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Musicon Ceol Nua 1- the Smith Quartet
Fri 29 Nov 2013 , 7:30 pm| £10
The Smith Quartet
Ian Humphries – violin
Rick Koster – violin
Nic Pendlebury – viola
Deirdre Cooper – cello
Dave Flynn String Quartet No. 2:“The Cranning”
Deirdre Gribbin Hearing your Genes Evolve
Donnacha Dennehy Stamp (to avoid erotic thoughts)
Gerald Barry First Sorrow
Kevin Volans String Quartet No. 10 (revised version, first performance)
Musicon’s festival focusing on the new music of Ireland kicks off with the UK’s own Smith Quartet, performing a diverse selection of music from the last decade. Dave Flynn’s second string quartet, The Cranning, explores a type of melodic ornamentation unique to Irish Uilleann pipe music, the ‘Cran’. The recently-premiered Hearing Your Genes Evolve from Deirdre Gribbin was composed via the careful analysis of the DNA coding of four individuals, whilst Gerald Barry’s First Sorrow is based on a Franz Kafka story about a trapeze artist who is happy only when he’s aloft. The concert also features the first performance of Kevin Volans’ recently revised String Quartet no. 10, and Donnacha Dennehy’s infectious Stamp! To avoid erotic thoughts.
Admired for its versatility and dynamism, the Smith Quartet is widely regarded as one of the finest contemporary string ensembles in the world. The group’s recent best-selling discs of the quartet music of Steve Reich and Philip Glass, as well as the release of a first volume of Morton Feldman’s complete works for piano and strings, featuring pianist John Tilbury, have achieved instant critical acclaim.
Tickets: £10, Students £4, Under 18s £1. Festival pass for all three concerts £25 (students £10)
Box Office: Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham
Tel: 03000 266600
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