmas of national policy, at what point does ensuring the safety of others begin unjustly trampling others’ rights? Schools should be safe havens facilitating thoughtful discussion, tolerance and reasoned thinking, not harbors of fear and distrust.In its letter to parents, the school district blames the incident on Mohamed bringing in a “suspicious-looking device.” Absent from the letter is any indication of an internal investigation of its own actions or an apology to the Mohamed family. Instead, it seems like the reactions of the administration and the police have stunned the community, particularly some students. “It just shocked me that people could do this to him. He’s a 14-year-old boy, and he’s a genius,” said Muram Ibrahim, 15, and cousin to Mohamed, to the Washington Post. “I thought there’s a lot of diversity at Irving [Independent School District], and I thought that it was different from other school districts,” she said. “But I was wrong, and it makes me really sad that I’m wrong.”As NPQ has reported previously, some Americans’ increasingly distorted views on Muslims are startling, particularly with the entrance of ISIS into global affairs. Look no further than the Phoenix anti-Muslim rallies brandishing guns outside a community mosque earlier this year. This week, NPQ also reported on the remarks by some residents in a North Jersey community opposed a Muslim community center:“Churches are being closed and mosques are being built. There’s a lot of infiltration going on around the world,” said Bayonne, New Jersey resident Joe Wisniewski. “It’s a known fact a lot of these mosques are funded by oil money and terrorists. I’m concerned about safety and the quality of life here in Bayonne.”Islamophobia is a pervasive, ingrained attitude. Undoubtedly, Mohamed’s plight brings attention to the issue, but it is embedded in the system, most significantly by our country’s leaders.Irving’s mayor, Beth Van Duyne, who stands behind the police officers’ and school administration’s actions, has made some startlingly controversial comments herself about Muslims and Islam. Due to an earlier incident this year, Van Duyne has been described as part of a fringe movement that believes Muslims are conspiring to take over American culture and courts.There is little evidence to conclude other Irving community leaders, school board members and police officers share Van Duyne’s views. However, one must wonder how a person with her extreme views could come into power. We may look no further than the presidential hopefuls that are vying for votes, effectively legitimizing the hysteria against Muslims. Hopefully, with the spectacle of Mohamed’s courage, backed by national support, such views can be exposed for what they are.—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more