East Meets West down in the south

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - MICHAEL DER­VAN

EAST MEETS WEST FES­TI­VAL St Mary’s Church, Pope’s Qy, Cork & CIT Cork School of Mu­sic Fri-Mon 1850-788789 Sin­ga­pore’s T’ang Quar­tet (above) were one of the suc­cesses of the 2006 West Cork Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. They’re back in Cork this week­end, not at the fes­ti­val’s base in Bantry House, but in the au­di­to­rium of the new CIT Cork School of Mu­sic, where they’re guests at the East Meets West Fes­ti­val.

This new fes­ti­val, pre­sented by West Cork Mu­sic in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Cork School of Mu­sic and the Cork Or­ches­tral So­ci­ety, falls some­where be­tween the ear­lier Easter fes­ti­vals fea­tur­ing the Callino Quar­tet at Bantry House, and the much larger Euro­pean Quar­tet Week held in Cork city in 2005.

The Calli­nos share the bill with the T’angs, and the other per­form­ers in­clude pi­anists Finghin Collins and So­phie Cashell (win­ner of the BBC’s Classical Star com­pe­ti­tion, who ap­pears on her own as well as with the Cashell Pi­ano Trio), and horn player Conor Pal­liser.

The reper­toire ranges from Haydn’s Seven Last Words (in a free Good Fri­day con­cert by the Calli­nos, the sin­gle event in the fes­ti­val sched­uled for St Mary’s Church), through octets by Shostakovich and Svend­sen, to quar­tets by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh and Hen­ryk Górecki.

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