From Europe with Love: Spain

The Port of Galway Lunchtime Series

Venue: St. Nicholas Collegiate Church

Date: 01 October 2019 at 1.10pm

Price: FREE (donations welcome)

Year two of the Galway Music Residency’s ambitious Lunchtime with ConTempo project entitled From Europe with Love continues on Tuesday 1st October at 1:10pm in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church. This three-year initiative celebrates the shared musical heritage of the European Union by exploring the string quartet repertoire from each of its 27 member countries. Speakers from the featured nations, embassies and local communities will introduce each concert providing unique personal perspectives on the music to be performed.

Next Tuesday 1st October, Galway’s own ConTempo Quartet will take Galway audiences on a trip to Spain, performing Arriaga’s String Quartet no. 1 and Turina’s La Oracion del Toreo. Arriaga was just 16 when he wrote his three string quartets, which were the only works of his that were published during his lifetime in 1824. These were undoubtedly his finest works and are full of notably Spanish ethnic rhythmic and melodic elements, heard especially in the finale of his string quartet no. 1. La Oracion del Toreo or ‘The bullfighter’s prayer’ was originally written for a quartet of lutes, which the composer Turina later adapted for string quartet. Turina was inspired to write the work after seeing a bullfighter praying in a chapel near the ring before going out to fight.

The Port of Galway is the Title sponsor of From Europe with Love, without whom the Galway Music Residency could not bring very finest of European music to the people of Galway.

Proudly supported by NUI Galway (Education Partner), the Arts Council, GMIT, and Galway City and County Councils, admission to this event is free, open to all and early arrival is recommended. From Europe with Love will take place on the first Tuesday of each month (September-June excepting January) until June 2021.

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