Irish Chamber Orchestra gear up for premiere of new work

The Irish Chamber Orchestra: back in the University Concert Hall in February
THE Irish Chamber Orchestra is back this January with a stunning programme that highlights a world premiere by up-and-coming young composer Sam Perkin.

THE Irish Chamber Orchestra is back this January with a stunning programme that highlights a world premiere by up-and-coming young composer Sam Perkin.

The UL based orchestra will play in the UCH on February 5.

The talented 28-year-old from Tivoli was commissioned by the ICO to write Nimbus for String Orchestra which has been funded by the Arts Council. The work by Perkin, currently studying at Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique de Lyon, is in eighteen different parts, one for every member of the orchestra.

ICO’s director Katherine Hunka welcomes the return of Hungarian cellist István Várdai, winner of the prestigious international Prix Montblanc 2013, to perform Schumann’s popular Cello Concerto in A minor Op.129.

The richly diverse programme also features Shostakovich’s early wistful Prelude and fleeting Scherzo and his powerful Chamber Symphony Op 110a.

2014 was a major year for the ICO, working with award-winning theatre director Patrick Mason in February on My Brother Peter and Ballet Ireland in May on an adaptation of Carmen in the Milk Market.

With guest conductor Jörg Widmann, the ICO blazed a trail across Europe and will perform a ten concert tour of the US this year, and take up a three year residency in Heidelberg in 2016.

See www.irishchamberorchestra.com for more details and to book tickets.