Brightening up Winter courtesy of Beethoven

ConTempo String Quartet, who will lead the orchestra, from left; Bogdan Sofei, Adrian Mantu, Ingrid Nicola and Andreea Banciu.
ConTempo String Quartet, who will lead the orchestra, from left; Bogdan Sofei, Adrian Mantu, Ingrid Nicola and Andreea Banciu.

Galway Choral Association, with an orchestra led by the ConTempo String Quartet, will present one of Beethoven’s finest works on Saturday, January 26, at the City’s St Nicholas’s Collegiate Church.

The choir and orchestra will present Beethoven’s Mass in C major, Op. 86, with soloists Sarah Skerritt, Joyce Byrne, Eoin Hynes and Rory Dunne – all under the baton of musical director Norman Duffy.  ConTempo will open the concert with performance of Britten’s Third Quartet.

“We’re delighted be performing with ConTempo again” says the Chairperson of Galway Choral Association, Carol Duffy.

“Several of the choir’s early concerts were joint performances, and these links were re-kindled at our 20th anniversary celebration last year.”

Preparing for this concert has been very satisfying, according to the Choral Association’s Musical Director, Norman Duffy.

“Beethoven’s Mass in C is a long-underrated masterpiece and has a directness and emotional content which makes it exciting to conduct.  The orchestra we have assembled includes some of Ireland’s finest musicians, while our soloists are professional singers, many of whom have worked with the choir previously.”

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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