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September 2014 – Haydn in London – Irish Times

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Gábor Tákacs-Nagy, Principal Artistic Partner/Conductor
 

“His approach to phrasing is consistently fresh.  And he has a real sense of fun, too, so that his music-making is often both bracing and witty….his enthusiasm is endearing and infectious…”

Michael Dervan

The Irish Times

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February 2014 – MY BROTHER PETER – Irish Times

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Patrick Mason Director
Bosco Hogan Actor
Katherine Hunka Musical Director
Rudi de Groote Cello

“Ranging from near-reckless energy to infinite calm, the music-making has that elusive mix of freedom and precision many a conductor would die for.  Yet this optimum is due to the ICO leader, Katherine Hunka, who directs from her violin with seemingly telepathic discretion”

Andrew Johnstone

The Irish Times

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November 2013 – Galway charms with the Irish Chamber Orchestra – The Orange County Register

Irish Chamber Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta  Conductor
James Galway Flute
Jeanne Galway Flute

“…In Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, conductor and orchestra got on well. There was a smooth fluency and lyrical warmth here, an attention to detail without overdoing it. The strings of the group have a nice finish, and an energy that comes from unanimity matched with grace. This piece is sometimes played with more vehemence of expression, but it proved perfectly amenable to this more gentle and poised approach...”

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Timothy Mangan

The Orange County Register

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November 2013 – Galway brilliant, Irish orchestra splendid in Foellinger – News-Gazette.com

Irish Chamber Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta  Conductor
James Galway Flute
Jeanne Galway Flute

At what was clearly one of the best concerts of this year so far, the Foelliinger Great Hall was packed Nov. 7 to hear Sir James Galway, flutist, and his wife Lady Jeanne Galway, along with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by rising star JoAnn Falletta.

…it was in the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Flute Concerto in D Major (originally for oboe) that Galway’s brilliance became clear. He molded phrases with supreme artistry, his attacks and releases were flawless, and his superb virtuosity in the solo cadenzas was showstopping.

I had never heard a live performance before conducted by Falletta. I was highly impressed by the brilliant, sensitive, and dramatic performance she led with the first-rate playing by the members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra of Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3: “the Scottish.” With incisive beat, Falletta made every segment of this master work vivid as she and the orchestra displayed Mendelssohn’s splendid sense of form.

This fine ensemble had first-rate playing from all its section, but particularly from its lively clarinetist Catherine Spencer. As encore, Falletta introduced a setting of the traditional Irish air, “The Last Rose of Summer,” in a subtle arrangement by a member of the orchestra’s violin section, Kenneth Rice. The playing of oboist Daniel Bates was most affecting. Many in the audience stood at the end of this most memorable evening.

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John Frayne

www.news-gazette.com

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Irish Chamber Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta  Conductor
James Galway Flute
Jeanne Galway Flute

“…the orchestra responded with elegantly tapered phrases and articulate, colorful playing…Particularly noteworthy was the beautiful sectional playing by the various strings and the woodwinds.”

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Tedrin Blair Lindsay

Contributing Culture Critic Kentucky.com

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