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RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012–2013 MAKE IT YOUR SEASON www.rte.ie/nso

WHAT’S WHAT MAIN SEASON: Masterworks through the centuries. Symphonies, concerti, overtures, song cycles, operatic interludes and more. Mostly Fridays at 8pm with 2 Sunday afternoons and 1 Tuesday for New Year’s Day. SOUNDINGS: Free pre-concert talks and conversations before most Main Season concerts with season artists, composers and guest speakers. EARLY EVENING CONCERTS: Free pre-concert events including organ recitals and choral performances. LATE NIGHT CONCERTS: Free 30 minute concerts after selected Main Season concerts with guest artists. HORIZONS: Free Tuesday lunchtime concert series featuring music by ‘green shoot’ young Irish composers and established figures. Free talks with the composers ahead of concerts. FORTE: Musical discovery programme for audiences of all ages. THE POPULAR STRAND: Classic rock anthems, Oscar winning hits, popular operatic and vocal numbers all get the symphonic treatment.

RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONYORCHESTRA 2012–2013 Patron: Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

‘ THE CONTRIBUTION THAT THE RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA GIVES TO IRISH SOCIETY IS PRICELESS. Its level of musicianship, skill and commitment is infectious, thus enthusing a whole new generation of participators and listeners.’ EVELYN GLENNIE, percussionist 2011–2012 Season

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CONTENTS The RTÉ NSO experience ...........................................3 Find your event....................................................................6 Season welcome: Christine Lee ..........................10 Artists, composers, strands.....................................12 The Artistic Team .............................................................14 The concerts .........................................................................16 Summer tour ........................................................................61 Pipeworks ..............................................................................62

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FIND YOUR EVENT SEPTEMBER–JANUARY DATE

TIME

VENUE

TYPE

Fri 14 Sep

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Viennese Whirls

TITLE

Alan Buribayev Principal Conductor Series

Fri 21 Sep

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Marching Towards Hope and Happiness

Howard Shelley

Sun 30 Sep

5pm

BGET

Beyond Season / Tristan and Isolde

Fergus Sheil

Wed 03 Oct

6pm

BGET

Beyond Season / Tristan and Isolde

Fergus Sheil

Fri 05 Oct

8pm

NCH

Beyond Season / The Best of Symphonic Rock

David Arnold

Sat 06 Oct

5pm

BGET

Beyond Season / Tristan and Isolde

Fergus Sheil

Fri 12 Oct

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ From Poland with Love

Alan Buribayev

Fri 19 Oct

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Fate Knocking at the Door

Kenneth Montgomery

Fri 26 Oct

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ The Noble, the Sentimental, and the Exotic Hannu Lintu

Fri 02 Nov

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Songs in the Key of Life and Loss

Christopher Warren-Green

Fri 09 Nov

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Grace Out of Darkness

Hannu Lintu

Sat 10 Nov

12 & 5pm CC

FORTE

/ Rain Falling Up

Fergus Sheil

Fri 23 Nov

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Turkish Delight and Tartan

Michael Francis

Fri 30 Nov

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Dreams, Defiance and Leave-Taking

Rafael Payare

Wed 19 Dec

3.15 & 8pm

NCH

Beyond Season / The Three Sopranos Christmas Gala

Tue 01 Jan

2.30 & 6.30 NCH

Main Season

/ Strictly Come Waltzing

Gerhard Markson

Fri 04 Jan

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ The Lord of the RIng

Matthias Bamert

Fri 11 Jan

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ To Life! To Love!

Hannu Lintu

Fri 18 Jan

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Celestial Fields

Finghin Collins

Tue 22 Jan

1.05pm

NCH

Beyond Season / Horizons 2013: LINDA BUCKLEY

Fri 25 Jan

8pm

NCH

Main Season

Tue 29 Jan

1.05pm

NCH

Beyond Season / Horizons 2013: JONATHAN NANGLE

Thurs 31 Jan

8pm

NCH

Beyond Season / Veronica Dunne Singing Competition Final Patrik Ringborg

/ The Agony and the Ecstasy

VENUES: NCH: National Concert Hall • BGET: Bord Gáis Energy Theatre • CC: Convention Centre

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CONDUCTOR

Soloist Directs Series

Principal Conductor Series

Principal Guest Conductor Series

Principal Guest Conductor Series

John Finucane

Principal Guest Conductor Series Soloist Directs Series

Gavin Maloney Gerhard Markson Gavin Maloney

SOLOIST(S)

Finghin Collins

Associate Artist Series

Howard Shelley

Shay Byrne (presenter)

COMPOSER(S)

STRAND

SOUNDINGS 7PM

Lehár, Mozart, R. Strauss, Ravel

Mozart Piano Concerti

Guest Talk

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Elgar, Schumann, Tchaikovsky

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Wagner

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Wagner

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The Beatles, Meatloaf, Coldplay & more

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Wagner

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Hisako Kawamura

Glinka, Chopin, Tchaikovsky

Guest Talk

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RTÉ Philharmonic Choir

Beethoven, Verdi

In Conversation

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Xavier de Maistre

Ravel, Ginastera, Mussorgsky

In Conversation

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Alan Smale

Pärt, Frank Corcoran, Rachmaninov

In Conversation

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In Conversation

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Finghin Collins

Associate Artist Series

Andrew Hamilton, Mozart, Brahms

Mozart Piano Concerti

Brian Irvine Baiba Skride

Schnittke, Mozart, Mendelssohn

In Conversation

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John Finucane

R.Strauss, Mozart, Shostakovich

In Conversation

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Celine Byrne, Regina Nathan, Cara O'Sullivan Orla Boylan

Strauss family, Suppé, Lehár

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Miriam Murphy

Wagner

In Conversation

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Ilya Gringolts

Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns

In Conversation

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Guest Talk

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In Conversation

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In Conversation

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In Conversation

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Finghin Collins

Associate Artist Series

Mozart

Mozart Piano Concerti

Linda Buckley, Irene Buckley Van Keulen + guest singers

Berg, Beethoven

Choral Masterworks

Jonathan Nangle, Donald Sarsfield

EXTRAS:

Early Evening Concert •

Late Night Concert •

World Premiere •

Irish Premiere

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FIND YOUR EVENT FEBRUARY–JUNE DATE

TIME

VENUE

TYPE

TITLE

CONDUCTOR

Fri 01 Feb

8pm

NCH

Beyond Season / A Night at the Oscars

David Arnold

Tue 05 Feb

1.05pm

NCH

Beyond Season / HORIZONS 2013: RAYMOND DEANE

Gavin Maloney

Fri 08 Feb

8pm

NCH

Main Season

Tue 12 Feb

1.05pm

NCH

Beyond Season / Horizons 2013: ANN CLEARE

Fri 15 Feb

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Journeys of the Imagination

Alan Buribayev Principal Conductor Series

Fri 22 Feb

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Landmarks of Emotion

Alan Buribayev Principal Conductor Series

Sun 24 Feb

3.30pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Beethoven for Mozart Lovers

Jonathan Cohen

Sun 03 Mar

3.30pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Orpheus Taming the Wild Beasts

Jonathan Cohen

Fri 08 Mar

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ From Russia with Love

Alan Buribayev Principal Conductor Series

Fri 22 Mar

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Classical Poise

Julian Rachlin Soloist Directs Series

Fri 12 Apr

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Symphonic Matters

Gavin Maloney

Fri 19 Apr

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ A Postcard from the New World and the Old Gilbert Varga

Fri 26 Apr

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Heat, Holiness and Left-Hand Piano

Pascal Rophé

Fri 03 May

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Glory to God and Rugby

Pascal Rophé

Fri 10 May

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Beauty in Sunshine and Shadow

Finghin Collins Soloist Directs Series

Fri 17 May

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Romance Taken to Extremes

Alan Buribayev Principal Conductor Series

Fri 24 May

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ Fantasy Folk Music and Pure Cold Water

Hannu Lintu Principal Guest Conductor Series

Fri 31 May

8pm

NCH

Main Season

/ A Finale of Fanfares and Fireworks

Alan Buribayev Principal Conductor Series

Sun 02 June

3.30pm

NCH

FORTE

/ Global Express

James Cavanagh

03–08 June

8pm

VARIOUS Tour

/ Three Sopranos Summer Gala On Tour

John Finucane

VENUES: NCH: National Concert Hall 8

/ Affairs of the Heart

Stefan Blunier Gavin Maloney

SOLOIST(S)

COMPOSER(S)

STRAND

SOUNDINGS 7PM

Shay Byrne (presenter)

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Raymond Deane, Carl Ruggles

In Conversation

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Celine Byrne

Mahler

In Conversation

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Elision Ensemble

Ann Cleare, Xenakis

In Conversation

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Lilya Zilberstein

Grieg, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev,

Guest Talk

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Alban Gerhardt

Dvořák, Rachmaninov

In Conversation

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Finghin Collins

Beethoven

Beethoven Piano Concerti Post-Concert talk

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Beethoven

Beethoven Piano Concerti Post-Concert talk

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Associate Artist Series

Finghin Collins, singers and choir AAS

Choral Masterworks / 50

Prokofiev Symphony Cycle Guest Talk

Hideko Udagawa

Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian, Prokofiev

Julian Rachlin

Mozart, Mendelssohn

In Conversation

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John Kinsella, Bruckner

In Conversation

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Eldbjørg Hemsing

Lalo, Dvořák

In Conversation

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Jean-Frédéric Neuburger

Messiaen, Ravel, Ibert

In Conversation

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Guest Talk

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French Connection Choral Masterworks

Mairéad Buicke, RTÉ Philharmonic Choir

Franck, Honegger, Poulenc

French Connection Choral Masterworks

In Conversation

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Edoardo Zosi

Wagner, Bruch, Brahms

Mozart Piano Concerti

Guest Talk

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Johanna Rusanen-Kartano,

Sibelius

Choral Masterworks

In Conversation

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In Conversation

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F. Collins, D. Collins, H. Tinney

AAS

Mozart

Ville Rusanen, The Polytech Choir Kirill Gerstein

Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich

Presented by Paul Rissmann

Mussorgsky and more

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Celine Byrne, Regina Nathan, Cara O'Sullivan

