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Castleconnell welcomes The Esposito Quartet September 29 Castleconnell welcomes The Esposito Quartet September 29


Castleconnell welcomes The Esposito Quartet September 29



One of Ireland’s finest classical quartets The Esposito Quartet will be centre stage for the second of four classical music performances in the Castleconnell 2015 Autumn Concert Series on Tuesday 29th September at 8pm.

The Esposito Quartet features Mia Cooper and Anna Cashell (violins), Joachim Roewer, (viola) and William Butt (cello), who have established reputations in Ireland and abroad as orchestra leaders, principals, professors and recording artists.

The Quartet are named after Michele Esposito, pianist and composer, who for four decades from 1888 was the initiator for much of the chamber music making in Dublin through the establishment of The Royal Dublin Society (RDS). They have enjoyed recent concerts in Newry, Killaloe and Dublin. 2016 plans include recording Esposito’s string quartet alongside works of his continental contemporaries as well as a tour in Ireland.

All Saint’s Church in Castleconnell is once again hosting the Series, which is presented by the Limerick Arts Office in association with the Castleconnell Concert Committee, and supported by The Arts Council, Limerick 2020 and Music Network.




The Series began in late August when a large crowd attended the first concert with pianist Stuart O’Sullivan, and cellist Péter Sebestyén performing Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms. The Esposito Quartet will be bringing to life the string compositions of Joseph Haydn (String Quartet Op.77 No.1),Samuel Barber (String Quartet Op.11), Philip Glass (String Quartet No.2 ‘Company’) and Ludwig V. Beethoven (String Quartet Op.95).

Ms. Pat Burke, Castleconnell Concert Committee commented: “We are delighted to welcome The Esposito Quartet, who include William Butt, Professor of cello at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin; Joachim Roewer artistic director of Killaloe Chamber Music Festival; Mia Cooper, leader of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and Anna Cashell, founder of the Esposito Quartet and a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.”

“The congregation of All Saints Church are delighted to have been asked to host another Autumn Series of Music Concerts.  This comfortable, atmospheric and historic venue lends itself to really intimate and beautiful performances,” stated Barbara Hartigan, All Saint’s Church.

She continued: “We get the most enormous pleasure from using and sharing this “space” especially when it is enhanced by beautiful music by renowned performers who are used to being in demand for the great concert halls of the world. It is really fantastic to see how the reputation of these Concerts has grown over the years and lovely to see so many familiar faces turning up again and again, in good time to claim their seats almost within touching distance of the performing artists.”

On Tuesday October 13 at 8pm the French-based Zaïde Quartet, regarded as one of Europe’s finest young string quartets, will perform the third concert with music from Shostakovich, Mozart and Bartók.

The final concert of the Series takes place on Tuesday November 17 at 8pm when Soprano Sylvia O’Brien, cellist Christopher Marwood and pianist Michael McHale come together in an unusual combination to perform ‘A Romantic Voice’.  The programme will include works for  soprano, cello and piano by Messiaen, Berlioz, deFalla, Andre Previn; Fauré’s Cello Sonata in D minor Op.109 and solo piano works by Phillip Hammond and Schubert.

Ticket details for the Castleconnell 2015 Autumn Concerts Series programme at the All Saints’ Church (tickets €15 available at the door prior to each performance, €10 concession).

Online pre-booking is recommended at The Lime Tree Theatre Website here.

Box Office (061) 774774.

Buy a ticket to any two shows in the series for the special price of €25 – just add the tickets to your cart (online offer only).

Further information is available from Limerick City & County Council Arts Office, Merchants Quay, Limerick on 061 407372 / 407298 /

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Read more about Castleconnell 2015 Autumn Concert Series here.

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