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Mozart Prince of Music


The world-class Irish Chamber Orchestra begins the first year of its 3-residency In Kilkenny, performing four concerts which highlight a cycle of Mozart’s four late symphonies and the opera Idomeneo which has not been performed at full scale in Ireland since 1956.   


Friday 5 August @ 8pm St Canice’s Cathedral

Irish Chamber Orchestra –  The Late Symphonies 1


Gábor Takács-Nagy Principal Artistic Partner/Conductor

Katherine Hunka Violin

Joachim Roewer Viola


Mozart                 Sinfonia Concertante K.364

Mozart                 Symphony No. 38 K.504 Prague

Mozart                 Symphony No. 39 K. 543


Mozart wrote several dozen symphonies but the last four, composed in the final eight years of his life, broke new ground and heralded the great nineteenth-century works of Beethoven and his successors. Conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy, the first programme features the Sinfonia Concertante, his dazzling double concerto with soloists Katherine Hunka (violin) and Joachim Roewer (viola), Symphony 39, and the operatic 38 (the Prague Symphony), full of invention.


Sunday 7 August @ 11am The Parade Tower

Irish Chamber Orchestra – Widmann Hunts Mozart


Jörg Widmann Principal Guest Conductor/Clarinet


Widmann            Hunting Quartet

Widmann’s Jagdquartett (Hunt Quartet) is rough wild and exciting, brimming with energy as the ICO traverses fields and forests of notes reaching a climactic, killing conclusion.


Sunday 7 August @ 7.30 St. Canice’s Cathedral

Irish Chamber Orchestra – The Late Symphonies 2


Jörg Widmann Principal Guest Conductor/Clarinet


Mozart                 Symphony No. 40 K.550

Mozart                 Clarinet Concerto K.622

Mozart                 Symphony No. 41 K.551


The second programme, conducted by Jörg Widmann, opens with one of Mozart’s most famous works, the tempestuous Symphony 40. The immortal Clarinet Concerto follows – one of the last works Mozart ever wrote, performed by Widmann himself. The evening climaxes with the majestic Jupiter Symphony, Mozart’s farewell to the symphonic form.


Thursday 11 August & Saturday 13 August @7.30pm St. Canice’s Cathedral

Irish Chamber Orchestra – Idomeneo


Christian Curnyn Conductor

John Mark Ainsley Idomeneo

Ailish Tynan Elletra

Anna Devin Ilia

Rachel Kelly Idamante


Idomeneo is Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece and the most epic and symphonic of all his opera scores.

Blessed with access to the Mannheim Orchestra (the finest ensemble in Germany), Mozart created a revolutionary work that charted a path forward for his own later operatic achievements.

Set just after the Trojan War, Idomeneo tells the story of the eponymous king of Crete. Saved from drowning by Neptune, the king makes a fateful vow to sacrifice the first living creature he sees, but that creature turns out to be his beloved son Idamante.

Idomeneo has not been heard at full scale in the Republic since 1956; these two concert performances offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience this glorious work.

Concert Dates

  • 20:00, Friday, August 5, 2016

    St Canice’s Cathedral

    Tickets no longer available

  • 1470567600
  • 11:00, Sunday, August 7, 2016

    The Parade Tower

    Tickets no longer available

  • 1470598200
  • 19:30, Sunday, August 7, 2016

    St. Canice’s Cathedral

    Tickets no longer available

  • 1470943800
  • 19:30, Thursday, August 11, 2016

    St. Canice’s Cathedral

    Tickets no longer available

  • 1471116600
  • 19:30, Saturday, August 13, 2016

    St. Canice’s Cathedral

    Tickets no longer available


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