Celebrate Strauss as ICO return to Limerick’s Milk Market

Dave Griffin and Cathriona Murphy rehearse some characteristic Viennese waltzes, polkas, and overtures for the The Irish Chamber Orchestra's Prom event, which will take place in the Milk Market next month for two nights only, on May 28 and 29. Picture: Keith Wiseman
AFTER a quite stunning performance of Carmen in the Milk Market last May, the Irish Chamber Orchestra will return to the ‘Big Top’ venue this summer.

AFTER a quite stunning performance of Carmen in the Milk Market last May, the Irish Chamber Orchestra will return to the ‘Big Top’ venue this summer.

The ICO - who teamed up with Shchedrin’s Carmen in tandem with Ballet Ireland as part of City of Culture last year and will do so again - hope to “raise the bar even higher” this year with a sumptuous Strauss extravaganza in the heart of the city.

The UL based orchestra will present A Viennese Prom over two nights in May, with eminent German conductor, Jochen Rieder taking the baton for the performances.

The orchestra will be joined by sparkling German coloratura soprano Gloria Rehm, for a delectable mix of Strauss Viennese waltzes, polkas and song, which remain as popular today as ever.

Gloria is one of Germany’s young bright lights having won the prestigious Richard Strauss competition, as well as being nominated as Young Singer of the Year in 2012 and again in 2014.

Dancers from Ballet Ireland will perform in glorious costume, while Liz Nolan from RTE Lyric fm will host this colourful affair.

““We are delighted to bring a project of this magnitude to the heart of Limerick city,” said ICO CEO Gerry Keenan.

“As with Carmen last year, the Milk Market provides a unique and relaxed setting where people can enjoy a glass of wine, good company and ambience.

“Strauss has universal popularity and we look forward to seeing the people of Limerick at our Prom concerts,” he added.

The concerts will take place on Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29 in a fully-seated arena at the Milk Market. Tickets are available on 061-331549 or www.uch.ie.