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Donnacha Dennehy is an Irish composer and founder of the renowned new music group Crash Ensemble. His work has been performed at numerous international venues for more than two decades and he has received commissions from, among many others, Alarm Will Sound, Bang On A Can, Contact (Toronto), Dawn Upshaw, Doric String Quartet (London), Fidelio Trio, Joanna MacGregor, and the Kronos Quartet.

Iarla Ó Lionáird is an Irish singer who has has performed internationally in a multitude of genres since childhood and has twice been nominated for Grammy awards. He has worked with composers including Donnacha Dennehy, Dan Trueman, Nico Muhly, Gavin Bryars, and David Lang, and he has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, Robert Plant and Sinead O’Connor.

Ó Lionáird and an ensemble of student and faculty musicians from UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music will perform Dennehy’s "Grá Agus Bás," and a percussion quartet will perform Dennehy's "Broken Unison." Following the performance, Dennehy and Ó Lionáird will share a presentation and conversation in Dancz Hall about Dennehy's opera The Hunger.

These events are part of the Global Georgia Initiative public event series of the Willson Center, presented in partnership with the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the Dancz Center for New Music, and the British and Irish Studies Program.

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