ICO to pay homage to musical Icons

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

ICO to pay homage to musical Icons

The ICO return to the University Concert Hall on September 15 for Icons

THE Irish Chamber Orchestra is gearing up for its return to the University Concert Hall this September, with a musical programme sprinkled with works by popular musical icons.

Icons, the orchestra’s first offering of the Autumn season, under the baton of internationally renowned conductor Gábor Tákacs Nagy, will feature works by Tchaikovsky and Schubert, rock icons of their era, rubbing shoulders with twentieth century rock icons Jimmy Hendrix and the Rolling Stones, in a season opener.

Joining the ICO for the September 15 concert at the UCH is gifted Hungarian cellist Istvan Vardai, who adds colour and dimension to an imaginative programme that features variations on Sympathy for the Devil  by the Rolling Stones and Purple Haze by Hendrix, as arranged by Daniel Schnyder. There will also be works by Ian Wilson and Abdullah Ibrahim.

Tákacs Nagy, principal artistic partner of the ICO for the past five years – relationship that in fact spans more than a decade – offered his praise for the orchestra.

“They are all at such a high level that we don't know who is inspiring whom. Their ideas and energies help them to push each other to higher and higher artistic and spiritual levels,” he said.

Don’t miss another exciting season with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in Limerick. See www.irishchamberorchestra.com.