Celtic Calendar concerts continue this spring

Galway Music Residency’s Concerts for the Celtic Calendar continues in March with a celebration of Ostara, the spring equinox, after the first stirrings of Imbolc.

ConTempo Quartet will perform a specially curated Ostara programme as part of Lunchtimes with ConTempo on Tuesday, March 5 at 1.10pm in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church.

This repertoire will be repeated in Headford as part of ConTempo Countywide on Sunday, March 24, at 4pm in St. Fursa’s Hall. This county event is co-presented with Headford Music Works and will feature performances by talented local student ensembles.

The programme features Mozart’s Quartet Number 14 in G major, K 387, nicknamed ‘Spring’. This work, written in Vienna in 1782, was the first in a collection of six string quartets that Mozart dedicated to Joseph Haydn. It is nicknamed ‘Spring’ because of its cheerful nature. Upon hearing the work, Haydn remarked to Mozart’s father: “Before God, and as an honest man, I tell you that your son is the greatest composer known to me either in person or by name.”

Also featured on the programme is Forever Begin by Galway composer Jane O’Leary, inspired by Brendan Kennelly’s poem ‘Begin’.

Entry to all concerts is free. Donations are welcome. No booking required.


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