From Europe with Love: Portugal

Lunchtimes with ConTempo

  • St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church
  • 02 April 2019 at 1.10pm
  • Free - Donations Welcome

During this seventh edition of From Europe with Love, audiences will be taken on a trip to Portugal where the wonderful ConTempo Quartet will perform works from two Portuguese composers. First the audience will be treated to Luís Maria da Costa de Freitas Cranco’s Quartet De Cordas. Luís de Freitas (1890 – 1955) was born into an aristocratic family with close ties to the Royal family in Portugal.He began composing as a child and went on to study in Berlin and Paris. He returned to Portugal to become Professor of Composition at the Lisbon Conservatory of Music and played a pivotal role in revolutionizing music education. His Quarteto de Cordas (1911) is a deeply impressionist piece reminiscent of Debussy and Ravel. ConTempo Quartet will go on to perform Fernando Lopes-Garça’s Suite Rústica No. 2. Lopes-Garça was a member of the Portuguese Communist Party and strongly opposed António de Oliveira Salazar’s right-wing dictatorship of the time. As a result, his works were banned and his working life became very difficult. He responded to this repression through his music, developing a spirited Bartók-like style inspired by Portuguese folk music. Suite Rustica No. 2 is a fine example of this.

The Galway Music Residency is delighted to announce that it will partner with Caprice Café over the next number of months 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!

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.

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.

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