From Europe With Love: Italy

Lunchtimes with ConTempo

  • St. Nicholas Collegiate Church
  • 05 February 2019 at 1.10pm
  • Free - Donations welcome

The Galway Music Residency is delighted to continue our Lunchtimes with ConTempo project entitled From Europe with Love on Tuesday 5th February at 1:10pm in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church with a trip to Italy!

This three-year initiative will celebrate the shared musical heritage of the European Union by exploring the string quartet repertoire from each of its 27 member countries. Part one of the project presents nine concerts from September 2018 to June 2019 (excepting January), on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:10pm in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church.

During this fifth edition of From Europe with Love, audiences will be taken on a trip Italy where the wonderful ConTempo Quartet will perform a repertoire oozing with Italian style and charisma. Beginning with Alessandro Scarlatti, ConTempo will treat the audience to his 4th Sonata de Quattro. These sonatas are thought to be the earliest known works for string quartet, written between 1715 and 1725, and demonstrate Scarlatti’s mastery of instrumental composition. Also featured will be Donizetti’s String Quartet no. 5 in E minor. Although Donizetti is best known for his grand operas, he produced an abundance of chamber music including 18 string quartets. He wrote no. 5 between 1818 and 1819 at the young age of 21 while studying and the Bolognese Conservatory. Puccini, like Donizetti is famed for his operas and the majority of his work focused on this genre. He left behind only three short works for string quartet, but his skill in writing for strings cannot be missed in these. The concert will close with Puccini’s emotive Crisantemi, a short elegy he wrote in memory of his friend Duke of Savoy who died in 1890. Puccini is said to have written the work in one night upon hearing the news of his friend’s death.

The Galway Music Residency is delighted to announce that this concert, in celebration of Italy, will be introduced by Professor Paolo Bartoloni, head of Italian at NUI Galway. Professor Bartoloni will give a personal reflection of this great work before ConTempo take to the stage.

Proudly supported by The Arts Council, NUI Galway, GMIT, and Galway City and County Councils, admission to this event is free, open to all and early arrival is recommended.

Busker Brownes continues as GMR's lunchtime sponsor, offering our patrons a 10% discount on your post-concert lunch! Simply present our concert programme to avail of the discount!

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