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Celebration / EU Presidency (Berlin)

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of Ireland’s EU Presidency Culture Programme 2013

Irish Chamber Orchestra (in association with Culture Ireland)
Jörg Widmann Principal Guest Conductor/Clarinet
Ailish Tynan Soprano

Elaine Agnew Strings Astray
Franz Schubert The Shepherd on the Rock D 965, for Soprano, Clarinet and Orchestra, arranged by von Jürgen Hinz
George Alexander Osborne/Thomas Moore The Last Rose of Summer for Soprano, Clarinet and Orchestra, arranged by Kenneth Rice
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Symphony No.1 Op. 11
Jorg Widmann 180 Beats Per Minute (for String Sextet)

This concert celebrates Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Presidency coincides with the 40th anniversary of Ireland’s accession to the EU and 2013 has been designated as the European Year of Citizens.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra showcases a wealth of Irish talent, beginning with a fun piece, Strings Astray by Elaine Agnew, one of the country’s foremost contemporary composers. Ailish Tynan is an award-winning soprano from Mullingar whose performances in opera and recitals have established her as a sought-after vocalist throughout Europe. George Osborne was a Limerick-born composer and pianist who became a great friend and mentor of Chopin. Osborne wrote the hauntingly beautiful melody for Thomas Moore’s poem The Last Rose of Summer which will be performed by Ailish, Widmann and the orchestra in a special arrangement by ICO violinist, Kenneth Rice. Ailish also sings Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock D 965, which is a famous lied composed towards the end of his life. Widmann is already journeying through the cosmos of Mendelssohn’s symphonies on his artistic mission with the ICO and here he presents the composer’s astonishing Symphony No.1 Op. 11, a torrent of musical energy and the product of a fifteen- year-old prodigy. Widmann’s own prodigious composition for string sextet, 180 Beats Per Minute received a rapturous reception at UCH recently.


Concert Dates

  • 20:00, Monday, January 21, 2013

    Konzerthaus Berlin

    Tickets no longer available


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