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Lunchtime with Dvorak and Schubert in city church

Violin and Piano Recital First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast Today, 1.15pm

By Rathcol

It is good to see the beautiful premises of the First Presbyterian Church being used as a concert venue. Even for those without any faith predilections, the place has a certain atmosphere of meditation and peace about it.

Today you can sample that ambience when Gemma O'Keefe and Donal McCrisken join family forces for a violin and piano recital. This lunchtime concert includes music by Schubert, Dvorak and Kreisler and admission is free. However, there will be a retiring collection at the end of the concert should people wish to contribute. Gemma and Donal will also be playing for a younger audience at the BMS tomorrow at 10.30pm in the Crescent Arts Centre.

  • Visit belfastmusicsociety.org for more information.

Ulster Orchestra

Ulster Hall, Belfast, Tonight, 7.45pm

It is a combination of two great symphonists when Rafael Payare brings together the first symphonies of Beethoven and Mahler. You can hear Payare introduce the two works in a pre-concert talk in the hall at 7pm.

If Beethoven was the great renovator of the form, Mahler can be seen as the last of the great Romantic proponents when his nine symphonies reflected in many ways the grandeur of thought that Beethoven had introduced into the genre.

  • Tickets cost £10-£29 from the box office, tel: 028 9033 4455 or visit ulsterorchestra.org.uk.

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