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The Irish Chamber Orchestra Presents Jorg Widmann 



Jorg Widmann – Photo: Widmann & the ICO

The Irish Chamber Orchestra‘s Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Partner Jorg Widmann is one of Germany’s most talked-about musicians. Widmann presents another Mendelessohn showcase highlighting his many talents as a virtuoso clarinetist, composer and conductor. One of Germany’s best exports, he has performed with such greats as András Schiff, Christoph von Dohnányi, Kent Nagano and many more. 

Widmann has already achieved the unthinkable in many respects. An award-winning composer, performer and professor of music, his works have been recorded by some of the contemporary music scene’s leading labels and performed by leading instrumentalists.  He has constant media attention with vast audiences listens to his oeuvre, which expands to opera, chamber music, orchestral works and solo instrument compositions.

Widmann introduces the great Russian pianist Igor Levit, one of the world’s most talked about musicians.Levit is regarded as a versatile young artist with the expression and understanding of music unseen in many players. While taking wisdom from older traditions, Levit is unafraid to take risks, adding his own alluring colour and style to his breath-taking performances. 




The programme, as always is packed with delights. There’s no better illustration of Mendessohn’sprecocious brilliance than his string symphonies, especially his final offering, No. 12. Levit performs his Piano Concerto in D Minor which is lively and brilliant, though with a delicacy and lightness, so is typical of the composer. Jörg always loved the Andante from Mendelssohn’s early Clarinet Sonata and thought about arranging this work for clarinet and string orchestra, which he has done especially for these concerts. Widmann’s includes his Hunting Quartet  which is wild and exciting, brimming with energy. Finally, Weber’s Symphony No. 2 is really enjoyable with flashes of brilliance that illustrate why Weber was one of the leading lights of the Romantic movement.  

Don’t miss a fabulous programme with a world-class star in Igor Levit performing with the Irish Chamber Orchestra on Tuesday 15 March at UCH, Limerick and Wednesday 16 March at the Round Room, at the Mansion House, Dublin.

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.

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Irish Chamber Orchestra

Jörg Widmann Conductor/Clarinet

Igor Levit Piano / Celesta



Mendelssohn                    String Symphony No. 12

Mendelssohn                    Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Opus 40 

Widmann                            Hunting Quartet

Mendelssohn                    Andante from Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major

Arrangement for Clarinet, String Orchestra and Celesta /Widmann 2016

Weber                                  Symphony No. 2 in C major J51



Tuesday 15 March                   University Concert Hall, Limerick @ 8pm

061 331549

€20, €18 and €10 students


Wednesday 16 March         The Round Room at The Mansion House, Dublin @ 7.30pm

061 202799

€22, €20 and €10 students





Irish Chamber Irish Orchestra

Katherine Hunka Director/Violin

Des Keogh Narrator

Laoise Kelly         Harp Tola Custy           Fiddle Cormac Jan Breatnach Singer/Whistle




John Kinsella                     The Splendid Years

Arnold Bax                          In Memoriam 1916

Roger Doyle                       Steal a Kiss (arr. solo harp)

Cormac Jan Breatnach   Storm Clouds Brewing Above The Honourable Road

Trad                                       Cnocán na dTeampall

Trad                                       Mairseail Alasadroim

Sam Perkin                         Pause  arr. for String Quartet, Electronics and Voice


Wednesday 6 April                         The Round Room at The Mansion House @ 7.30pm

061 202799

€22, €20 and €10 students


Thursday 7 April                               St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick @ 8pm

061 202799

€22, €20 and €10 students


Friday 8 April                                     Glór, Ennis @ 8pm

                                                                065 6843103



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