Irish Chamber Orchestra return for Strauss ‘extravaganza’

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Dave Griffin and Cathriona Murphy rehearse their Viennese waltzes for the Irish Chamber Orchestra's Prom event in the Milk Market on Thursday May 28 and Friday May 29. Contact 061-331549 or see www.uch.ie for bookings
AFTER the “groundbreaking” performance of Carmen in a specially created amphitheatre in the Milk Market last year, the Irish Chamber Orchestra return to the city venue for a sumptuous Strauss extravaganza.

AFTER the “groundbreaking” performance of Carmen in a specially created amphitheatre in the Milk Market last year, the Irish Chamber Orchestra return to the city venue for a sumptuous Strauss extravaganza.

The ICO present A Viennese Prom for two nights only this month in the Milk Market, scene of the City of Culture supported take on Shchedrin’s Carmen in tandem with Ballet Ireland last year.

ICO CEO Gerry Keenan believes the production of Carmen was “a little bit groundbreaking - there hadn’t been any classical music in the market as such” - so was keen to return.

“I think the raised seating and amphitheatre effect was what made it and when people came along, I think it had a real impact,” he said this week.

“It was also in the city centre, so it seemed to create a bit of a buzz - people went for dinner and had drinks. I suppose the other thing that surprised me, and you never know until you really find out, but the acoustics were very good in it.”

Despite not having the backing of the year of culture this year, the UL based orchestra will perform the event as its May concert.

“The proms are a great success in themselves, people like the concept - the Strauss is light, I am trying to approach a very wide audience and everyone will know a lot of the tunes, so I think it is going to be a really fun night,” he says of the event, which will also feature the German soprano Gloria Rehm and dancers from Ballet Ireland in glorious costumes of the period.

“We have a 38 piece band, a gorgeous young German soprano who was a big prize winner last year, Liz Nolan is presenting and we have beautiful dancers from Ballet Ireland in costume,” he said.

“I think it is going to be a really popular evenings entertainment, so I hope people support us, because I think they will be rewarded,” he added.