Prazak Quartet Concert in Dalkey
09.10.2013 / 17:19
A performance by the Prazak quartet in the historic town of Dalkey was met with a great response from the audience. The world renowned chamber ensemble visits Ireland regularly and not once has the audience been disappointed.
The two hour concert by the Prazak Quartet took place in St. Patrick’s Church, Dalkey on Friday 4 October. The members of the quartet, Pavel Hula, Josef Kluson, Vlastimil Holek and Michal Kanka, were not visiting Ireland for the first time. The Quartet has regularly performed in Ireland for more than 30 years mainly thanks to the enthusiasm of local impresario John Ruddock, who sadly passed away this spring. The organisation of these musical meetings has since passed to the family of his daughter Gillian McCutcheon.
The performance was therefore dedicated to the memory of J. Ruddock, whose significance in the promotion of Czech culture was highlighted in the opening speech by the Deputy Ambassador of the Czech Embassy in Ireland, Petr Kubera. Despite coinciding with the nationwide referendum on the abolition of the Senate, 200 people filled the spectacularly lit interior of the small church and were able to taste a glass of Moravian wine and meet personally with the members of the quartet after the performance. The concert had an extraordinary response from the audience, evident not only by the immediate response, but also the fact that a relatively long program, consisting of works by Haydn, Beethoven and Janacek, had to be extended with an encore.