The Irish Chamber Orchestra celebrates 50 years in 2020 with a packed calendar of events scheduled for the year ahead. The immediate focus is on its upcoming Spring Season which sees the orchestra visits no less than seven venues in the first six months of 2020.

In February, the ICO celebrates Beethoven‘s 250th anniversary with BEETHOVEN 7-  one of the all time great symphonies - its unstoppable momentum captures the listener with its headlong energy.

Jorg Widmann’s own music demonstrates his inexhaustible inspiration, his combination of tones and a fruitful relationship with the history of music - his Con Brio overture is based on the same instrumentation as Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. 

In March, the ICO introduces the extraordinary Turkish pianist and composer, Fazil Say to Irish audiences for the first time, blending some of his own magical works with those by Mozart.  


The ICO’s STRINGS ATTACHED  April Tour (22-25 April)  visits Ennis, Portlaoise, Sligo and Dublin with another colourful programme. 

In May, the Irish Chamber Orchestra teams up once again with Irish National Opera for Mozart’s sophisticated masterpiece THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO featuring a top line-up of singers including sopranos Claudia Boyle and Sarah Power and tenors Dean Power and Andrew Gavin. 

ICO 50 celebrations continue with international appearances in Wϋrzburg and Neumarkt with Jörg and Carolin Widmann in June, a performance at the KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL in August and a celebratory countrywide Autumn 50 Tour in September.  

The amazing Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud performs in October followed by a ICO Gala 50 Concert with Jörg Widmann in November ahead of ICO’s festive offering.  As always, great concerts by a great orchestra!
-  Andrew Carey 

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