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Irish Chamber Orchestra
Katherine Hunka Director/Violin
Ailish Tynan Soprano


Sibelius  Andante festivo
Mohr/Gruber  Silent Night Arr. Rice
Vincy/Martinet  Le Petit Papa Noel
Vivaldi  Paris Concerto No. 2 RV, 133 e-minor
Moraeus  Koppangen Arr. Rice
Carol  Sankta Lucia Arr. Rice
Grieg  Love Story: First Meeting, Two Brown Eyes, I Love Thee,
A Bird Cried Out, Solvejg’s Song, To Her & A Swan.
Grieg  Holberg Suite
Traditional  Wexford Carol Arr. Rice
Traditional  Don oíche úd i mBeithil Arr. Rice
Adam  Oh Holy Night

The ICO welcomes back internationally renowned soprano Ailish Tynan .

Sibelius originally scored his Andante festivo for string quartet in 1922, re-scoring it for string orchestra in 1938. Full of empassioned string-writing he combines lusciousness with poignancy to great effect. Silent Night was first heard in a village church in Austria on Christmas Eve 1918, when sung by its composers with just a guitar. Little was it known that this carol would wing its way into the hearts of people worldwide. A French theme emerges as Ailish sings Martinet’s Le Petit Papa Noel, a 1946 hit song which is the best-selling single of all time in France. Vivaldi’s Paris concerti are unsurpassed and show him at the peak of his invention. The ICO shines in the whipping string flourishes of Concerto No. 2

From France to Scandinavia, Grieg‘s Holberg Suite evokes the beauty of Norway, its fjords, lakes and forests. Ailish Tynan performs some of Grieg’s enormously popular love songs. From Norway to Sweden, savour Koppangen (Holy Night), written by Moraeus, one of the most overtly beautiful Christmas carols ever written. Sankta Lucia is sung in celebration of the festival of Light in Sweden, every December.

Much loved traditional Irish Christmas works include the Wexford Carol and a haunting rendition of Don Oíche úd I mBeithil. O Holy Night, by Adolphe Adam offers Ailish Tynan the irresistible combination of operatic drama and technical difficulty.

Thursday 14 December St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick @ 8pm
061 202799
€22, €20 and €10 students

Friday 15 December All Saint’s Church, Mullingar @ 8pm
(presented by Mullingar Arts Centre)
Tickets 044 934 7777 €20, €18


APRIL 2018Peter Whelan

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Irish National Opera
Peter Whelan Conductor
Patrick Mason Director, Francis O’Connor Designer, Paul Keogan Lighting Designer

Jonathan Lemalu Figaro, Tara Erraught Susanna, Ben McAteer Count, Máire Flavin Countess,
Aoife Miskelly Cherubino, Suzanne Murphy Marcellina, Adrian Thompson Basilio, Graeme Danby Bartolo, Andrew Gavin Curzio, John Molloy Antonio, Amy Ní Fhearraigh Barbarina

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (Sung in Italian with English surtitles)

The Irish Chamber Orchestra collaborates with the newly formed Irish National Opera and a dream-team ensemble cast from Ireland and beyond.

One of the greatest comic operas ever written, Mozart’s fast-paced masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro revolves around a single day of madness as Susanna valiantly attempts to escape the amorous clutches of Count Almaviva, her fiancé Figaro’s employer on her wedding day.

This comic tale of mayhem and mischief boasts some of the most beautiful and familiar music ever written including the famous overture. Mozart’s superb score drives the drama with unforgettable solos and hilarious ensemble numbers.

Friday 13th April National Opera House, Wexford @ 8pm 053 912 2144 / 1850 4 OPERA
Tuesday 17 April Gaiety Theatre, Dublin @ 7.30pm 0818 719388 or
Wednesday 18 April Gaiety Theatre, Dublin @ 7.30pm 0818 719388 or
Friday 20 April Gaiety Theatre, Dublin @ 7.30pm 0818 719388 or
Saturday 21 April Gaiety Theatre, Dublin @ 7.30pm 0818 719388 or

The Irish Chamber Orchestra… as stylishly as ever, though the smooth sound of their modern instruments inevitably adds to the sense of a meanly-sliced expressive palette”. Golden Plec


Since 2011, the Irish Chamber Orchestra has visited over 27 venues across 16 counties, nationwide. This is in addition to its regular concert season which runs in Limerick and Dublin.


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