Music for Bloomsday

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main, ZBS Radio Hour

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 16 June, 2012

Today, June 16, is Bloomsday: the anniversary of the day in 1904 when the events of Ulysses, the best‐known work by the Irish literary giant James Joyce, would have taken place in Dublin and environs.

The celebration — which today includes a great many events in and around Dublin and elsewhere in the world — was originally established in 1954 on the 50th anniversary.

To celebrate Bloomsday we’re presenting a programme of Irish music, traditional and modern; we will also be playing no less than three musical settings of some of James Joyce’s first published poetry:Chamber Music of 1907. You’ll hear the piano and tenor voice interpretations of Alfred and Marc Heller, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus under Marc Shapiro, and a complete series of settings of all 36 poems, by some of today’s top alternative artists. You may hear some surprises today.

The ZBS Radio Hour

Then join us at 19:00 or 03:00 UK time (11am or 7pm Pacific) for the latest instalments of our exciting radio dramas from ZBS Foundation. At the top of the hour we continue the adventures of Jack Flanders and his friends as they continue to explore their mysterious steam‐powered visions in Steam Dreamers of Inverness, while at the half‐hour tune in for the latest strange Sci‐Fi tale in our series Stars & Stuff.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to the programme now at simply click here if your browser is configured to launch a player automatically.


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