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Prestigious Romanian string quartet to perform at NUIG

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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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Sunday evening concert offers All the Pleasures

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Sunday evening’s concert will be performed by the Resurgam Choir and Irish Baroque Orchestra (pictured), under director Peter Whelan.

Music by George Frederic Handel and Henry Purcell as well as a world premiere by Irish composer Rhona Clarke will feature in Resounding Landscapes, a concert being presented by Music for Galway in association with Galway 2020 this Sunday, November 22. It will be live-streamed from the city’s St Nicholas’ Church, starting at 7pm.

It’s the second concert in the Abendmusik (Evening Music) series of vocal and choral performances, which forms part of Music for Galway’s programme for the European Capital of Culture project.

Sunday’s event will feature Welcome to all the Pleasures by the 17th century composer, Henry Purcell with text by Cristopher Fishburn; the world premiere of Rhona Clarke’s O Vis Aeternitatis – based on writings by the 12th century mystic, Hildegard of Bingen; and Handel’s Dixit Dominus.

The programme will be performed by the Resurgam Choir and Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO), under director Peter Whelan, who is director of the IBO.

Creator of the Abendmusik Sunday evening concert series, Mark Duley feels that “in our current circumstance, it is good to be reminded by Fishburn in his text that ‘in music, we find relief from sorrow and grief’. And we can salute the venerable building of St Nicholas’ Church where for 700 years music has resounded and prayer has been valid.”

Meanwhile, a scheduled online production of the community opera, Paper Boat, which Music for Galway commissioned to celebrate the 700th anniversary of St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, has been postponed.

Paper Boat is central to Music for Galway’s programme for Galway 2020 and before Covid-19 restrictions, there had been plans for a major live production of the site-specific composition in St Nicholas’ last June.

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

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Chance to experience Fregoli’s Cross Street as the drama unfolds

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Enid trying to make sense of her life in 'Cross Street.

Fregoli Theatre Company will present a work-in-progress performance of its forthcoming play, Cross Street, on Saturday, November 28.

This virtual reading of their new comedy, written by the company’s co-founder Jarlath Tivnan, offers hints of horror while exploring mental health issues, according to its director Eimear Finan.

The story centres on Enid who’s searching for a new home and finds a place on Cross Street, one of Galway’s most happening spots.

However, she enters a space that’s is already populated by some serious creatures of habit. When Enid’s arrival threatens to disrupt well-worn routines, a house meeting is called to re-establish order. But on this stormy night, other events take over.

Cross Street explores how mental issues can grow and manifest when left to fester, says Eimear. Each of the housemates has an issue: these range from grief, guilt, alcoholism, eating disorders, neglect, self-harm and self-doubt. And each person isolates from anyone who might either interfere or help.

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

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Resourceful Emma gets in step with Zoom during pandemic

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Connemara's heritage features strongly in Emma's sean-nós dance classes and in her Facebook videos.

If you fancy learning sean-nós dancing, now is your chance as renowned dancer Emma O’Sullivan is using technology to put her students through their paces – at home and abroad.

In normal times, the All-Ireland champion can be seen dancing on the junction of Mainguard Street and Cross Street in Galway City.

Emma, from Derryinver, Letterfrack, is a popular figure and videos of her performances have been shared by over 20 million viewers worldwide. Her skills as a sean-nós dance teacher mean she’s in constant demand for classes among children and adults as at home and abroad.

But like so many in the performing arts sector, Emma’s livelihood has been severely affected by the pandemic.

After her regular classes were cancelled in March when lockdown began, she decided to try something new. She complied a 30-minute introductory sean-nós dancing tutorial video, which she uploaded to YouTube.  The feedback was so good, she moved on to classes via Zoom – which her students have since nicknamed ‘zoom-nós’.

This hasn’t been without its challenges, she says.

“There’s so much more to consider. Lighting and audio were a bit difficult, because while Zoom is fine for just chatting, suddenly I needed to talk and play music too.”

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

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