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Early Evening Concert •

Late Night Concert •

World Premiere •

Irish Premiere

AAS: Associate Artist Series

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WELCOME

TO OUR SEASON

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Welcome to the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2012–2013 Season and another step in our journey of musical discovery with an array of Irish and international artists, a continued focus on new Irish works, and programmes demonstrating the range and scope of the RTÉ NSO. Highlights for me include the culmination of our Associate Artist Finghin Collins’ survey of all the piano concerti of Mozart and Beethoven begun back in 2010; Principal Guest Conductor Hannu Lintu’s brand of musical electricity in dynamic orchestral scores, this season focusing on largely romantic repertoire; and, for our central strand, Principal Conductor Alan Buribayev’s concerts, promising a distinctive blend of charismatic and colourful performances. The season will see the orchestra welcome new names as well as artists with whom we have enjoyed working and presenting to audiences in previous seasons. They include Julian Rachlin, Baiba Skride, Ilya Gringolts, Xavier de Maistre, Kirill Gerstein, Alban Gerhardt, Hideko Udagawa, Lilya Zilberstein and rising stars Jonathan Cohen, Eldbjørg Hemsing, Hisako Kawamura, Rafael Payare and Edoardo Zosi. Irish artists/conductors/composers include Orla Boylan, Celine Byrne, Miriam Murphy, Regina Nathan, Cara O’Sullilvan, Hugh Tinney, Gavin Maloney, John

Kinsella and Raymond Deane. In addition to choral performances featuring the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, we also welcome for the first time the Polytech Choir from Finland. 2013 marks some key dates. We celebrate the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth with an evening dedicated to some of his greatest music and we mark the 50th anniversary of Poulenc’s death with a performance of his celebratory and joyous Gloria. As I hand over to my successor, I hope that you have enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy, the many events designed to increasingly engage with you, our audience. Early Evening and Late Night concerts, Horizons, our Contemporary Music Series, FORTE, our Musical Discovery programme, pre and post concert talks, events presented in partnerships with the National Concert Hall, Pipeworks and Wide Open Music and a breadth of repertoire – including the RTÉ NSO letting its hair down in Beyond the Season events such as The Best of Symphonic Rock and A Night at the Oscars – will hopefully ensure that you will find much here to excite, engage, entertain and move you. Thank you for your continued support, and enjoy! Christine Lee, General Manager, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 11

WHO’S

WHOPERFORMERS David Adams / David Arnold / Matthias Bamert / Stefan Blunier / Orla Boylan / Katherine Broderick / Mairéad Buicke / Alan Buribayev / Celine Byrne / Colm Carey /James Cavanagh /Jonathan Cohen /Dearbhla Collins /Finghin Collins / Jennifer Davis /Xavier de Maistre / Mark Duley / Elision Ensemble / John Finucane / Andrew Foster-Williams / Michael Francis / Alban Gerhardt / Kirill Gerstein / Ilya Gringolts /Eldbjørg Hemsing /Claudia Huckle /Patrick Hyland /Eoin Hynes / Hisako Kawamura / David Leigh / Hannu Lintu / Gavin Maloney / Gerhard Markson / Kenneth Montgomery / Nicola Mulligan / Laura Murphy / Miriam Murphy /Regina Nathan /Jean-Frédéric Neuburger /Cara O'Sullivan / Rafael Payare /Julian Rachlin /Gavan Ring /Patrik Ringborg /Paul Rissmann /Pascal Rophé /RTÉ Philharmonic Choir /Ville Rusanen /Johanna Rusanen-Kartano / Howard Shelley / Baiba Skride / Alan Smale / The Guinness Choir / The Polytech Choir of Finland /Hugh Tinney /Robin Tritschler /Hideko Udagawa / Isabelle van Kuelen / Gilbert Varga / Christopher Warren-Green / Lilya Zilberstein /Edoardo Zosi /

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FROM CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY / J.S. Bach / Beethoven / Berg / Brahms / Bridge / Bruch / Bruckner / Irene Buckley / Linda Buckley / Chopin / Ann Cleare / Frank Corcoran / Raymond Deane / Dvořàk / Elgar / Franck / Ginastera / Glinka / Grieg / Andrew Hamilton / Hampton / Hindemith / Honegger / Ibert / Khachaturian / John Kinsella / Lalo / Philip Lane / Lehár / Liszt / Mahler / Mendelssohn / Messiaen / Mozart / Mussorgsky / Jonathan Nangle / Arvo Pärt / Poulenc / Prokofiev / J. Strauss I / J. Strauss II / R. Strauss / Rachmaninov / Ravel / Carl Ruggles / Saint-Saëns / Donald / Sarsfield / Schnittke / Schoenberg / Schumann / Shostakovich / Sibelius / Suppé / Sweelinck / Tchaikovsky / Verdi / Wagner / Whitlock / Xenakis / TO THE POPULAR / Alford / Barry / Berlin / Bernstein / Bon Jovi / Eric Clapton / Copland / Coldplay / Deep Purple / Fain & Webster / Hamlisch / Harline & Washington / Procol Harum / Michael Jackson / Jarre / Kander & Ebb / Legrand, Bergman & Bergman / Meatloaf / Menkin / Bette Midler / John Miles / Newman / Queen / Schwartz / Sherman / Stevie Wonder / Simon and Garfunkel / Survivor / The Beatles / Tina Turner / Vangelis / Warren & Dubin / Williams / Robbie Williams /

WHO’S THE MUSIC

WHO

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ALAN BURIBAYEV PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR

‘The eclectic Buribayev elicits gripping intensity from the RTÉ NSO’ The Irish Times on Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 2011–2012 Season

THE RTÉ NSO’s

ARTISTIC TEAM FOLLOW ALAN 14 September • 12 October 15 February • 22 February 8 March • 17 May • 31 May

FOLLOW FINGHIN 14 September • 9 November 18 January • 24 February 3 March • 10 May

FOLLOW HANNU 26 October • 9 November 11 January • 24 May

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FINGHIN COLLINS ASSOCIATE ARTIST

‘Consummate artist Finghin Collins… intuitive interpretations…channelled… without compromise or contention.’ Irish Independent on Mozart Piano Concerti Cycle 2010–2011 Season

HANNU LINTU

PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR

‘Under Hannu Lintu, the RTÉ NSO is totally absorbed... the end result is compellingly magnetic’ The Irish Independent on Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony 2011–2012 Season 15

Principal Conductor Series

Associate Artist Series

Mozart Piano Concerti Cycle

MAIN SEASON | SEPTEMBER

L EH ÁR Gold and Silver Waltz, Op. 79 [8’]

M OZ ART Piano Concerto No. 26 in D, K537 ‘Coronation’ [28’]

FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

R . STR AU SS Der Rosenkavalier Suite, Op. 59 [22’]

National Concert Hall

R AV EL La valse [12’] FINGHIN COLLINS PIANO

ALAN BURIBAYEV CONDUCTOR

7pm: SOUNDINGS GUEST TALK

CELEBRATING A NEW SEASON

Austrian Ambassador Dr Walter Hagg on the evening’s programme

PRICELESS MELODIES PRAISING PRECIOUS METALS IN LEHÁR’S INFECTIOUSLY SPARKLING GOLD AND SILVER WALTZ PROVE THE PERFECT CURTAIN RAISER FOR OUR NEW SEASON, opening under Principal Conductor Alan Buribayev. The mood of Viennese gaiety and glitter continues with a suite of glorious music from Richard Strauss’ seductive ‘comedy for music’ Der Rosenkavalier, and the sardonic, waltz-like rapture of Ravel’s La valse. And Associate Artist Finghin Collins returns to his distinguished survey of Mozart’s piano concertos with the brilliantly amiable and suitably celebratory ‘Coronation’ Concerto.

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 9.55pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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S FINGHIN COLLIN

VIENNESEWHIRLS

Soloist Directs Series

MAIN SEASON | SEPTEMBER

ELGAR Froissart Overture, Op. 19 [12’]

S C H U M ANN

CULTURE NIGHT 100 free tickets will be available from August. See www.rte.ie/nso

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 [31’]

TC H AI KOVS KY Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 [44’]

FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER National Concert Hall

HOWARD SHELLEY PIANO /CONDUCTOR

MARCHING TOWARDS

HOWARD SHELLE Y

HOPEHAPPINESS

PIANIST/CONDUCTOR HOWARD SHELLEY MAKES A WELCOME RETURN for three works full to the brim with youthful dreams of adventure and love. Described by the composer as ‘shameless in its rude good health’, Elgar’s tune-filled Froissart Overture is a sumptuous romance of knightly endeavours, while Schumann and Tchaikovsky provide two of the greatest expressions of musical Romanticism: the Piano Concerto joyfully dynamic and spontaneous, the Fourth Symphony an emotional tour de force that blazes with passion.

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6.10pm: FREE CONCERT Pipeworks Organ recital with Mark Duley, see p. 62

7pm: FREE CONCERT RTÉ Cór na nÓg in the John Field Room

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 10.05pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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BEYOND THE SEASON | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER WIDE OPEN OPERA, IN ASSOCIATION WITH BORD GÁIS ENERGY THEATRE, DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL AND THE RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, PRESENTS A PRODUCTION ORIGINATED IN WELSH NATIONAL OPERA

REGARDED BY MANY AS THE GREATEST OPERATIC ACHIEVEMENT OF ALL TIME, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde is presented by new Irish opera company Wide Open Opera in a production originating from Welsh National Opera, originally directed and designed by Yannis Kokkos. A once in a lifetime event – just three performances of opera’s most ravishing love story. Spanning a performance time of five hours, this epic production features the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the chorus of Wide Open Opera and leading Irish singers Miriam Murphy (Isolde) and Imelda Drumm (Brangäne) alongside international artists Lars Cleveman (Tristan), Brett Polegato (Kurwenal) and Manfred Hemm (König Marke). Owen Gilhooly (Shepherd), Eugene Ginty (Melot), Eamonn Mulhall (Sailor) and Gavan Ring (Steersman) also perform. Fergus Sheil conducts.

SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 5PM WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER 6PM SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER 5PM Bord Gáis Energy Theatre TICKETS FROM €15–€85 See p. 65

Opening on a voyage between Ireland and England, the Irish princess Isolde has been captured by the English knight Tristan as a trophy wife for his uncle King Mark. The unintended drinking of a love potion sets the couple off on the most passionate but illicit relationship – an all-consuming love affair that causes devastation and can only be fully consummated through death. For more see www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

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BEYOND THE SEASON | OCTOBER

THE BEST OF

ROCK

SYMPHONIC

WITH THE RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA DAVID ARNOLD CONDUCTOR PRESENTED BY SHAY BYRNE RTÉ RADIO 1

FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER National Concert Hall

LETUSENTERTAINYOU! GET THE ROCK AND POP STAR TREATMENT as we unleash the full power of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra performing awesome rock and pop classics from Queen, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, The Beatles and more. Includes Can’t Buy Me Love, Eye of the Tiger, Thriller, Fix You, Wind Beneath My Wings, We Will Rock You, Simply The Best and much much more.

