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Midwinter Festival - Prodigy

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Alma Deutscher (b. 2005) piano / violin / composer
Anna Devin soprano
Christian Chamorel piano
Contempo Quartet
Esposito Quartet

"When I try to get a melody it never comes to me. It usually comes to me either when I'm resting or when I'm just sitting at the piano improvising, or when I'm skipping with my skipping rope." - Alma Deutscher

The 2017 Midwinter Festival takes child prodigies as its inspiration. Every work in the weekend programme will have been written before or by the age of eighteen. An amazing range of music by incredibly talented prodigies from down through the ages. We are also joined by the astounding prodigy Alma Deutscher for her Irish début in which she performs many of her works on multiple instruments. 

Age of composer at time of composition in brackets

Friday 20 January 8.00pm
ALMA DEUTSCHER (8) Variations in E flat major
SCHUBERT (15-18) Selected songs
MOZART (18) Piano Sonata in E flat K. 282  
MENDELSSOHN (14) Piano Quartet no. 2 in F minor Op. 2

Saturday 21 January
2.00pm SPOTLIGHT ON ALMA Alma Deutscher is joined by Finghin Collins and members of the ConTempo Quartet for performances of a selection of her compositions. She will also perform early works by Mozart, Beethoven and Clara Schumann.

3.30pm – 5.30pm Open Rehearsals

Saturday 21 January 8.00pm
ARRIAGA (17) String Quartet No. 1 in D minor  
MOZART (17) Viola Quintet in B flat K. 174  
MENDELSSOHN (15-18)  Six selected songs from Twelve Songs Op. 8  
GLAZUNOV (16-17) String Quartet No. 1 Op. 1
PROKOFIEV (15) Piano Sonata No. 1 Op. 1

Sunday 22 January
11.00am Film: "Imagine... Do or Die: the Lang Lang Story"

From child prodigy to global phenomenon, Alan Yentop reveals the extraodinary life of Chinese superstar Lang Lang.  

SCHUBERT (15) String Quartet No. 2 in C major D. 32
MAHLER (16) Piano Quartet movement in A minor
KORNGOLD (14) Four Songs from Sechs Einfache Lieder Op. 9  
MENDELSSOHN (16) Octet Op. 20

"Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders" - Desiderius Erasmus

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