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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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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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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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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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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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