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 10.10pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 65

GO ON! LET YOUR HAIR DOWN AND ROCK OUT TO THE ICONIC ANTHEMS OF YOUR FAVOURITE SUPER GROUPS.

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MAIN SEASON | OCTOBER

Principal Conductor Series

GLINKA Polish Dances from A Life for the Tsar [15’]

C H OP I N Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 [32’]

TC H AI KOVS KY

FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER

Symphony No. 3 in D, Op. 29 ‘Polish’ [45’]

National Concert Hall

HISAKO KAWAMURA PIANO ALAN BURIBAYEV CONDUCTOR

FROM

POLAND WITH

7pm: SOUNDINGS GUEST TALK Pianist Conor Linehan on Chopin’s writing for solo piano and for solo piano with orchestra

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 10.10pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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LOVE

BRILLIANT PIANO WRITING AND RAVISHING ORCHESTRAL ACCOMPANIMENT shot through with the vitality of traditional Polish dances are the hallmarks of the Second Piano Concerto by Chopin, Poland’s greatest composer, with its haunting nocturne a soulful declaration of unrequited love. Polish dances feature prominently, too, in Glinka’s opera A Life for the Tsar and in Tchaikovsky’s colourful and lyrical Third Symphony, where we hear a gracious waltz and a rousing polonaise.

HISAKO KAWAMURA

MAIN SEASON | OCTOBER

Choral Masterworks

B EETH OV EN Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 [31’]

V ER D I Four Sacred Pieces [39’]

FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER National Concert Hall

RTÉ PHILHARMONIC CHOIR MARK HINDLEY CHORUS MASTER

KENNETH MONTGOMERY CONDUCTOR

FATE DOOR KENNETH MO NTGOMERY

KNOCKING AT THE

TWO MIGHTY AND MAJESTIC WORKS, GLORIOUS HYMNALS TO THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE, demonstrate the imaginative and emotional power of music to excite and to comfort. With its tumultuous opening motif – famously described as ‘thus fate knocks at the door’ – Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is a masterpiece of propulsive energy that makes full use of a symphony orchestra at its most expressive. Verdi’s sublime Four Sacred Pieces combines unaccompanied voices and voices-and-orchestra (the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir) in moments of serene and breathtaking beauty.

7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION RTÉ Philharmonic Choir Chorus Master Mark Hindley with RTÉ Choral Officer Lesley Bishop on his first season at the helm of the choir

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 9.40pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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Principal Guest Conductor Series

MAIN SEASON | OCTOBER

R AV E L Valses nobles et sentimentales [16’]

FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER

GI NAST E R A

National Concert Hall

Concerto for Harp, Op. 25 [23’]

M U SS O R G S KY

(O RCH . RAVE L)

Pictures at an Exhibition [35’] XAVIER DE MAISTRE HARP

HANNU LINTU CONDUCTOR

NOBLE,SENTIMENTAL EXOTIC THE

THE 7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION

AND THE

SUAVE FRENCH HARPIST XAVIER DE MAISTRE TAKES CENTRE STAGE for Argentinian Alberto Ginastera’s exotic and exciting Harp Concerto, which puts his country’s native folk melodies and rhythms to magnificently colourful use. No less rich and dynamic is Mussorgsky’s masterful Pictures at an Exhibition, which brings 10 paintings by the Russian painter Viktor Hartmann to enthralling and vivacious life. Ravel’s deliciously tongue-in-cheek set of Schubertinspired waltzes will keep you guessing to the end about which of them is ‘noble’ and which ‘sentimental’.

DIT Head of Orchestral Studies Dr Cliona Doris with Xavier de Maistre

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 9.45pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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XAVIER DE MAISTRE

WORD FROM AN ARTIST JULIAN RACHLIN, violinist 2011–2012 Season

‘The RTE National Symphony Orchestra’s sound is captivating, powerful and emotive and the musicians are as warm and welcoming as they are dedicated to their art, providing the heart and harmony audiences have come to enjoy.’

JASON SINCLAIR RTÉ NSO SECTION LEADER, TROMBONE

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ALAN SMALE

MAIN SEASON | NOVEMBER

ARVO PÄ RT Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten [6’]

F R ANK CO R CO R A N Violin Concerto

FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER

WORLD PREMIERE [17’]

R AC H M A N I N OV Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 [60’]

National Concert Hall

SONGS IN THE KEY OF

ALAN SMALE VIOLIN CHRISTOPHER WARREN-GREEN CONDUCTOR

6.10pm: FREE CONCERT Pipeworks Organ recital with David Leigh, see p. 62

Conductor Colman Pearce with Irish composer Frank Corcoran

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 10pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64 24

CHRISTOPER EEN WARREN-GR

7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION

AND

LIFE LOSS RTÉ NSO LEADER ALAN SMALE GIVES THE FIRST PERFORMANCE of Frank Corcoran’s ‘taut, lean, lyrical, leppin’’ and song-like Violin Concerto that combines, the composer says, ‘fiddling fun, violinistic seriousness and art’s sorrow, and fast, furious, last orchestral thoughts’. Estonian Arvo Pärt’s bewitching, prayer-like elegy for Britten is a haunting recognition of a lost kindred spirit, and Rachmaninov’s swooningly beautiful Second Symphony could have no better champion than the dynamic conductor Christopher Warren-Green.

Principal Guest Conductor Series

Associate Artist Series

Mozart Piano Concerti Cycle

MAIN SEASON | NOVEMBER

AND R EW H AM I LTO N The True Truths RTÉ Commission

WORLD PREMIERE [10’]

M OZ ART Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491 [31’]

B R AH M S Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 [39’]

FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER National Concert Hall

FINGHIN COLLINS PIANO

HANNU LINTU CONDUCTOR

GRACEDARKNESS OUT OF

PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR HANNU LINTU AND ASSOCIATE ARTIST FINGHIN COLLINS TEAM UP FOR THE FIRST TIME. Mozart’s grandest Piano Concerto, its dark, menacing atmospheres sounding like storm clouds lit up by brilliant lightning flashes, is the focus. Starting in defiance and ending in tragic resignation, Brahms’ final symphony offers music of bleak but beautiful gracefulness. The world premiere of Dubliner Andrew Hamilton’s RTÉ-commissioned The True Truths feeds ‘a song into the orchestra and becomes destroyed, mangled and bashed’ to explore ‘the meanings that can hide behind seemingly simple ideas’. HANNU LINTU

7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION RTÉ lyric fm’s Bernard Clarke with Irish composer Andrew Hamilton

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 9.45pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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PRESENTED AS PART OF

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DUBLIN! TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY

SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER Convention Centre, Dublin

THE RTÉ NSO’S MUSICAL DISCOVERY PROGRAMME | NOVEMBER

RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND WIDE OPEN MUSIC PRESENT

RAIN

FALLING

UP

A MODERN ORCHESTRAL, CHORAL AND VISUAL PERFORMANCE FOR CHILDREN

Performed with live, big-screen animation, symphony orchestra, a 500-strong children’s chorus, a narrator and a chorus of older singers.

‘astonishing… captivating... inspiring’ Sounds Classical, BBC

1,000 school children from Carlow, Meath, Offaly, Dublin, Westmeath and Wicklow are involved in Rain Falling Up. The older singers come from South Dublin and Wicklow. MUSIC BY BRIAN IRVINE WORDS BY JOHN McILDUFF ANIMATION BY MATTHEW ROBINS CONDUCTOR FERGUS SHEIL

11.30am & 4.30pm FREE PRE-CONCERT FOYER PERFORMANCES

12 noon & 5pm CONCERT Duration: 50 minutes TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 65 26

‘It was brilliant!’ Conal McCord, St Kieran's Primary School, Poleglass, Co Antrim

FREE PRE-CONCERT FOYER PERFORMANCES World premiere of a new orchestral work composed for the occasion by Brian Irvine. Performed by the Julianstown Youth Orchestra and conducted by the composer.

‘Jake knew things. He knew that the world weighed 6 septillion kilos – that’s a six with 24 zeros – but in fact he knew that it weighed nothing at all!’ And so the story begins… Jake is a little boy who knows things. Jake is a walking encyclopedia and his speciality is gravity. One day, however, after being blamed for breaking his mum's favourite vase, he comes to the conclusion that gravity isn’t his friend anymore. So he builds himself a gravity switch so he can turn gravity off. Life seems so much more fun when you can float but when Jake finds himself drifting alone through the darkest corners of the universe he realises that perhaps he has made a mistake.

Supported by the Arts Council and local authorities in Carlow, Meath, Offaly, South Dublin, Westmeath and Wicklow.

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WORD FROM AN ARTIST RONAN GUILFOYLE, composer 2011–2012 Season

‘The RTE National Symphony Orchestra is an absolute cultural treasure’ The Irish Times, 2012

CATRIONA RYAN RTÉ NSO SECTION LEADER, FLUTE

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MAIN SEASON | NOVEMBER

S C H NI TTKE Moz-Art à la Haydn [12’]

M OZ ART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K219 ‘Turkish’ [31’]

M END EL SS OH N Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 ‘Scottish’ [40’] BAIBA SKRIDE VIOLIN MICHAEL FRANCIS CONDUCTOR

FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER National Concert Hall

TURKISH DELIGHT AND

TARTAN

TWO OF TODAY’S MOST SOUGHT-AFTER YOUNG TALENTS – VIOLINIST BAIBA SKRIDE AND CONDUCTOR MICHAEL FRANCIS – TEAM UP as our survey of Mozart’s violin concertos continues with the ‘Turkish’, a magnificently colourful dialogue between soloist and orchestra brimming with wild exoticism. Schnittke’s Moz-Art à la Haydn takes playful delight in reworking a Mozart fragment with a liberal helping of Haydn for added humour. Mendelssohn’s glorious picture postcard of his travels in Scotland, the effusive and evocative Third Symphony, is every bit as rich and romantic as the Scottish Highlands. BAIBA SKRIDE

7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION RTÉ NSO Associate Artist Finghin Collins with Baiba Skride on Mozart Concerti cycles

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 9.50pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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PRESENTED AS PART OF

RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

THE RTÉ NSO’S MUSICAL DISCOVERY PROGRAMME | NOVEMBER

THE RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HAD A GREAT WEEK IN NOVEMBER 2011 WITH THE 2011 MENTORING SCHEME PARTICIPANTS. Eight of Ireland’s leading young instrumental students, ranging in age from 19 to 23 and at stages from first year through to final year degree and recent graduates, made it through the audition process. From counties Cork, Dublin, Galway and Kilkenny, they were students of violin, viola, clarinet, trombone and percussion at either the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, the Royal Irish Academy of Music or the CIT Cork School of Music. All performed with the orchestra in ‘Russian Colours’ on Friday 4 November and, with conductor Matthias Bamert, all took part in Soundings, the free pre-concert talk.

