The second half of our 75th Season is brimful of great music. It includes recitals from two of the world's leading musicians of the new generation, Julian Bliss and Alexej Gorlatch, and the dynamic Dublin-based Russian pianist, Elisaveta Blumina, joins the Vogler Quartet (playing in our city for the first time) for a fantastic opening to the season.
A recital by violist Maxim Rysanov, with a gorgeous programme promises to be a highlight, while our treasured RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet will give two performances. The Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra continues its tradition of presenting epic works as a frame for a new piece by an Irish composer. The CSMSO will also be joining the Fleischmann Choir for the latter's 21st Anniversary performance, and the season closes with Cork's three superb sopranos.
This will be the last season presented by the Organising Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Geoffrey Spratt. The Society is indebted to Dr. Spratt for having maintained a world-class concert series for Cork since the death of its Founder, Aloys Fleischmann, in 1992. As the incoming chairwoman, I know I speak for all of our 524 members in thanking him sincerely for his unfailing commitment, efficiency and leadership.
The 76th season will begin in September with an exciting visit of Kaleidoscope Night. Curated by Cliodhna Ryan and Kate Ellis it will be inspired by the Society's full concert season, and act as a lively preview of the year to come. And worry not, guitarist John Williams will be with us in November!
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