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|Wed 12 Apr|
Venue: The Large Room, City Hall
Irish Chamber OrchestraDvorak Serenade in E major for Strings, Op. 22
Barber Capricorn Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Trumpet and Strings, Op. 21
Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht, Op. 4 Transfigured Night
Internationally acclaimed Thomas Zehetmair is much sought after as a conductor, violinist and chamber musician. His debut conducting the ICO is eagerly anticipated! Zehetmair has a musical mind that doesn't take anything for granted and finds answers where other musicians don't even see questions.
Dvorak's much-loved Serenade for Strings, Op. 22 is one of his most popular works. Written during a happy and productive period in his life, is a light and carefree work. Samuel Barber was one of the most celebrated US composers of the 20th century. His Capricorn Concerto was very much influenced by Stravinksy and premiered in 1944 when the composer was serving in the army. It was named after his house Capricorn for the maximum sunshine that it received in winter.
Meanwhile, Arnold Schoenberg - the Jewish Austrian composer and painter, and Barber's European contemporary - was associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art. His remarkable - Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night) is warm and expansive, and remains one of the composer's most popular works. The music follows the narrative of an eponymous poem by Richard Dehmel, dealing with newly found love, confession, forgiveness and transfiguration: the intensity of the protagonists' love overcomes all and their lives become transfigured during the moonlit night.
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