Music for Bloomsday

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by rieladmin on Thursday, 16 June, 2011

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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