New Year, New World.


THE Irish Chamber Orchestra’s 08/09 season gathers momentum as the orchestra makes a welcome return to Dublin at the National Concert Hall, Cork CIT, Cork and our own UCH. Set aside the date of Sunday February 8 for the Limerick concert, 8pm for a night of strings.

An exciting programme from the ICO of international music and different centuries will be conducted by Jaime Martin, renowned flautist from Santander. 

Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto is one of the great American works.  The two movement concerto combines one of Copland’s most lyrical and melodious creations though the concerto resembles a classical symphony more than a jazz number. 

“It is playful, entertaining and fun and will be performed by the sublimely gifted young clarinettist Johnny Teyssier from the US,” says PRO Charlotte Eglington.

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Igor Stravinksy was already living in Hollywood when he wrote his Concerto in D, his jewel for string orchestra.  The concerto is one of Stravinsky’s most accessible works, its characteristic musical texture and rhythm exemplify his genius.

The inspiration for Irish composer Deirdre McKay’s world première takes us to “a distant world of glaciers….both solid and liquid…Meltwater”.

A fourth and final selection for the night is Dvorák’s sensuous and relaxing Serenade for Strings. It dominates the second half of the programme and remains one of the composer’s more popular orchestral works to this day.

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