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Multi-talented Raphaël for cello season

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French cellist Raphaël Merlin.

French cellist Raphaël Merlin will be joined by Galway’s ConTempo Quartet at NUIG’s Aula Maxima next Monday night, March 9, for Music for Galway’s latest concert.

It’s part of Music for Galway’s Cellissimo series, celebrating that instrument, and will feature Boccherini’s quintet in C major, well known for its lively rondo finale, as well as Schubert’s quintet in C major.

ConTempo will also perform Mozart’s String Quartet K. 575 which Mozart wrote while under financial strain, hoping to sell it to the King of Prussia, who was himself an accomplished cellist.

The special guest Raphaël Merlin, is a member of the internationally acclaimed Quatuor Ebène and has been a multi-instrumentalist since childhood, with an interest in jazz as well as classical music. As a teenager, while undergoing his classical training at the Conservatoire in Clermont, he also found time to pursue jazz, writing songs, joining a big-band, and establishing a jazz quartet.

But chamber music has remained a constant and he has been a member of the Ebène Quartet since 2002, performing in the world’s greatest concert halls.  Raphaël also produces and records across a range of musical genres – classical, jazz, tango and traditional.

He will be joined on Monday night by Galway’s ConTempo Quartet, who recently performed Haydn and Shostakovich for Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival at the Town Hall Theatre in January.

The internationally acclaimed quartet was formed in 1995 in Romania and began its work as Galway’s Ensemble in Residence eleven years ago. The quartet has won many international prizes and performed more than a thousand concerts all over the world, including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Berliner Philarmoniker. Most recently, ConTempo has been named the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet.

■ Tickets for the concert are €18/€14 (concession) / €6 (full time students) Admission for MFG Friends is free. Booking at Music for Galway 091 705962, or Opus 2, 4 High Street, or www.musicforgalway.ie

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Stunning and David Kitt for free gigs in Ballinalsoe and Clifden

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The Stunning are playing Ballinasloe this Saturday night while David Kitt will be in Clifden next Friday, October 22.

The Stunning will take to the stage of Ballinasloe’s Town Hall Theatre this Saturday, October 16, night at 8pm to play hits such as including Brewing up a Storm, Half Past Two, Romeo’s on Fire, Heads are Gonna Roll and Brighten up my Life. Meanwhile David Kitt will be in Clifden next Friday, October 22, performing songs from his new album, 20.

These gigs are the fourth in the Ceol an tSamhraidh series of free live music events being presented by Galway County Council Art and Tourism Offices as part of the Government’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.

The Stunning were a force to be reckoned with in 1990s’ Ireland, when they played and toured continually, becoming one of the most successful homegrown bands ever. Their debut album, Paradise in The Picturehouse. spent five weeks at number one and became among the most popular Irish albums of all time. After seven years on the road, the band split. These days, the members still continue to pursue their own individual projects, but they also perform together regularly as the Stunning. And now that restrictions have eased, they’re ready for road.

Meanwhile, the Station House Theatre is the location for David Kitt’s debut Clifden show next weekend.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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John Behan – ‘blowing our hearts wide open’

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RTÉ's Bryan Dobson congratulates artist John Behan after officially opening his exhibition 'Shifting Ground' at the Kenny Gallery on Friday. Masks were worn for the event, only being removed for the speech and photographs. PHOTO: DEAN KELLY.

Shifting Ground, a new collection in bronze from sculptor John Behan, opened at the city’s Kenny Gallery last weekend, with RTÉs’ Bryan Dobson doing the honours and praising the artist’s work ethic and discipline as well as his talent.

The show reflects on Behan’s experience of living through the pandemic, while the renowned artist has also returned to his previous theme of Emigrants and created images inspired by the current refugee crisis, a subject he explored in his show, Migrants, which was shown in Kenny’s early in 2020, before Covid took hold.

John Behan has met and worked with refugees on various trips to Greece and Cyprus and their stories have found their way into his art alongside his Irish work, the Famine Ship, and Broighter Boat and Oar Boat series.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Feast of Mozart for memorial concert

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Pianist Christian Blackshaw is renowned for his interpretation of Mozart's sonatas.

UK pianist Christian Blackshaw will give a recital of Mozart’s music next Friday, October 22, at the Emily Anderson Concert Hall, NUIG, starting at 8pm. The concert, in celebration of Anderson’s life and work, is being presented by Music for Galway and NUIG.

It will feature Mozart’s Fantasie in D minor, K.397; Rondo in D major, K. 485; Adagio in B minor, K.540; Sonata in F major, K.332; Sonata in C major, K.545; Sonata in C minor, K.457.

“It is nearly two years since we last presented a concert in this venue and we can’t wait to be back where MfG started 40 years ago,” says Chair of Music for Galway Anne Ó Maille, who describes the venue as the group’s “spiritual home”.

The multi-talented Emily Anderson (1891-1962) was reared in the quadrangle of NUIG. The daughter of Alexander Anderson, the president of what was then Queen’s College, she graduated from the college and went on become its first professor of German. She moved to England in 1918 and worked as a code-breaker for the British during WWII. As an academic, she went on to edit and translate the letters of Mozart and also of Beethoven.

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