Music for Bloomsday

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.

This pro­gramme will be fol­lowed at approx­i­mate­ly 4pm Pacif­ic Time by a pro­gramme of clas­si­cal music pri­or to addi­tion­al shows lat­er in the evening. See addi­tion­al entries here for details.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at; out­side the US, tune to in-world, or sim­ply click here if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to launch a play­er auto­mat­i­cal­ly.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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