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Silver Saturday 26 April 8pm Howard Shore is among today’s most respected, honoured and active composers. His work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings trilogy stands as his most towering achievement to date, earning him three Academy Awards. With the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and soloists Emma-Jane Murphy and Doreen Curran, Howard Shore will present this new Irish collaboration featuring both his classical and soundtrack work. Tickets: ¤45, ¤55, ¤65

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CONTENTS April listings 2 May listings 3 June listings 4 6 April Highlight - Danish String Quartet April Concerts - Main Auditorium 8 April Concerts - John Field Room 28 May Highlight - Printer Clips 30 May Concerts - Main Auditorium 32 May Concerts - John Field Room 52 54 June Highlight - Wayne Shorter June Concerts - Main Auditorium 56 June Concerts - John Field Room 63 Forthcoming Highlights July-Aug 64 Friends of the National Concert Hall Events 66 Young Maestros Events 67 Education Events 70 Booking and General Information 76 Getting Here and Parking 78 Seating Plan 79

PATRON Michael D. Higgins President of Ireland

RESIDENT AT THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL

The National Concert Hall is supported by The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Chamber Choir Ireland Irish Baroque Orchestra Music Network

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An Evening with David Sedaris RTÉ Concert Orchestra: Golden Melodies of Operetta The Highlands, Hebrides, Leipzig and Beyond…. Life, Love and Dreams Pipeworks in association with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the National Concert Hall RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2013-2014: Lieutenant Kijé Verdi Festival Finale: Requiem Siansa Gael Linn 2014 – Craobhchomórtas Vladimir & Anton Jablokov: Two Brothers UCD Symphony Orchestra: Scheherazade RTÉ Concert Orchestra: John Wilson conducts Essential Classics The Three Tenors: 5th Anniversary Gala Songs You Should Hear (or should hear again) RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2013-2014: The Emperor International Concert Series 2013-2014: City of London Sinfonia; Michael Collins, conductor/clarinet DIT Ensembles All Together Now RTÉ Concert Orchestra: The Very Best of Gilbert & Sullivan Tudor Church Music for Good Friday Chamber Choir Ireland in collaboration with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2013-2014: Good Friday: Bach International Concert Series 2013-2014: Lang Lang International Concert Series 2013-2014: Danish String Quartet Celebrating Seamus Heaney Mozart Great Mass in C minor, Culwick Choral Society Lunchtime Opera and Song ESB Live 2014: Penguin Café Howard Shore in Dublin presented by the National Concert Hall and RTÉ Concert Orchestra Sunday Matinée Series: Leonard-Tinney Duo The Bright Blue Rose - An Evening with Jimmy MacCarthy RIAM Final Year Concerto Performances ESB Feis Ceoil Gala

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RTÉ Concert Orchestra: Karl Jenkins’ 70th Birthday Concert DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2013-2014: Hungarian Stories RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2013-2014: The Late Night Concert Nikolai Demidenko Kate Rusby International Concert Series 2013-2014: Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment and Choir of the Enlightenment; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor More Favourite Melodies Milton Schlosser, piano Colm “Stride” O’Brien RTÉ Concert Orchestra: The Final Frontier — Sci-fi & Fantasy Blockbusters All-Time Favourite Classic Hits! Dave Hardy & The Blue Clavon Orchestra Sunday Matinée Series: Leonard-Tinney Duo Dublin County Choir presents “Bacharach & The Beatles” Do you Hear the People Sing The Music of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg Greg Lloyd Group Pleasures of their Company RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2013-2014: Hiawatha’s Wedding Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, Lyric Opera Productions

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Waltons World Masters - The Blind Boys of Alabama RTÉ Concert Orchestra: COPACABANA — The Music of Barry Manilow RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2013-2014: The Sea Family Film Favourites with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra ESB Live 2014: Printer Clips Sunday Matinée Series: Leonard-Tinney Duo YES to Young Talents Eamon Keane in Concert Magic of the Musicals: An Evening With The R&R

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Harmony @ Large @ Lunchtime Pipeworks in association with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the National Concert Hall RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2013-2014: Idyllic Leavetakings RTÉ Concert Orchestra: Carmen in Concert

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Sublime: Bach, Scriabin Piano Recital, Ivan Ilic Waltons World Masters: Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Big Band: Sinatra My Way Hibernian Orchestra Summer Concert Popular Arias and Songs Cara O’Sullivan, soprano and Mairéad Hurley, piano Perspectives 2014: Wayne Shorter Quartet ESB Live 2014: Bryan Ferry with Strings

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Bill Whelan Gala Celebration with Sir James Galway and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra RTÉ Concert Orchestra: Night on the Town Music for Fun From Opera to Jerome Kern

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APRIL HIGHLIGHT

Liking The Vikings The Danish String Quartet promotes its Viking ancestry but aspires only to capturing the hearts and minds of music audiences with its brilliant individualism.

