Wexford will enjoy an autumn series of classical music at St Iberius Church and Greenacres

The first in a series of Music for Wexford concerts for the autumn will take place this Saturday (10 September) in association with the National String Quartet Foundation.

he three concerts will feature many of the country’s finest musicians and will include a new commission and the local premiere of a composition by Kilmore Quay-based composer Liam Bates in October.

The program includes evening and lunchtime concerts at St. Iberius Church and an evening concert at Greenacres which will also officially launch this year’s Wexford Arts Festival.

The ConTempo Quartet (Bogdan Sofei, Ingrid Nicola, Andreea Banciu and Adrian Mantu) opens the series on Saturday with a lunchtime concert at St. Iberius Church, featuring a program by Ina Boyle – Quartet in E Minor; Jane O’Leary – Strings in the Air, Songs in the Stones and Brahms – Quartet in Bb Op.67.

Then, on Friday, September 23, which is Culture Night nationwide, the same venue will host the Banbha Quartet (Lidia Jewloszewicz-Clarke, Maria Ryan, Robin Panter and Aoife Burke) at 8 p.m., with a program featuring Mozart – Quartet in D major K.575; Silvestrov-Ikon; a new commission from Tom Lane – Refractions, and Mendelssohn – Quartet in E minor Op.44 No.2.

Music for Wexford then opens the Wexford Arts Festival on Friday evening 14 October: Soo-Jung Ann and Lance Coburn (piano) and Beth McNinch (viola) from Blackwater will present a full program – Rebecca Clarke – Sonata for viola and piano; Schubert- Fantasy in F minor for 4 hands D940; Nino Rota – Intermezzo for viola and piano; Valery Gavrilin – Sketches for 4 hands, concluding with the Wexford premiere of Liam Bates’ Work for Piano for 4 hands and viola.

With a fine selection of music ranging from classical to romantic, and a brief tour of 20th century songwriting, this is a rare opportunity to hear both this repertoire in Ireland and accomplished, internationally renowned chamber musicians .

Music for Wexford, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next year, brings recitals by Irish and international musicians to local audiences, with a particular focus on promoting young musicians and singers.

Ticket prices range from €17, €15 and €12, including discounts, and are available at www.eventbrite.ie or at the door. Contact 0879703377 for more information.

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