Free concert – Kurt Roger’s (1895-1966), Irish Sonata

Free concert – Kurt Roger’s (1895-1966), Irish Sonata

Concert – Kurt Roger’s (1895-1966), Irish Sonata played by Joachim Roewer (Irish Chamber Orchestra) & Lance Coburn (Royal Irish Academy of Music)
14 September 2017, 6.30pm – free entrance!
University of Limerick, Irish World Academy for Music & Dance
 
As part of the 17th International Conference in Irish-German Studies Irish-German Relations 2017: Between Böll and Brexit there will be a public concert on 14 September at the Irish World Academy for Music & Dance, University of Limerick. This is a rare Irish performance of the acclaimed sonata written by the Austrian refugee composer Kurt Roger in Waterford before emigrating to the US in 1939 – the only musical trace of German-speaking refugees in Ireland. Kurt Roger was born in Austria and studied in Vienna with Guido Adler, and in class with Arnold Schönberg.  Roger taught at the Vienna Conservatoire from 1923 to 1938 and his works were receiving high-profile performances until the Nazi Anschluss forced his emigration to the United States via London – and, for some weeks, Waterford, where he worked on the Irish Sonata. The romantic story behind it will be revealed in an introduction to the concert by Leslie Stevenson (retired Reader in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews and probably the last living link to Roger) and Gisela Holfter, UL. 
 
Joachim Roewer is principal viola of the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 1994. He is member of the Esposito String Quartet and was invited to perform with the Vogler Quartet, the Vanbrugh Quartet and the Contempo Quartet. Since 2013 he is Artistic Director of the Killaloe Chamber Music Festival.
 
Lance Coburn (Royal Irish Academy of Music) is an international concert soloist and recitalist, performing with orchestras such as the Sydney and Israel Symphony Orchestras, as well as the RTÉ National Symphony and Hibernian Orchestras in Dublin. He has been the recipient of prestigious awards such as the Tomassoni International Piano Competition in Cologne in 2001 and the Hephizibah Menuhin Scholarship.
 
This is a free event (please register at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/kurt-rogers-irish-sonata-performed-by-joachi...) but donations in aid of refugees in Limerick will be welcome. 
 
For more information on Kurt Roger see https://www.kurtroger.net/ 
 
The conference Between Böll and Brexit marks the twentieth anniversary of the Centre for Irish-German Studies and is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); the Heinrich Böll Stiftung; the Austrian and German Embassies; the Goethe Institut Irland and the University of Limerick. To view the full programme and to register, visit http://www.ulsites.ul.ie/irishgerman/upcoming-events. Registration for single days is available.