ICO announce Autumn/Winter Season

Anna Devin

Irish Chamber Orchestra are set to deliver vibrant performances, world-class artists coupled with the thrill of live music across the country for its Autumn/Winter Season.

In September the orchestra will partner with the Opera Collective Ireland for a rendition of Jonathan Dove’s beloved opera, Flight. Drawing inspiration from the remarkable account of a refugee’s 18-year sojourn within Charles de Gaulle Airport, this spirited Flight embarks on a journey to Dublin, Galway, and Cork.

The ICO will collaborate with the esteemed British conductor Christian Curnyn, accompanied by Ireland’s distinguished vocalists, Kristian Bezuidenhout later in the month. 

Together, they will perform Pergolesi’s iconic Stabat Mater, a profound contemplation authored by the ailing Pergolesi that delves into the depths of human emotion. 

Alongside this, the luminous Ancient Airs and Dances No. 3 by Respighi find their place, intertwined with Puccini’s elegiac Chrysanthemums and Van Wassenaer’s pioneering Concerto Armonici No. 5. These picturesque fragments from Italy play in Waterford, Limerick, Clifden, and Birr from September 20 – 23. Playing University Concert Hall on Thursday September 21 from 7.30pm.

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Traversing from Italy to Germany, the ICO embarks on a multi-season endeavour centred around Beethoven’s quintet of Piano Concertos. 

Collaborating with the acclaimed South African Pianist, Kristian Bezuidenhout, the orchestra commences this voyage with Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 in October. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto 1 captures the fervour of a youthful composer seeking to leave an indelible mark, while Piano Concerto 3 reflects the burgeoning genius on a trajectory towards innovation amid the challenges of deafness. 

Beethoven will be performed with verve by the amazing Bezuidenhout in Limerick, Tralee, and Dublin from October 20-22. Playing at University Concert Hall on Friday October 20.