42. Main Evening Concert

Time and date

Tuesday 27 June 2023

7:30 pm

9:30 pm


Bantry House

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Pacifica’s final concert celebrates the life of the American composer Ben Johnston with his one-movement quartet based on the famous hymn Amazing Grace alongside Dvořák’s folk-inspired melodies. Ben Johnston was famous for his obsession with just intonation. In this quartet he excitingly gives the famous hymn the microtonal treatment. Dvořák’s final quartet was begun in New York and completed in Prague, warm, generous, joyful music in the composer’s late manner. Shostakovich’s towering Piano Quintet opens with a Prelude and Fugue and a piano solo that clearly reflect the presence of Bach in a work that combines perfection of form with episodes of deepest pain, brilliant wit, uncouth barbarities and popular tunes.

Admission: €47/37/27/13


Composer Work Artist(s)
Johnston Quartet No.3 'Amazing Grace' Pacifica Quartet
Dvořák String Quartet No.14 in A flat major Op.105 Pacifica Quartet
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor Op.57 Ragazze Quartet Cédric Pescia
Arts Council - funding music
Crespo Foundation
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
RTE Lyric FM
Maritime Hotel
IMRO - Irish Music Rights Organisation