Sometimes ignorance is bliss. At the invitation of our friend Amy, I went to the concert hall not knowing what to expect. In the end, I was blown away by such a dazzling performance, I just can't thank her enough.
Touted as one of the best chamber orchestras in the world, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, directed by Katherine Hunka, were joined by Dermot Dunne on Accordion. Together, they played a mix of Mozart, Molique, Vivaldi and Piazolla.
Hunker and Dunne were brilliant together. Dunne elicits great drama from the accordion, giving a colourful performance that turned everyone (especially Amy) into instant fans while Hunker delivered melodies with such panache and breath-taking agility.
Irish music is indeed infectious and catchy. The orchestra's persuasive and enthusiastic playing won the hearts of everyone, they received a standing ovation at the end of the night.