Festival Orchestra tunes up for two city performances

Members of the Esker Festival Orchestra in performance.  

 

The Esker Festival Orchestra will give two performances in Galway next week as it prepares to embark on its fourth annual festival and national tour.

For the tour, 65 Irish and international emerging young professional musicians will be conducted by Galway-born Peter Joyce, who is currently studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

The programme will consist of Gustav Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with mezzo-soprano Carolyn Holt (Royal Academy of Music) and Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony Pathetique. The orchestra will also perform the world premiere of Iridescence, a new work by young Irish composer Christopher Moriarty. Christopher won the 2017 Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year.

The Esker Festival Orchestra are rehearsing in NUIG next week and begin their tour with a performance in Galway Cathedral on Friday, August 25, at 8pm. Admission €15/€10.

Ahead of that, there will be an evening of Chamber Music in the Black Gate Cultural Centre , Francis Street, on Thursday, August 24, at 8pm. Admission €5.

The Galway Music Residency and ConTempo Quartet, along with other top professionals, will tutor orchestra members next week as part of an ongoing collaboration with The Esker Festival Orchestra.

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