Compositions written towards the end of a composer's life are the focus of Music for Galway's MIDWINTER FESTIVAL - SWANSONG. Taking place at the Town Hall Theatre Galway from Friday 18 - Sunday 20 January 2019, this popular festival brings people together every year to enjoy great music in a welcoming and comfortable setting.
Here are some programme highlights;
ConTempo Quartet performs a selection of contrapuncti from The Art of Fugue, J.S. Bach's last great masterpiece. Soprano Ailish Tynan interprets Richard Strauss' achingly beautiful Four Last Songs, in which Strauss contemplates eternity with great composure.
Finghin Collins performs Four Pieces for Piano by Johannes Brahms. In this, his last work for solo piano, Brahms distils a lifetime of experience and technical refinement, giving us some of his most personal and moving music.
Henk Neven brings his artistry as a baritone to Franz Schubert’s last song-cycle Schwanengesang, written at the end of the composer's short life and regarded as his farewell to song.
Clarinettist Michael Collins is joined by ConTempo Quartet for Brahms' magnificent B minor Clarinet Quintet, regarded as one of the best works in the chamber repertoire for clarinet.
Pianist Leon McCawley, with Bogdan Sofei on violin and Adrian Mantu on cello, perform Fanny Mendelssohn's beautiful Piano Trio in D minor, composed as a birthday present for her sister and published after her death.
The festival is delighted to feature veteran composer John Kinsella as the special guest in Interview with the Composer on Sunday morning, and to follow it with a performance of his String Quartet No. 5 by the ConTempo Quartet.
Other special events include: an opening talk by musicologist Richard Wigmore who sets the context for this year's festival; and to close, a cinematic 'swansong', with a screening of Lucchino Visconti's masterpiece, Death in Venice, in partnership with Galway Film Society.
Throughout the weekend patrons can enjoy 24 superb works, equating to 440 minutes of live performance, from nine internationally acclaimed artists, in Music for Galway's Midwinter Festival - Swansong.
Tickets: €25/€22.50 | Students (full time) €10 | MfG Friends €21
Daytime Concerts: €15/€13.50 | Students (full time) €6 | MfG Friends €12
Late Night: €12/€10 | Students (full time) €6 | MfG Friends €8
Festival Ticket: €100/€ 90 (excludes film)
Booking: Town Hall Theatre 091 569777 or www.musicforgalway.ie
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