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The Irish Chamber Orchestra launches its Autumn Season 2005 with a West Coast Tour visiting eight venues from Limerick to Donegal. The Murray O Laoire Architects Irish Chamber Orchestra West Coast Tour commences in Limerick (Thursday 22nd September) and from there the orchestra travels west-bound to Kilkee (Friday 23rd), Clifden (Saturday 24th), Inishbofin (Sunday 25th) Castlebar (Monday 26th), Letterkenny (Wednesday 28th), Ballyshannon (Thursday 29th) and homeward bound via Carrick-on-Shannon
(Friday 30th).

Hugh Murray, Director, Murray O'Laoire Architects said "We are very glad to sponsor the Limerick based Irish Chamber Orchestra on their musical foray along the West coast. It is inspired by our belief in the importance of being able to access the arts in all parts of the country and by the
excellence of the work of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. We hope their performances bring you and your community great pleasure".

John Kelly, Chief Executive of the Irish Chamber Orchestra said "I wish to offer sincere thanks to Murray O'Laoire Architects for their sponsorship of
our forthcoming Autumn tour Without such support our artistic endeavours could not flourish. Bringing our music/outreach programmes to the coastal and island communities of Ireland is a very important part of our work".

An exciting programme, under the direction of ICO leader Katherine Hunka should prove hugely popular with ICO enthusiasts. Tchaikovsky's music for strings is well represented in the famous Andante Cantabile movement from his First String Quartet and the romantic Serenade, written at the same time as the '1812' Overture. In between comes Boccherini's humorous portrayal of a military band returning to barracks through the streets of night-time Madrid, and Elaine Agnew's new Concerto for Two Violins with its evocation of the legendary storm of 6 January 1839 - The Night of the Big Wind.

Violinist Katherine Hunka was appointed Leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra in 2002 and has directed the orchestra on several tours. She is
guest leader of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and a member of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. She broadcasts for RTE Lyric FM, Radio 3, Classic FM and Swiss Radio.

Tchaikovsky Andante cantabile Op. 11
Elaine Agnew Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra (Sixth of January: The Night of the Big Wind)
Boccherini Quintet in C, Op. 30, No. 6 (Night Music on the Streets of Madrid)
Tchaikovsky Serenade, Op. 48

Further information from
Charlotte Eglington, ICO Press Office, Irish Chamber Orchestra,
Foundation Building, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick
T: 061-202583 F: 061-202 621 E:

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