Irish Chamber Orchestra Concert Series

Experience electrifying music, musical diversity and daring collaborations with the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Spring season of concerts presented by the Office of Public Works. 


Beethoven 7

February 2020

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jörg Widmann, Conductor, Clarinet
Diego Chenna, Bassoon


Mozart  Marriage of Figaro Overture, KV 492
Strauss  Duet Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon & Orchestra, TrV 293
Widmann  Con Brio Overture
Beethoven  Symphony No. 7, Op. 92

Mozart’s Figaro Overture maintains a manically jolly mood throughout.  Strauss’ late Duet Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon is a masterful and brilliantly crafted homage to his beloved Mozart.  In Con Brio, Widmann creates a fury and rhythmic insistence using the same instrumentation as the Beethoven’s 7th and 8th symphonies with lean means.  The momentum of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony is unstoppable: the steady build-up of intensity captures the listener in its headlong energy – one of the all-time greats!

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony had a tautness of energy, sometimes touched with fierceness that kept one on the edge of one’s seat.” – Michael Dervan, Irish Times

Dates & Tickets

Friday 14 February, 7:30pm
The Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dublin
Presented by the Office of Public Works

€28, €25, €10 students, €5 children

Orient & Occident

March 2020

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Fazil Say Director, Piano
Katherine Hunka Director, Violin
Anna Devin Soprano


Fazil Say  Silk Road
Mozart  Ruhe sanft mein holdes Leben from Zaide
Fazil Say  Black Earth
Mozart  Ch’io mi scordi di te, KV 505
Fazil Say  
Four Arias from Goethe Lieder (West-Eastern Divan)
Piano Concerto No. 12, KV 414

Fazil Say has a passion for Mozart.  His Silk Road is an exotic and extraordinary musical journey across the fabled trade route.  In a world of Turkish pirates and Christian slaves, Anna Devinsings one of Zaide’s most beautiful arias, Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben to her would-be-lover.  In Black Earth, Say’s music digs deep into soil and history.  Mozart’sCh’io mi scordi di te is one of his finest concert arias.  The ICOprovides the colourful framework for Say’s dramatic and passionate Goethe Songs, settings of poems from the cycle West-Eastern Divan – a showcase for Anna Devin’s brilliant vocals. Finally, Mozart’splayful Concerto in A major brims with lyricism and texture emulating his idol, J.C. Bach.

“He is not only a brilliant pianist, but will without doubt also become one of the great artists of the 21st century”. Le Figaro

Dates & Tickets

Saturday 28 March, 7:30pm
The Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dublin
Presented by the Office of Public Works

€28, €25, €10 students, €5 children

Strings Attached

April 2020

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Katherine Hunka Director, Violin
Nicola Sweeney Violin
Christian Elliott Cello
Malachy Robinson Double Bass


Schnittke  Moz-Art à la Haydn
Schubert  Rondo for Violin and String Orchestra, D. 438
Ian Wilson  Seventh Seal Concerto for cello, double bass and string orchestra World Premiere (Commissioned by the ICO and funded by the Arts Council of Ireland)
Piazzolla  The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Schnittke’s Moz-Art à la Haydn brims with virtuosity, wit and flair.  Schubert’s Rondo for Violin and Strings is a masterpiece – virtuosic, fresh, lyrical and imbued with love.  Principals Christian Elliott and Malachy Robinson and their ICO colleagues then present the world premiere of Ian Wilson’s Seventh Seal – a new concerto for cello and double bass, commissioned by the ICO.  Astor Piazzolla’s ‘tangoed’ Four Seasons of Buenos Aires depicts the seasonal moods of the city through jazzy rhythms and romantic violin solos that ooze excitement, propelling this work to a brilliant conclusion.

Dates & Tickets

Saturday 25 April, 7:30pm
The Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dublin
Presented by the Office of Public Works

€28, €25, €10 students, €5 children