Classical, trad and jazz on menu with the Galway Music Residency

ConTempo: giving a free lunchtime performance next Tuesday as part of the Galway Music Residency.
ConTempo: giving a free lunchtime performance next Tuesday as part of the Galway Music Residency.

The ConTempo Quartet will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet Op 59, No 2 on Tuesday next, October 3, at St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church at 1.10pm.

The concert is part of the Galway Music Residency’s new season Beethoven – Rage & Mystery, which focuses on the composer’s mature quartets. This free series of concerts takes place on the first Tuesday of every month until June 2018 (excluding January) at St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church in the city.

Next Tuesday’s performance will focus on the second of three quartets composed by Beethoven and commissioned by Prince Andrey Razumovsky when he was Russian ambassador to Vienna.

Admission is free and open to all. Early arrival is recommended.

Meanwhile, this Saturday September 30 sees the return of the Galway Music Residency’s other popular concert series, 3 Saturdays: 3 Kinds of Music. It has a new location, the Niland Gallery on the city’s Merchants Road, and Saturday’s concert will begin at 11am.

This unique set of concerts will again feature the ConTempo Quartet as well as some of Ireland’s best young musicians. They will be performing an eclectic mix of classical, contemporary and traditional Irish music.

This Saturday’s event will feature ConTempo Quartet and emerging contemporary artist Brendan Maher whose style includes finger-picking, percussion and hands-on tapping. The resulting music varies from heavy-handed percussive vibes to subtle soft-stringed lulls.

The series will continue on October 14 and November 4 and other performers will include the superb traditional accordion player Conor Connolly on accordion. Conor will focus on jigs, reels, set dances and slow airs from the Galway region.

During the series, in addition to welcoming guest musicians, ConTempo will perform works from the three great classical masters: Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

Again, these are free concerts and all are welcome. Concerts begin at 11am and early arrival is advised.

For further information on these events, visit www.thegalwaymusicresidency.ie.