The Luminosa String Orchestra

Thursday 23rd March | 7.30pm
Curtis Auditorium, MTU Cork School of Music

Luminosa Music was founded in 2018 by Lucy Hayward O’Leary, Nicola Geddes and Adrian Mantu, in order to form, promote, manage and develop Galway’s first professional string orchestra. This concert explores music written despite considerable adversity. Witness the unfolding and resilience of human nature, bringing the colour and triumph of the human spirit to life with works by Shostakovich, Pavel Haas, Herbert Howells, George Walker and Jane O’Leary.

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Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 25th March | 1.10pm
Curtis Auditorium, MTU Cork School of Music

Conor Palliser conducts Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No.4, “The Inextinguishable”, in a FREE lunchtime concert. Composed in 1916 against the backdrop of the First World War, this symphony is among the most dramatic that Nielsen wrote, featuring a “battle” between two sets of timpani.

The Fleischmann Choir

Sunday 2nd April | 6.30pm
Curtis Auditorium, MTU Cork School of Music

Tom Doyle directs the large, mixed-voice Fleischmann Choir in a performance of John Stainer’s deeply affecting 1887 oratorio The Crucifixion: A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer. Soloists are Eamonn Mulhall (tenor) and Brendan Collins (baritone), with James Taylor on organ.

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Irish Chamber Orchestra with Kristian Bezuidenhout 

Saturday 20th April | 7.30pm
Curtis Auditorium, MTU Cork School of Music

The ICO makes a most welcome return to Cork with Kristian Bezuidenhout – one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists – at the helm. Alongside works by Purcell and Gluck, the programme will feature two contrasting Piano Concertos by Mozart, directed from the piano, guaranteeing a dazzling evening of music-making.

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The Vanbrugh & Friends Summer Gala Concert

Saturday 10th June | 7.30pm
Aula Maxima, UCC

The Vanbrugh – Keith PascoeSimon Aspell and Christopher Marwood – and a plethora of special guests present the annual Summer Gala Concert in support of the National String Quartet Foundation. Featuring Marja Gaynor (violin), Ed Creedon (viola), Maria O’Connor (cello), David Whitla (double bass) and Anna Jansson (piano); plus the all-star Solas Quartet; the young Irish musicians of the Everygreen Quartet; and from Ukraine, the five Yershovy sisters (4 violins plus cello). Introduced by Evelyn Grant.