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Vikings are not what they used to be. Time was when they tied up on our local rivers, jumped out of longboats and swooped down on our women and silverware. Simple stuff really. Not any more if we are to judge by the Danish String Quartet, rising stars of the chamber world, who now intend to capture only hearts and minds with the quality of their music. This four-man group revels in the “Vikingness’’ of its imagery and proudly promotes it. True, there is an absence of horns and helmets, swords and shields of the olden days, but they do promise to be “a string quartet with above average amounts of beard... which finds itself at the core of classical repertoire, and can also play an odd folk gig.’’ It cannot go unremarked either that these hirsute heroes of classical genre are arriving in Dublin with perfect timing - they’re playing at the National Concert Hall on April 22, the eve of the millennium of that embarrassing little event around Clontarf . The group has played in Belfast this year to rave reviews. Whatever about the genealogy of this foursome, they are now being lauded for doing for chamber music what the original Fab Four did for pop music - giving it a good shake-up. The group comprises violinists Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen and Frederik Øland Olse, violist Asbjørn Nørgaard and Norwegian cellist Fredrik Sjölin. Says Sorensen, “We are three Danes and one Norwegian, making this a truly Scandinavian endeavour. We often joke about ourselves being modern Vikings – perhaps a touch more harmless than our ancestors.’’ The quartet formed in Denmark in 2002, and it soon established itself at home with a distinctive and adventurous style and it did not take long to make a name for itself at home while making excursions to neighbouring states to carry off lucrative prizes - just like their forbears. Its first major break came when it was chosen as Danish Radio’s quartet-in-residence in 2006, capturing a wide-ranging home audience while also grabbing the opportunity to record Carl Nielsen’s string quartets and releasing them on two CDs, both of which were widely praised. The New York Times remarked that “they played Nielsen’s quartets as if they owned them’’.

But even this was a preliminary step on their way to a sensational break-through in 2009 when, against awesome opposition, the beardies scooped five major awards including overall winner - at the prestigious London International String Quartet Competition at Wigmore Hall, a triennial event. Since their London breakthrough the quartet soared in the rankings by winning Denmark’s most prestigious cultural award, the Nielsen Prize, while soon after that it was invited to join the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center in New York, an honour generally regarded as an entrée to every leading concert hall on the American continent. Also, nearer to home, their London triumph led to their selection as BBC New Generation Artists for 2013-15, an enormous boost not just in stage bookings but in development of their discography. Says Sørensen, “Three of us met very early in our lives in the Danish countryside at an amazing summer camp for enthusiastic amateur musicians. Not yet teenagers, we were the youngest players, so we hung out all the time playing football and chamber music together. During the regular school year we would get together often to play music and just have fun. The music grew and so did our friendship.” The emerging group came under the notice of a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen who recognised their abilities and began coaching them regularly. “All of the sudden, at the ages of 15 and 16, we were a serious string quartet. It all happened so fast that none of us seemed to be aware of the transition. We were up and running before we even noticed”. “Playing string quartets is our job, and it’s hard work, but we mostly do it for pleasure, like we always did. There is so much amazing music to delve into, and our hope is to continue our travels through life and music together as a quartet”. By Dick O’Riordan, classical music columnist of The Sunday Business Post The Danish String Quartet plays music by Haydn, Nielsen and Beethoven in the National Concert Hall International Concert Series on April 22. Tickets from ¤20 at tel 01 417 0000 or online www.nch.ie

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AN EVENING WITH DAVID SEDARIS

David Sedaris

RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA: GOLDEN MELODIES OF OPERETTA

Soula Parassidis

TUESDAY 1 APRIL 7:30PM

WEDNESDAY 2 APRIL 8PM

David Sedaris

RTÉ Concert Orchestra Soula Parassidis soprano and world-class soloists John Wilson conductor

