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Irish Chamber Orchestra Concert & Dinner in New York

As part of the Council's growing support of the performing arts, this year we hosted a concert and dinner in New York for the Irish Chamber Orchestra at the start of its successful inaugural tour of the United States.

The black-tie event was staged at The Metropolitan Club in New York this past April. The Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) has established itself as one of Ireland's leading cultural ambassadors both at home and abroad. It is widely recognized as one of the leading chamber orchestras of Europe.

The ICO has toured worldwide, appearing in concert halls in the United States, China, Australia, and throughout Europe. It has recently signed contracts with two of the world's leading classical music agencies, enhancing its access to internationally-renowned concert halls and festivals.

Based at the University of Limerick in the west of Ireland, it has raised $5 million to build its own home on the Limerick campus, which was officially opened in the past year. It has established relationships with some of the world's leading artists, including Nigel Kennedy, Maxim Vengerov and James Galway.

The concert performance featured new works and old masterpieces. A highlight of the ensemble's concert program was the wonderful concerto for violin and strings by Felix Mendelssohn.



The Orchestra in concert.
The Orchestra in concert.
Council President-Elect Dennis Swanson welcomed members and their guests to the evening’s performance.
Council President-Elect Dennis Swanson welcomed members and their guests to the evening’s performance.


The evening’s principal sponsor, Ryan International Corporation’s Tom Ryan, welcomed guests to the post-concert dinner.
The evening’s principal sponsor, Ryan International Corporation’s Tom Ryan, welcomed guests to the post-concert dinner.
Irish Chamber Orchestra Music Director Anthony Marwood (left) and his colleague ICO Chief Executive, John Kelly flank Tourism Ireland’s Joan
Bolger.
Irish Chamber Orchestra Music Director Anthony Marwood (left) and his colleague ICO Chief Executive, John Kelly flank Tourism Ireland’s Joan Bolger.


Mary Buckley, who manages the IDA’s operations in North America was there with her husband, Pearse McCrann.
Mary Buckley, who manages the IDA’s operations in North America was there with her husband, Pearse McCrann.
Michael McGouran, Kathleen Connor with Irish Repertory Theatre founders Charlotte Moore and Kieran O’Reilly.
Michael McGouran, Kathleen Connor with Irish Repertory Theatre founders Charlotte Moore and Kieran O’Reilly.


Tom Ryan with Ambassaador Mark Ginsberg and Council Secretary Jim Adrian.
Tom Ryan with Ambassaador Mark Ginsberg and Council Secretary Jim Adrian.
Kieran Claffey and Mick Tuohey from PricewaterhouseCoopers hosted a table at the event.
Kieran Claffey and Mick Tuohey from PricewaterhouseCoopers hosted a table at the event.


Council Directors Peter Hooper and Niall Millar were there with Brian O’Byrne.
Council Directors Peter Hooper and Niall Millar were there with Brian O’Byrne.
Colleagues of event-supporter Diarmuid Hogan at Global Excess Partners enjoyed the occasion.
Colleagues of event-supporter Diarmuid Hogan at Global Excess Partners enjoyed the occasion.


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