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In association with TIME Galway Early Music Festival

AOIFE NIC ATHLOICH baroque cello
YONIT KOSOVSKE harpsichord

St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway 1 pm
Saturday 16 May

Tickets: €12/ MFG Friends and Concessions: €10 / Students (full time): €7 Book here

Geminiani - Sonata in D minor, H. 104
Triemer - Sonata in A major, no. 2
Barrière - Sonata No. 3 in E minor, Book 4
Telemann - Sonatain D major, No. 16 TWV 41:D6

The cello goes baroque with Aoife Nic Athlaoich, baroque cello and Yonit Kosovske harpsichord, as Music for Galway teams up with Galway Early Music Festival to bring the immensely successful CELLISSIMO season to a close on Saturday 16 May at 1pm at St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church.

Organisers are very pleased with strong audiences throughout the Music for Galway season, which started with a sold out An Taibhdhearc for the opening concert, the Eight Cello Extravaganza back in September. Further highlights were the long-awaited return of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in October, this time in sold out Leisureland. The Haydn/Shostakovich Midwinter Festival with its cheeky title SOUNDTRACKS FOR SUPERPOWERS surprised and delighted punters in equal measure at the Town Hall Theatre, DJ Cyril Briscoe gave Matthew Barley’s solo cello performance a decidedly different twist at the Mick Lally Theatre in February, and the Aula Maxima in NUIG resounded to the most sublime music over a number of concerts from solo piano recitals to cello quintets, to Bach cantatas.

This last concert takes us back to St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church – the scene of a most memorable Messiah production featuring the Irish Baroque Orchestra and Resurgam in December, and a deeply moving Good Friday Concert with Collegium conducted by Mark Duley. Bringing the cello one last time into focus, in this lunchtime concert Aoife Nic Athlaoich and Yonit Kosovske present four sonatas for cello and continuo, featuring works by 18th-century composers Francesco Geminiani, Georg Philipp Telemann, Jean Zewalt Triemer and Jean-Baptiste Barrière. From the brilliant to the tender, decadent to transparent, this recital offers the listener a spirited and evocative mid-day journey through sounds birthed 300 years ago.

Dublin born Aoife Nic Athlaoich enjoys a versatile musical career, equally at home playing on period instruments as performing newly-commissioned works. Aoife has performed with many period ensembles, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and is a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Yonit Kosovske has performed as a soloist, chamber artist, and artistic director throughout the United States, Israel, Hong Kong, Spain, Ireland, Ecuador & Colombia. Holding degrees in both modern & historical keyboard instruments, Yonit concertises on harpsichord, fortepiano, chamber organ and modern piano.

The success of this season has inspired and emboldened artistic director Finghin Collins and a great 35th International Concert Series awaits in September. But this is May, so make sure to catch this last CELLISSIMO concert before the long Summer break.

Tickets: €12/ MFG Friends and Concessions: €10 / Students (full time): €7 Book here


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.

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Aoife Nic Athlaoich

The Neachtivarius outside Tigh Neachtains as seen from Artisan Restaurant

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