ICO perform first digital concert ahead of US tour

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

FOR the first time in their history and ahead of a tour of America, the Irish Chamber Orchestra will undertake its first ever live digital performance as their upcoming University Concert Hall appearance is streamed live in high-definition to five venues around the country.

FOR the first time in their history and ahead of a tour of America, the Irish Chamber Orchestra will undertake its first ever live digital performance as their upcoming University Concert Hall appearance is streamed live in high-definition to five venues around the country.

The 38-piece orchestra is gearing up for the US tour and will take centre-stage at UCH this Thursday to perform one of the great symphonies of our time – Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony - before they depart for the eight concert tour of America.

The performance primarily feature Beethoven’s symphony, which featured in the climactic scene in this year’s popular Oscar-winning movie, The King’s Speech, as well as Haydn’s grandiose Miracle Symphony No. 96 and Prokofiev’s seldom-heard Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-flat major.

The classic works will be performed alongside a new commission by Mícheál Ó Suilleabháin, of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Ó Suilleabháin’s Termón was commissioned by The American Ireland Fund as a expression of solidarity for those who suffered in 9/11.

The concert will be streamed live for the first time in high definition to domestic audiences via www.platformireland.ie.

The ICO will tour with legendary pianist Leon Fleisher in the USA, performing in Wyoming, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Maine and Pennsylvania.