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Event: Concerts in Cork

Friday, 07 May 2010

Saturday 30 January @ 8pm

CIT Cork School of Music

As part of the fourth Cork Flute Weekend, the Cork Flute Society presents the contemporary Finnish flautist Liisa Ruoho and the superb Cork Traditional Irish flautist Conal OGråda in concert.

Thursday 4 February @ 8pm

Aula Maxima, UCC
RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet
Mozart String Quartet No. 16 in Eb, KV 428
Shostakovich  String Quartet No. 7 in f#
Beethoven  String Quartet in F, Op. 59 No. 1 

The internationally celebrated RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet has garnered a well-deserved wave of public support and praise in the face of funding cutbacks and open our season in a programme which will show them at their very finest. The concert opens with the third of Mozart’s “Haydn” quartets which finds the composer at his most sophist icated, combining rich chromaticism with a sunny outlook. Shostakovich’s shortest quartet was written in memory of his first wife, Nina, who died in 1954, its dramatic thirteen minutes burgeoning with the very deepest emotions. The Vanbrugh Quartet is renowned for its performances of Beethoven – this is the first of his groundbreaking Razumovsky Quartets.

Friday 5th February @ 8pm

Curtis Auditorium CIT Cork School of Music
Rebecca Capova

Cork Piano Forum is presenting a concert in association with the CIT Cork School of Music and the CIT Alumni Association 

Rebecca Capova, a distinguished alumna of the CIT Cork School of Music will give a full length piano recital at the CIT Cork School of Music prior to her tour of China. Rebecca studied under the tutelage of Eleanor Malone from 1986-1998 at the CIT Cork School of Music.  In 1994 she won the Junior Concerto competition which led to a performance of Beethoven Concerto No. 1 with the CIT Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra under Adrian Petcu.

Rebecca went on to study under Pavel Gililov at the Hochschule fur Musik, Cologne where she was awarded several prizes including 2nd Prize at the International Piano Competition Citta Di Sulmona, Italy. She was recently awarded a First Class Honours Masters Degree in Piano Performance at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Rebecca has given many concerts both at home and abroad.  Concerto performances include those with the Pardubice Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague, Chrudim, Hochschulsinfonieorchester, Cologne and with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Ireland. 

Rebecca was born into a musical family in Cork.  Both her parents, Jan and Susan Cap are piano teachers on the staff at the CIT Cork School of Music. Gabriela Mayer, Head of Keyboard Studies at the CIT Cork School of Music said, “Rebecca is a great musical ambassador for Cork and we are very proud of her.”

A tour of the CIT Cork School of Music can be facilitated prior to the recital for interested persons.

For further information/Tickets, please contact Glynis Dennehy, the CIT Alumni Association.  T: 021 4326589 or email: 
Tickets €20 for the general public, €15 for CIT staff and alumni, and €10 concessions. 
Credit card bookings are accepted.

Saturday 13 February @ 8pm

Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music


Pre-concert TAPAS will be served from 6.00-7.45 p.m. before the Netnasikum concert.
For bookings please contact the offquay bistro @ 021-454767 <>

Cork Orchestral Society is delighted to announce a performance by the feisty, yodelling Austrian String Trio Netnasikum as part of their Irish tour. Valentine’s eve is the perfect night for this first visit to Cork by the extraordinary and entertaining group.  Fine musicians who combine their native folk music with Johann Strauss melodies, the rhythms of Hungarian gipsy music, Balkan jazz and Latin American flavours, they also yodel in close harmony (while accompanying themselves!) and include a healthy dose of humour in their performances.  Having sold out on previous Irish tours this concert will be a real talking point.

The Austrian classical string combo, Netnakisum, return to Ireland to promote the launch of their new album “Nutville”.  Last year, the girls had a very successful tour that saw them play sell-out concerts nationwide. A Netnakisum concert will have audiences spell-bound by their stunning musicianship and charisma on stage. The girls have made wonderful original arrangements of Mozart polkas and Strauss waltzes, as well as tangos and traditional Austrian harmonic yodeling!

With humourous introductions and banter, the concert is ideal for introducing new audiences to classical music.

