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May Tour


On The Road with the Irish Chamber Orchestra….. 

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Following a successful concert series in Limerick and Dublin, the Irish Chamber Orchestra is back on the road at the end of May visiting venues in Doneraile in Co. Cork, and Portlaoise, Co. Laois. The orchestra will perform for the first time at Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Doneraile (Thursday, 24 May) and at the Dunamaise Arts Centre & Theatre, Portlaoise (Friday, 25 May). 

The Irish Chamber Orchestra has a remarkable reputation as a fresh and vibrant force on the Irish and international music scene. As well as performing a concert season in Limerick and Dublin (September-April) the orchestra tours countrywide each year. Internationally, the orchestra performed last November in the US as part of Imagine Ireland/A Year of Irish Arts in America 2011 with world renowned pianist Leon Fleischer. Previously, the orchestra has toured with success across Europe, Australia, South Korea, China, Singapore and the US. London born violinist Katherine Hunka is leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and will direct these two performances from the leader’s chair. 

The ICO’s imaginative programme features the ineffable beauty of Bach’s heart-rending Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 104.  It has been said that ‘nowhere has Bach written music with a more irresistible appeal to personal affection’. Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47, is another virtuosic masterpiece. The ever-popular Souvenir de Florence was composed while Tchaikovsky lived there and illustrates the composer’s passionate, songful, flirtatious, and beguiling composition style. In Tchaikovsky’s own letters, he admitted that composing it was extremely difficult and was unsure if he was even capable of completing the commission. Luckily for music lovers, he did! The Dublin-based composer Linda Buckley writes for both electronic and acoustic forces and her work Fall Approaches completes another colourul programme from the ICO. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear the ICO at a venue near you! 

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Katherine Hunka Leader

Nikki Sweeney Violin Soloist


Bach                  Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043

Linda Buckley       Fall Approaches

Elgar                  Introduction and Allegro

Tchaikovsky        Souvenir de Florence


Thursday 24 May

Venue: Catholic Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Doneraile, Co. Cork at 8pm 

(in association with The Doneraile Literary & Arts Society) 

Booking: 061 331549 or

Tickets: €15 on the door


Friday 25 May

Venue: Dunamaise Arts Centre and Theatre, Co. Laois at 8pm         

Booking: Box office 00353 57 866 3355 or

Tickets: €18 €10


Concert Dates

  • 20:00, Thursday, May 24, 2012

    Catholic Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Doneraile, Co. Cork

    Tickets no longer available

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  • 20:00, Friday, May 25, 2012

    Dunamaise Arts Centre and Theatre, Co. Laois

    Tickets no longer available


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