Music for Galway presents: Beethoven: Genius, Passion and the Irish Connection.
Music for Galway presents: Beethoven: Genius, Passion and the Irish Connection. Music for Galway Midwinter Festival 2013. Town Hall Theatre. 25-27 January 2013. Osiris Piano Trio (The Netherlands). Charlotte Riedijk, soprano (The Netherlands) . Robin Tritschler, tenor (Ireland/UK). Simon Lepper (UK). Paul Roe, clarinet (Ireland). Rebecca Čápová. (Ireland/Germany). Rod Goodall, actor (UK/Ireland)
Friday 8 pm – concert. Saturday 2pm – Meet the Artists in conversation with Jane O’Leary. Saturday 8pm – concert. Sunday 3pm – concert. (Full concert listings below). In the very heart of the cold season comes Music for Galway’s aptly named Midwinter Festival to spread cheer and warmth on the weekend of the 25th – 27th of January. Sponsored by DERI and NUI Galway, the title for this year’s festival is Beethoven: Genius, Passion and the Irish connection, in which Music for Galway will celebrate the great composer and his connection to Ireland and Galway in Galway’s Town Hall Theatre. An international cast will descend on the city for the event, including Osiris Piano Trio and soprano Charlotte Riedijk from the Netherlands, Paul Roe, clarinet, Robin Tritschler, tenor and pianist Rebecca Čápová from Ireland, to surprise with an unusual programme of piano solos, trios, and Irish poems put to music by Beethoven.
The Themes. Each concert has a particular focus. The programming of the opening night centres on the theme of Genius, giving a commanding overview of the maestro’s talent by including compositions from his earliest to his final piano piece. On Saturday evening Passion is the focus with the song cycle for tenor and piano An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant Beloved) while Sunday brings the Irish connection to the fore with a selection of Irish Songs for soprano, tenor and piano trio.
On Saturday at 2pm audiences will have a chance to meet the artists in conversation with Jane O’Leary. They will discuss their approach to and experiences with performing Beethoven’s music. Emily Anderson – the Galway Connection. Emily Anderson, daughter of Alexander Anderson, President of University College Galway grew up in the Quadrangle where the Aula Maxima is situated, in which many of Music for Galway’s concerts are held. An amateur musician and German linguist, she went on to translate and publish the correspondence of Mozart in the 1950s and 10 years later that of Beethoven from German into English. To this day these translations are of huge importance to musicians, musicologists, film makers and music lovers all over the English speaking world. Sponsored by NUI Galway, an Annual Emily Anderson Memorial concert has been held alternating between Mozart and Beethoven. This year this event is combined with the Midwinter Festival. The music will be complemented on Saturday and Sunday by actor Rod Goodall’s readings from the letters of Beethoven as translated by Emily Anderson
The Artists. Charlotte Riedijk has worked with many of today’s leading conductors and orchestras. Riedijk has sung as a guest soloist with leading European ensembles including Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, the Osiris Piano Trio and the Altenberg Trio of Vienna. In June 2008 she and her duo partner, pianist Ellen Corver, made a successful debut at the Musikverein in Vienna. Following her debut at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 2001, her performance was acclaimed by the press as ‘the best classical concert in Ireland in 2001, and she was immediately invited back. In opera, Charlotte has long distinguished herself as Susanna, Despina, Euridice and Satirino. Charlotte Riedijk has been broadcast frequently on radio and television throughout Europe. She has produced six CDs, including In grosser Sehnsucht, also written by Klas Torstensson, which was widely acclaimed and is available on Cobra Records (0018).
The Osiris Trio was formed in 1988. Since then, the trio has toured five continents and was twice given the honour of accompanying Her Majesty The Queen of The Netherlands on an official state visit abroad. The trio`s discography emcompasses two centuries of repertoire for piano trio but also includes songcycles and the highly regarded recording of Messiaens Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Diversity typifies the group`s repertoire, which ranges from Haydn`s oeuvre for piano trio to works by contemporary composers. All members, Ellen Corver, Peter Brunt and Larissa Groeneveld hold teaching positions at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Recent tours have included the United States, Hawai, Indonesia, Sweden and France. In 2013 the Osiris Trio will celebrate their 25th anniversary.
