Roscommon Arts Center Features Carducci Quartet, et al.


This Tuesday 10th May in Roscommon Arts Centre, 77 year old Madge Bolger takes to the stage with her son, the award-winning choreographer David Bolger, in a national tour of Swimming with my Mother. This evocative duet won Best Production at the Limerick Unfringed Festival and has already played to full houses in Paris and at the prestigious NOTTDANCE Festival.

Swimming with my Mother is a heartfelt and unsentimental journey into the dancing and swimming lives of David and Madge. Shared pasts intertwine and build gently like a rising tide. Life stories are told with humour to the sultry tones of Nat King Cole.

What began last year as a work-in-progress commission from Dublin Dance Festival has emerged as a fully realised show of great charm that will certainly appeal to anyone who had a mother! Playing alongside Swimming with my Mother is Deep End Dance, a short film featuring a fully dressed man as he is pushed into a swimming pool by his mother. He brushes himself off and begins dancing underwater, always aware that she is watching. After a while she joins him in the turquoise dappled waters and they perform a playful duet of somersaults and pirouettes. Reserve your tickets for this production at Roscommon Arts Centre by calling the box office on 090 6625824.

The Carducci Quartet at Roscommon Arts Centre Thursday 19th May 8pm

"...technical rigour, penetrative musical insight and lively yet unified
individualism...winning in every sense of the word." - The Irish Times

Music Network is delighted to present a concert by the exceptionally talented Carducci Quartet at Roscommon Arts Centre on Thursday 19th May at 8pm. The concert will include works by Haydn, Schubert, Brian Boydell and Mendelssohn. Tickets are €15 / €12 and are available from Tel. 090 6625824. This concert is promoted by Music Network and Roscommon Arts Centre.

The Carducci Quartet is recognised as one of today's most successful young string quartets. Based in the UK, the quartet holds residencies at Cardiff University and Dean Close School and is visiting quartet in residence at Trinity College of Music in London, Repton School and the Cork School of Music in Ireland. Regulars at London's Wigmore Hall, they perform throughout the UK, including their own festival in Highnam, Glos.

Winner of many competitions at home and abroad, the Anglo-Irish Carducci quartet has established an enthusiastic international following with over 90 concerts worldwide each year. In 2009-10 there were tours of Spain, Ireland, Colombia, Australia and the USA, including New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Other appearances include at Carnegie Hall, Washington Library of Congress, Tivoli Concert Hall, National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Verbier, West Cork and Wratislavia Cantans Festivals.

Among the highlights of 2011 will be the world premiere of a new quartet by Arlene Sierra, in Stanford USA, and the UK premiere at the Cheltenham International Festival in July, collaborations with Charles Owen, Natalie Clein, Simon Rowland-Jones and Libor Novacek, and as the guest quartet at the Trasimeno Music Festival in Italy this summer, performances will include the Elgar Quintet with pianist Angela Hewitt.

The Carducci Quartet's success includes an Aldeburgh residency, broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, RTE Lyric FM and BBC television, a cycle of the complete Bartok quartets and a Naxos recording of the Philip Glass quartets. They have received wide critical acclaim for recordings on their own record label 'Carducci Classics', launched with a CD of Haydn Quartets. Other recordings include two world premiere recordings featuring 20th-century works by G. Whettam ('recording of the month' MusicWeb International) and J. Horovitz (‘beautifully crafted works...excellent performances', BBC Music Magazine), and a Vivaldi and Piazzolla with the Katona Twins Guitar Duo for Channel Classics.

Their educational work includes performances for school children supported by their own trust, the Carducci Music Trust, the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust and West Cork Music. They also regularly coach on the National Youth String Quartet Weekend, run by the London String Quartet Foundation at Chetham's School of Music.


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