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Irish Chamber Orchestra

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Main Performance
Gérard Korsten, conductor
Leon Fleisher, pianist
Pádraic Keane, uilleann piper

7:30 p.m. Friday, November 4, 2011
Eisenhower Auditorium

The Irish Chamber Orchestra, resident ensemble at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, earns accolades for the freshness and vibrancy of its music-making. American virtuoso Leon Fleisher joins the orchestra as soloist for Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-flat Major (for the left hand), a work commissioned by the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein. Conducted by Gérard Korsten, music director of the London Mozart Players, the orchestra also performs Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 96 in D Major, The Miracle; contemporary Irish composer Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin’s Termōn; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major. Termōn, which features Pádraic Keane on uilleann pipes, commemorates the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and was commissioned by the American Ireland Fund. Keane is recipient of the Gradam Ceoil TG4 Music Award for Young Musician of the Year. The orchestra’s performance is part of the Imagine Ireland/A Year of Irish Arts in America 2011 tour.

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Adult $45  |  University Park Student $22  |  18 and Younger $32

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Gay D. Dunne and James H. Dunne

Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring pianist Leon Fleisher and conductor Gérard Korsten, is offered in Eisenhower Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity. Seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

Master class

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. November 4, 2011
Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall

Irish Chamber Orchestra’s principal trumpet player Simon Menin coached a master class for Penn State School of Music trumpet students. Professor of Music Langston Fitzgerald III led the session. This event was open to the public.

Master class

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. November 4, 2011
128 Music Building II

Irish Chamber Orchestra principal double bassist Malachy Robinson coached a master class for Penn State School of Music double bass students. Professor of Music Rob Nairn led the session. This event was open to the public.

Master class

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. November 4, 2011
112 Music Building I

Irish Chamber Orchestra principal cellist Robert Birchall coached a master class for Penn State School of Music cello students. Professor of Music Jim Lyon led the session.

Master class

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. November 4, 2011
128 Music Building II

Irish Chamber Orchestra principal timpani player Adam Dennis coached a master class for Penn State School of Music percussion students. Professor of Music Dan Armstrong led the session.

Master class

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. November 4, 2011
122 Music Building II

Irish Chamber Orchestra principal oboe player Daniel Bates coached a master class for Penn State School of Music oboe students. Professor of Music Tim Hurtz led the session.

Master class

3:30 – 4:30 a.m. November 4, 2011
1 Music Building II

Irish Chamber Orchestra principal bassoonist Sarah Burnett coached a master class for Penn State School of Music bassoon students. Professor of Music Daryl Durran led the session.

Master class

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. November 5, 2011
Schwab Auditorium

Pianist Leon Fleisher coached a master class for Penn State School of Music piano students. This event was open to the public.

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