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This season, its 34th International Concert Season, Music for Galway sets out to celebrate and showcase the cello! The organisation’s Artistic Director Finghin Collins enthusiastically described it at as ‘this fabulously versatile instrument with its extensive range, noble sound and curvaceous body’ when presenting the programme at the launch at the Mick Lally Theatre on Monday 8 September and welcoming guest of honour Mrs. Sabina Higgins. Galway audiences have a lot to look forward to over the next nine months. The season opens with a bang on September 30th at An Taibhdhearc , an Eight-Cello Extravaganza with music by Schubert, Piazzolla and Villa-Lobos and many others on the programme.
The cello in its different guises
A number of concerts will feature the cello in its different functions, so we will get to hear it as solo artist (Leonard Elschenbroich in November), as solo artist with electronics (Kate Ellis in May), as duo partner with piano (Hungarian super-talent István Várdai with Finghin Collins in March), as a member of a piano trio (Guy Johnston with Hugh Tinney and Katherine Hunka) and as guest artist with a string quartet (Raphaël Merlin of the Ebène Quartet with our own ConTempo Quartet in March).
The cello and the orchestra
Thanks to substantial sponsorship from SAP Ireland, Music for Galway is thrilled to annouce that the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will return to Galway on October 9th 2014. Their exciting and diverse programme will include Dvorák's lyrical Cello Concerto which gave German star cellist Daniel Müller-Schott a triumph earlier this year with the Berlin Philharmonic - expect the same in Leisureland! The Orchestra will be conducted by its principal conductor, the charismatic Kazak, Alan Buribayev. Not to be missed.
Matthew Barley is a renowned British cellist that truly deserves the accolade ‘versatile’. Cellist, improviser, arranger, music animateur, and Artistic Director of “Between The Notes”, his musical world is focused on projects that connect people in different ways, blurring the boundaries that never really existed between genres and people. He will come to the Mick Lally Theatre in February to perform the programme ‘On the Road – The Cello Goes Electronic’. Much in the spirit of the Yellow Lounge in Berlin and London, DJ Cyril Briscoe will set the mood before and after the performance by spinning music taking you from chamber to garage.
It's not all about the cello!
Our Emily Anderson concert presents one of Europe’s foremost Beethoven interpreters, the French pianist François Frédéric Guy, performing three Beethoven Sonatas. Galway can also look forward to visits by the Kilkenny Camerata, the Irish Baroque Orchestra with its annual, hugely popular performance of Handel’s Messiah, and some wonderful music on Good Friday with Galway’s Collegium Choir directed by Mark Duley.
The Midwinter Festival – Soundtracks for Superpowers
Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival has become a firm fixture in everyone’s calendar and is the perfect way to spice up those long January evenings. This January the festival focusses on two composers who towered over their respective centuries – Joseph Haydn and Dmitri Shostakovich. Their chamber music and history will be presented over three concerts, a lecture and open rehearsals, with songs, string quartets, piano trio, works for piano, and much more.
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
Phone: 00353 91 705962
Finghin Collins, Artistic Director MFG
Matthew Barley CR: Nick White
Haydn:Shostakovich Midwinter Festvial 2015
The Neachtivarius outside Tigh Neachtains as seen from Artisan Restaurant