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Prestigious Romanian string quartet to perform at NUIG

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Arts Week with Judy Murphy

The Arcadia String Quartet will perform at the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway on Wednesday next, November 27 as part of a tour of Ireland.

The Quartet, whose members hail from Romania, won first prize at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in 2012, an event recognised as being among the most prestigious of its kind in the world. This is the Arcadia Quartet’s first visit to Ireland.

Music for Galway had long had a tradition of inviting the winners of this triennial competition to a recital in their season. However with ever tighter budgets, bringing four people – plus a cello – into the country for just the one night had become more and more of a challenge.

So the organisation has teamed up with the Castleconnell Concert Series in Limerick, Music in Kilkenny and the Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda as these groups were also looking for ways of bringing the best music to their audiences

“Collaborating in this way, pooling our resources has made it possible to give people across the country the opportunity to see these incredibly gifted young musicians; together we can handle the costs and they are delighted to have the opportunity to show their talents across Ireland. It has been a great experience to work in this way,” says Anna Lardi Fogarty, executive officer with Music for Galway.

The Arcadia Quartet is fast becoming one of Europe’s leading string quartets, having won a host of international prizes. In addition to the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Arcadia also won the Almere International Chamber Music Competition in 2011 and the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg in 2009. Formed in 2005 while students at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Romania, the quartet has performed across the world and is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most exciting string quartets of its generation.

The programmes vary slightly for each venue but feature masterworks for string quartets by Haydn, Janáček, Beethoven and Debussy. 

The Galway programme will feature Haydn’s Largo Quartet Op. 75 no. 5, Janáček’s Kreutzer Sonata, a work inspired by Tolstoy’s novella of the same name and one of Beethoven’s earliest string quartet, the Op. 18 no. 6.

Next Wednesday’s concert in the Aula will be at 8pm.Tickets cost €20/€16 (for MfG Friends & concession) or €6 (full time students)

 Booking at Music for Galway 091 705962, tht.ie or or Opus 2, 4 High Street, Galway City.

 

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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

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