The Irish Chamber Orchestra ends 2017 on a high note with two atmospheric Christmas concerts in the intimate setting of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick (14th December) and All Saints Church, Mullingar (15th December) with world-renowned soprano, Ailish Tynan.
'The Best of Christmas' features a feast of festive classics from Finland Norway, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy and Ireland. Sibelius’s remarkable Andante Festivo combines a rich sonority with a sense of poignancy. Silent Night is the soundtrack to Christmas worldwide and captures the spirit of the season better than any other carol. French hit song Petit Papa Noël by Tino Rossi became a popular secular hymn sung by children at Christmas. Vivaldi’s Paris Concerti are full of joy and No. 2, performed by the ICO, brims with nimble rhythmic vivacity.Grieg's Holberg Suite demonstrates his great skill with simple harmonies that are powerfully moving.
Songs were a constant in his output and Ailish Tynan sings some of Grieg's most beautiful, which are lush and full of melody. Moraeus's Koppangen (Holy Night) oozes Christmas warmth while the beautiful Sankta Lucia is always sung at the Festival of Light in Sweden. The much loved Wexford Carol is paired with another old Irish classic, Don Oíche úd I mBeithil. Oh Holy Night is the jewel in crown of this superb line-up of songs.
Ailish Tynan is one of the most colourful and entertaining sopranos - an opera star and a leading exponent of the art song. The Irish Chamber Orchestra is one of Europe’s finest chamber orchestras combining high quality performances with an expansive artistic vision. The orchestra continues to attract world-class musicians with a repertoire that is risk-taking and diverse.
Buy tickets online directly from the ICO for St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick on www.irishchamberorchestra.com and from Mullingar Arts Centre for the performance at All Saints Church www.mullingarartscentre.com
The ICO is resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Irish Chamber Orchestra
Katherine Hunka Director/Violin
Ailish Tynan Soprano
THE BEST OF CHRISTMAS
Sibelius Andante Festivo
Mohr/Gruber Silent Night (arrangement Kenneth Rice)
Vincy/Martinet Le Petit Papa Noel (arrangement Kenneth Rice)
Vivaldi Paris Concerto No. 2 in e-minor, RV 133
Moraeus Koppangen (Holy Night) (arrangement Kenneth Rice)
Traditional Sankta Lucia (arrangement Kenneth Rice)
Grieg Love Story: First Meeting, Two Brown Eyes, I Love Thee, A Bird Cried Out, Solvejg’s Song, To Her & A Swan
Grieg Holberg Suite, Op. 40
Traditional Wexford Carol (arrangement Kenneth Rice)
Traditional Don oíche úd I mBeithil (arrangement Kenneth Rice)
Adam Oh Holy Night
Thursday 14 December St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick @ 8pm www.irishchamberorchestra.com €22, €20 and €10 students
Friday 15 December All Saints Church , Mullingar @ 8pm
Tickets 044 934 7777 €20, €18