Saturday 20 February @ 1.10pm

Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music

Camerata Kilkenny with Wilbert Hazelzet (baroque flute)
Presented in association with the East Cork Early Music Festival

J.S. Bach’s Musical Offering 

Founded by the Irish international harpsichordist and organist Malcolm Proud and the Swiss violinist Maya Homburger, Camerata Kilkenny is a period instrument group specialising in the performance of Baroque music. Many of its programmes combine 17th and 18th century music with the works of contemporary composers. It consists of artists from Ireland with guest artists from further afield who are renowned internationally for their performances and recordings.

Thursday 4 March @ 8pm

Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
Philippe Cassard (piano)

Brahms        3 Intermezzi, Op. 117
Schumann    Fantaisie in C, Op. 17
Brahms        6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118
Schoenberg 3 Klavierstücke, Op. 11
Brahms        Rhapsody in g, Op. 79 No. 2
                    Rhapsody in Eb, Op. 119 No. 4 

Admission at the door on the night: €25 (Concessions: €15 & €10)/€20 (Concessions: €12 & €8)

Cassard returns to Ireland and the Curtis Auditorium to launch his new CD where he recorded it in summer of 2009. Ahead of his appearance at this year’s West Cork Chamber Music Festival, savour this rich programme and what Ian Fox described in the Sunday Tribune as Cassard’s “immaculate touch, magical sonorities and sheer poetic vision.”

Saturday 6 March @ 1.10pm

Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music

Fleischmann Choir
Geoffrey Spratt (conductor)
James Taylor (organ)

Dvorák’s Mass in D

Dvorák composed his Mass in D in 1887 for an architect friend, Josef Hlávka, the founder and first President of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts. Hlávka had built himself a private chapel at Lutany Castle and needed a suitable work for performance at the consecration. It was originally written for choir and organ and it has a charming, intimate character which comes over best in its original form.

The Fleischmann Choir has established an impeccable reputation as one of the finest mixed-voice choirs in the country. It specialises in performing large-scale repertory and is delighted to be able to work with the acclaimed Organist of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, James Taylor.

These performers can also be heard performing this work in St Finbarre’s Church, Bantry, Co. Cork on Sunday 21 March 2010, and in the City Hall, Cork, on Wednesday 28 April 2010. 

Thursday 18 March @ 8pm

Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
Carducci Quartet

Haydn           Quartet in Eb, Op. 33 No. 2 ("Joke")
Moeran         Quartet in Eb
Boydell          Adagio & Scherzo
Mendelssohn  Quartet in f, Op. 80 

Winners of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, the Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition and major prizes at the Bordeaux,
London and Osaka competitions, the Anglo-Irish Carducci quartet has established an enthusiastic international following.

The Carducci Quartet is recognised as one of today’s most exciting young string quartets. Based in the UK, the quartet holds residencies at Trinity College of Music in London, Cardiff University and at the Cork School of Music in Ireland. The 2009-2010 season will see the quartet perform over 90 concerts worldwide, including performances at London’s Wigmore Hall and Washington’s Library of Congress.

Saturday 20 March @ 1.10pm

Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music

Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra
Geoffrey Spratt & Conor Palliser (conductors)
Ed Creedon (viola)

Bruch Romance for Viola and Orchestra
DvorákSymphony No. 8 in G, Op. 88

One of Bruch’s very last works was a compact musical gem, the Romance for Viola and Orchestra. "Composed in 1912, this almost-unknown treasure remains true to Bruch’s belief that the composer’s primary goal should be to create beauty for the audience to experience for itself. " The soloist, Ed Creedon, won the Cork School of Music’s Senior Concerto Competition in 2008, and is now the orchestra’s Principal Violist.

Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major is performed often, but is sometimes (and some would say unfairly!) overshadowed by his Ninth Symphony ("From the New World"). The Eighth is very cheery and draws its inspiration from the Bohemian folk music that Dvo!ák loved so much. The Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra enjoys an extraordinary reputation for an amateur orchestra.

This concert will sell out very quickly – you have been warned! 


Thursday 25 March @ 5pm

Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
Junior Recital Competition Final
Free Admission

The Junior and Senior Recital Competitions are annual events providing a platform for students to perform. Their programmes show an ability to interpret a range of styles. The junior competition is open to students under 17 years of age and candidates are required to perform a programme of 15 to 20 minutes. Competitors are required to perform for 25-35 minutes in the senior competition.

Each year between 3 and 6 competitors are chosen by an external adjudicator to reach a final held in the Curtis Auditorium where he/she then chooses a winner and extra prizes in several categories. Both the first round and final are open to the public and the exceptional standard of performances is a testament to the hard work put in each year by students, parents and teachers. Despite the natural competitive feelings that exist in such events, there is always a friendly and encouraging atmosphere throughout these competitions!