MENTORING SCHEME FOR ADVANCED YOUNG MUSICIANS ‘A valuable innovation’ The Irish Times, 2011

2011 FEEDBACK ‘The mentoring scheme marked my first time to rehearse and perform with a professional orchestra. Thanks for such a great week. It was an amazing experience!’ Rónán Scarlett, percussion, Clonsilla, Dublin

The scheme continues in 2012 Find out more: norma.oconnor@rte.ie | 01 208 2530

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‘Preparing for the audition gave me the opportunity to improve on my audition skills and was a very positive experience.’ Mary Morgan, trombone, Glenamaddy, Co. Galway

‘The RTÉ NSO’s Mentoring Scheme is one of the most important outreach initiatives developed by the orchestra. The opportunity for our students to rehearse and perform with seasoned professionals in a supported environment creates a meaningful transition between education and real life.’ Deborah Kelleher, Royal Irish Academy of Music Director

MAIN SEASON | NOVEMBER

R . STR AU SS

MENTORING SCHEME 2012

Don Juan, Op. 20 [17’]

M OZART Clarinet Concerto in A, K622 [25’]

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 [55’]

FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER National Concert Hall

JOHN FINUCANE CLARINET RAFAEL PAYARE CONDUCTOR WITH 2012 MENTORING SCHEME PARTICIPANTS

DREAMS, DEFIANCE AND LEAVE-TAKING

RTÉ NSO PRINCIPAL CLARINET JOHN FINUCANE AND THE YOUNG RISING-STAR, VENEZUELAN CONDUCTOR RAFAEL PAYARE, STEP INTO THE LIMELIGHT for Mozart’s hauntingly beautiful Clarinet Concerto, regarded by many as among the finest music ever written for the instrument. Taking delight in a youthful virtuosity that all but boils over with incident, drama and wit, Richard Strauss’s heroic tone poem Don Juan boasts enormous vim and irresistible vitality. And Shostakovich’s mighty Tenth Symphony offers a powerful and moving ‘testament of misery’ to life under Stalin’s thumb.

7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION Royal Irish Academy of Music Director Deborah Kelleher with 2012 Mentoring Scheme participants

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 10.10pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

RAFAEL PAYARE

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BEYOND THE SEASON | DECEMBER

RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS

THREESOPRANOS IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE JOHN MURRAY SHOW, RTÉ RADIO 1 CARA O’SULLIVAN

WEDNESDAY 19 DECEMBER

CHRISTMAS GALA REGINA NATHAN

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

CELINE BYRNE

THE

National Concert Hall

CELINE BYRNE SOPRANO REGINA NATHAN SOPRANO CARA O’SULLIVAN SOPRANO JOHN FINUCANE CONDUCTOR 3.15pm & 8pm Ends:

PRESENTED BY JOHN MURRAY, RTÉ RADIO 1

CONCERT TICKETS FROM €15 See p. 65

‘A feast for the soul and the spirit. I even forgot there were serious financial worries in Ireland for those two blissful hours’. So said one satisfied customer about The Three Sopranos Christmas Gala 2011, one of the RTÉ NSO’s runaway successes last year with two sold-out shows, standing ovations and lots of smiling faces greeting the festive mix of operatic favourites, seasonal carols, Christmas songs and orchestral music.

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Now it’s back for another glorious and uplifting mix of vocal and orchestral seasonal favourites without which Christmas would not be complete – Silent Night, O Holy Night, Leroy Anderson’s festive Christmas Festival and more.

ORLA BOYLAN

ORLA BOYLAN SOPRANO GERHARD MARKSON CONDUCTOR

MAIN SEASON | JANUARY

TUESDAY 1 JANUARY National Concert Hall

PRESENTED BY LIZ NOLAN, RTÉ lyric fm

STRICTLY COME

WALTZING NEW YEAR’S DAY CELEBRATION

PUT YOUR GLAD RAGS ON AND JOIN THE CELEBRATIONS TO WELCOME IN THE NEW YEAR IN STYLE as we sing and dance our way to 19th-century Vienna for a thrilling mix of opera and operetta favourites, waltzes and polkas by Suppé and the Strauss family. Luxuriate in the polished, martial splendour of the Light Cavalry Overture and Radetzky March; surrender to the beauty of the Blue Danube Waltz, swoon to love-lit songs from Die Fledermaus (Czardas), My Fair Lady (I Could Have Danced All Night) and by Franz Lehár (Meine lippen, sie küssen so heiss). A New Year’s Day to sparkle and glitter accompanied by some of the most vivacious and tuneful music ever written.

Orla Boylan… ‘Thrilling’

The Guardian

2.30pm & 6.30pm: CONCERT TICKETS FROM €12 See p. 65

‘Superb... electrifying singing’

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MAIN SEASON | JANUARY

WAGNER 200th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

WAGNER Rienzi Overture [12’] Wesendonck Lieder [21’] Ride of the Valkyries [5’] Tannhäuser Overture [14’] Prelude and Liebestod (Tristan and Isolde) [17’] Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg [9’]

National Concert Hall

MIRIAM MURPHY SOPRANO

LORD

THE

OF THE

7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION Former Director of the National Concert Hall Judith Woodworth with Matthias Bamert on Wagner and his music

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 10pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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MATTHIAS BAMERT CONDUCTOR

RING

Hailed as a soprano ‘born to sing Wagner’ (The Irish Times), Tralee-born Miriam Murphy received a standing ovation on her last appearance with the RTÉ NSO. She returns to mark the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth as we celebrate his towering genius with some of his greatest music. Wallow in Tristan’s swooning Prelude and soaring Liebestod, indulge in the magnificence of the Tannhäuser and Meistersinger Overtures, thrill to the vertiginous Ride of the Valkyries (popularised in the film Apocalypse Now), and melt with the Wesendonck Lieder, ravishing expressions of love at its most infatuated and intense, about which the composer declared: ‘I have done nothing better than these songs’.

MIRIAM MURPHY

FRIDAY 4 JANUARY

MAIN SEASON | JANUARY

Principal Guest Conductor Series

DVOŘ ÁK Carnival Overture, Op. 92 [10’]

TC H AI KOVS KY Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35 [33’]

FRIDAY 11 JANUARY

SAI NT- SAËNS Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 ‘Organ Symphony’ [36’] ILYA GRINGOLTS VIOLIN

National Concert Hall

HANNU LINTU CONDUCTOR

TO LIFE!TO LOVE! A TRIO OF WORKS THAT SPARKLE AND POP with all the delicious effervescence of fine champagne promise an intoxicating evening. Regarded as ‘one of the most inspirational violinists today’ (The Financial Times), Ilya Gringolts returns for the ecstatic love song that is Tchaikovsky’s luxurious Violin Concerto. And Principal Guest Conductor Hannu Lintu guarantees fireworks aplenty from both Dvořák’s brilliantly boisterous celebration of life – the Carnival Overture, and the glorious ‘Organ Symphony’ of Saint-Saëns, a highlight of the charming film about that loveable ‘sheep-pig’, Babe.

ILYA GRINGOLTS

7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION RTÉ NSO Principal Clarinet John Finucane with Ilya Gringolts

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 9.50pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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WORD FROM AN ARTIST CHRISTIAN LINDBERG, trombone 2010-2011 Season

‘It is always something special to work with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. As a group they perform with a power and energy that almost hits you to the ground, but you can get equally spellbound by their magic sound in pianissimo’

DOMINIC DUDLEY RTÉ NSO SECTION LEADER, DOUBLE BASS

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Associate Artist Series

Soloists Directs Series

Mozart Piano Concerti Cycle

MAIN SEASON | JANUARY

M OZ ART Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat, K449 [21’]

M OZ ART Piano Concerto No. 16 in D, K451 [21’]

M OZ ART Piano Concerto No. 17 in G, K453 [30’]

FRIDAY 18 JANUARY National Concert Hall

FINGHIN COLLINS PIANO/DIRECTOR

CELESTIAL FIELDS FINGHIN COLLINS CONTINUES HIS JOURNEY INTO THE VERY HEART OF MOZART’S SENSE OF HIMSELF as a composer with three of the six piano concertos he composed in 1784. Operatically intense, the dark and melancholic 14th ushered in a period of astonishing maturity and innovation, Mozart describing the 16th, which echoes Haydn and revels in ingenuity of the most entertaining kind, as a work ‘to make the performer sweat’. The 17th, one of the wittiest and richest of all his piano concertos, delightfully evokes ‘celestial fields where the flocks of gods go grazing’. FINGHIN COLLINS

7pm: SOUNDINGS GUEST TALK UCD Choral Scholar Director Desmond Earley on Mozart and his travels

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 9.40pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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BEYOND THE SEASON | JANUARY

HORIZONS 2013 MUSIC SERIES

CONTEMPORARY

FEATURED COMPOSER: LINDA BUCKLEY

RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence

TUESDAY 22 JANUARY LINDA BUCKLEY

National Concert Hall

12.30pm: COMPOSERS IN CONVERSATION † Contemporary Music Centre Director Evonne Ferguson with composer Linda Buckley

1.05pm: CONCERT

L I NDA B U C K L E Y

chiyo (RTÉ commission)

L I NDA B U C K L E Y

turn, 2nd movement

IRENE BUCKLEY

Stórr for orchestra without percussion

L I NDA B U C K L E Y

Fall Approaches for string orchestra and electronics [9’]

L I NDA B U C K L E Y

Surge (RTÉ commission)

[9’] IRISH PREMIERE [6’] IRISH PREMIERE [9’]

[10’]

