The Irish Chamber Orchestra announces details of the 2022 Spring Season

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THE Irish Chamber Orchestra will step out once again in February with the amazing Austrian Violinist, Thomas Zehetmair and a diverse programme featuring works by Mozart, Wilson & Bruckner.

Mozart’s Serenata Notturna brims with comic contrasts for violin and double bass. The vivid playing from ICO will shine through as the orchestra responds imaginatively to the varied character of Mozart’s music.

Principals Christian Elliott and Malachy Robinson and colleagues present the world premiere of Ian Wilson’s Seventh Seal – a new concerto for cello and double bass, commissioned by the ICO.

Zehetmair’s arrangement of Bruckner’s String Quintet is symphonic in scale but intimate in character, with a blissful Adagio.  The ICO performs at NCH, Dublin, at UCH, Limerick and MTU Cork School of Music (in association with Cork Orchestral Society), Cork on 1,2 and 3 Februaryrespectively.

In March, Norwegian Violinist, Henning Kraggerud will perform for the first time with Irish Chamber Orchestra.  His programme Homelands – A Celebration showcases jewels from Norway’s great composers including Bull, Svendesen, Grieg, Sinding, Kraggerud and Halvorsen.

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Kraggerud also features four extracts from his ingenious masterpiece, his Suite from Equinox for Violin and Chamber Orchestra where 24 time zones are moulded into four six-movement concertos Afternoon, Evening, Night and Morning.

The ICO feature a world premiere of a new commission, Home by Irish composer, Siobhan Lambe. Home explores what the search for home feels like, viewing the idea of home both as an insider and outsider while understanding the importance of finding and keeping a special place which is home.

In April, the ICO perform at UCH Limerick, in Dublin and at The Birr Festival of Music with the wizardly Jörg Widmann.  A feast of treats from Mozartincludes his dashing Overture from Cosi fan tutte and his masterful Symphony No. 36 in C, known as The Linz Symphony, written in just four days.  Widmann’s Oboe Concerto also features, performed by ICO Oboist, Daniel Bates.

Three very exciting offerings with superb soloists and a delightful variety of music not to be missed!

The Limerick-based Irish Chamber Orchestra is resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

FEBRUARY 2022

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Thomas Zehetmair Director/Violin

MOZART, WILSON & BRUCKNER

Mozart Serenade No. 6, K. 239, Serenata Notturna

Ian Wilson The Seventh Seal

Bruckner String Quintet in F Major WAB 112 (for string orchestra arr. Zehetmair)

Tuesday 1 February National Concert Hall, Dublin

Wednesday 2 February University Concert Hall, Limerick

Thursday 3 February MTU Cork School of Music, Cork @ 7.30pm   (Cork Orchestral Society) 

 

MARCH 2022

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Henning Kraggerud Director/Violin

HOMELANDS – A CELEBRATION

Ole Bull La Melancholia arr. Kraggerud

Svendsen Romance for Violin and Orchestra, Op.26 arr. Kraggerud

Siobhan Lambe Home (World Premiere)

Grieg Holberg Suite

Sinding Adagio from Suite in A minor, Op. 10

Kraggerud Suite from Equinox (Extract Nos. 7,9,17 and 18)

Halvorsen Veslemøy song

Thursday 10 March National Concert Hall

Friday 11 March University Concert Hall 

 

APRIL 2022

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Jörg Widmann Director/Clarinet

Daniel Bates Oboe

MOZART & WIDMANN

Mozart Overture Cosi fan tutte K.588

Widmann Oboe Concerto

Mozart Symphony No. 36 in C major Linz, K. 425

27 April University Concert Hall, Limerick 

28 April Dublin TBA

29 April Birr Festival of Music

For more information see www.irishchamberorchestra.com