AUSTRALIA HAS given us Nick Cave and AC/DC, and in classical music terms, the Goldner String Quartet, the country's "pre-eminent chamber ensemble" according to the Sydney Herald, and indeed an ensemble of international significance.
Galway will see why when they play the Emily Anderson Concert Hall, NUI Galway, on Thursday November 29 at 8pm. The programme will include ‘Jabiru Dreaming’, a piece heavily influenced by the indigenous music of Kakadu Park, by contemporary Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe; Shostakovich’s String Quartet No 9; and Schubert’s brooding and passionate ‘Death and the Maiden’.
The Quartet is named after Richard Goldner, founder of Musica Viva Australia. Launched in 1995 and it retains all founding members. Each has occupied principal positions in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra. Tickets are €20/1816/6 from www.musicforgalway.ie, 091 - 705962, or from O’Maille’s Original House of Style, Shop Street.
A lunchtime concert
Also, on Wednesday 28, Music For Galway, in association with Arts in Action NUIG, present Hungarians Gergely Kuklis (violin ), Robert Solyom (clarinet0, and David Szabo (piano ), preforming music by Béla Bartók in the O’Donoghue Centre, NUIG, at 1.05pm. Admission is free.