The excellent series of concerts in the beautiful to St Peter’s Church of Ireland in Drogheda continues to serve up some delightful offerings for classical music lovers.
This Friday 6th December, Patrick Rafter and Michael McHale return to St Peter’s with a programme of music for violin and piano including Franck’s beautiful and famous violin sonata.
This will be the duo’s first time to perform together in Drogheda, although both musicians have been here in different ensembles in the past number of years.
Their programme is a mix of glorious works with romantic melodies as well as virtuosic pieces such as Ravel’s Tzigane. Described as being “almost insane with notes for the violinist, with pizzicato (plucked string) for both hands”, its blend of folk-like gypsy airs and showstopping passages make this a popular work for highly accomplished players and a delight for audiences.
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Belfast-born Michael McHale has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading pianists and has developed a busy international career as a soloist and chamber musician. His musical partners have included Michael Collins (clarinet) and Sir James Galway (flute).
Born into an exceptionally musical family in Kilkenny, Patrick Rafter became recognized as a prodigious talent at the mere age of 12 and went on to receive a full scholarship to study at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Today, Patrick is studying in Switzerland with violinist Maxim Vengerov.
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.
Patrick Rafter violin with Michael McHale piano
Fri 6 Dec 2019 7:30pm
Mozart Violin Sonata No. 21 in E Minor, K. 304
Debussy Estampes (excerpts)
Debussy Sonata for violin and piano, L.148
Ysaÿe Sonata No.3 for solo violin “Ballade”
Franck Sonata in A major for violin and piano
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