20th Sligo International Chamber Music Festival

20th Sligo International Chamber Music Festival

The 20th edition of the festival brings some of the finest Irish and international musicians to perform with the internationally acclaimed ensemble-in-residence, the Vogler Quartet. Highlights include His Deep Gaze - music, poetry and art to honour Seán McSweeney, an event that coincides with the inclusion of a number of McSweeney’s pieces in The Niland Collection; To Have and to Hold exhibition.

Programme of events at The Model.

Sat. May 04

12.00 noon

His deep gaze
Music, poetry and art to honour Seán McSweeney with the Vogler Quartet, Vashti Hunter, Bob Kelly & Gerard Smyth

Join the 20th SICMF as we pay tribute to Sligo artist and festival friend Seán McSweeney. This event will coincide with the inclusion of a number of Seán’s pieces in The Keeper exhibition, the Model’s biggest showcase of The Niland Collection to date. On view throughout 2019 and beyond. The programme will also include:

Ernest Bloch: Suite for solo cello No 1
Vashti Hunter (cello)

Alexander Glazunov: 3 Novelettes for String Quartet
Vogler Quartet

Dermot Healy Poetry
Bob Kelly (actor)

The Yellow River (A collaboration with Seán McSweeney)
Gerard Smyth (poet)

Admission: €15

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Henrik Rabien, Vashti Hunter, Sharon Carty, Michael McHale, Stefan Fehlandt & Grieg Trio

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for bassoon and cello in B flat, KV 292 196c
Henrik Rabien (bassoon) Vashti Hunter (cello)

Johannes Brahms: Zwei Gesänge Op 91
Sharon Carty (mezzo-soprano) Michael McHale (piano) Stefan Fehlandt (viola)

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Trio in G, Op 1 No 2
Grieg Trio

Ludwig Van Beethoven: 25 Irish Songs WoO 152
Avenging and bright

How dear to me the hour
Sharon Carty (mezzo-soprano) Grieg Trio

Admission: €20

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Sunday 5th May


Festival Commission Workshop
with Nick Roth on his Second Quintet for Accordion and String Quartet

This workshop explores the inspiration, the voyages and the imagining that go into the creation of new music. Nick Roth’s Second Quintet for Accordion and String Quartet, commissioned by the Festival for Dermot Dunne and the Vogler Quartet, explores the ezan, or call to prayer, in Islam and the Sufi tradition in Persian architecture. The composer will tell the story of how the work came to be, with live performance and illustration of examples from the piece by the musicians to whom it is dedicated.

Admission: €5

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Tuned In!

Following an intensive weekend of masterclasses as part of the Festival, these talented young string players age 13-18 from across Ireland, perform a selection of classics.
Curator and Conductor: Professor James Cavanagh

Admission: €5

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Vogler Quartet, Frank Reinecke, Stefan Fehlandt, Stephan Forck, Vashti Hunter

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in C, Op 20 No 2
Vogler Quartet

Anton Arensky: String Quartet No 2, Op 35, for violin, viola and 2 cellos
Frank Reinecke (violin) Stefan Fehlandt (viola) Stephan Forck (cello) Vashti Hunter (cello)

Admission: €20

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You can view a full programme of events at the Sligo Chamber Music website.

Sligo International Chamber Music Festival is produced by Sligo County Council Arts Office.
Funded by Sligo County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.

Sligo County Council

The Arts Council

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