Night Music 2017

A series of short concerts involving top Irish and Northern Irish musicians. High quality chamber music presented in an informal setting, along with opportunities to eat, drink and meet the artists. Join us from 8.00 pm for talks and interviews with composers and artists. The 9.00 pm performances will combine familiar masterpieces with new and contemporary works.

This is a BYO event, so feel free to bring a bottle. Light refreshments will also be available.


Night Music 1 February 2017

RTÉ ConTempo Quartet

Tickets: £12.00 per adult
Under 25s £6.00
3 concerts £25.00
Pre concert talks begin at 8.15 pm

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Béla Bartók Romanian Folk Dances
Béla Bartók  String Quartet no. 4
David Fennessy bow your head

The RTÉ ConTempo Quartet is currently Ireland’s national television and radio broadcaster’s quartet-in-residence and is also the resident quartet on the west coast of Ireland in the Galway Music Residency.

Praised as a “fabulous foursome” (Irish Independent) and noted for performances that are “exceptional” (The Strad) and “full of imaginative daring” (IrishTimes), the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet has forged a unique place in Irish musical life. Since its formation in 1995, the quartet has performed more than 2,000 concerts worldwide in 46 countries, to global personalities such as Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II and Michael D. Higgins, and to Hollywood stars and Nobel Prize-winners.


 


Night Music 1 March 2017

Carolyn Dobbin mezzo soprano

Joseph Middleton piano

 

Sadly, Wednesday’s Night Music concert  has had to be cancelled. Unfortunately Carolyn has a bad cold and cough, and is unable to perform. We are very sorry to cancel at such short notice, especially as it promised to be such a special night of music. All ticket holders will receive a full refund and anybody with a Night Music series ticket will receive an email shortly. We would appreciate it if you could pass this information on to anybody you may know with a ticket or anyone who was intending to come along. Thank you.

 

Tickets: £12.00 per adult
Under 25s £6.00
3 concerts £25.00
Pre concert talks begin at 8.00 pm

Full price 
Under 25s 
3 for £25

(Online tickets sales processed by We Got Tickets)

Songs by Hamilton HartyHoward Ferguson and Charles Wood, and new works by Northern Irish composers Stephen GardnerGareth Williams and Brian Irvine.

A trip to see Carmen in the Grand Opera House in Belfast sixteen years ago totally transformed the life of a young art teacher called Carolyn Dobbin. Sitting spellbound, Carrickfergus-born Carolyn had a moment of complete clarity about what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.

The mezzo soprano has spent the intervening years honing her skills and developing her repertoire, working with dozens of opera companies and collaborators and performing in many languages.

Currently based in London, Carolyn has a keen interest in composers from Northern Ireland, researching and collecting songs for many years. She has found many unrecorded pieces and many in manuscript form, leading to a collaboration with Delphian records and Iain Burnside to produce a series of three CDs of music by Northern Irish composers to be launched in 2017.

Pianist Joseph Middleton specialises in the art of song accompaniment and chamber music and has been highly acclaimed within this field. Described in the BBC Music Magazine as ‘one of the brightest stars in the world of song and Lieder’, he has also be labeled as ‘the cream of the new generation’ by The Times. He performs and records with many of the world’s finest singers in major music centres across Europe and North America.

 

 


 


Night Music 5 April 2017

Alex Petcu vibraphone/marimba
Ioana Petcu-Colan violin

Tickets: £12.00 per adult
Under 25s £6.00
3 concerts £25.00
Pre concert talks begin at 8.00 pm

Full price
Under 25s
3 for £25

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Tom Lane  Oh Mistress Mine Chorale
Keiko Abe  Dream of the Cherry Blossoms
Franco Donatoni  Omar II
Paul Lansky  Hop
John Cage  Dream
Alan Barclay new work (Night Music commission)
Sam Perkin  Prelude and Fugue
Komitas  Yerkinkn Ampel A

An Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex Petcu is quickly establishing himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of the finest calibre.

As one of the few Irish percussionists to focus on solo and chamber music, Alex has championed and developed the existing repertoire by giving numerous recitals and working closely with composers. He recently won first prize at the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year competition and reached the semi-finals at the Tromp International Percussion Competition, one of the most prestigious international percussion competitions.

For this concert Alex will be joined by his sister, and one of Ireland’s finest musicians, Ioana Petcu-Colan (violin).

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Ioana is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician with a widely varied performance schedule programming music from the baroque era to the present day. Although Ioana prefers not to specialise in any one field, she particularly enjoys the challenges of new and unusual projects in addition to the existing contemporary repertoire and is dedicated to raising public awareness of living composers and their work.

Performing contemporary music, Ioana has featured at such festivals as the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Crash Ensemble’s ‘Up North’, Sligo New Music, Masters of Tradition, Clandeboye, and Cheltenham Festivals and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Lyric FM and RTÉ national television. She has premiered works in Canada, Spain, the UK and Ireland and has worked closely with composers such as Arvo Pärt, Peteris Vasks, Edgar Meyer, Ian Wilson and Franghiz Ali-Zadeh on interpretations of their work.

Ioana plays on an Italian violin, built by Gofreddo Cappa in 1695.


 

hard-rain_250x142You can see footage of the first Night Music series (2014) here.

 

Experience The Contemporary Music Centre’s Resonating Now: New Music Voices programme from 8.15pm each night, talks, panel discussions and interviews involving composers and performers www.cmc.ie