Ends: 2pm

GAVIN MALONEY CONDUCTOR FREE EVENT See p. 65

† In association with

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‘MUCH OF THIS MUSIC IS INSPIRED BY LANDSCAPE AND POETRY – from the clean pure haiku of Japan in chiyo (“cool clear water, the beauty of hidden things”) to the work of thirteenth-century Persian poet Rumi in turn (‘Turn as the earth and moon turn, circling what they love’) to the gaelic psalmody of Stórr evoking the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The poetic landscape of Iceland inspires Fall Approaches with the ancient practice of rimur chant (“Soon we will not see the sun, soon the river will be frozen”). This is a concert presenting the work of two sisters, born on a barren and isolated peninsula of haunting beauty, jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean – a connecting thread of dramatic geography, at once wild and rugged.’ Linda Buckley

MAIN SEASON | JANUARY

Choral Masterworks

B E RG Violin Concerto [22’]

B E E THOV EN Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 ‘Choral’ [65’] ISABELLE VAN KEULEN VIOLIN KATHERINE BRODERICK SOPRANO CLAUDIA HUCKLE ALTO ROBIN TRITSCHLER TENOR ANDREW FOSTER-WILLIAMS BASS RTÉ PHILHARMONIC CHOIR MARK HINDLEY CHORUS MASTER GERHARD MARKSON CONDUCTOR

FRIDAY 25 JANUARY National Concert Hall

THE

KEULEN ISABELLE VAN

AGONY AND THE ECSTASY A HEART-WRENCHING REQUIEM, A GARGANTUAN SYMPHONIC HYMN. Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto – a heart-wrenching requiem for the death of a young child, dedicated to ‘the memory of an angel’ – and Beethoven’s gargantuan symphonic hymn, with its ecstatic choral setting of Schiller’s Ode to Joy, are two monumental musical milestones whose astonishing intensity and awesome scale are without compare. Former Principal Conductor Gerhard Markson returns to lead virtuoso Dutch violinist Isabelle van Keulen, the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, and a quartet of vocal talents in what is sure to be a night to remember.

6.10pm: FREE CONCERT Pipeworks Organ recital with David Adams, see p. 63

7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION Former RTÉ NSO General Manager and Principal Clarinet Brian O’Rourke with conductor Gavin Maloney

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 10pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64 39

BEYOND THE SEASON | JANUARY

HORIZONS 2013 MUSIC SERIES

CONTEMPORARY

FEATURED COMPOSER: JONATHAN NANGLE

TUESDAY 29 JANUARY JONATHAN NANGLE

National Concert Hall

12pm: SOUND INSTALLATION Jonathan Nangle Trip the Light Fantastic

12.30pm: COMPOSERS IN CONVERSATION † Contemporary Music Centre Director Evonne Ferguson with composer Jonathan Nangle

1.05pm: CONCERT Ends: 2pm FREE EVENT See p. 65

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DONALD SARSFIELD Between Wood and Water for string orchestra and tape JONATHAN NANGLE New Work

[10’]

WORLD PREMIERE [10’]

JONATHAN NANGLE Then falls thy Shadow for chamber ensemble and random shuffle playback system [5’] JONATHAN NANGLE Now is night come quietly

[8’]

GAVIN MALONEY CONDUCTOR ‘DAPPLED SUNLIGHT CAST THROUGH SUMMER FOLIAGE and the complex, evolving interplay between light and shadow as the breeze ruffles the treetops, the squeak of an old chair, night rain, white harmony, flowing lines, a shuffling iPod and slow moving chords. A peal of bells derived from the light cast by the afternoon sun and the enveloping blackness as day turns gently into night.’ Jonathan Nangle

BEYOND THE SEASON | JANUARY

DUNNE VERONICA

FOLLOWING THREE PRELIMINARY ROUNDS, THE 7th VERONICA DUNNE INTERNATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION FINAL will see six singers battle it out for the coveted title and first prize of €10,000. With a prize fund in excess of €30,000 and over 12 different prizes, the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition has established itself as a competition attracting some of the most exciting young voices emerging internationally.

THURSDAY 31 JANUARY National Concert Hall

FINAL OF THE

VeronicaDUNNE Previous prizewinners include Pumeza Matshikiza, Sarah-Jane Brandon, Norah Amsellem, Tara Erraught, Simon O'Neill and Orla Boylan, now working in opera houses such as the Stuttgart Opera House; Bavarian State Opera, Munich; Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Vienna Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

INTERNATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION PATRIK RINGBORG CONDUCTOR

8pm: COMPETITION TICKETS FROM €12 See p. 65

Join us and give them your support as they perform a selection of operatic arias with the RTÉ NSO before a jury chaired by Jane Carty and including Christa Ludwig, Richard Bonynge and the Wexford Festival Opera Artistic Director David Agler. For more information: www.vdiscompetition.com 41

BEYOND THE SEASON | FEBRUARY

‘A fabulous show’ ‘A wonderful night’ ‘Superb’ ‘We had a ball’ ‘Everyone loved hearing their favourite movie themes played by an orchestra of this size’ ‘The RTÉ NSO made an incredible sound’ ‘David Arnold’s arrangements were stunning’

FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY National Concert Hall

A

JUST SOME OF THE LOVELY COMMENTS WE RECEIVED WHEN WE FIRST PRESENTED A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS IN 2011. NOW IT’S BACK, REMINDING US AGAIN WHY THERE REALLY IS NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS.

NIGHT

AT THE

OSCARS

ALL-TIME ICONIC MOVIE SCORE FAVOURITES

WITH THE RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA DAVID ARNOLD CONDUCTOR PRESENTED BY SHAY BYRNE RTÉ RADIO 1 8pm: CONCERT Ends: 10.10pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 65

Once again, the full forces of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra give the orchestral treatment to all-time iconic movie-score favourites, from the 1930s through to recent times. Old and new, funny and sad, animated classics, movie musicals, romantic comedies, dramas and Disney hits. Everything from Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins to Cabaret, Chariots of Fire, Out of Africa, Doctor Zhivago and Bridge on the River Kwai.

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BEYOND THE SEASON | FEBRUARY

HORIZONS 2013 MUSIC SERIES

CONTEMPORARY

FEATURED COMPOSER: RAYMOND DEANE 60th BIRTHDAY YEAR CELEBRATION

RAYMOND DEANE

TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY

C A RL RUG GL E S

National Concert Hall

Portals [7’]

RAYMOND DEANE Epitomes [8’] RAYMOND DEANE Ripieno [30’]

12.30pm: COMPOSERS IN CONVERSATION †

GAVIN MALONEY CONDUCTOR

Contemporary Music Centre Director Evonne Ferguson with composer Raymond Deane

‘COMPOSERS BYPASSED BY HISTORY DEPEND ON POSTERITY TO WAGE THEIR STRUGGLE FOR RECOGNITION. Carl Ruggles (1876–1971) was an uncompromising American pioneer who completed only 10 musical works in his long life. Portals for strings (1925) is typically intense and contrapuntal. My Epitomes, written for the Dublin Orchestras for Young Players, is 20 years old. An elegy for my father is framed by two almost minimalist miniatures. Ripieno (1999), by contrast, is my longest and most elaborate orchestral work to date.’ Raymond Deane

1.05pm: CONCERT Ends: 2pm FREE EVENT See p. 65

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MAIN SEASON | FEBRUARY

M AH L ER Rückert Lieder

[18’]

Symphony No. 10 (Cooke version)

FRIDAY 8 FEBRUARY National Concert Hall

[72’]

CELINE BYRNE SOPRANO STEFAN BLUNIER CONDUCTOR

AFFAIRS OF THE 7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION RTÉ lyric fm’s Paul Herriott with Stefan Blunier

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 10pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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NE E BYR CELIN

M AH L ER

HEART

STRADDLING THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES, MAHLER’S MUSIC EXPLORED THE AFFAIRS OF THE HEART WITH A PASSIONATE INTENSITY that takes the introspective and deeply felt to expansive and expressive ends. Shot through with dark emotions, sweet-scented melodies and sylvan beauty, the sublime Rückert Lieder are exquisitely inspired by the immediacy of nature and the intimacy of love. Moving from bleakest terror to luminous, transcendent peace, the monumental Tenth Symphony was his mighty leave-taking of the world and surely one of the greatest love letters ever written.

BEYOND THE SEASON | FEBRUARY

HORIZONS 2013 MUSIC SERIES

CONTEMPORARY

FEATURED COMPOSER: ANN CLEARE

TUESDAY 12 FEBRUARY ANN CLEARE

National Concert Hall

AN N C L EA RE

phôsphors

XEN A KI S

Dämmerschein (Rays of Twilight)

AN N C L EA RE

to another of the other for bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone and orchestra WORLD PREMIERE [16’]

WORLD PREMIERE [13’]

[12’]

ELISION ENSEMBLE RICHARD HAYNES | BENJAMIN MARKS | TRISTRAM WILLIAMS GAVIN MALONEY CONDUCTOR ‘The idea of light travelling through a space permeates this programme. In the colossal Dämmerschein (Rays of Twilight) by Xenakis, sounds are luminously sculpted and diffused throughout the orchestra, like beams of light flickering on a sky of rapidly transforming stars. phôsphors divides the orchestra into four insular islands that communicate by igniting matter into sonic colours, in an alchemical transfer of energy. to another of that other combines the orchestra with three soloists from the Australian ensemble ELISION, exploring an angular geometry of a bass clarinet, trumpet and trombone as they modulate identities in the orchestral landscape.’

12.30pm: COMPOSERS IN CONVERSATION † Contemporary Music Centre Director Evonne Ferguson with composer Ann Cleare

1.05pm: CONCERT Ends: 2pm FREE EVENT See p. 65

† In association with

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Principal Conductor Series

MAIN SEASON | FEBRUARY

GR I E G Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55 [15’] SA I N T- SA Ë N S Piano Concerto No. 5 in F, Op. 103 ‘Egyptian’ [29’] PR O KO F I E V Symphony No. 4 in C, Op. 47 (original version) [23’] FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY

GR I E G Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 [15’]

National Concert Hall

LILYA ZILBERSTEIN PIANO

ALAN BURIBAYEV CONDUCTOR

7pm: SOUNDINGS GUEST TALK TCD Head of Music Simon Trezise on Prokofiev’s Fourth Symphony

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 10pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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TAKEN FROM HIS MUSIC FOR IBSEN’S PEER GYNT, the story of a boastful and vain outlaw who finds love in old age, Grieg’s Suites boast some of the most atmospheric and beautiful music ever written, from the sublime ‘Morning’ and haunting ‘Solveig’s Song’ to the fiery ‘Arabian Dance’ and vivid depiction of grotesque mountain trolls and gnomes. No less exotic is Saint-Saëns’ ‘Egyptian’ Concerto, a magical voyage full of Middle Eastern scents with brilliantly descriptive piano writing for virtuoso Lilya Zilberstein. Finally Prokofiev’s Fourth Symphony provides drama and emotion aplenty in rich and relishable music.

