Music for Galway: Music to Charm and Challenge!

Music for Galway launched their 32nd international concert season on September 17 at the Galway Arts Centre.   Soloists, ensembles and orchestras from Europe, South America and the USA will take part in the season which features over twenty events. The opening concert on Tuesday 2 October will focus on flute quartets and piano sonatas of Haydn with flautist Madeleine Staunton, pianist Peter Tuite,  and members of ConTempo Quartet. 

These works are rarely heard in concert and the programme has been specially devised for Music for Galway. The season will close at the end of April with a special Schubert evening in the Meyrick Hotel Ballroom featuring bass baritone Conor Biggs performing some of Schubert’s most beautiful songs and ConTempo Quartet performing Schubert’s exquisite quartet, ‘Death and the Maiden’. Orchestral concerts will take place in Seapoint’s famous Ballroom.  The Irish Chamber Orchestra bring a programme ranging from the third symphony of Philip Glass to Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings.  The Irish Baroque Orchestra and Monica Huggett return to Galway with a vibrant new work by American composer Hollis Taylor called Groove Theory. Prize Winning pianists travel to Galway with programmes of virtuosity and beauty: from Moscow – Nicolay Khozyainov – and from Venice –  Alessandro Taverna . Touring events this season feature the outstanding Irish choir Resurgam in Handel’s Messiah just before Christmas and the renowned BBC Singers in a pre-Easter concert featuring Seven Last Words from the Cross in a contemporary setting by Scottish composer James MacMillan. Concerts will be enhanced by two award winning films, shown at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media: In search of Haydn and Portrait of Philip Glass: Glass in 12 Parts.  Music by Glass features in concerts by the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the young German ensemble sonic.art saxophone quartet. This year Music for Galway present two very special 3-day festivals.  One is presented in association with the Galway Music Residency, celebrating their 10th anniversary with our world renowned Galway ensemble in residence ConTempo Quartet and special guests:  pianist Isabelle O’Connell from New York, accordion player Dermot Dunne with Ariel Hernandez from Argentina, and the RTE Vanbrugh Quartet. The annual Midwinter Festival in the third weekend of January has a focus on the music of Beethoven: Genius, Passion and the Irish Connection.  This Festival is again sponsored by DERI and this year brings together the outstanding Dutch piano trio Osiris, the Dutch soprano Charlotte Riedijk, UK based Irish tenor Robin Tritschler, clarinetist Paul Roe, Cork born pianist Rebecca Capova and actor Rod Goodall who will read from the letters of Beethoven as translated by Emily Anderson, Galway scholar whose translation of Beethoven’s correspondence has brought the composer closer to the English speaking world. The Festival will feature Piano Trios, Bagatelles for solo piano, the song cycle ‘To the Distant Beloved’, the Clarinet Trio, and Beethoven’s delightful settings of Irish folk songs for voice, violin, cello and piano.

The season runs from October to the end of April in various venues throughout Galway, offering a wide variety of musical events, a selection of music encompassing styles from classic and romantic to minimalist and jazz, a host of outstanding musicians and ensembles renowned for their skills from Russia, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Argentina, the USA, and the UK as well as Ireland.  Full details from www.musicforgalway.ie. Music for Galway is supported by The Arts Council and Galway City Council.

Further information from: Anna Lardi Fogarty, Music for Galway, c/o GMIT, Cluain Mhuire, Galway. Email: info@musicforgalway.ie. Phone: 091 705962

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