The Donegal Chamber Music Society has unveiled a feast of classical music concerts over the next couple of weeks.
The Society been presenting concerts in Donegal since 2009, working with other cultural institutions both locally and nationwide with the aim of fostering an appreciation of Classical Music in the County.
The Society collaborates regularly with Donegal County Council, Regional Cultural Centre, Music Network, Donegal Music Education Partnership, the University of Ulster and the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland. Their committee (Chairperson Graham Harrison) would like to acknowledge the inestimable collaboration of Canon Stewart Wright and the Select Vestry for their concerts in Conwal Church.
This November they have three highly recommended chamber music concerts in Letterkenny including two concerts in the historical setting of Conwal Parish Church as part of ‘Sundays in Conwal 2014’ and one Music Network concert in the Auditorium of the modern Regional Cultural Centre.
RTE Contempo String Quartet. Sunday 16th November, 3pm. Admission €12/€10 concessions.
The Regional Cultural Centre is delighted to present the first ever concert in Letterkenny by the RTÉ Contempo Quartet in Conwal Parish Church on
Sunday, November 16, at 3pm, in association with Donegal Chamber Music Society.
The Contempo String Quartet was formed in 1995 in Bucharest, Romania. Recognised as one of the world’s top string quartets, Contempo has won 14 international prizes and performed more that 1,000 concerts all over the world in venues including Carnegie Hall NY, Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields London, The Philharmonie Berlin, The Opera House Tel Aviv, The Waterfront Hall Belfast and National Concert Hall Dublin. Contempo recorded the Adagio from Beethoven’s Opus 131 for Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ television drama Band of Brothers and composed and performed the music for the Danish silent film The Abyss. RTÉ announced Contempo Quartet as the new RTÉ string quartet last November replacing the outgoing RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet.
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”
Hamza el Din: Escalay: The Water Wheel
Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 3 in G minor ‘The Rider’
SOLO CELLO in the Regional Cultural Centre. Friday 28th November, 8pm. Admission €12/€10 concessions.
Following the tremendous success of The Naked Violin Tour with Tasmin Little, Music Network is delighted to present Leonard Elschenbroich, one of the most charismatic cellists of his generation, in an evening of masterpieces from the solo cello repertoire. Leonard will interweave his intriguing programme with anecdotes and stories of personal connections to the pieces.
My cello voice, My Voice with German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich
Programme to include:
Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Hindemith: Solo Sonata, Op. 25, No. 3
Kevin Volans: A Short Walk in the Gardens of Solitude
Piatti:12 Caprices, Op. 25 (No. 7 Maestoso / No.11 Adagio – Allegro)
Lucca Lombardi: Essay 3 (Steiner)
DONEGAL CAMERATA String Ensemble. Sunday 30th November, 3pm. Admission €10/€5 concessions.
The last concert of ‘Sundays in Conwal 2014’ takes places on Sunday 30th November with another performance by the Donegal Camerata String Ensemble (2 vlns, cello, double bass), the resident ensemble of the series.
The Donegal Camerata (founded in 2007) is an international string ensemble of professional players based in the North West. They have performed at the 400th Anniversary celebrations of Letterkenny, in RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday
Miscellany and at the Allingham Arts Festival. The group regularly appears in various venues and festivals across the county as well as offering an established concert series in Letterkenny.
Rossini: String Sonata No. 2 in A Major for 2 violins, cello and double bass
Stamitz: Divertimento (Trio) in C Major for Strings Op. 21 No. 3
Denise Kelly (b. 1954): Four Sketches of Dublin/ Fragmentations (1988) (CMC)
Borodin:Trio in g minor for 2 violins and cello on a Russian song ‘What have I done to hurt you?’
Beethoven: 6 Ländler in D Major for Two Violins and Bass, WoO 15
Johann Strauss I: Freudengrüsse Walzer Op.105
Concert tickets for all those concerts can be booked at An Grianán Theatre Box Office on 00353 74 91 20777