By Shane McNamara
The Limerick City Gallery of Art welcomes The Bartók Project this evening.
This is the first Limerick concert in a six-part series of concerts showcasing the RTÉ Contempo Quartet, as they perform six quartets from Hungarian composer Béla Bartók and Haydn Op. 76.
Six contemporary Irish numbers will also be showcased which include four brand new commissions from RTÉ across the series.
Irish composers including Sebastian Adams, Linda Buckley, David Coonan and Sean Clancy will have their premiers showcased over the six-part series.
The first chapter of this series consists of Quartet Opus (Op.) 76 in G by Joseph Haydn followed by an RTE composition which is new for the 2016/ 2017 season composed by Sebastian Adams.
Bartók is regarded as one of the early 20th century’s great modernists. His work is heavily influenced by the likes of Beethoven and Liszt as well as samplings of Hungarian folk music.
Joseph Haydn, regarded as the ‘Father of the String Quartet’, his collection of six Op. 76 quartets, composed in the late 18th century, was the final full set that the Austrian composer wrote.
Curator Una McCarthy encourages music lovers everywhere to come along and says that the gallery provides a fantastic backdrop to a night of beautiful music.
Tickets for this show will be available on the door at the Limerick City Gallery of Art.
The Bartok Project opens tonight at 6pm.