OPENING NIGHT, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12th

Sponsored by the Consulate General of Ireland

5.00pm – 6.45pm: OPENING VIP RECEPTION, MONTALVO ARTS CENTER
Greet our Irish guests, listen in on a classical recital, or performance & poetry sessions, while enjoying food, wine & art, at Montalvo’s historic villa.

SPECIAL PANEL EXHIBIT & BOOK SIGNING WITH FINTAN O’TOOLE
Judging Shaw looks at the legacy of George Bernard Shaw, the first person to win both a Nobel Prize and an Academy Award. Shaw left a vast legacy of theatrical, fictional, polemical, critical and philosophical writing bridging the Victorian era and the contemporary culture of celebrity. “GBS was one of history’s great high-wire acts, and it was performed solo and without a safety net,” writes Fintan O’Toole in this entertaining, insightful new work.

7pm – 9.45pm: OPENING EVENT, MONTALVO’S CARRIAGE HOUSE THEATER
An evening of words and music, with Paul Muldoon, Fintan O’Toole and Síobhra Quinlan at the historic Carriage House Theater. Specials guests include Robert Tracy, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley, Dean Rader, USF Professor, and Tess Taylor, poet.

 

PAUL MULDOON

Hailed by Seamus Heaney as “unusually gifted” and “one of the era’s true originals, Paul Muldoon is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet from Northern Ireland who has written twelve major poetry collections since 1973, as well as published several smaller works spanning different genres. Paul served as Poetry Editor at The New Yorker for a decade, until 2017.

Paul has been described as “the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War,” (The Times Literary Supplement). Paul was awarded The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry for the year 2017. He resides in New York, and is currently working as Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University.

Paul Muldoon’s featured book, Selected Poems 1968–2014, offers forty-six years of work drawn from twelve individual collections compiled by himself.

 

FINTAN O’TOOLE

Fintan O’Toole is a Dublin-born op-ed columnist for the Irish Times, as well as an author, literary critic, historical writer, and political commentator. He has been an op-ed columnist for the Irish Times since 1988, and his column, which comments on social and political issues, appears in the paper every Tuesday. His June 26th article, “Trial runs for Fascism are in full flow” is the most read Irish Times editorial of all time.

He has written over one dozen books and most recently has edited Modern Ireland in 100 Objects, which is part of a series for the Irish Times. He is the recipient of the AT Cross Award for Supreme Journalism, the European Press Prize, and the Orwell Prize for Journalism. He currently resides in Dublin.

 

 

SIOBHRA QUINLAN

Síobhra Quinlan is an Irish vocalist, composer, and producer. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, with an M. Phil in Composition, she composes and performs with sfiiinx, a self-founded chamber music ensemble. Her recent performances include ‘The Divil’s Music’, as part of the “Judging Shaw” exhibition at the Little Museum of Dublin. link

A highly creative soprano composer who’s making waves on the opera scene, Síobhra Quinlan is perhaps the most likely classical crossover artist of the coming year, combining vocals that will please the casual listener and the technically minded, and going fiercely creative in the abstract and imaginative styles that make up her work.” 2018’s Most Likely in Irish Music