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Soundtracks for Superpowers
Haydn:Shostakovich

Midwinter Festival
Town Hall Theatre
16-18 January

Carducci Quartet
Finghin Collins piano
Helen Kearns soprano
Galway Ensemble in Residence: ConTempo Quartet (Sunday concert)

‘When a man is in despair, it means that he still believes in something.' - Dmitri Shostakovich

'I was cut off from the world. There was no one near to confuse or torment me, so I was forced to become original.' - Joseph Haydn

Tickets: €20. MfG Friends and Concessions: €16. Students (full time): €6. Festival Ticket: €55/€45

Click here to view individual concert programmes and to book tickets on-line. Booking by phone through 091 569777

Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival returns to the Town Hall Theatre this January 16th to 18th with support from Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway. Following last year’s highly successful ‘Birth of Modern Music’ Festival, this year’s intriguing title is ‘Soundtracks for Superpowers’. The festival focusses on two composers who towered over their respective centuries, Joseph Haydn and Dmitri Shostakovich, and who both worked with powerful patrons, the Esterházy family and Joseph Stalin respectively. Both had an enormous impact on that most glorious medium, that most perfect combination of four string instruments: the string quartet.

Amongst the pieces chosen are two of Shostakovich’s string quartets performed by the Carducci Quartet, who are embarking on presenting all of Shostakovich's string quartet in 2015 to commemorate 40 years since the death of the composer. They will be joined by ConTempo Quartet, Galway's Ensemble in Residence for Shostakovich’s wonderful String Octet. Irish soprano Helen Kearns will show her versatility in performing the 7 Romances for soprano and piano trio (accompanied by Finghin Collins, piano and Matthew and Emma Denton, violin and cellist of the Carducci quartet) as well as Haydn songs, arias and the cantata Arianna a Naxos. The piano will also feature as solo instrument as Finghin plays one of Haydn’s piano sonatas and, with Carducci Quartet, the unparalleled Shostakovich Piano Quintet. These and more will be presented over three concerts.

On Saturday morning, Dr. Wolfgang Marx of UCD’s School of Music will give a lecture in which he will explore the composers' relationships with their powerful patrons that inspired this year’s festival title. On Saturday afternoon anyone interested in getting a look behind the scenes is invited to sit in to open rehearsals.

Venture to Galway this January and discover its charms away from the craze of the summer festivals. In between performances you will be sure to find harbour in Galway's award-winning pubs, restaurants and shops.

Tickets: €20. MfG Friends and Concessions: €16. Students (full time): €6. Festival Ticket: €55/€45

Click here to view individual concert programmes and to book tickets on-line. Booking by phone through 091 569777

The Lavender Cello
Look out for our giant lavender cello , nicknamed the “Neachtivarius”, commissioned by Tigh Neachtain, crafted by Tommy Lennon.. .this will stand outside Neachtain’s for the entire week of the season launch and wil reappear at various times throughout the season.

Music for Galway is sponsored by the Arts Council and Galway City Council, and also thanks its many partners, corporate sponsors, Diamond Patrons and other Patrons and Friends.

Music for Galway
St. Mary's College
St. Mary's Road
Galway
Ireland
Phone: 00353 91 705962
Email: info@musicforgalway.ie

 



Carducci String Quartet


Finghin Collins


Helen Kearns


Galway Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo Quartet



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