The wizardry of Jörg Widmann has already resulted in some incredible performances from the Irish Chamber Orchestra and November, is no exception. Widmann conducts the ICO in SPOTLIGHT, a trio of concerts in Limerick (UCH), Cork (CIT – Cork Orchestra Society) and at City Hall, Waterford (Symphony Club of Waterford & Waterford Music) on 15, 16 +17 November.
Clarinetist, composer and conductor Jörg Widmann is one of the most versatile and intriguing artists of his generation. His music is adventurous and full of vitality and although he may not be as celebrated as Schoenberg or Boulez, he has a catalogue of works and prestigious commissions that can stand proudly alongside such illustrious composers.
In SPOTLIGHT, Widmann steps back as composer and clarinetist, putting the spotlight on another ICO commission 2018:2 by his mentee Sebastian Adams, a young composer and viola player. 2018:2 explores the possibilities of the individuals in the orchestra as much as the instruments they play. Puccini’s Chrysanthemums is always a charmer, a brief elegy steeped in emotional intensity. Johann Stamitz revolutionized the language of music and made Mannheim the centre of the musical avant-garde of his times. His pioneering Clarinet Concerto, fresh and exhilarating, places ICO clarinettist, Katherine Spencer very much in the spotlight, demonstrating the capabilities of her artistry and her instrument. Finally, Tchaikovsky’s heartfelt Serenade for Strings, one of his finest and most enduring works, closes the programme.
Don’t miss Widmann and the ICO in Limerick, Cork and Waterford on the 15, 16 + 17 November respectively. Tickets on www.irishchamberorchestra.com
The Limerick-based Irish Chamber Orchestra 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. www.irishchamberorchestra.com
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Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jörg Widmann Principal Conductor/Artistic Partner
Katherine Spencer Clarinet
Puccini Chrysanthemums for String Orchestra
Sebastian Adams 2018:2
Stamitz Concerto for Clarinet B flat major
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48
Thursday 15th November University Concert Hall, Limerick @ 8pm 061 331549 www.uch.ie €25, €22 and €10 students, €5 children
Friday 16th November Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music, Cork @ 8pm (Cork Orchestral Society) www.corkorchestralsociety.ie
€25, €22 (€5 student at door only) €15, €10 COS members (discount code/online purchase)
Sat 17th November The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford @ 7.30pm (In assoc. Symphony Club of Waterford & Waterford Music) Tickets: 051 855038 www.garterlane.ie €20, €18