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Sun, Jan 28


The Concert Hall Thomastown

Finghin Collins piano with Ficino Ensemble

Elaine Clark - violin Nathan Sherman - viola Ailbhe McDonagh - cello Macdara Ó Seireadán - clarinet Hannah Miller - french horn

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Finghin Collins piano with Ficino Ensemble
Finghin Collins piano with Ficino Ensemble


Jan 28, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The Concert Hall Thomastown, Station Rd, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland


W.A. Mozart (1756-1791) 

Divertimento K. 563 for String Trio 

Deirdre McKay (b. 1972) 

‘Between’ for Bass clarinet and cello 

Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020) 


The acclaimed chamber group Ficino Ensemble presents a musical odyssey, performing rarely heard music by Mozart, McKay and Penderecki. Mozart’s noble and epic Divertimento for String Trio and Irish composer Deirdre McKay’s atmospheric ‘Between’ will set the stage for the dynamic and evocative Sextet by the late Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki for which the ensemble will be joined by pianist Finghin Collins. Formed in 2013, the Ficino Ensemble has been committed to exploring the vast chamber music repertoire and presenting thoughtfully programmed concerts. The group regularly perform as a string quartet, and the addition of winds and percussion gives the possibility of playing large-scale chamber works. The members share a dedicated approach to contemporary music and have premiered many works. The group have recorded two acclaimed albums, Winter and Folk Songs which are regularly broadcast on WNYC, BBC3, Radio France and RTE lyric fm. The individual members of Ficino Ensemble are curious and fearless performers, and are at the forefront of the contemporary music scene and members of the National Symphony Orchestra and RTE Concert Orchestra. Ficino Ensemble takes the name from Marsilio Ficino, the Renaissance philosopher who regarded music as a “contemplation of the divine”.

This concert will be recorded by the Ergodos label for a future CD release.


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