cdMUSIC FOR GALWAY & GALWAY MUSIC RESIDENCY PRESENT: CD Launch and Members’ Concert. Tuesday 5 March. Town Hall Theatre Bar, 1.10  – 1.50 pm. CD Launch Dreams & Prayers. Paul Roe, clarinet, bass clarinet. ConTempo Quartet, Galway Ensemble in Residence. This March sees a very special installment of the Galway Music Residency’s lunchtime series in the Town Hall Theatre, with the launch of the CD Dreams & Prayerson March 5th at 1.10pm,  a concert featuring clarinetist Paul Roe and ConTempo Quartet performing music for clarinet, bass clarinet and string quartet.

Dreams & Prayers, a very successful programme which was originally presented as part of the Music for Galway season 2009-2010, and subsequently recorded by Paul Roe and ConTempo Quartet, includes a specially commissioned piece by Nick Roth, Jane O’Leary’s Soundshapes II and the work that gives the title to the CD, Argentinian Composer Oswaldo Golijov’s Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind.

Dreams & Prayers was recorded for the label Quartz and co-produced by the Residency in association with Music for Galway and Paul Roe.

Paul Roe is a musician with particular interests in performance, research, education and participative music making. He has a PhD in Performance Practice from the University of York, a Masters Degree in Community Music from the University of Limerick and is a Fellow of Trinity College, London. He was Associate Principal Clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland from 1987-2000, has been a member of Concorde Contemporary Music Ensemble since 1989. Paul is a member of the teaching staff at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and also teaches at the DIT Conservatory of Music.

 ConTempo was formed in 1995 when the members were students at the Music University in Bucharest, Romania. Recognised as one of the world’s top string quartets, ConTempo has won a record of 14 international prizes and has performed more than 1,000 concerts all over the world. After an international recruitment, ConTempo String Quartet was selected to be at the heart of a music development programme for Galway City and County.  Since the beginning, this vibrant string quartet from Romania have brought the joy of music to audiences in Galway City, County and beyond through their hundreds of performances, educational activities and collaborative projects.  ConTempo have made invaluable contributions to our community by sharing their talents through performances with thousands of audience members; by mentoring aspiring young musicians; and by introducing classical music to young school children very often for the first time. Through collaborative projects they have enhanced our musical experience by performing with a wide variety of international artists across all genres.

The Galway Music Residency and Music for Galway gratefully acknowledge the support of the Arts Council. Make a date for March 5th at 1.10pm in the Town Hall Theatre and hear some extracts performed live by the artists – admission is free!


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