Day into night for Killaloe Chamber Music Festival

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Artistic director, the viola player Joachim Roewer

NOW six years into its success, Killaloe Chamber Music Festival will fill St Flannan’s Cathedral many times over for its 2018 dates, falling Thursday May 24 into Sunday 27. This year, KCMF is honoured to be launched by Holocaust survivor and award winning writer, the Czech Tomi Reichental. Furthermore, Killaloe will see the Irish premier of the children’s opera ‘Brundibár’, to be sung by Limerick’s Cantette choir.

Joachim Roewer is the able artistic director with oversight of each day’s choice of performers and music. Trish Taylor Thompson is now chairing the local committee.

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The programme is eclectic and crosses various platforms, from cinematic scores to ‘coffee concerts’ introducing new artists such as Cork’s Kevin Jansson on piano and violin. Former IWA/ UL dance artist in residence Colin Dunne will perform and children love their own Sunday afternoon ‘Let’s Play Together’ event in St Flannan’s. It’s going to be led by the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Diane Daly.

‘Autumn in May’ is the line of continuity to this year’s love, celebrating the later works of great composers.

Anticipate “Schubert and Brahms, Mozart and Mendelssohn, Piazzolla and Martinu who wrote some of their most profound chamber music, sizzling with energy and glowing with beauty during this time,” reports PRO Emily Ross. “Saturday 26’s evening performance includes Piazzolla’s ‘Four for Tango’ with the Carducci String Quartet, the septet version of Richard Strauss’s ‘Metamorphosen’ with members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and pianist Sholto Kynoch plays a Schubert Piano Sonata.”

Emily underlines how attractive the late concert is annually on the Saturday night “with a unique take on Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.8, when world class dancer Colin Dunne takes to the stage with the Carducci String Quartet.”

Closing off the energetic four days on Sunday 27 evening, baritone Benson Wilson from Samoa makes his Ireland debut in Killaloe, his mighty voice singing Brahms. then Carducci strings sound the final notes with Schubert’s String Quintet in C major.

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