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Irish Chamber Orchestra

Gábor Takács-Nagy Principal Artistic Partner/Conductor

István Várdai Cello



Ian Wilson                              Veer

Tchaikovsky                           Souvenir de Florence

Schubert                                 Sonata in A minor, D. 821 (Arpeggione) for Cello & Strings

(arr. Dobrinka Tabakova)

Rolling Stones                      Variations on Sympathy for the Devil (arr. Daniel Schnyder)

Abdullah Ibrahim              Blanton from African Symphony (arr. Daniel Schnyder)

Jimi Hendrix                         Purple Haze Variations (arr. Daniel Schnyder)


Irish composer Ian Wilson’s Veer is a significant work, a product of an intense period at the turn of the millennium when the composer was forced to flee Belgrade from a NATO bombing campaign and return to Ireland. The ever-popular Souvenir de Florence was composed while Tchaikovsky lived there and illustrates his passionate, songful, flirtatious, and beguiling composition style. István Várdai’s sparkling virtuosity proves irresistible in Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata. This arrangement for cello and strings by Dobrinka Tabakova is utterly convincing in its sensitivity and instrumental colouring. The ICO performs an arrangement by the Swiss jazz-classical artist Daniel Schnyder of Jimi Hendrix’ Variations on Purple Haze renowned as one of the archetypical psychedelic drug songs of the ’60s. Ibrahim evokes huge African landscapes in African Symphony, hearing his music in colours, creating stories behind every piece. Schnyder’s arrangement of Blanton is hugely atmospheric alongside Purple Haze, its rhythms and blues and the many colours generated therein.

“His (Vardai) playing was commendable for its fluidity and virtuosity, distinguished by both a fleet-fingered lightness and a rich timbre..”   The New York Times

Concert Dates

  • 19:30, Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

    Tickets no longer available

  • 1473969600
  • 20:00, Thursday, September 15, 2016

    University Concert Hall, Limerick

    Tickets no longer available


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