LILYA ZILBERSTEIN

JOURNEYS OF THE IMAGINATION

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Principal Conductor Series

MAIN SEASON | FEBRUARY

DVOŘ ÁK Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 [40’]

R AC H M ANI N OV Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44 [39’] ALBAN GERHARDT CELLO ALAN BURIBAYEV CONDUCTOR

FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY National Concert Hall

LANDMARKS OF

ALBAN GERHARDT

EMOTION TWO MESMERIC LANDMARKS OF THE ORCHESTRAL REPERTOIRE ELOQUENTLY ILLUSTRATE THE ENORMOUS VARIETY AND VITALITY OF THE FORM. Dvořák’s glorious late-19th-century Concerto is a haunting blend of American-Negro folk tunes and thrilling, heart-on-sleeve writing for the cello (played by the remarkable, always unmissable, Alban Gerhardt). Completed in 1936, Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony is a work of large emotions underpinned by the brittle poignancy of plain-chant and expressed in music that moves from brooding melancholia to searing lyricism to thrilling defiance with irresistible energy.

7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION RTÉ NSO Principal Cello Martin Johnson with Alban Gerhardt on popular cello concerti

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 9.50pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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Associate Artist Series

Beethoven Piano Concerti Cycle

MAIN SEASON | FEBRUARY

B EETH OV EN Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15 [36’]

B EETH OV EN SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY National Concert Hall

Piano Concerto No. 6 in D, Op. 61 [42’] FINGHIN COLLINS PIANO JONATHAN COHEN CONDUCTOR

BEETHOVEN FOR

MOZART LOVERS

3.30pm: CONCERT Ends: 5.20pm approx.

POST-CONCERT TALK With the performers in the John Field Room TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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BEETHOVEN’S FIRST AND LAST PIANO CONCERTOS OWE A GENEROUS DEBT TO THE RADIANT BRILLIANCE OF MOZART. The First is an infectious display of youthful playfulness and swagger that pits soloist against orchestra in an entertaining game of cat and mouse. No less delightful is the Sixth Concerto (Beethoven’s own transcription of his Violin Concerto). After last season’s revelatory beginning to his complete survey of Beethoven’s piano concertos, Associate Artist Finghin Collins nears the end of the cycle in scintillating fashion. Les Arts Florissants Associate Conductor Jonathan Cohen is one to look forward to.

JONATHAN COHEN

Associate Artist Series

Beethoven Piano Concerti Cycle

Choral Masterworks

MAIN SEASON | MARCH

B EETH OV EN Coriolan Overture, Op. 62 [8’] Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58 [34’] Choral Fantasy, Op. 80 [19’]

SUNDAY FINGHIN COLLINS PIANO JENNIFER DAVIS SOPRANO 3 MARCH NICOLA MULLIGAN SOPRANO LAURA MURPHY ALTO National Concert Hall EOIN HYNES TENOR PATRICK HYLAND BASS GAVAN RING BARITONE THE GUINNESS CHOIR DAVID MILNE CHORUS MASTER JONATHAN COHEN CONDUCTOR

ORPHEUSTAMING THE

NICOLA MULLIGAN

WILD BEASTS ASSOCIATE ARTIST FINGHIN COLLINS’ FINAL BEETHOVEN PROGRAMME features the exhilarating ingenuity and captivating melodic invention of the Fourth Piano Concerto, whose voluptuous second movement Liszt memorably described as ‘Orpheus taming the wild beasts’. The majestic Coriolan Oveture offers up a clenched fist of emotion and high drama, and The Guinness Choir and a sextet of soloists join us for the sublime Choral Fantasy, where piano, voice and orchestra combine with muscularity and musicality.

3.30pm: CONCERT Ends: 5.00pm approx.

POST-CONCERT TALK With the performers in the John Field Room TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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Principal Conductor Series Prokofiev Symphony Cycle

MAIN SEASON | MARCH

TC H AI KOVSKY Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32 [22’]

KH AC H ATU R I A N Concerto-Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra [23’]

FRIDAY 8 MARCH

P R OKOF I EV Symphony No. 5 in B flat, Op. 100 [46’]

National Concert Hall

HIDEKO UDAGAWA VIOLIN

ALAN BURIBAYEV CONDUCTOR

FROM RUSSIAWITH LOVE 7pm: SOUNDINGS GUEST TALK TCD Head of Music Simon Trezise on the evening’s programme

8pm: CONCERT

TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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HIDEKO UD AGAWA

Ends: 10.10pm approx.

PASSIONS, PLEASURABLE AND PAINFUL, RUN HIGH IN THREE MAJESTIC WORKS THAT SPRING FROM THE RUSSIAN SOIL AND SOUL. Drawn from Dante’s Inferno, Tchaikovsky’s searingly tragic Francesca da Rimini tells of murdered lovers locked in poignant embrace for all eternity. Prokofiev described his mighty and moving Fifth Symphony as ‘a song of praise of free and happy mankind’, its soaring drama conjuring the moment of victory in World War II. Hideko Udagawa is sure to delight with Khachaturian’s richly characterised love song for violin and orchestra, the Concerto-Rhapsody.

Soloist Directs Series

MAIN SEASON | MARCH

M OZ A RT The Marriage of Figaro Overture, K492 [4’] M OZ A RT Symphony No. 29 in A [28’] M E ND E L SSO HN Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 [26] M E ND E L SSO HN Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 ‘Italian’ [27]

FRIDAY 22 MARCH National Concert Hall

JULIAN RACHLIN VIOLIN /CONDUCTOR

CLASSICALPOISE CHARISMATIC VIRTUOSO JULIAN RACHLIN MAKES A WELCOME RETURN AS BOTH SOLOIST AND CONDUCTOR FOR ARGUABLY THE GREATEST OF ALL VIOLIN CONCERTOS. Mendelssohn’s masterpiece is a passionate helterskelter ride laced together by heart-stopping melodies and thrilling orchestral writing, while his Fourth Symphony is a colourful snapshot of travels in Italy that calls to mind his nickname as ‘the Mozart of the 19th century’. Offering scintillating proof of the comparison is Mozart’s own brilliant and energetic Symphony No. 29 and the magnificent Overture to The Marriage of Figaro. JULIAN RACHLIN

6.10pm: FREE CONCERT Pipeworks Organ recital with Colm Carey, see p. 63

7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION RTÉ NSO Co-Leader, Elaine Clark with Julian Rachlin

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MAIN SEASON | APRIL

J OH N KI NS EL LA Symphony No. 10 [30’]

B R U C KNER FRIDAY 12 APRIL

Symphony No. 4 in E flat, ‘Romantic’ [70’]

National Concert Hall

GAVIN MALONEY CONDUCTOR

7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION Conductor Gavin Maloney with composer John Kinsella on his symphonies.

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 10.05pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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A SECOND CHANCE FOR IRISH AUDIENCES TO HEAR JOHN KINSELLA’S TENTH SYMPHONY, DESCRIBED BY THE COMPOSER AS ‘VERY MUCH AN EXPRESSION OF MYSELF’. First heard in 2012 just weeks before Kinsella’s 80th birthday, it was hailed by The Irish Times for its ‘spare linear style, moments of fierce, trumpet-topped intensity’ and a finale that ‘moves with foot-tapping clarity’. Bruckner’s expansive ‘Romantic’ Symphony is a magnificent exercise in recreating the medieval countryside of his native Austria, complete with vivid hunting scenes, evocative birdsong, pastoral colour and an altogether blazing climax.

LONEY GAVIN MA

SYMPHONIC MATTERS

MAIN SEASON | APRIL

L ALO Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 [33’]

DVOŘ ÁK Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 ‘From the New World’ [40’] ELDBJØRG HEMSING VIOLIN GILBERT VARGA CONDUCTOR

FRIDAY 19 APRIL National Concert Hall

A POSTCARD FROM

THE

NEW WORLD AND THE OLD JOIN ACCLAIMED CONDUCTOR GILBERT VARGA FOR A MUSICAL JOURNEY between the Old World of Europe – in Lalo’s rhapsodic celebration of Spanish folk songs – and the New World of America in Dvořák’s stirring Ninth Symphony, with its unforgettably stirring blend of Native American and AfricanAmerican melodies and tunes from his native Bohemia. Heard in countless television adverts and films, it remains a work of epic dimensions, with music that is gloriously fresh, vital, and alive to the ear. Sensational young Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing is our soloist.

ELDBJØRG HEMSING

7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION The Irish Times music critic Michael Dervan with Gilbert Varga

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 9.35pm approx.

9.45pm: LATE NIGHT Norwegian folk music and more with Eldbjørg Hemsing violin/Hardanger fiddle TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64 53

The French Connection

Choral Masterworks

MAIN SEASON | APRIL

M ESS I AEN L’Ascension – 4 méditations symphoniques [27’]

R AV EL Piano Concerto for the Left Hand [19’]

I B ERT

FRIDAY 26 APRIL

Escales (Ports of Call) [14’]

National Concert Hall

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC NEUBURGER PIANO PASCAL ROPHÉ CONDUCTOR

HEAT, HOLINESS AND

7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION Eugene Downes with Pascal Rophé

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 9.35pm approx.

9.45pm: LATE NIGHT Messiaen L’Ascension for solo organ [27’] with Mark Duley organ TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64 54

LEFT-HAND PIANO FRENCH MUSIC SPECIALIST PASCAL ROPHÉ CONDUCTS A COLOURFUL PROGRAMME OF MUSIC FROM HIS HOMELAND with Messiaen’s moving, devout and joyous setting of Catholic liturgy and Biblical texts, L’Ascension, Ravel’s effervescent Piano Concerto for the Left Hand – featuring Jean-Frédéric Neuburger at the piano – looks west towards America to dazzlingly embrace the improvisatory brilliance of jazz. Ibert’s magical ‘Ports of Call’, meanwhile, revels in the captivating colour and exotic heat of Italian, Spanish and Arabic influences on a musical tour around the Mediterranean. JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC NEUBURGER

The French Connection

Choral Masterworks

MAIN SEASON | MAY

F R ANC K Symphony in D minor [37’]

H ONEGG E R Rugby [8’]

P OU L ENC

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF POULENC’S DEATH

FRIDAY 3 MAY

Gloria [28’]

National Concert Hall

MAIRÉAD BUICKE SOPRANO RTÉ PHILHARMONIC CHOIR MARK HINDLEY CHORUS MASTER PASCAL ROPHÉ CONDUCTOR

GOD RUGBY

TO

AND

GLORY

WITH ITS COMPELLING BLEND OF FRENCH AND GERMAN INFLUENCES, FRANCK’S ONLY SYMPHONY contributed to a revival of the form in his native France in the late 19th century. And no wonder: it brims over with drama, emotion and rich, ripe melodies that catch the ear and the imagination. Pascal Rophé returns to conduct it, together with Honegger’s spirited Rugby, which offers all the thrills and spills of a game in full flow, and Poulenc’s celebratory, gloriously ebullient and joyous Gloria, with the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and Limerick-born soprano Mairéad Buicke.

