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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Ensemble Avalon bring chamber music to town

OFFERING a chamber music option to audiences on an otherwise quiet night during the Opera Festival are the highly talented trio Ensemble Avalon.

Ioana Petcu-Colan on violin, Gerald Peregrine on Cello and Michael McHale on piano will play a concert in St. Iberius Church at 8 p.m. on Monday, October 24.

The programme will include works by Breval, Bernstein, Mozart, Liszt, Beethoven and Eibhlis Farrell.

Tickets are available from Whites for Music and on the door.

The idea of having a chamber music concert during the Festival came from an audience survey conducted earlier this year by Music for Wexford.

It showed that people wanted to hear more chamber music during the Opera Festival.

Ensemble Avalon jumped at the opportunity to come during the international event.

Violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan grew up in a family of professional classical violinists in Cork.

She travels the world from her home in Bangor, County Down performing with some of the top international orchestras and collaborating with artists including Arcade Fire.

Cellist Gerald Peregrine is a nephew of the late tenor Frank Patterson. He became a Fullbright Scholar at the University of Indiana and the Lyric FM Artist-in-Residence at the University of Limerick while studying for his Masters Degree.

He made his Carnegie Hall debut earlier this year with the Trio Festivale.

Michael McHale is one of the leading young Irish pianists of his generation.

He has just completed a tour of the US with Sr. James Galway.

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