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Cello quartet to perform in Castlebar

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HEART STRINGS Cellists William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson and Ailbhe McDonagh’s repertoire includes both classical and contemporary pieces. 

With its sonorous tone, swan-like elegance and an expressive range that gives the human voice a run for its money, no other instrument manages to play on our heart strings quite like the cello. Lovers of this beautiful instrument will be in for a treat when four masterful cellists perform together for the first time on Tuesday evening, October 13, in Castlebar’s Linenhall Arts Centre.
William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson and Ailbhe McDonagh will be taking full advantage of the opportunity to show us what the cello is capable of. Audiences can look forward to splendid arrangements of works by Bach, Beethoven and Bartók, sultry moods in Piazzolla’s Libertango, the soaring beauty of Mozart’s Ave verum corpus, a fiery exchange between two cellos in Barrière’s popular Sonata, as well as Debussy’s uber-romantic Clair de lune and Gershwin’s jazz-infused favourites from Porgy and Bess.
Contemporary music for this unusual combo is well catered for in Ailbhe McDonagh’s own Cellango and a new Music Network commission by Conor Linehan.
For an instrument that’s so at home powering the orchestra’s engine room, the cello deserves its night in the spotlight.    

For tickets, call the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, on 094 902 3733 or visit