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 30 January 2020 - 7:30 pmCurtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
The Vanbrugh are joined by pianist Michael McHale and double bassist Malachy Robinson for two of the finest works in the chamber music repertoire. Brahms’ turbulent and dramatic C minor piano quartet tells the tale of Brahms’ love for Clara Schumann in one of the most powerful expressions of musical romanticism. The second part brings complete contrast with Schubert’s “Trout Quintet”, a perennial favourite amongst both musicians and audiences for its elegance, charm and beauty.
Saturday 18 January 2020 - 1:10 pmTriskel Christchurch, Tobin Street
The first concert in the Beethoven Reflected series is centred upon Ficino Ensemble’s thoughtful and impassioned performance of Beethoven’s fifteenth string quartet (1825) with its famous “Holy song of thanksgiving” that opens the third movement. The first four movements of this breath-taking masterwork are preceded by specially commissioned works by Amanda Feery, Garrett Sholdice, Cora Venus Lunny and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly.Wednesday 18 December 2019 - 7:30 pmCurtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
Madrigal ’75 presents their ever-popular Christmas Concerts featuring a stunning selection of seasonal choral music. Madrigal ’75’s repertoire will include both rarely performed works alongside Christmas classics, with music spanning the ages from early to contemporary.Sunday 8 December 2019 - 6:00 pmSt. Michael's Church, Blackrock
One of the greatest operatic composers of all time turned his attention to the mass text in his early 20s which resulted in his Messa di Gloria. First performed in 1880, it portrays Puccini’s flair for drama, sublime orchestrations and overwhelmingly beautiful melodic lines. St. Michael’s Church is the perfect setting for this sacred masterpiece.
Saturday 7 December 2019 - 1:10 pmTriskel Christchurch, Tobin Street
Ficino Ensemble was formed by Artistic Director Nathan Sherman in 2012 as a flexible group aiming to perform popular chamber music alongside lesser known works that deserve to be appreciated. Their programme features one of Haydn’s finest string quartets; Donnacha Dennehy’s rhythmically entertaining Stamp; and William Walton’s second string quartet, written just two years after his celebrated score for Laurence Olivier’s film of Shakespeare’s Henry V.Thursday 28 November 2019 - 7:30 pmCurtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
Cork’s own Mairéad Hickey, one of Ireland’s most accomplished and well-loved violinists, joins Belfast-born Michael McHale, one of its leading pianists, for a programme of sublime works for piano and violin by Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Debussy.Saturday 16 November 2019 - 1:10 pmCurtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
Join the CSM Symphony Orchestra for their first concert of the season in this delightful lunchtime programme featuring the fireworks of Malcolm Arnold and the pastoral fumes of Gustav Holst. At the heart of the programme lies Edward Elgar’s beloved Cello Concerto featuring one of the leading young cellists to emerge from Ireland in recent years.Thursday 14 November 2019 - 7:30 pmAula Maxima, University College Cork
Since its formation in 2002, the Navarra Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. For this concert, titled “Love and Death”, the programme features contrastive masterpieces by Schubert, Janáček, Turina and Puccini, plus two sublime works from the acclaimed contemporary Hungarian composer György Kurtág.Saturday 9 November 2019 - 8:00 pmCity Hall, Cork
Cork Fleischmann Symphony Orchestra presents a “Save Our Seas” concert. Alongside famous works by Elgar and Debussy, the pelagic programme features a symphonic poem by Ina Boyle, the most prolific and significant female composer from Ireland before 1950, in which the surge of the ocean and the calls of the seabirds are evocatively caught.
Thursday 7 November 2019 - 7:30 pmCurtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of his win at the Clara Haskil Competition in Switzerland, pianist Finghin Collins is undertaking an extensive tour of Ireland this Autumn, performing at seventeen venues north and south. Between major works by Mozart and Schubert, the programme will feature selected extracts from the Ros Tapestry Suite, which was commissioned and premiered at the New Ross Piano Festival of which Finghin is a founding Artistic Director.
Saturday 2 November 2019 - 1:10 pmTriskel Christchurch, Tobin Street
Formed in Bucharest in 1995, the multiple award-winning ConTempo Quartet is Ireland’s longest established string quartet. Turner was one of Debussy‘s favourite painters, and the sense of motion and activity in Turner’s skies and seas finds its way into this stunning, sensual quartet from 1893. Cork pianist Ellen Jansson joins the quartet for Brahms’ magnificent piano quintet, published in 1865.Thursday 17 October 2019 - 7:30 pmCurtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
A recital for clarinet and piano by Macdara Ó Seireadáin and Gintaras Januševičius. The celebrated duo first met in 2008 while studying in Germany, and began performing in together in 2010. Since then they have delighted audiences on tours through Germany, Lithuania, Ireland and Switzerland.
Saturday 12 October 2019 - 1:10 pmTriskel Christchurch, Tobin Street
Founded for Barry Douglas’ 2017 Clandeboye Festival, the Lir Quartet is one of Ireland’s most exciting chamber groups. Schubert’s E flat quartet D.87 is a masterpiece of Viennese charm and elegance, written in 1813 when Schubert was just 17. Shostakovich’s third quartet, from 1946, is one of the finest, most evocative works in the repertoire, a heart-rending response to the horror of the second world war.Thursday 10 October 2019 - 7:30 pmCurtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
The Bangers and Crash Percussion Group is a collective of Irish percussionists who regularly collaborate for a wide range of projects. For this concert, three young and energetic virtuosos – Alex Petcu, Emma King and Brian Dungan – cook up a menu of new music which will tickle tastebuds and defy expectations.