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DEATH AND THE MAIDEN

The spark of Vivaldi’s inflammable brilliance first ignited with his Opus 3: L’estro armonico or The Genius of Harmony –a set of twelve concertos, and one of the most influential works of its day.  No. 1 oozes creativity and imagination.

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THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

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

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KEY WORKS

Grande dame of the piano, Elisabeth Leonskaja performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 – a work full of mercurial wit and humour.

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KORMAC: EQUIVALENT EXCHANGE

St. Patrick’s Festival (15-19 March) features a specially commissioned evening with leading Irish producer, DJ and composer Kormac.  Kormac: Equivalent Exchange at Vicar Street brings Kormac alongside the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Kormac’s Big Band and an array of guests.

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CANCELLED – STABAT MATER

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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TRAPEZE

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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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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