County Limerick music series returns with Viennese Masters theme

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE immensely popular Castleconnell Autumn Music series returns in August, with the focus shifting to the Viennese Masters for the seventh staging of the monthly concerts.

THE immensely popular Castleconnell Autumn Music series returns in August, with the focus shifting to the Viennese Masters for the seventh staging of the monthly concerts.

The series, run by Limerick County Council’s arts officer Joan MacKernan, takes place on the last Tuesday of each month from August through to November in the beautiful setting of the All Saints’ Church in Castleconnell.

Following last season’s brief look at the Baroque era, the focus shifts somewhat for this year’s series, to the Classical and Romantic eras - running roughly from 1770 to 1900 - and the extraordinary explosion of music that took place in and around Vienna during that time.

Participating musicians will thus be invited to select their programmes from the ‘Viennese masters’ of this period which would also include the 19th century romantics Schubert and Brahms.

Pianist John O’Conor, founder and artistic director of the Dublin International Piano competition, and himself a 1st Prize winner at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973, will make his first appearance at All Saints’ Church and headline the series with an appearance in November.

London-based pianist Cliodna Shanahan - who began her musical education in Limerick - will also make her debut at the series together with violinist Elizabeth Cooney, in October.

Opening the series on Tuesday August 28 will be the magnificent Carducci Quartet to perform string quartets by Haydn and Beethoven and a string quintet by Mozart in which they will be joined by Cian O’Duill, violist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

An illustrated brochure is available from county hall, while tickets can be obtained online from www.lcc.ie/events or at the door on the evening of the concert.