From Europe with Love: Hungary

A Port of Galway Series

Venue: The Mick Lally Theatre/ Online

Date: 06 October 2020 at 1.10pm

Price: €6 pp

From Europe with Love is back! Following 6 months of uncertainty and many concert cancellations, Galway Music Residency is delighted to return to Live events, albeit under very different circumstances. From Europe with Love, the organisation’s ambitious monthly lunchtime series exploring string quartet repertoire from all 27 EU member countries, resumes in its temporary home, The Mick Lally Theatre.

ConTempo Quartet, who are originally from Romania, will quite suitably perform Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances. This suite of six short pieces was originally composed for piano, but was later orchestrated for small ensemble. The suite is based on seven Romanian tunes from Transylvania and according to the composer should take precisely four minutes and three seconds to perform! In addition to these Dances, the quartet will perform Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4. This work is considered as one of the composer’s masterpieces. It contains musical ideas from Hungarian, Romanian and Bulgarian music and demands great technical skill from the performers. It is the first time in his published work that the now famous ‘Bartók Pizzicato’ is heard, where the performers pluck a string so hard, it snaps against the instrument. An introduction to the music will be given by Galway-based Hungarian pianist, piano teacher and accompanist David Szabo.

From Europe with Love will take place in line with government regulations and GMR is working closely with the venue’s team to ensure all safety controls are in place. Upon booking, patrons will receive clear guidelines to follow when attending the venue, so they can enjoy these performances in safety and comfort. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only a reduced audience can be facilitated and booking is essential. However, continuing its commitment to making high-quality music accessible to as many people as possible, Galway Music Residency will be live streaming these events for FREE on our Facebook page for all to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. Online donations are welcome.

Tickets for live attendance cost €6 each will be sold in pairs so that patrons from the same household can attend together. They are available from

The Galway Music Residency is proudly supported by NUI Galway (Education Partner), the Arts Council, GMIT, and Galway City and County Councils.

The Port of Galway is the generous title sponsor of From Europe with Love.

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