Vanbrugh & Friends Summer Gala Concert

Saturday 8 June 2024 | 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. Introduced by Evelyn Grant.

Tickets will be available from 10 a.m., April 1st, including the possibility of booking a limited number of reserved seats in the front section of the Aula Maxima.

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Resurgam – Fountain of Israel

Friday 13th October 2023 | 7.30pm
Curtis Auditorium, MTU Cork School of Music

Irish Choir Resurgam, guided by the skilful direction of Mark Duley, offers a captivating programme centred around Johann Hermann Schein’s 1623 masterpiece, “Israelis Brünnlein” (Fontana d’Israël).

With their exquisite vocal harmonies and musical prowess, the choir delves into the rich tapestry of Schein’s composition, transporting audiences to a bygone era. Through their performance, Resurgam breathes new life into this historical choral work, revealing the enduring beauty and significance of Schein’s musical legacy. This presentation promises to be a mesmerizing journey through the depths of early music, showcasing the choir’s dedication to preserving and sharing these timeless musical treasures. Presented by the East Cork Early Music Festival.

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Marmen Quartet

Thursday 19th October 2023 | 7.30pm
Curtis Auditorium, MTU Cork School of Music

Cork cellist Sinead O’Halloran’s remarkable Marmen Quartet returns for a second tour for the Foundation. Their performances of Haydn’s quartets are becoming legendary and they start with his D major quartet Op.33 No.6. At the heart of the concerts lie the first performances of a new quartet by acclaimed Dublin-born composer Garth Knox -who will introduce his new work – and they conclude with Janáček’s famously vivid and impassioned story of spiritual love.

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Gealán Quartet

Thursday 9th November 2023 | 7.30pm
Curtis Auditorium, MTU Cork School of Music

The Gealán Quartet returns with a fascinating programme featuring a new quartet by Derry composer Michael Doherty. Michael has a busy career as composer and orchestrator for films and TV series, as well as for the concert hall. Schumann wrote his gorgeous A minor quartet just seventeen years after Beethoven’s last quartets and the spirit of the master is clearly still present, but there is also some of the lightness of touch of the quartet’s dedicatee Mendelssohn as well as glimpses of the future richness and density of Brahms’ great chamber works. Shostakovich wrote his heart-rending eighth quartet in Dresden in 1960. Its official dedication to ‘the victims of fascism and war’ was imposed by the Soviet authorities and disguised a wider dedication to victims of all totalitarianism, Shostakovich himself among them.

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RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Saturday 18th November 2023 | 7.30pm
City Hall, Cork

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra makes a welcome return to Cork with a wonderful programme featuring Beethoven‘s popular 6th Symphony, the “Pastoral”; Zoltán Kodály‘s orchestral suite, Dances of Galánta, based on folk music of Galánta (now part of Slovakia) where the composer spent his childhood; and a selection of sublime arias by Mozart, Rossini and Gounod with soprano Majella Cullagh, one of Ireland’s foremost international opera singers, as soloist.

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Fleischmann Choir

Sunday 3 December 2023 | 6.30pm
St Finbarr’s South Church (South Parish), Dunbar Street, Cork City

Tom Doyle directs the large, mixed-voice Fleischmann Choir in performances of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Te Deum, his best known work largely because of the great popularity of its prelude; Saint-Saëns recently rediscovered motet Super flumina Babylonis; and Schubert’s only setting of the Magnificat, a work divided into three distinct movements, forming a musical triptych. Soloists are Emma Nash and Sinéad Ní Mhurchú (sopranos), Ross Scanlon (tenor) and Brendan Collins (baritone).

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Grace Coughlan and Rachael Masterson

Thursday 14 December 2023 | 7.30pm
Curtis Auditorium, MTU Cork School of Music

A recital by two exceptional rising stars and this years Cork Orchestral Society’s Emerging Artist Award recipients: cellist Grace Coughlan, a former student of Christoper Marwood currently studying in Gothenburg, and the wonderful, Newry-born violinist Rachael Masterson. Both musicians were members of the award-winning Doolin Quartet, first prize recipients in both the Feis Ceoil 2018 Chamber Music Cup and the CSM Vanbrugh Chamber Music Competition 2018. For this concert, Grace and Rachael will be accompanied by pianist Cahal Masterson.

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Madrigal 75 Christmas Concerts

Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 December 2023 | 7.30pm
Curtis Auditorium, MTU Cork School of Music

Madrigal ’75 presents their ever-popular Christmas Concert, TWICE, on both Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st December, with a wonderful selection of seasonal choral music. Madrigal ’75 and guest players will present some rarely performed works alongside favourite Christmas classics, with music spanning the ages from early to contemporary. A concert not to be missed!
Tickets for this event will be available from 6pm, December 5th.

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