|April 4, 2018|
Stanford Fantasy No. 2, clarinet and string quartet and clarinet quartet (four clarinets) by Pierre Max Dubois.
Invoking the Easter goddess “Ostara” in its title, Kaleidoscope weaves a musical tapestry of the baroque era, the 19th and 20th centuries, and some exploratory Irish traditional music. Baroque specialists, Marja Gaynor, the incomparably dynamic Cork-based Finnish violinist, and Paris-based South Korean cellist, Gulrim Choi join forces for an improvisatory set including JS Bach and Thomas Baltzar. A quartet of clarinetists present a playful work by French composer, Pierre Max Dubois, among a few other surprises, while their mentor and namesake John Finucane explores the late Romanticism of Irish composer, Charles Villiers Stanford, his Fantasy No. 2 (1922) in the company of the Kaleidoscope String Quartet (Larissa O’Grady, Anita Vedres, (violins), Karen Dervan (viola), Aoife Burke (cello)). The night will finish with the brilliant tone-lowering stylings of American cellist Alec Brown, now resident in Limerick, with newly composed and arranged traditional Irish tunes from his recently released debut album, The Stepping Stone.