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Irish Chamber Orchestra presents iconic works by Shostakovich, Glass and a World Premiere



Shostakovich, Frost, & Glass features Fiachra Garvey, pictured, on piano.

Shostakovich, Frost, & Glass will visit Limerick on Friday, September 9

The Limerick-based Irish Chamber Orchestra is resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra is back on the road in early September with an inspirational programme of works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Shostakovich, Frost, & Glass features Katherine Hunka (Director/violin), Fiachra Garvey (piano) and Colm Byrne (trumpet) and will visit Limerick on Friday, September 9.

Shostakovich’s carnival-like Concerto No. 1 in C minor for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings brims with panache and humour as it unfolds into a magnificent climactic tumble. Fiachra Garvey performs this infectious Concerto featuring a solo trumpet performed by David Collins.


Philip Glass’ catalogue includes major orchestral works, operas, film scores (The Hours), and more. His music is extraordinary, inventive, and full of verve. His arresting Piano Concerto No.3 written in 1995 is one of his best-loved works, as it pulses and breathes while Katherine Hunka and ICO create a truly exhilarating experience. Listeners will immerse themselves in familiar patterns and rhythms, enjoying the colourful soundscape that Glass creates. This brilliant offering, written for the nineteen string players of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra treats each musician as a soloist and the result is simply thrilling.

In between, we feature a world premiere of Trip, a new ICO commission by Paul Frost inspired by his own daily thought processes and the wandering mind. The Arts Council generously supports Trip.

The ICO finally performs with Wexford-born pianist, Fiachra Garvey. Part farmer and musician, Fiachra studied veterinary medicine before studying music. He lives in London, is Artistic Director of the West Wicklow Festival and Classical Vauxhall, London. Fiachra performs the joyful Concerto No. 1 for piano, trumpet, and orchestra in C minor, Op. 35 by Shostakovich, an all-time favourite. The concerto is one of the most exuberant examples of Shostakovich’s wonderfully defiant sense of humour and features Colm Byrne on trumpet.

The Limerick-based 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.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra delivers world-class concerts feted for its energy and style. Do not miss another vibrant and colourful offering from ICO at University Concert Hall, Limerick Friday, September 9.

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