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“THOUGH EVERYTHING else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God.”
MUSIC FOR Galway presents a trusty antidote to the darkness and cold of January in the form of a heart-warming weekend of great chamber music running from Friday January 21 to Sunday 23 at the Town Hall Theatre.
The Kilkenny Arts Festival’s specially co-ordinated choir and orchestra gave Kilkenny classical music fans a real treat on Saturday night last where they performed for the first and only time in the beautiful venue of St Canice’s Cathedral.
THE SUMMER Music in Galway International Festival of classical music, aimed at children and families as much as classical buffs, takes place from August 5 to 21 in NUI, Galway.
THE GALWAY Baroque Singers and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra show, which took place recently in Leisureland, can be heard again on the Lyric FM website.
Fans of classic musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, and Les Misérables are in for a genuine treat this weekend with a special concert in St Canice’s Cathedral.
Duiske Abbey, Graiguenamanagh, will be the venue for the Wexford Sinfonia’s summer concert on Sunday May 16 at 8pm. This awe-inspiring medieval building will be the perfect setting for the evening of baroque and early classical music, which will be performed by the orchestra. The conductor will be Fergus Sheil.
A wonderful evening of chamber and choral music will take place in the Downhill Hotel on Friday, May 7. Taking part in this evening of music will be the Westminster College Chamber Singers from Salt Lake City, Utah, under the direction of Dr Christopher Quinn, and Cór Mhaigh Eo under the direction of Dr Brian Lennon.
Italy’s Orchestra Giovanile di Firenze and The Kilkenny Youth Orchestra will present a charity concert in the Claddagh church on Saturday April 17 at 4pm.
THE ENGLISH composer John Stainer was described by Sir Arthur Sullivan, of Gilbert & Sullivan fame, as “a genius”, and Co Galway will get to experience his music on Passion Sunday.