A season of Brahms begins next week

Quatuor Van Kuijk - possibly fans of The Beatles' A Hard Days Night.

Quatuor Van Kuijk - possibly fans of The Beatles' A Hard Days Night.

SOME OF Johannes Brahms' most iconic pieces of chamber music will be performed by six outstanding musicians as part of the opening concert of a season of music where Brahms is centrestage.

Music For Galway's Aimez-Vous Brahms? season opens next week with a concert featuring France's Quatuor Van Kuijk, the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition winners; ConTempo's Andreea Banciu on viola; and leading Irish pianist, and artistic director of Music for Galway, Finghin Collins.

The musicians will perform the late work, and Brahms' most refined masterpiece, the second viola quintet Op 111; his only piano quintet, a work full of vigour and passion; while the show opens with Haydn’s exquisite Sunrise quartet. The concert takes place in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway, on Wednesday September at 8pm. Tickets are €20/16/6 through Opus II, High Street, or via Music For Galway (www.musicforgalway.ie, 091 705962 ).

There will also be a chance to find out about Johannes Brahms with a public talk, Brahms: The Man with Gerry Murphy, on Thursday September 29 at 1.05pm, in the Oyster Bar, Hotel Meyrick, Eyre Square. Admission is free, but places are limited and booking is advised 091 - 705962.

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