The Navarra Quartet. Photo: Sarah Wijzenbeek.
Drogheda Classical Music are really spoiling local music lovers with their programme of concerts this year.
Following on from the the sell-out concert with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and soloist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, comes one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. The Navarra Quartet makes its debut in Drogheda on Friday 15th November at 7:30pm in St Peter’s Church of Ireland with a programme centred around the themes of Love and Death.
Each work reflects either Love or Death. The first half opens with a number of shorter works such as Turina’s La oración del torero (The Bullfighter’s prayer) which explores the seductive courting of the matador before a final paso doble with the bull, as well as Puccini’s heart-breaking Elegy Crisantemi written in response to the death of the Duke of Savoy. The concert ends with Schubert’s monumental quartet Death and the Maiden, one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire and written by the composer on learning of his own impending death.
Winners of many prestigous awards and scholarships, they are recipients of the Borletti- Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a Musica Viva tour and prizes at the Banff, Melbourne and Florence International String Quartet Competitions. The Navarra Quartet has appeared at major venues throughout the world including the Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Verbier Festival in Switzerland amongst others. Formed at the Royal Northern College of Music, its members hail from UK, The Netherlands, Romania and Ireland. As individual musicians, they each have busy lives as solo musicians and leaders of various chamber ensembles. This concert is made possible through the support of the National String Quartet Foundation.
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Tickets are €19 / €17 conc when booked in advance or €20 / €18 on the door, with a student / child ticket still at just €5. Booking through Droichead Arts Centre on 041 9833946 or www.droichead.com with further information available from www.droghedaclassicalmusic.com
The Series is funded by the Arts Council and Louth County Council and run in partnership with Droichead Arts Centre with sponsorship from the d Hotel and RTÉ Supporting the Arts.