The Irish Chamber Orchestra turns to Norway and one of its finest exports.
The incredible violinist and composer Henning Kraggrud shines the spotlight on some of the finest violin composers from his native land in his ICO debut.
The ICO will present Homelands, A Celebration on Thursday March 10 at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and on Friday March 11 at the University Concert Hall in Limerick.
Kraggrud’s versatility, boundless technical abilities and genuine passion for creating music make him an ideal candidate for the Irish Chamber Orchestra, renowned for their energetic and virtuoso performances.
Few artists convey a greater sense of communication and discovery when performing, than Henning Kraggrud, a virtuoso famous for his extraordinary reach as a performer, artistic director, composer, arranger and improviser.
The development of music in Norway owes much to the great violinist Ole Bull. His Melancholia is a gem for violin and string orchestra arranged by Henning. Svendsen’s emotional Romance is one of his most popular works.
ICO achieves the perfect blend of energy and levity in Grieg’s Holberg Suite, a fabulous collection of delightful dances, inspired by playwright Ludwig Holberg.
Sinding Suite in A Minor, Op. 10, was presented by the great violinists of the time and Kraggrud performs his emotional Adagio, a real twist.
The ICO takes a giant step in the 21st century performing four excerpts from the singular suite of Equinox by Kraggruds where 24 time zones are molded into four concertos in six movements Afternoon, Evening, Night and Morning.
Finally, savor a delightful folk song Chant de Veslemøy, with a warm tune, from the Mosaic Suite by Halvorsen.
The ICO regularly champions new music and is delighted to present Home, a world premiere by composer Siobhan Lamb. “This piece explores what the search for home looks like, viewing the idea of home as both an insider and an outsider,” says Lamb.
Don’t miss Henning Kraggrud and the ICO as they travel to Norway and return home on Thursday March 10 at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and Friday March 11 at the University Concert Hall in Limerick.
The Irish Chamber Orchestra, based in Limerick, 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.