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WORLD PREMIERE

Elgar’s much loved Serenade was personal favourite, an anniversary gift for his wife.  The ICO continues to commission new works, funded by the Arts Council and this season features Sam Perkin’s 365 Variations on a Gesture

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OWEN WINGRAVE

Owen Wingrave comes from an old military family with its gallery of forbears who died on the battlefield and their share of legends – some glorious, some less so – and an omni-present air of repressed violence.

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Kilkenny Arts Festival

Directed by its leader Katherine Hunka, the world-class Irish Chamber Orchestra opens the second year of its Festival residency with Mahler’s orchestral arrangement of Schubert’s masterpiece – a day after Quatuor Mosaïques will have performed the original version. In St Canice’s Cathedral – the ideal venue in which to experience the work in all its visceral power – ‘Death and the Maiden’ promises to be a highlight of the Festival’s opening weekend.

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AMERICA!

Musical giants Gershwin, Bernstein, Barber and Adams feature alongside Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. Bernstein’s 1957 West Side Story featured a string of established classic hits, including Maria, Somewhere and the rousing but brilliant America.

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Music Moves You

The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Sing Out with Strings programme celebrates its 9th birthday in true party style with a fabulous show Music Moves You. 300 children from Le Cheile N.S. and St Mary’s N.S. join the Irish Chamber Orchestra with special guests for a colourful celebration in UCH, Limerick.

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RADAMISTO

A king stops at nothing to satisfy his appetites, throwing the known world into bloody chaos. Handel’s timeless masterpiece of musical drama, featuring the hits ‘Cara Sposa’ and ‘Ombra Cara’, is a thrilling tale of sex, power and corruption.

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NEW WORLD

Internationally acclaimed, Thomas Zehetmair is much sought after as a conductor, violinist and chamber musician. His debut with the ICO is eagerly anticipated!

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VIENNA & HEIDELBERG

  VIENNA & HEIDELBERG Irish Chamber Orchestra Jörg Widmann Principal Conductor/Clarinet Igor Levit Piano REFORMATION Mozart Don Giovanni Overture, K. 527 Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546 Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 Elvira Madigan Mendelssohn Andante from Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major for […]

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REFORMATION

Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture suggests an impending tragedy, but the music makes an emotional u-turn into something quite magnificent. It counter-balances the powerful close of Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony (No. 5), a work written to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation that affords an instructive insight into the composer’s use of Lutheran church music.

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A LETTER OF RIGHTS

British-born composer, Tarik O’Regan was commissioned to write a commemorative work to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015, and in February 2017 Chamber Choir Ireland and the Irish Chamber Orchestra bring A Letter of Rights to tour Ireland – marking the 800th anniversary of its arrival here.

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