An Focal · Music and Dance

World famous clarinettist performed in University Concert Hall

Jorg Widmann, a German clarinettist, played with The Irish Chamber Orchestra in the University Concert Hall on the 7 of October 2010 at 8pm.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra played an assortment of Mozart’s classics which were also performed on the 9 October in the RDS Concert Hall in Dublin.

Jorg Widmann is a highly respected clarinet player, composer and conductor. He has performed with many distinguished orchestras, soloists and chamber ensembles worldwide.

He performed his own composition Ikarische Klage, inspired by a poem by Charles Baudelaire which offers a musical interpretation on the mythical figure of Icarus. He ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and fell to his death while trying to escape Crete by means of wings made by his father.

Widmann is Professor of Clarinet and Composition at the Freiburg University of Music and is also the Cleveland Orchestra’s Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow.

He has served as resident composer with the Salzburg Festival, Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Dortmund Konzerthaus, Essen Philharmonic and the Heidelberg Spring Festival among others.

The show contained Mozart’s Great G Symphony which is considered to be one of his most popular works and contains some of his most well known pieces in music.

The performance opened with Mozart’s popular Idomeneo Overture from the opera Idomeneo described by Albert Einstein as “one of those works that even a genius like Mozart could write only once in his life”.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra gets financial support of the Arts Council in presenting Jörg Widmann and the Irish Chamber Orchestra in Limerick and Dublin.

(text published in ‘An Focal’ 16 November 2010)

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