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The Best of Christmas

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.

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MOSTLY MENDELSSOHN

Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture is a startling work of tremendous originality. The 17 year old composer created a new musical genre (the concert overture), and used musical language and expression unlike any that had come before.

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BACH ON THE ROAD

JS Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are among the most perfect examples of the Baroque concerto. Few works match their tireless invention, colourful instrumentation, or virtuosity.

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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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