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Widmann continues his exploration of the Mendelssohn Symphonies and other prodigious works. Nowhere is Mendelssohn‘s talent more evident that in those early Sinfonias, where the range of invention far exceeds the expectation. No. 4 takes inspiration from Handel, while No. 8 captures the teenage spirit rather splendidly.

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The virtuosic Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 BWV 1049 has a delightful freshness that is outstanding, even among the glories of the Bach’s output as a whole. Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060 is one of his greatest concerti. The overall effect is plaintive and mesmerising –as the two soloists weave around each other dancing.

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Haydn in London

This programme is booked-ended by two of Haydn’s most significant London symphonies and marks the end of Gábor Takács-Nagy’s symphonic journey with Haydn. The Clock epitomises the composer’s wit with elegance alongside Haydn’s final and greatest London Symphony, a tour de force, a work of unsurpassed concentration, invention and consummate mastery.

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The Irish Chamber Orchestra has a reputation second to none both at home and abroad. Katherine Hunka directs two exciting performances of exceptional diversity that offer a kaleidoscopic range of music, combining old with newer sounds.

Gidon Kramer’s arrangement of Alfred Schnittke’s Polka is racy but quite funny. His comical Moz-Art à la Haydn grew from Schnittke’s extraordinary ability to fragment and reassemble diverse music in new and unexpected ways. Two colliding worlds, from the clarity of Mozart to the chaos of Schnittke, make for one great parody. Haydn’s seldom heard duet demonstrates great virtuosity from the soloists. Mozart’s Divertimento in B is full of sparking and dramatic themes, a shining example of the young composer’s most enchanting string music. Tchaikovsky wrote his Serenade on impulse “from the heart”. As one of the all-time great tunesmiths and masters of dance music, these talents radiate in his effervescent and much loved Serenade.

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The Irish Chamber Orchestra and Music Generation Limerick City are joining forces once again in a collaborative event, in celebration of Limerick City of Culture. This summer sees the return of our annual Summer Camp Music Factory ‘Myths and Legends’. It will take place from Monday 14th to Friday 18th July, 10am – 3pm daily at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

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Wurzburg Mozartfest

Mozart frequently wrote short works for quick sale. His seldom performed Adagio and Fugue K.546 were two such pieces. The C-minor Fugue was first composed in December of 1783 for two pianos (K. 426) but re-arranged for strings, with an introductory Adagio, in June 1788, the prolific summer during which he also penned his last three symphonies.

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The Rhythms of Life

Sing out With Strings presents its annual gala concert, featuring over 300 children city-wide. The Rhythms of Life features new compositions and orchestral works, performed by the children in what will be Sing Out’s biggest performance to date.

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Rodion Shchedrin’s best known work Carmen Suite After Bizet was written for his wife, Bolshoi dancer, Maya Plisetskaya. This popular suite is a fantastic mix of all the familiar tunes, dressed up in a way Bizet could never have imagined. The big melodies are instantly recognisable and the dramatic power of the score is complimented by Shchredin’s intervention. Gábor Tákacs-Nagy brings the entire Suite together to great aplomb.

Against the backdrop of a fabulous score, this scorching story unleashes the creative talents of Ballet Ireland’s choreographer in residence, Morgann Runacre-Temple.

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Widmann journeys once more through the great Mendelssohn Symphonies. A twenty-year-old Mendelssohn made his first performances in England in 1829 and set off on a walking tour of Scotland that would prove inspirational for two compositions Fingal’s Cave Overture and his last and finest “Scottish” Symphony.

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Of Haydn’s Paris Symphonies, No. 83 is a seminal work, marking a new level of compositional attainment.Coupled with this is his Armida Overture which Haydn regarded as is best work.

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