Venue: Saint Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Lombard Street, H91 PY20, Galway
Date: 04 October 2022 at 1:10pm
Price: FREE (booking recommended)
Galway Music Residency’s Lunchtimes with ConTempo series continues this October with an exquisite programme of contemporary and Romantic music. The performance takes place on Tuesday 4 October at 1:10pm at St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church.
ConTempo Quartet will perform two contrasting pieces in these stunning surroundings. Irish composer Deirdre McKay’s mr shah stares to the heavens, was inspired by a period of contemplation on ‘the vast quietude of space’ and commissioned in 2012 especially for ConTempo. It includes annotations for the musicians such as “featherlight… like throwing a butterfly in the air” giving a hint at what to expect. This contemporary work is paired with Schumann’s String Quartet No. 3 in A major, of which the composer said “I have spared no pains to produce something really respectable—indeed, I sometimes think my best."
ConTempo Quartet is the resident ensemble of Galway Music Residency and was RTE’s Resident Quartet from 2014 until 2019. Praised as a “fabulous foursome” (Irish Independent) and noted for performances which are “exceptional” (The Strad) and “full of imaginative daring” (The Irish Times), ConTempo Quartet has forged a unique place in Irish musical life.