Ball will perform his musical theater piece, O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music, which brings to the stage the legendary life, turbulent times and glorious music of Ireland’s most celebrated and beloved musician, Turlough O’Carolan.
Known as the last of the Irish bards, O’Carolan was born in County Meath, Ireland, in 1670, the son of a poor farmer. In 1688, he was stricken with smallpox and became totally blind. Through the intercession of a wealthy Irish-Catholic family, he was given three years of instruction on the harp, and subsequently began his life as an itinerant musician, traveling throughout Ireland, staying in the houses of gentry and composing for them. He is regarded as Ireland’s most beloved and celebrated musician—his face appears on the Irish £50 note.
He has recorded nine instrumental and three voice albums, which have sold well over one-half million copies internationally, and won national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. While playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland with its crystalline tones and performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create “a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance.”
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will take the Castle Theater stage on Friday, Nov. 5, offering a mesmerizing performance of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote.
Tickets are available at the MACC Box Office: $25 for adults and $12.50 for keiki (plus applicable fees). Enjoy pre-show dinner by Mulligan’s On the Blue catering.
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) will take the stage on Friday, Nov. 5, in the Castle Theater, offering a mesmerizing performance of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote. Philip Proctor of NPR’s Firesign Theatre will be the featured guest actor.
Recreating the haunting melodies and striking harmonies of music that Cervantes would have heard in his lifetime, LAGQ’s Bill Kanengiser has put together the music of 17th century Spain—Golden Age vihuela (guitar) and spoken-word narration (from Edith Grossman’s recent translation of the classic novel). Enjoy a fresh take on Miguel de Cervantes’ epic work presented in a clever, comical and oh-so-musical performance.