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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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The Irish Chamber Orchestra joins forces with award-winning theatre director Patrick Mason to present an original piece of music theatre, based on the life and work of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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Following their successful collaboration in Berlin earlier this year, Irish-born soprano Ailish Tynan celebrates Christmas with the ICO, singing Handel’s moving aria I Know That My Redeemer Liveth from his popular Messiah. She performs popular Christmas carols including O Holy Night, by Adolphe Adam. This offers the irresistible combination of operatic drama and technical difficulty to Ailish who also performs the much loved traditional Irish Christmas carols including the Wexford Carol and a haunting rendition of Don Oíche úd I mBeithil

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Widmann continues his mission performing Mendelssohn Symphonies and other prodigious works. Nowhere is the composer’s precocity more evident than in those early lost sparkling Sinfonias written at circa 14 years and only re-discovered in Berlin in 1950. Symphonies No. 3 and 7 make their scintillating way through a fertile field of merry fast movements and atmospheric, thoughtful andantes.
They book-end the programme and are performed by small groups of musicians allowing you to get to know them more intimately.

Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet was the fruit of a long friendship and a love both for the instrument and its player, Clarinetist Anton Stadler. With the skillful handling of the most fluid chamber textures, Mozart conjures solo arias, duets, dances and choruses from an ample cast of five.

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Gábor Tákacs-Nagy and the Irish Chamber orchestra present a very special Haydn project as Gabor selects landmark chapters from Haydn’s life which he shares with audiences over the coming seasons. At thirty, Haydn began a lifelong relationship with the wealthiest of Hungarian nobility, the Esterhazy family, where he spent the next 30 years of his life as vice-Kapellmeister.

Celebrated Hungarian cellist István Várdai was last year’s winner of the Prix Montblanc, an international award for rising young stars. He 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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The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s exciting creative camp for kids is back this summer with a spectacular Mardi Gras celebrating 40 years of the University of Limerick, from Monday 29July – Saturday 3 August. If your children are aged between 8-12 years, they can experience a wonderful week of music, drama, dance and art, in a state-of-the-art facility, at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

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Feet First

Katherine Hunka directs the ICO’s Feet First Summer Tour which offers a kaleidoscopic range of music combining old with new sounds.
A visually stunning dance and performance treat sees dancer Colin Dunne direct the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s latest commission (by Kinsale-born composer, Linda Buckley), from his feet. Dunne is internationally renowned for his performances and choreography in Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground. He was nominated for a UK Critics Circle National Dance Award for performances at The Barbican in Fabulous Beast’s production of The Bull (2007). His first solo show Out of Time premiered in January 2008.

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