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Mozart by Moonlight

Joana Carneiro  Director

Elaine Agnew  Twilight
Mozart  Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 (186a)
Schoenberg  Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) Op.4 

Date:Thursday 29 March
Venue: University Concert Hall, Limerick@ 8pm
Tickets: €20/ Conc €18/ Student €10 … Find Ticket  
Booking: Tel: 061 331549

Noted for her vibrant performances in a wide diversity of musical styles, Joana Carneiro is one of the most outstanding young conductors of today.   In her debut performance with the ICO, Carneiropresents Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, one of the composer’s most famous early works, written at just 18 years of age. It is tentative and graceful, capturing the fire and beauty of Mozart’s spirit. The expressive range and technical sophistication places this symphony in a class of its own. 

Two nocturnal works from the 19th and 21st centuries feature. Twilight by Elaine Agnew, commissioned by the Irish Chamber Orchestra, is an atmospheric work which explores the orchestra’s rich string sonority, evoking a time of meditation, unassuming and still, in the quiet time and after sunset.  Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night is a late-Romantic work that delivers a passionate message against a gleaming moonlit landscape.  Regarded as his earliest instrumental masterpiece, this epic continues to surprise and seduce audiences with its sensuousness and air of moonlit mystery.


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Dates: 29 March

Venue: Plassey House, UL.    

Time:  5.30pm.

Menu:  Refreshing glass of prosecco on arrival, followed by a two course dinner, tea/coffee (wine not included).

Cost: Including ticket to the concert is €45.00 per person. If you already have your concert ticket and wish to book dinner it is €27.

Guest Speaker:   Daniel Bates (Oboe) March 

Booking:     Tel: UCH 061 331549/  

Cost:           €20, €18 conc and €10 students.


ABOUT JOANAjoana_carneiro

Having a female guest conductor on the podium is a rare enough event for the Irish Chamber Orchestra; a good one has historically been rarer yet – mainly because there are so few.

Currently Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony, Joana succeeded Kent Nagano in becoming only its third music director in the 40-year history of the orchestra. She is also guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra.   Prior to this Joana was Assistant Conductor with the celebrated Los Angeles Philharmonic working with Esa-Pekka Salonen. 

Born in Lisbon and one of nine siblings, Joana began her musical studies as a violist before turning her attention to conducting. She pursued her Master’s degree from Northwestern Universitystudying with Victor Yampolsky and Mallory Thompson, and subsequent doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, with Kenneth Kiesler. Joana is a daughter of the former Portuguese minister of education, Roberto Carneiro.

“I feel so lucky. Things happened to me in a very natural way, and I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve always made a living through my conducting, which is an immense privilege. When you talk to any conductor, this is something very profound, that conducting has always been my life. Again, it has to do with a great deal of luck, with the mentors that I’ve had, going to Michigan and having Ken Kiesler as my mentor, having the great opportunity to be Esa-Pekka Salonen’s assistant in Los Angeles. And because of that I met John Adams, Peter Sellars, Gabriela Lena Frank and Steven Stucky. And these four mentors have truly shaped what my artistic life is today. So it had to do a lot with luck and being in the right place at the right time”.

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Concert Dates

  • 20:00, Thursday, March 29, 2012

    University Concert Hall, Limerick

    Tickets no longer available


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