Rebecca Čápová was born into a musical family in Cork. During her studies she was awarded several prizes, including 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition Citta Di Sangemini, 3rd Prize at the International Piano Competition V. Belini and the Lyons Club Bursary in Cork, Ireland. In 2007 she was awarded a First Class Honours Masters Degree in Prague, and, in 2010, completed her Konzertexamen Degree in Cologne. Most recently, she was awarded first prize at the Premio Accademia International Piano Competition in Rome. Rebecca has given many concerts both in Ireland and abroad. Concerto performances include those with the Pardubice Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague and in Chrudim, Hochschulsinfonieorchester in Cologne, and, in Ireland, with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Cork Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Ireland. In 2010 she was invited to perform at the New Ross Piano Festival. She has given recitals in Japan, at the Rhein Ruhr Festival, at the Sulmona Estate Festival in Italy, the National Concert Hall, Dublin and at the Martinu Hall in Prague. in 2010 Rebecca was invited by Wu Promotion to tour China.
Paul Roe is a musician with particular interests in performance, research, education and participative music making. He is a performer (clarinet and bass clarinet) of international repute and was Associate Principal Clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland from 1987-2000. He has been a member of Concorde Contemporary Music Ensemble since 1989 and has given solo, ensemble and orchestral performances throughout Europe, Asia and America. Paul has performed with many distinguished musicians and ensembles including, Con Tempo String Quartet (Romania/Ireland), George Lewis (Trombone-USA), Harry Sparnaay (Bass Clarinet-Holland), Garth Knox (Viola-France), Lenneke Ruiten (Soprano-Holland) and Finghin Collins (Piano-Ireland). He is a member of several chamber music groups, with whom he plays a wide range of music from classical to contemporary repertoire and with whom he has performed in recent years in Chicago, Atlanta, Vilnius, Paris, Rotterdam, York, London, Barcelona, Ljubljana, Bratislava and Riga.
Irish tenor Robin Tritschler graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. For the Welsh National Opera roles have included Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Narraboth (Salome), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Benedict (Beatrice and Benedict). He has sung for the Aldeburgh Festival, La Monnaie and the Ruhr Triennale Festival, and works regularly in recital with Simon Lepper, Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau and Graham Johnson. He returns to WNO (Wagner’s Dream) and the Nantes Opera (The Two Widows), and appears in concert with the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the London Philharmonic with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He will make his debut with the Royal Opera House in Wozzeck. He is a BBC New Generation Artist..
Simon Lepper read music at King’s College Cambridge and studied piano accompaniment with Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music. He has recently been appointed professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music London, and is the official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize. Highlights this season and beyond include an invitation from the Wigmore Hall to present a three concert project there in the 2013/14 season and a recital at Carnegie Hall, New York with Karen Cargill. Simon will also accompany Karen in her recital ‘Women in the Shadows’ for BBC Scotland, music to include Mahler and Wagner. He will join Rosie Aldridge for a recital at Musée D’Orsay, Paris and Angelika Kirchschlager at La Monnaie, Brussels and Wigmore Hall where future appearances also include recitals with Sally Matthews, Stephan Loges, Andrew Foster-Williams and Christopher Purves, whom Simon will also accompany at the Opéra de Lille and for the Oxford Lieder Festival.
After touring the world for 12 years with Footsbarn, including several shows at the Galway Arts Festival, Rod Goodall was invited to become an integral part of the fledgling Macnas, and from1987 oversaw every aspect of performance, acting, directing, training and production for many award-winning shows – Táin, Sweeny, Balor. In 1996 he rejoined Footsbarn, playing the title role in Molière’s Don Juan, Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale and the Mayor in The Government Inspector. Since his return to Galway he has produced his one man show An Evening With Samuel Johnson. He has played Michael in Someone Who’ll Watch over Me for the Town Hall Theatre, David Hare in Via Dolorosa for Decadent Theatre, A player in Passion Machine’s P by Paul Mercier. Captain Lancey in Translations for Ouroborus, Ralph Coughlin in Burn the Bad Lamp by Kevin Barry, Teddy in Brian Friel’s Faith Healer for Town Hall Theatre, Janeck for Music for Galway and Martin Michael in Saínt for Fíbín.
Join the celebration of Beethoven in Galway, listen to his innermost thoughts, hopes and fears, and experience the hope and passion of his music through the performances of Europe’s finest musicians as the MidWinter Festival drives back the cold of January and hastens the Spring.
Festival Tickets (include three concerts and talk): are €55/€45 (concessions) and would make a nice Christmas present. Booking is open now at the Town Hall Theatre: 091 569777 or http://www.tht.ie
Hotel/Concert Packages Available from Park House Hotel 091 564924 and Ardilaun Hotel 091 521433. Music for Galway gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council. Full programme details are available on http://www.musicforgalway.ie. Festival Tickets (include three concerts and talk): €55/€45. Individual Concert Tickets: €20/€16 concessions/€6 students (full time) . Booking available from Town Hall Theatre 091 569777 or http://www.tht.ie