From Europe with Love: Latvia

Lunchtimes with ConTempo

  • St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church
  • 07 May 2019 at 1.10pm
  • Free - Donations Welcome

The Galway Music Residency’s ambitious Lunchtime with ConTempo project entitled From Europe with Love continues on Tuesday 7th May at 1:10pm in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church. This three-year initiative celebrates the shared musical heritage of the European Union by exploring the string quartet repertoire from each of its 27 member countries. Speakers from the featured nations, embassies and local communities will introduce each concert providing unique personal perspectives on the music to be performed.

During this eight edition of From Europe with Love, audiences will be taken on a trip to Latvia where the wonderful ConTempo Quartet will perform String Quartet no. 3 by Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks. Vasks, born in 1946 is one of the most influential and celebrated European contemporary composers. His later works, such as String Quartet no. 3, include elements of Latvian folk music. They are highly communicative works with a strong sense of harmony. String Quartet no. 3 is actually an exploration of Christmas, a pondering of the question ‘Is peace on earth possible?’ and a statement of the composer’s faith in the concept of ‘good will toward men’.

Skarleta Mukane will introduce this concert in celebration of Latvia. Ms Mukane is a member of the Latvian community in Galway and the Chairperson of LatWest Ireland. This organisation initiates and develops connections between Ireland and Latvia in enterprise, business, trade and tourism by linking organisations, government departments, chambers of commerce and so on.

The Galway Music Residency is delighted to continue its partnership with Caprice Café to offer From Europe with Love audience members an exclusive lunch deal. Bring your programme to Caprice following the concert to receive a 10% discount on a delicious lunch (minimum spend of €10 per person applies). Galway’s chicest new eatery, Caprice Cafe, is wowing Galwegians and visitors with its delicious dishes served in beautiful surroundings. Located at the corner of Church Lane and Market Street, ‘Caprice’, which means sudden change of mood, has certainly added to the vibrancy of the area.

The interior of Caprice Cafe embraces you, creating a calming dining environment in the middle of the city, including the upstairs’ unrivalled views of both St. Nicholas’ Church and the Galway Cathedral. But the highlight of your visit has to be the food, from breakfast through to dinner; even their organic coffee recently won a double gold star from the Guild of Fine Foods UK & Ireland and is available to go!

Proudly supported by NUI Galway (Education Partner), the Arts Council, GMIT, and Galway City and County Councils, admission to this event is free, open to all and early arrival is recommended. From Europe with Love will take place on the first Tuesday of each month (September-June excepting January) until June 2021.

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