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Chamber Choir Ireland and the Irish Chamber Orchestra perform the Irish premiere of James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater, an intense setting of a medieval hymn for chorus and orchestra conducted by the composer himself, as part of NEW MUSIC DUBLIN 2018.

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The Prokofiev’s Quintet in G minor is a seldom heard gift full of the jazzy themes of the 20‘s, inspired by his forgotten circus ballet Trapèze. Acrobatic aerial dance specialists, Fidget Feet enhance this unique spectacularly atmospheric performance.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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