Author David Sedaris, internationally known for his sardonic wit, insightful commentary and wicked satire comes to Dublin for one of the literary events of the year. His social critique and observations of the human condition have made him one of the world’s most pre-eminent humorists. His latest book release, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, débuted at number one on the New York Times best-seller list. “One of the finest comic talents currently living on this planet” The Guardian

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John Wilson conducts the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in a delightful and light-hearted evening of immortal classics from the world’s most adored operettas. Enjoy the captivating compositions of Johann Strauss, Offenbach, Kálmán, Lehár and Puccini. Featuring music from the world’s most famous light operas including Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow, La rondine and more. Starring soprano Soula Parassidis, the superb soprano described by Opera Britannia as ‘a dramatic tigress’.

Tickets: ¤11, ¤22, ¤27, ¤33, ¤38 Concessions: ¤10, ¤20, ¤25, ¤30, ¤35 10% discount for groups of 10 or more Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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THE HIGHLANDS, HEBRIDES, LEIPZIG AND BEYOND….

PIPEWORKS IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL

Irish Chamber Orchestra

THURSDAY 3 APRIL 8PM

FRIDAY 4 APRIL 6:45PM

Irish Chamber Orchestra • Jörg Widmann director/clarinet • Tabea Zimmermann viola

David Leigh organ

Mendelssohn The Hebrides Op. 26 (Fingal’s Cave) Widmann String Quartet No. 4 Double concerto for Clarinet, Bruch Viola and Orchestra Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 (Scottish) Widmann journeys through the great Mendelssohn symphonies. Mendelssohn made his first performances in England in 1829 and set off to Scotland which would prove inspirational for two compositions, Fingal’s Cave overture and the Scottish Symphony. He then presents his amazing String Quartet No. 4 and finishes with the seldom heard Bruch double concerto with one of the world’s great violists, Tabea Zimmermann.

Tickets: ¤18, ¤20 Concessions: ¤10 Presented by The Irish Chamber Orchestra

Reger Symphonic Fantasia and Fugue ‘The Inferno’ Dan Locklair Rubrics - A Liturgical Suite for Organ I: [The ancient praise- shout,] ‘Hallelujah,’ has been restored... II: Silence may be kept III:..and thanksgivings may follow. IV: The Peace may be exchanged V: The people respond – Amen! Two organ works inspired by the printed word: Dante’s ‘Inferno’ and the American Book of Common Prayer, respectively.

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LIEUTENANT KIJÉ RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2013-2014

Anna Devin

VERDI FESTIVAL FINALE: REQUIEM

Enchiriadis Treis Choir

FRIDAY 4 APRIL 8PM

SATURDAY 5 APRIL 8PM

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Anna Devin soprano Michael Francis conductor

Enchiriadis Treis Choir • Wexford Sinfonia Wexford Festival Singers AIB Choral Society Brian MacKay conductor

Prokofiev Lieutenant Kijé Suite Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915 Symphony No. 7 in D minor Dvorˇák Prokofiev’s glorious satire on a soldier’s fictional life and death boasts coloursaturated orchestrations and melodies and rhythms that ring out with brilliance and bite. Barber’s nostalgic reminiscence of a small-town childhood is a soul-stirring masterpiece in miniature, while Dvorˇák’s serene and stirring Seventh Symphony is a hymnal to lost loved ones and homeland.

Tickets: ¤10, ¤18, ¤24, ¤30, ¤35 Concessions ¤9, ¤16, ¤22, ¤27, ¤32 Save 5%-15% with an RTÉ NSO Subscriber package. Group discounts also available. Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 10

Verdi’s Missa da Requiem is every bit as intense, fervent, vital and theatrical as any of his operas. Verdi’s Requiem is a thrilling blend of orchestra, chorus and soloists with energetic rhythms, uplifting melodies and drama. Premiered in 1874 (Church of San Marco, Milan) to mark the first anniversary of the Italian poet/novelist Alessandro Manzoni’s death, it featured female soloists and choristers - almost unheard of at the time for liturgical oratorio.

