Irish Chamber Orchestra will take you on an Italian voyage

Anna Devin

Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) opens its Autumn/Winter season with a touring programme offering snapshots from Italy in Waterford, Limerick, Clifden and Birr from 20-23 September.  

This Italian voyage sees ICO teaming up with celebrated U.K. Conductor Christian Curnyn, and two of Ireland’s finest singers Sharon Carty (ICO Artist in Association) and Anna Devin to perform Pergolesi’s emotive Stabat Mater.  

Stabat Mater, a deeply personal meditation, was written by a dying Pergolesi and takes us to the heart of human passion.  Enjoy an amazing variety of sounds and moods that produces some of the most stirring music imaginable.  A masterwork of entrancing operatic clarity, it will captivate the listener.

Continuing our Italian journey, Respighi was inspired by old lute works to create his Ancient Airs and Dances. In No. 3, his imaginative writing captures all the musical spirit and nuances and makes for a lush sounding Irish Chamber Orchestra. 

Puccini’s gorgeous Chrysanthemums (Crisantemi) will mesmerize audiences with its poignant and beautiful melody.  Written in response to a death of a friend, this short work is expressive, accessible, and so emotive.

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Van Wassenaer’s ground-breaking Concerto Armonici No.5 was inspired by the Italian violin school and is Northern-European music infused with that Italian sparkle.  So much so that it was originally thought to be from Pergolesi’s pen.

These scenic snapshots celebrate some of Italy’s most beautiful music with one of Ireland’s finest ensembles. See Irish Chamber Orchestra, Christian Curnyn (Conductor), Anna Devin (Soprano) and Sharon Carty (Mezzo Soprano) at University Concert Hall on Thursday September 21 @7.30pm Tickets