7pm: SOUNDINGS GUEST TALK

Organist Mark Duley on Franck’s Symphony and legacy for organists

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 9.50pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

PASCAL ROPHÉ

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Associate Artist Series

Soloists Directs Series

Mozart Piano Concerti Cycle

MAIN SEASON | MAY

M OZART Piano Concerto No. 5 in D, K175 [21’]

M OZART Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K595 [32’]

FRIDAY 10 MAY

LLINS FINGHIN CO

M OZART Concerto for Three Pianos in F, K242 [20’]

National Concert Hall

FINGHIN COLLINS PIANO/DIRECTOR DEARBHLA COLLINS PIANO HUGH TINNEY PIANO

BEAUTY IN

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 9.45pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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COLLINS DEARBHLA

RTÉ Performing Groups Executive Director Séamus Crimmins with Finghin Collins on the scale of his 2010– 2013 Mozart Piano Concerti Cycle

THREE OF IRELAND’S FINEST PIANISTS COME TOGETHER FOR A NIGHT OF PHENOMENAL MUSIC MAKING as Dearbhla Collins and Hugh Tinney join Associate Artist Finghin Collins for the bracing conclusion to his Mozart piano concerto cycle. The Concerto in F for Three Pianos is an affectionate portrait of the composer’s patron and her two daughters, complete with a delightfully witty surprise ending. The early, buoyant Fifth Concerto (composed by a 17-year-old Mozart), and the very last – the introspective, valedictory 27th – reveal beauty cast in both sunshine and shadow.

HUGH TINNEY

7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION

AND

SUNSHINE SHADOW

Principal Conductor Series

MAIN SEASON | MAY

WAG NER The Flying Dutchman Overture [11’]

B RUC H Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 [24’]

B RA H M S Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90 [33’] EDOARDO ZOSI VIOLIN

ROMANCE

FRIDAY 17 MAY National Concert Hall

ALAN BURIBAYEV CONDUCTOR

EXTREMES

TAKEN TO

ZOSI EDOARDO

BRUCH’S FIRST VIOLIN CONCERTO IS SELDOM ABSENT FROM ‘TOP 10’ LISTS FOR GOOD REASON. It’s a sublime concoction of sweet, soaring violin melodies and red-blooded orchestral writing – a perfect combination for the young Italian virtuoso Edoardo Zosi and Principal Conductor Alan Buribayev in his third season with the RTÉ NSO. From its storm-tossed beginning and stately themes to its soaring conclusion, the Overture to Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman provides romantic drama in abundance, while the Third Symphony by Brahms is a bold and brilliant work of pulsing and powerful emotions.

7pm: SOUNDINGS GUEST TALK UCD Head of Music Julian Horton on the evening’s Germanic repertoire.

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 9.45pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

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Principal Guest Conductor Series

Choral Masterworks

MAIN SEASON | MAY

S I B EL I U S Tapiola, Op. 112 [18’]

S I B EL I U S Kullervo, Op. 7 [72’]

FRIDAY 24 MAY National Concert Hall

JOHANNA RUSANEN-KARTANO SOPRANO VILLE RUSANEN BARITONE THE POLYTECH CHOIR OF FINLAND JUHA KUIVANEN DIRECTOR HANNU LINTU CONDUCTOR

FANTASY FOLK MUSIC AND 7pm: FREE CONCERT The Polytech Choir, Finland

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 10pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

SINGING SIBLINGS JOHANNA RUSANEN-KARTANO AND VILLE RUSANEN JOIN FORCES WITH FELLOW FINNS THE POLYTECH CHOIR AND PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR HANNU LINTU, ‘a dynamic figure on the rostrum’(Irish Independent). Making extensive use of Finnish folk tunes, Kullervo and Tapiola revel in all the romantic verve and dramatic impact of a modern film soundtrack. Sibelius pours what he called ‘the pure cold water’ of his music to bewitching effect: Kullervo churning and boiling with mysterious incantations; Tapiola, the composer’s last major work, a powerful evocation of mythic landscapes. Supported by the Embassy of Finland

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JOHANNA ARTANO RUSANEN-K

PURECOLDWATER

Principal Conductor Series

MAIN SEASON | MAY

TC H AI KOVS KY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 [32’]

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op.47 [44’]

FRIDAY 31 MAY

KIRILL GERSTEIN PIANO ALAN BURIBAYEV CONDUCTOR

A FINALE OF

AND

National Concert Hall

FANFARES

FIREWORKS SEASON FINALE: THE CURTAIN CLOSES

TWO OF THE MOST POPULAR AND EXCITING WORKS IN THE REPERTOIRE BRING OUR SEASON TO A GLORIOUS END. With its big, bold, heart-on-sleeve melodies, Tchaikovsky’s tempestuous tug of war between orchestra and soloist offers pianist Kirill Gerstein opportunities aplenty for displays of firework virtuosity. No less powerful is Shostakovich’s mighty Fifth Symphony, a dramatic 20th-century masterpiece brimming over with one memorable melody after another that gets close to boiling point with its bold intensity and striking contrasts.

6.10pm: FREE CONCERT Pipeworks Organ recital. with Mark Duley, see p. 63

7pm: SOUNDINGS IN CONVERSATION Journalist Ian Fox on the final concert of the season

8pm: CONCERT Ends: 9.45pm approx. TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 64

KIRILL GERSTEIN

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PRESENTED AS PART OF

SUNDAY 2 JUNE

THE RTÉ NSO’S MUSICAL DISCOVERY PROGRAMME | JUNE

GLOBAL EXPRESS

A FAMILY CONCERT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN Concert with on screen presentation and audience participation

National Concert Hall

R . ST R AU SS Introduction (Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30)

[2’]

CO P L AND Hoe down (Rodeo) [3’30] PAUL RISSMANN

B I Z E T Habanera (Carmen Suite No. 2)

[2’]

B I Z E T Les Toréadors (Carmen Suite No. 1)

[2’]

ANDE R S O N The Irish Washerwoman (Irish Suite) MU SS O R GS KY

(ORCH. RAVEL)

PAU L R I SS MA N N The Meerkat Tango Z I MME R

[3’]

Pictures at an Exhibition (excerpts)

(ARR. LAVENDER & LONGFIELD)

[15’]

[4’]

Pirates of the Caribbean (highlights)

PRESENTED BY PAUL RISSMANN CONDUCTOR JAMES CAVANAGH AGE: 7 –12 YEARS

3pm: CONCERT Duration: 1 hour TICKETS FROM €10 See p. 65

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MUSIC TO ENGAGE, EXCITE AND ENTERTAIN THE WHOLE FAMILY! Prepare to be transported into space by Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra and back down-to-earth again (the Wild West, to be exact) to become a cowboy in Copland’s Rodeo, a bullfighter in Bizet’s Carmen, a Pirate of the Caribbean in music from the film, before losing yourself in Mussorgsky’s magical and mysterious Pictures at an Exhibition. You’ll even get an opportunity to sing along with the audience as the orchestra performs the curiously named Meerkat Tango written by our presenter Paul Rissmann.

[3’]

BEYOND THE SEASON | JUNE

RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS

THREESOPRANOS

SUMMER GALA ON TOUR IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE JOHN MURRAY SHOW, RTÉ RADIO 1 CARA O’SULLIVAN

ON TOUR

REGINA NATHAN

FOR THE FIRST TIME

CELINE BYRNE

THE

CELINE BYRNE SOPRANO REGINA NATHAN SOPRANO CARA O’SULLIVAN SOPRANO JOHN FINUCANE CONDUCTOR

Orchestral and operatic favourites MONDAY 3 JUNE – SATURDAY 8 JUNE, 2013 Leisureland GALWAY University Concert Hall LIMERICK City Hall CORK WIT Campus WATERFORD For more information see www.rte.ie/nso (from September 2012) 61

RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL PRESENT

PIPEWORKS

FREE PRE-CONCERT ORGAN RECITALS Linked to Main Season programmes FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER, 6.10pm MARK DULEY ORGAN

FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER, 6.10pm DAVID LEIGH ORGAN

MENDELSSOHN Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 65 [16’]

WHITLOCK Sonata in C minor [45’]

SWEELINCK Onder een linde groen [6’]

This complex and monumental work is linked with Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony, first heard by Whitlock in 1934 and referred to cryptically in the Sonata’s dedication. Whitlock’s unashamedly lush romantic style owes much to the older composer, and marks him out as an important if somewhat neglected figure in the twentieth-century canon of organ music.

LISZT Weinen Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen [8’] Tchaikovsky famously outlined a programmatic element to the first movement of his Fourth Symphony (to be heard in the evening’s Main Season concert); tonight’s programme presents organ works which follow a similar broad outline of fate/despair moving to resignation/ hope. Tchaikovsky’s final movement incorporates the folk song The little birch tree, here mirrored in Sweelinck’s set of variations on Under the linden tree.

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FRIDAY 25 JANUARY, 6.10pm DAVID ADAMS ORGAN

FRIDAY 22 MARCH, 6.10pm COLM CAREY ORGAN

FRIDAY 31 MAY, 6.10pm MARK DULEY ORGAN

SCHOENBERG Variations on a Recitative, Op. 40 [9’]

HINDEMITH Sonata No. 1 [17’]

J.S. BACH Prelude and Fugue in E minor BWV 548 [16’]

LISZT Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam, S259 [28’] Two aspects of the evening’s Main Season concert are amplified in this preceding Pipeworks event. Berg’s concerto and his teacher Schoenberg’s variations are twelve-tone works, both with a strong tonal undercurrent. Berg’s use of the chorale Es ist genug in the Concerto and Beethoven’s famous hymn of joy are mirrored in Liszt’s use of the revolutionary hymn Ad nos from Meyerbeer’s opera Le Prophète.

