Ulster Orchestra Quartet at Magee

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Tomorrow will see the Szigeti Quartet - formed of young players from the Ulster Orchestra - make a welcome return to Derry to play two 19th Century string quartet masterpieces in Magee’s stunning Great Hall.

The Friends of the Ulster Orchestra, in conjunction with Cultural Development in the University of Ulster, present this chamber concert in the Great Hall of the University’s Magee campus at 8pm.

The concert will open with Borodin’s Quartet No. 2 in D major, his most famous chamber work composed during a summer break from his day-job as a Professor in the St. Petersburg Medical Academy.

It is packed from beginning to end with glorious melodies - lovers of Broadway will recognise at least two tunes used much later in the musical Kismet.

Beethoven’s Quartet Opus 59 No. 1 in F major, Razumovsky, gets its name from a commission by the Russian Ambassador in Vienna, Count Andrey Razumovsky, who asked for three quartets including Russian melodies.

He can little have expected what he got - written in 1806 shortly after the ground-breaking Eroica symphony, it breaks the mould of the classical string quartet.

Its dramatic fast movements surround a slow movement of serene beauty. It mystified audiences at the time and was called by one critic “the music of a madman”. Today we know better.

Admission to the concert costs £8 (concession £6) and includes a complimentary interval drink and programme.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by contacting Cultural Development on: 71. 375456 or website: www.ulsterorchestra.com