Tickets: ¤15, ¤20, ¤25, ¤30 15% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall 12% discount for Members of the Irish Country Women’s Association Group Discounts Available Presented by Enchiriadis Treis Choir and the Wexford Sinfonia

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SIANSA GAEL LINN 2014 CRAOBHCHOMÓRTAS

VLADIMIR & ANTON JABLOKOV: TWO BROTHERS

Vladimir & Anton Jablokov

SUNDAY 6 APRIL 7:30PM

MONDAY 7 APRIL 8PM

Ceolchoirm de scoth-theaglamaí ceoil agus amhránaíochta ón ocht ngrúpa thraidisiúnta a roghnaíodh le bheith san iomaíocht i gcraobhchomórtas 2014 don duaischiste ¤4,500.

Vladimir & Anton Jablokov perform an all-new popular classical programme accompanied by a twenty six piece orchestra. Hear music from Johannes Brahms, J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Strauss and themes from The Godfather, Dr. Zhivago, Fiddler on the Roof as well as many sing-a-long favourites.

Eight groups who have qualified for the 2014 final perform their own selection of traditional Irish music and song and compete for a prize fund of ¤4,500, in what promises to be a fantastic concert.

Tickets: ¤12 Under 18s: ¤6 Presented by Gael Linn

Tickets: ¤30, ¤35 (Choir Balcony: ¤25) Concessions: ¤27, ¤31.50 (Choir Balcony: ¤22.50) 10% discount Friends of the National Concert Hall Group Discounts Available Presented by Rubyworks

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UCD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: SCHEHERAZADE

Michael McHale

RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA: JOHN WILSON CONDUCTS ESSENTIAL CLASSICS

John Wilson

TUESDAY 8 APRIL 8PM

WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL 8PM

UCD Symphony Orchestra with Ensemble Avalon: Ioana Petcu-Colan violin Gerald Peregrine cello Michael McHale piano Ciarán Crilly conductor

RTÉ Concert Orchestra Richard Harwood cello John Wilson conductor

Britten Beethoven Rimksy-Korsakov

Storm Interlude from Peter Grimes Triple Concerto Scheherazade

The UCD Symphony Orchestra returns with a celebrated trio that conveys “ravishing sensitivity” (The Strad), “technical, musical and emotional maturity” (Irish Examiner) and “a youthful self-confidence and adventurousness” (Irish Times). The centerpiece of the programme is Rimsky-Korsakov’s sumptuous rendering of tales from the Persian epic One Thousand and One Nights.

Tickets: ¤12, ¤15, ¤18 (Choir Balcony: ¤6) Concessions: ¤8 20% discount available for Friends of the National Concert Hall Group Discounts Available Presented by UCD 12

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra under the baton of John Wilson continues its exploration of the best and most popular classical music in the exciting Essential Classics series. Tonight’s concert features Elgar’s last great major work — the poignant Cello Concerto Sibelius’ rousing nationalist anthem Finlandia, music from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, Dvorˇák’s Slavonic Dance No. 10 in E minor and more.

Tickets: ¤11, ¤22, ¤27, ¤33, ¤38 Concessions: ¤10, ¤20, ¤25, ¤30, ¤35 10% discount for groups of 10 or more Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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THE THREE TENORS: 5TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

The Three Tenors

THE EMPEROR RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2013-2014

Barry Douglas

THURSDAY 10 APRIL 8PM

FRIDAY 11 APRIL 8PM

Declan Kelly • Ray O’Hare Dominic McGorian with a star violinist plus all-star band and guest choir

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Barry Douglas piano/director

Fabulous hit songs and a popular uplifting mix from Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, The Dubliners, and Pavarotti. This thrilling fast-moving concert is packed with the world’s most beautiful, magical feel-good and uplifting songs. Hear the hits I Believe, She and from Sinatra (My Way/New York), Leonard Cohen (Hallelujah), Pavarotti (Nessun Dorma) and The Dubliners (Song for Ireland).

Tickets: ¤32.50, ¤35 (Choir Balcony: ¤25) Concessions: ¤29.25, ¤31.50 (Choir Balcony: ¤22.50) 10% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Presented by John Conway/IME Ltd

Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C, ‘Jupiter’ Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat ‘Emperor’ + surprise extra Emotions will run high with two mighty masterpieces in the shape of Mozart’s final symphony and Beethoven’s last piano concerto. With music of pulse-quickening energy and a cascade of memorable themes framing its supremely elegant middle movement, the ‘Jupiter’s’ majesty is matched by the heroic muscularity and robust poetry of the ‘Emperor’. Soundings, 7pm | In conversation: Barry Douglas with Paul Herriott

Tickets: ