New Chamber Music Festival for Roscommon takes place this weekend

A wonderful and varied programme of music awaits audiences at the Roscommon Chamber Music Festival, funded by Roscommon County Council Arts Office and Arts Centre together with the Arts Council of Ireland.

Concerts take place from this Friday, June 7th to Sunday, June 9th inclusive in Roscommon Arts Centre and in King House, Boyle. There will be four performances in all with the festival beginning in King House in Boyle this Friday, June 7th at 8 pm.

Further recitals will take place on Saturday at 1 pm and 8 pm in Roscommon Arts Centre and again on Sunday, June 9th in King House. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or by telephoning (090) 66 25 824.

Tickets will also be on sale on the doors of both venues. To find out more about the music and the musicians visit www.roscommonartscentre.ie or www.roscommonchambermusicfestival.com.

This Friday, June 7th at 8 pm in King House, audiences can join the complete collection of festival artists for a rich and varied programme including Mendelssohn’s haunting F Minor String Quartet, Brahms’s sublime Clarinet Trio, sumptuous songs by Strauss and the startling Court Studies by Thomas Adès.

 

Saturday’s concerts take place in Roscommon Arts Centre. At 1 pm pianist Peter Regan, soprano Lauren Scully, violinist Phoebe White, cellist Killian White and clarinettist Anna Webster collaborate for a refreshing programme of Dvořák’s folk-inspired ‘Dumky’ trio and ‘Gypsy Melodies’, Suk’s lush Elegie for Piano Trio and Milhaud’s scintillating Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano.

Also on Saturday, beginning at 8 pm, the Treske Quartet, one of the UK’s finest emerging ensembles, perform Gabriella Smith’s rock-and-roll Carrot Revolution and Stravinsky’s spiky Three Pieces for String Quartet.

Lauren Scully will offer sublime beauty in Brahms’s Five Songs Op. 105. For the grand finale, Treske Quartet and pianist Peter Regan join forces for Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 – a favourite among musicians and audiences alike.

The weekend draws to a close on Sunday, June 9th at 2 pm in King House, where Phoebe White, Peter Regan and Treske Quartet perform the final strains of this Bohemian-themed festival, including Janáček’s Violin Sonata, Smetana’s string quartet ‘From My Life’ and Dvořák’s Silent Woods.