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THIS YEAR'S Galway Early Music Festival, which runs from Friday May 25 to Sunday 27, is filled with gods and faeries, heroes, and heroines, and a feast of magical Mediaeval, Renaissance and Baroque music. With Myths and Legends as the theme, it explores the musical inspiration of classical mythology, Celtic myth, and medieval legend.
MARY WEPT at the foot of the cross as her crucified son died; King David was plunged into grief at the death of his son Absalom in battle, while Rachel was left in Ramah to mourn her lost children.
A BRILLIANT 18-year-old pianist, Clara Siegle, will play Mozart’s sparkling Sonata in D Major, composed in 1777 when the Austrian prodigy was just 21 years old, when she plays the next Music For Galway concert.
HANDEL'S MESSIAH will forever have a place in the hearts and minds of Irish classical music enthusiasts as the work was premiered in Ireland, being performed as a charity fundraiser in Fishamble Street Hall, Dublin, in April 1742.
SHE HAS played the piano dangling high from a crane in Sãu Paolo; she has played it while being pulled by a car past the canals of Amsterdam; but never let these distract from the fact that Daria van den Bercken is one of the most outstanding young classical pianists at work today.
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.
SINCE WINNING first prize at both Florence's Premio Vittorio Gui and the Melbourne Chamber Music Competition, the Gould Piano Trio has firmly asserted itself as one of the most outstanding piano trios of today and this year is marking its 25th anniversary.
AIMEZ-VOUS Brahms? Music for Galway’s 36th International Concert Season comes to a close with two events, one celebrating Brahms' music, the other looking at his most enigmatic aspect - his love life.
THEY WILL play the piano separately and then, side by side, they will play the piano together, just to show that, not only do 'many hands make light work', but can, if they are the right hands, play wonderful music.
SYBIL FAWLTY may have witheringly dismissed Brahms' Symphony No 3 in F Op 90 as "that racket" when she heard Basil playing a tape of it in Fawlty Towers, but Galway is about to hear why it is anything but.