Aloys Fleischmann
Tuesday 13 April @ 1.10pm

Stack Theatre, CIT Cork School of Music

Centenary Lecture
Dr Ita Beausang: The Search for Identity

This birthday lecture considers the dichotomy of Aloys Fleischmann's life
and work, and traces the conflicting influences of his German birth and
parentage, his Irish/German education and his subsequent identification
with the development of music in Ireland in the twentieth century.

Dr Beausang (retired Director of the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama) was the first student of Aloys Fleischmann’s to be awarded a PhD.

Tuesday 13 April @ 8pm

Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music

Centenary Concert
RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet with Hugh Tinney (piano)

Fleischmann     Piano Suite
                       Piano Quintet
David Wallace  Quartet No. 1
                       Quartet No. 2, (“In my words”)
commissioned by Cork Orchestral Society for the Fleischmann Centenary concert.

A certain highlight of this very special year for music in the city, Cork Orchestral Society celebrates the centenary of Aloys Fleischmann on the composer’s birthday. Hosting the country’s most renowned pianist, Hugh Tinney, who will perform with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, is a fitting way for the society to remember its founder. It is appropriate too that a new quartet, commissioned for the occasion from one of Cork’s most promising young graduates, should complete the programme for what will be a very happy occasion.
Wednesday 14 April @ 8pm

City Hall, Cork
Irish Chamber Orchestra
with Leon Fleischer (director, piano) & Katherine Jacobson Fleischer (piano)

Mozart  Symphony No. 1 in Eb, KV 16
Mozart  Concerto for Two Pianos, KV 242
Mozart  Adagio & Fugue, KV 546
Mozart  Symphony No. 41 in C, KV 551 (“Jupiter”) 

ICO Booking Office: 1890 923 543

Irish Chamber Orchestra returns to Cork for their only concert here this season with legendary US pianist, Leon Fleischer. Fleischer has the most famous right hand in classical music – famous because for 30 years it didn’t work. Hailed as ‘the pianistic find of the century’ in his teens, he enjoyed worldwide acclaim in the 1950’s and 60’s, before a rare disease cost him the use of his right hand. Confounding medical experts, he made a triumphantly two-handed return to the stage, where he is once again celebrated as one of the musical giants of his time.
‘…a symbol of the indomitable human spirit…an inspiration…’ - New York Times"
Thursday 22 April @ 8pm

Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
Natalie Clein (cello) & Xue Fei Yang (guitar)

Bach             Cello Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007
Villa-Lobos    Bachianas brasileiras No. 5
Piazzolla        Milonga en Re (arr. Clein & Yang)
                     Bordel 1900 from History of Tango Café 1930 from History of Tango
Bach             Sonata No. 1 in g for solo violin,
                     BWV 1001 (arr. Xue Fei Yang)
Goss             The Autumn Song (commissioned by Xue Fei Yang and Natalie Clein)
Casals           Song of the Birds (arr. Clein & Yang)
Falla              7 canciones populares españolas (for cello and guitar)  

With a string of major awards, Xue Fei Yang is fast developing a reputation as one of the brightest guitar talents, dazzling audiences with her sparkling virtuosity and musical imagination. In this concert she is joined by the equally sensational cellist Natalie Clein for an evening of music with a Latin twist, from the clacking castanets of Spain to the tango-imbued music of Argentina’s Astor Piazzolla – with a sideorder of well-known Bach.

Wednesday 28 April @ 8pm

City Hall, Cork

Liedertafel (Dachau), Fleischmann Choir, & Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra
Geoffrey Spratt (conductor)
Hugh Murray (leader)

Dvorák  Mass in D
Fleischmann Song of the Provinces

What more appropriate way is there for the Centenary of the birth of Aloys Fleischmann to be celebrated during the Opening Gala Concert of the Cork International Choral Festival than with a performance of one of his finest works which will not only involves over 300 performers, but also every member of the audience.

The soloist in a performance of Gilbert Vinter’s hauntingly beautiful Hunter’s Moon will be Conor Palliser (French Horn), recently selected to be a member of the prestigious European Youth Orchestra.

The programme will open with the Fleischmann Choir performing Dvorák’s  Mass in D.

Friday 7 May @ 7.30pm

Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork Cork School of Music
Senior Recital Competition Final
Free Admission 


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