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Irish Chamber Orchestra

Katherine Hunka Director

Ailish Tynan Soprano

Rudi de Groote Cello

Cliona Doris Harp 


Saint-Saëns          Le deluge Op. 45, Prélude

Vivaldi                  Paris Concerto No. 2 in E minor, RV 133

Mahler                  Adagietto (from Symphony No. 5)

Britten                  Les Illuminations

Debussy               Sacred & Profane Dances for Harp and Strings

Francaix               From Quinze Portraits D’Enfants

                            In the Luxembourg garden

                            Madame Charpentier’s Children

                            At the Piano

                           The Baby with a Spoon

                           The Schoolboy

Martinet             Le Petit Papa Noel

Wade                  Adeste Fidelis   

Saint-Saëns       The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals)

Gruber/Mohr     Silent Night


The ICO welcomes back internationally renowned soprano Ailish Tynan who will perform firm French favourites alongside some best-loved traditional Christmas carols. She will delight audiences with her interpretation of Britten’s Les Illuminations, exhilarating settings of poems by Arthur Rimbaud.  The sensuality of the texts is matched in agile, feverish music by the Irish Chamber Orchestra which trembles, shimmers and seduces.  Martinet’s  Le Petit Papa Noel was a 1946 hit all-time classic recorded by Tino Rossi  and Silent Night, is the ultimate carol having winged its way into the hearts of people worldwide.

Saint-Saëns enchanting Le Déluge is based on the story of Noah and the flood but is seldom heard, whereas its Prelude, scored for strings only often features as a concert work.  The Swan is graceful and luscious from his fun-filled Carnival of the Animals suite.  The quality of Vivaldi’s Paris concerti is unsurpassed and shows him at the peak of his invention.  Mahler’s hauntingly beautiful Adagietto is one of his greatest hits!  Often performed as a stand-alone piece, most famously, by Leonard Bernstein at Robert Kennedy’s funeral, it also featured in Visconti’s classic film score, Death in VeniceDebussy’s ‘sacred’ dance resonates an archaic feeling.  Enjoy Francaix’s six bon-bons from Quinze Portraits D’Enfants, inspired by portraits of children as painted by Renoir. 

Don’t miss this festive roller-coaster in Limerick and Cork.

Concert Dates

  • 20:00, Thursday, December 11, 2014

    St Fin Barres Cathedral, Cork

    Tickets no longer available

  • 1418414400
  • 20:00, Friday, December 12, 2014

    St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick

    Tickets no longer available


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