23 Jun 2010 – Enchanted Evening with Passionate Talents

Last night, the Irish Chamber Orchestra/ICO, Ireland’s premier ensemble comprises some of the top Irish and international strings players gave an outstanding performance with works by Mozart, Vivaldi, Fleischmann, Piazzolla and arrangements of popular Irish melodies. This took place at the Esplanade Concert Hall where the main entrance has an art display of white garbage bags! Dreaming of Dreaming by Khalid Chistitee.

Katherine HUNKA, the director and lead violin player gave a vibrant performance in spite of a broken string and note clip flying off her scores.

For me, this is the first chamber orchestra with an accordion soloist among the performers. Talented Dermot DUNNE played with such passion that captivated and mesmerized me thru’ and thru’. Stayed for the post-concert reception to meet him to discover that we shared the same music theory teacher, Annette PERRY, small world! She was my music theory teacher from 1967-1971 and because of her I enjoyed the written part of music too. Now retired but we have been keeping yearly contact for the past 30yrs. Must write to her this week instead of waiting till Christmas. Was so touched when Dermont presented me with this new gadget, looking like a credit card but thicker, there is a chip that can be flipped out and can be inserted to a computer to play the music. Am so impressed with all these new technology.

Thank you to Leslie & Ivy for the tickets, to Audrey, Ting, CH & AmyR for their company and good to see some of the IGAS faces.

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life – Ludwig van Beethoven