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Bright Lights and a World Premiere from the Irish Chamber Orchestra

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The Irish Chamber Orchestra is back on the road with three concerts opening its 2015 season in Dublin, Limerick and Sligo. On Thursday February 5th the Irish Chamber Orchestra will perform at the University Concert Hall in Limerick with a stunning programme that highlights a World Premiere by up-and-coming young composer Sam Perkin.

The talented 28-year-old from Tivoli, Cork was commissioned by the ICO to write Nimbus for String Orchestra which has been funded by The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.  The work is in eighteen different parts, one for every member of the orchestra.  Sam is currently studying at Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique de Lyon (CNSMDL).

ICO’s director Katherine Hunka welcomes the return of 28-year-old Hungarian cellist István Várdai, winner of the prestigious international Prix Montblanc 2013, an award for rising young stars.  Most recently, he won the top cello prize at the 2014 ARD International Music Competition in Munich run by Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Vardai performs Schumann’s popular Cello Concerto in A minor Op.129, a beautiful dreamy concerto revered by cellists.   Written in the last years of his lucidity, Schumann may never have heard it played.  A difficult emotive work that demands virtuosity will see Vardai shine in his delivery of this much-loved concerto.

Shostakovich’s early wistful Prelude and fleeting Scherzo were inspired by the famous Mendelssohn combination of a double string quartet and was dedicated to a friend who had died prematurely.  His powerful Chamber Symphony Op 110a was inspired by the destruction of Dresden during the war.

Don’t miss this richly diverse programme from the ICO at the University Concert Hall, Limerick. The show will commence at 8pm. Tickets are priced at €18 and €20 with a reduced rate of €10 available for students. To purchase tickets please call the box office on 061 331549.

The 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.  See www.irishchamberorchestra.com for more information.

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