Photo: Katherine Hunka Director/Violin
The Irish Chamber Orchestra takes to the road in early July for an exciting 8-venue nationwide tour (9-19 July 2015) with The Four Seasons Twice. The UL-based Irish Chamber Orchestra is, one of the country’s foremost cultural ambassadors with a reputation second to none both at home and abroad.
The orchestra visits Rathkeale, Co. Limerick (19 July).
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons has undergone many reincarnations since it was first performed by the talented orphans of the Ospedale della Pietà in 18th-century Venice where Vivaldi was their teacher.
Katherine Hunka directs the Irish Chamber Orchestra in a sizzling programme featuring the Vivaldi’s much-loved Four Seasons head-to-head with Astor Piazzolla’s electric Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, written two hundred years later.
Vivaldi‘s Seasons are among the boldest music of the baroque era and remain ever-popular. The guttural rasp on the viola in the central movement of Spring might represent the barking of the shepherd’s faithful dog, but birdsong, storms and zephyrs come across clearly, as does the shepherd’s weeping in Katherine Hunka’s plaintive Summer solo and the peasant’s inebriated lolling in Autumn.
Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires are exciting evocations of the vibrant changing seasons in Argentina. When it’s Summer in Vivaldi’s Venice, it’s Winter in Piazzolla’s Buenos Aires. Spring is just electric and propels this earthy work to a brilliant conclusion.
Whether you are a connoisseur of Vivaldi, a fan of Piazzolla or an admirer of both, the ICO’s Four Seasons Twice brings you on an exciting kaleidoscopic roller-coaster from Italy to Argentina! Catch this concert at a nearby venue. See www.irishchamberorchestra.com
The Irish Chamber Orchestra is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
The Irish Chamber Orchestra
Katherine Hunka Director/Violin
Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Piazzolla The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Sunday 19 July St. Mary’s Church, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick
(In aid of The Butterfly Club & Street Children of Bucharest)
€20 or 2 for €30
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