MOZART (arr. Best/Carey) Larghetto (from Clarinet Quintet, Op. 108) [6’] MENDELSSOHN Sonata No. 4 in B flat, Op. 65 [14’] This evening’s programme explores the organ's interaction with classical form and style, as experienced in the linear counterpoint of Hindemith, the poised elegance of Mozart transcribed, or Mendelssohn’s homage to Baroque models in reimagining the sonata as a suite of contrasted movements.

HAMPTON Everyone Dance! from Five Dances for Organ [4’] BRIDGE Adagio in E [7’] FRANCK Pièce Héroïque [8’] This programme follows the general emotive outline of the four movements of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, highlighting in particular the terse counterpoint and melodic profiles of the first, the satirical dance of the second, the elegiac intensity of the third, and the bombast of the fourth.

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National Concert Hall Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

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€128.00 €32.00

* Due to choral performances on 19 October, 25 January, 3 March, 3 May and 24 May the Choir Balcony will be closed. Due to stage extensions on 25 January, 8 February and 3 March Rows B and C in the Stalls will be closed. Please note Row D in the Stalls can be purchased as a Full Season Package, but Choir Balcony and Rows B and C in the Stalls cannot. † Excluding New Year’s Day.

Want to include New Year’s Day with your (3–16) concert package? If you wish to purchase New Year’s Day as part of a Main Season Concert Package (3–16 concerts) please note that due to the slightly higher ticket prices for New Year’s Day, there will be a small additional cost (not exceeding €3) depending on the seat band and package size chosen.

Beyond the Season concerts Beyond the Season Evening Concerts, Late Night✦ concerts and FORTE events are individually priced and are not part of the Main Season concert packages. Please see p.65 for ticket prices. ✦

If there is a Late Night concert on the night you are attending a Main Season concert, entry is free to you.

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RTÉ NSO SUBSCRIBER REWARDS

EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS FOR 2012–2013 MAIN SEASON CONCERT PACKAGE SUBSCRIBERS WHEN YOU SHOW YOUR RTÉ NSO SUBSCRIBER CARD †

With a full Main Season concert package you get: ✔ Exclusive early booking for RTÉ NSO 2013–2014 Season Giving you the opportunity to book ahead of everybody else. ✔ Keep the same seat from one season to the next We will hold your current seat during the exclusive early booking period so that you can have first refusal on your favourite seat.

With a 3–16 Main Season concert package you get: ✔ Priority booking period for RTÉ NSO 2013–2014 Season Book your new package ahead of general public booking.

Insider Access for all RTÉ NSO Main Season Concert Package subscribers. ✔ Invitations to free selected open rehearsals for you and a friend

Exclusive discounts for all 2012–2013 Main Season concert package subscribers ✔ RTÉ NSO season concert programmes: €1 off regular price ✔ 10% discount at: The Terrace Café (NCH) Alex Restaurant (The Conrad Hotel) The Music Box (NCH) ✔ 5% discount on tickets: Selected evening concerts presented by the RTÉ NSO & the RTÉ CO August 2012–May 2013 at the National Concert Hall. Offer excludes the RTÉ CO New Year’s Eve concert. Limited to 2 per person. Subject to availability.

CARD

How to receive your RTÉ NSO Subscriber Card? See p.71.

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THE RTÉ NSO SUBSCRIBER CARD

The card that saves you money RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012–2013 SUBSCRIBER CARD Valid from: 09/2012 • Expires: see reverse

To enjoy your exclusive discounts and benefits, you need to register forthe RTÉ NSO Main Season Subscriber Card. Start saving immediately!

HOW TO GET YOUR CARD † Simply choose from the options below.

† PLEASE NOTE: In accordance Tell the National Concert Hall • By phone/in person: At the time of booking instruct the box-office to pass your contact information onto RTÉ so your Subscriber Card can be sent to you directly • In writing: Tick the consent box on the Ticket Order Form. You can download this from www.rte.ie/nationalsymphonyorchestra OR Tell RTÉ directly • You can call or email RTÉ directly to request your Card and we will send it to you. Tel: 01 208 2530 | Email: rtensosubscribers@rte.ie

with the Data Protection Act 2003, information provided to the National Concert Hall at the time of booking cannot be passed onto RTÉ without your permission. As the RTÉ NSO Main Season Subscriber Card has to be issued by RTÉ directly, it is important that you choose one of the options outlined in order to receive the card which saves you money. 71

HOW AND WHEN TO BOOK WHEN TO BOOK Main Season Concert Packages Full Main Season Subscribers*: Wed 18 July All Subscribers*: Mon 23 July Public package booking: Tue 31 July Single Concerts All Subscribers*: Tue 31 July Full public booking: Sat 4 Aug Booking opens at 10am on all dates *Previous Season’s Subscribers

HOW TO BOOK Telephone booking Tel: 01 417 0000 • Fax: 01 417 0078 Box office opening hours: 10am–6pm Monday–Saturday (open 2 hours prior to concerts on Sundays/Bank Holidays) Online booking www.nch.ie • No booking fees Please note: Packages can be booked online but same seat renewal option is not available. In person Booking in person at the National Concert Hall box office, Monday–Saturday, 10am–6pm (open 2 hours prior to concerts on Sundays/Bank Holidays)

METHODS OF PAYMENT Credit & debit card Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Laser Cheque/postal order/bank draft Please make crossed cheques/postal orders/bank drafts payable to the National Concert Hall.

WHEN ORDERING Indicate your preferred seat location and your second preference. Every effort will be made to accommodate your 72

request. In the event of neither of your preferred locations being available you will be allocated the nearest available seat(s) in your selected price bracket. For telephone bookings If buying an RTÉ NSO Main Season subscription package, please advise the National Concert Hall box office that your contact information may be passed on to RTÉ in order to receive your subscriber benefits and further information on other performances by the RTÉ Performing Groups. For in-person bookings Tick the CONSENT box on the TICKET ORDER FORM, indicating your wish to receive your subscriber benefits and further information on other performances by the RTÉ Performing Groups. Please note: Ticket order forms are available from the NCH box office.

CONDITIONS OF SALE Once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded. Programme and artist details are subject to change.

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE Wheelchair/accessible seating Seating is available for wheelchair users and their companions. Early booking is advisable. Please contact the National Concert Hall box office. For those who are hard of hearing please indicate this when booking your seats with the box office to benefit from the National Concert Hall’s induction loop system.

RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Acting General Manager: Séamus Crimmins Marketing & Communications Manager: Assumpta Lawless Marketing & Communications Assistant: Maria Buckley Orchestra Manager: Helena Plews Planning & Projects Administrator: Jane Davy Librarian: Niamh O’Connor Orchestra Administration Assistant: Norma O’Connor Senior Orchestral Assistant: Liam Hennessy Orchestral Assistant: Andy Dunne

YELLOW BALCONY K J

3

2 3 H1 2 3 G1 2 3 F1 H H EHH H DH H H CH H H BH 3

NATIONAL CONCERT HALL SEATING PLAN

A

6 7 4 5 6 7 4 5 6 7 5 4 7 6 4 5 6 7 4 5 7 6 H 5 6 7 H 5 6 7 4 5 6 7 H 5 6 7 4 5

STALLS ROW B–D CHOIR BALCONY SEATS

48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

GREEN SIDE BALCONY

57

Y

29 30 31 X 29 30 31 29 30 W 31 V 29 30 31 U 29 30 31 T 29 30 31 S 29 30 31 R 29 30 31 Q 29 30 31 P 29 30 31 N 29 30 31 29 30 M 31 L 29 30 31 K 29 30 31 J 29 30 31 H 29 30 31 G 29 30 31 F 29 30 31 E 29 30 31 D 29 30 31 C 29 30

B

STAGE

CHOIR BALCONY 136 SEATS UNRESERVED

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

BAND E

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

STALLS ROWS E–F SIDE BALCONY SEATS 1–18

25 26 27 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28 25 26 27 28

18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10

BAND D

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

STALLS ROWS G–H SIDE BALCONY SEATS 19–57

21 22 23 24 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19

BAND C

9 10 11 9 10 11 12 13 9 10 11 12 13 9 10 11 12 13 0 1 9 11 12 13 9 10 11 12 13 9 10 11 12 13 0 9 1 11 12 13 9 10 11 12 13 0 1 9 11 12 13 9 10 11 12 13 0 1 9 11 12 13 9 10 11 12 13 9 10 11 12 13 0 9 1 11 12 13 9 10 11 12 13 0 1 9 11 12 13 9 10 11 12 13 0 1 9 11 12 13 9 10 11 12 13 9 10 11 12 13 0 9 1

A

RED SIDE BALCONY

STALLS ROWS J–K & V-Y BALCONY ROWS G–K

4 2 3 4 2 3 4 3 2 4 2 3 4 3 2 4 2 3 4 2 3 4 2 3 4 2 3 4 2 3 4 2 3 4 3 2 4 2 3 4 2 3 4 2 3 4 2 3 4 3 2 4 2 3 4 3 2 4 2 3 4 2 3

11 12 13 11 12 13

K 29 J 29 30 31 29 30 H 31 29 30 G 31 F 29 30 31 E H H HD H H H C H H H B 29

46 47 48 40 41 42 43 44 45 30 29 28 36 35 34 33 32 31

BAND B

Y X 1 W1 V 1 U1 T1 S 1 R1 Q1 P 1 N1 M1 L 1 K1 J 1 H1 G1 F 1 E 1 D1 C1 B

7 8 5 6 7 8 5 6 7 8 5 6 7 8 5 6 7 8 5 6 7 8 5 6 7 8 6 5 7 8 5 6 7 8 5 6 8 7 5 6 7 8 5 6 8 7 5 6 7 8 5 6 7 8 5 6 7 8 5 6 7 8 6 5 7 8 5 6 7 8 5 6 7 8 5 6 7 8 5 6 7 8 5 6 7 8 5 6

11 12 13 11 12 13 11 12 13 11 12 13

14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 27 28 25 26 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 27 28 24 25 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 26 27 24 25 28 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 26 27 24 25 28 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 26 27 24 25 28 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 26 27 23 24 28 25 26 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 27 H 25 26 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 27 H 24 25 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 26 27 23 24 H 25 26 27 28

37

STALLS ROWS L–U BALCONY ROWS A–F

11 12 13 11 12 13 11 12 13 11 12 13

8 39 3

BAND A

10 8 9 10 8 9 10 8 9 10 9 8 10 8 9 10 8 9 0 1 8 9 10 8 9 10 9 8 10 8 9

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