The RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, in partnership with Limerick Arts Office, will begin their spring programme of free recitals at Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) on Thursday, 28 January at 6.00pm.
The world famous quartet will present three free concerts over the coming weeks with a particular focus on the works of Schubert (Death & the Maiden) on January 28th and contemporary composer Kevin Volans during the February performance.
The series concludes with a special pre-Easter recital in March of 'Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross' by Joseph Haydn, the father of the String Quartet.
Úna McCarthy, Director/Curator, Limerick City Gallery of Art said, "The LCGA is delighted to welcome the Con Tempo Quartet who will perform a series of three free concerts. The virtuoso playing of the Quartet and the wonderful programme should ensure three enjoyable evenings of classical music at the LCGA during January, February and March."
Sheila Deegan, Arts and Culture Officer explained, “This concert series with Contempo Quartet is a strategy to work with partners to increase access for citizens to high quality music and to provide opportunities for artists to perform. It supports opportunities for cultural participation in the context of the Limerick 2020 European Capital of Culture bid”.
Since its formation in Bucharest in 1995, the RTÉ Contempo Quartet has performed worldwide in prestigious venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, Berliner Philharmonie, Palazzo del Quirinale Rome, Carnegie Hall and the Opera House Tel-Aviv.
The ensemble has won numerous international prizes, taking first prize at competitions in Munich, Rome and London, and worked alongside artists of the highest calibre including Emma Johnson, Yuko Inoue, Hugh Tinney, Chen Zimbalista, Jérôme Pernoo, Peter Donohue and Martin Roscoe. Collaborations with other distinguished quartets have also been a feature, such as the Amadeus, Arditti, Vanbrugh, Casals and Endellion.
Further information is available from Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City & County Council, Merchants Quay, Limerick on 061 557372 / 557298 / firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/LimerickArtsOffice or on Twitter (@LimerickArts).