Music for Galway [MFG] has announced a 2015/16 programme dedicated to the most ancient, personal, and invisible instrument: the human voice.
In the months ahead, audiences will hear the voice in a variety of contexts: with piano, orchestra, in operatic and choral settings, and with string quartet. Many of Ireland’s finest singers will grace Galway’s stages, as well as a host of internationally renowned artists.
Dutch baritone Henk Neven will make his Irish debut accompanied by Hans Eijsackers, while German soprano Salome Kammer will sing Kurt Weill arrangements with the Vogler Quartet, bookended by Haydn and Schulhoff.
MFG has announced two new strands to the season: the orchestral and lunchtime series. Music enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice, with visits from the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Six lunchtime concerts will take place at Hotel Meyrick on selected Thursdays.
The midwinter festival, entitled 'Captive: Music from the Abyss,' will present music written in captivity or inspired by the theme of incarceration. Famously composed in a Silesian prisoner-of-war camp, MFG will present Thomas Adès’ light-hearted work Catch.
On Saturday night audiences will hear music written by composers held in Theresienstadt concentration camp, and watch a movie about a 109-year-old pianist who survived the camp. On Sunday, the Irish premiere of American composer Marc Neikrug’s Deathrow Memoirs of an Extraterrestrial, and the world premiere of Michel Galante’s C T W will be on offer.
Other concerts include: Mozart wind serenades with Nicholas Daniel and colleagues; piano trios with Trio di Parma; piano recitals by Philippe Cassard and Steven Osborne; and sacred music with Collegium and Mark Duley.
Visit www.musicforgalway.ie to get full details of concerts and buy tickets.