Thursday 30 January 2020 - 7:30 pmCurtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
Pianist Michael McHale accompanies the Vanbrugh for a performance of Brahms’ third Piano Quartet (often nicknamed the “Werther” Quartet after Goethe’s “The Sorrows of Young Werther”) before Malachy Robinson, principal double-bass with the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 1995, joins in for a performance of Schubert’s much loved “Trout” Piano Quintet.
Saturday 15 February 2020 - 1:10 pmTriskel Christchurch, Tobin Street
The second concert in this series traces threads of connection from the work of Beethoven through to New York’s Julia Wolfe and Cork composer sisters Irene and Linda Buckley. There is a particular focus on his String Quartet No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131, written in 1826, the year before Beethoven died. It is said that upon listening to a performance of this quartet, Schubert remarked, “After this, what is left for us to write?”Thursday 5 March 2020 - 7:30 pmCurtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
A lot can happen in a thousand years. Condensing it into just two hours might be a bit of a challenge, but Saltarello Trio step up to the plate, tracing a clear musical line from Hildegard Von Bingen to David Fennessy, taking in multiple stops along the way to admire the work of Dowland, Vivaldi and Purcell.
Saturday 7 March 2020 - 1:10 pmTriskel Christchurch, Tobin Street
For the final concert of the series, Donnacha Dennehy presents a new companion piece for Beethoven’s last and most reflective quartet, his F major quartet Op.135. ‘The pieces in this concert reflect upon each other, their makers or the myths around the music. Janacek’s first string quartet, “Kreutzer Sonata”, not only relates to Beethoven’s sonata for violin and piano of the same name but also to Tolstoy’s novella in which the Beethoven piece features dramatically.Thursday 19 March 2020 - 7:30 pmCurtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
Les Trois, a captivating new trio of exemplary Cork based talents – Maria Mulcahy (flute), Cian Ó Dúill (viola) and Anne-Marie Papin (harp) – presents a lovely programme featuring ethereal works by Debussy, Bax, and contemporary French harpist and composer, Bernard Andrès.
Saturday 28 March 2020 - 7:30 pmCurtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
Michael Daugherty: UFO – Concerto for Solo Percussion and Wind Ensemble
Fergal Carroll: Amphion
Gary Carpenter: Latchford Locks
Edward Gregson: The Sword and The CrownSunday 5 April 2020 - 7:30 pmCity Hall, Cork
The Fleischmann Choir joins the CSM Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Elgar’s “The Black Knight”, a piece described by the composer as “a symphony for chorus and orchestra”. The work will bring the listener on a journey to a mysterious medieval court filled with Knights and Kings and a mysterious guest whose arrival brings disastrous consequences. Vaughan Williams’ “A London Symphony” completes the unmissable programme.
Friday 24 April 2020 - 7:30 pmCrawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place
Dietrich, Brahms & Schumann: F-A-E Sonata
Stravinsky: Duo Concertant (for violin & piano)
Finola Merivale: Music Network Commission
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.9 in A major, Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’Saturday 25 April 2020 - 1:10 pmCurtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
The CSM SO presents a FREE lunchtime performance of Vaughan Williams‘ A London Symphony. Although not strictly programmatic (the composer suggested it would have been better titled “Symphony by a Londoner”), the work still depicts various London scenes, including the Westminster chimes, the street cries of flower sellers, and also some of the grimmer aspects of city life.Thursday 7 May 2020 - 7:30 pmCurtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
Pianist Xenia Pestova presents a radical new version of Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’ “re-imagined” by Austrian composer Karlheinz Essl. “Gold.Berg.Werk” (2013-16) was originally conceived for string trio but is featured here in an amazing version for piano and live electronics, never before performed outside of Austria, that brings together Baroque and contemporary sound worlds.
Thursday 4 June 2020 - 7:30 pmCurtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
A recital by this year’s COS Emerging Artist Award, pianist Ellen Jansson. Hailed as “a major talent” after her Carnegie Hall debut with Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto, Irish pianist Ellen Jansson is a graduate of CIT Cork School of Music. For this unmissable recital, Ellen will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Scriabin & Janáček.Saturday 13 June 2020 - 7:30 pmAula Maxima, University College Cork
The Vanbrugh and special guests present the annual National String Quartet Foundation Scholarship Gala Fundraiser. The Foundation supports and creates projects which bring live chamber music to venues throughout Ireland and is committed to supporting Ireland’s next generations of musicians and particularly those emerging from Cork. This wonderful event is always a spectacular finish to our season and is not to be missed!