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The Irish Chamber Orchestra dedicates this concert to the 1916 Easter Rising commemorative celebrations with an emphasis on remembrance. Now in his 81st year, renowned actor Des Keogh explores this period of Irish history presenting a nostalgic pot-pourri of music, song and poetry.

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This concert celebrates the beginning of a three-year collaboration with one of the world’s up-and-coming pianists, Russian-born Igor Levit. The first leg of the ICO’s residency in Heidelberg (April 2016) sees the orchestra performing Mendelssohn and Mozart piano concerti with Levit.

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Pergolesi’s musical career spanned only six years, during which he produced liturgical music of astounding beauty. His exquisitely emotive Salve Regina, with soloist Ailish Tynan, is pure in tone, expressive and poignant.

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Mozart‘s Figaro overture sets the scene for the hilarity that ensues. The frenetic Presto tempo, breathless figuration and drawn-out crescendos all add to the energy of this four-minute sprint. Mozart’s Serenade No. 12 for winds (sometimes referred to as Nacht Musique) shows the composer’s ingenious way of mixing a light serenade tone with an artful descant model.

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USA Tour November 2015

Celebrated Hungarian cellist István Várdai performs Haydn‘s infamous C major Concerto, composed during this Esterhazy period and only rediscovered in 1961. Described as “the single greatest musicological discovery since the Second World War”, it is full of fire and spirit.

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Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals is one of the greatest musical delights children can enjoy. A child prodigy himself, Saint-Saëns was renowned as a virtuoso pianist of wide-ranging tastes as well as being a prolific composer.

Carnival of the Animals – a witty, 14 movement ‘Grand Zoological Fantasy’ – was written while on vacation in Austria. Intended as just a bit of fun for friends, Saint-Saëns requested that it was never published or performed during his lifetime as he thought the work would tarnish his ‘serious’ image! Only ‘The Swan’ was published in the composer’s lifetime, but the Carnival has become a cornerstone of the classical repertoire and Saint-Saëns’ most popular work. Carnival of the Animals is beautiful, funny and clever all at once – enriched by witty verses from Ogden Nash.

Narrator Louis Lovett is Ireland’s most experienced and critically acclaimed actor for young audiences. This is one for all the family!

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Mozart combined the first two movements of the overture to his opera La Finta Giardiniera (KV 196) with a third movement in the style of a rustic dance (KV 121), to form the opening Symphony in D major (No. 51). The programme concludes with his Symphony No. 29:a crystallization of the young Mozart’s revelatory self-confidence in ever-expanding musical structures.

In between, two works by Stravinsky feature. His neo-classical Concerto in D is virtuosic and unparalleled in the repertoire for string orchestra. In his Septet, we meet the exploratory Stravinsky: a melody generated from a single series of notes unifies and informs this remarkably ingenious composition.

Haydn’s D major Concerto featuring Finghin Collins is a tour de force of fluency, warmth and taste for the soloist. This highly attractive and satisfying work also promises audiences a taste of the exotic: the Finale is a dazzling Gypsy-Rondo.

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The Irish Chamber Orchestra looks forward to its first collaboration with Irish Youth Opera.

With its different moods backed by scintillating music, a libretto full of intrigue, deception and humorous escapades, Agrippina is a gem!

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Music Factory Gulliver & Beyond, is the launchpad for this year’s summer camp. Children will embark on a fantastical adventure where music, storytelling, puppetry, visual arts, dance, theatre and film will be employed and explored, culminating in a performance for family and friends.

Kindly supported by Music Generation Limerick City and the President, University of Limerick.

Please print and return the completed Registration form, together with the camp fee of 90 euro per child, to Cathriona Murphy, Irish Chamber Orchestra, University of Limerick.

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