SLY STONE urged us to "dance to the music" and the ConTempo Quartet is about to take audiences through their dance-paces, bringing them on a sonic journey from the formality of the Austrian courts to the wildness of the Romanian steppes.
Music For Galway and the Galway Music Residency present Dance with ConTempo in St Joseph’s Church, Presentation Road, on Wednesday November 8 at 8pm. The programme features music that was danced to in its day or was inspired by various dance forms.
ConTempo will perform Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue; Beethoven’s String Quartet Op 18 No 3, apparently featuring a Mexican hat dance in one of the movements; Latin American music with Villa-Lobos' String Quartet No 1 and Piazzolla's Four for tango. There will also be a performance of Bartók’s Romanian Dances, and Sam Perkin’s Pause, a contemplative piece, influenced by Irish traditional music and commissioned by Cork County Council for the commemoration of the 1916 Rising. Tickets are €20/18/16/6 via www.musicforgalway.ie, 091 - 705962, or from O’Maille’s Original House of Style, Shop Street.
More ConTempo concerts
ConTempo will perform Beethoven's String Quartet No 1 in F, Op 18, No 1 this Saturday as part of The Galway Music Residency's 3 Saturdays: 3 Kinds Of Music series in The Niland Gallery, Merchant’s Road, at 11am. The concert will also feature clarinet virtuoso Kristýna Petišková, originally from Prague; and traditional Irish musicians Ciara and Sinead O’Connor (cello and fiddle ). Admission is free. The show is family friendly. Early arrival is recommended. Donations are welcome.
ConTempo will continue their lunchtime concerts in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, with a performance of Beethoven's String Quartet Op 59, No 3 - a work originally commissioned by the then Russian ambassador to Vienna, Prince Andrey Razumovsky - on Tuesday November 7 at 1.10pm. The quartet will also play Kinvara tomorrow [Friday November 3] at 8pm, joining forces with Kinvara Area Music and Kinvara Area Visual Artists for a multi-media event in the Gig Room in Kinvara Community Centre.
For more see www.thegalwaymusicresidency.ie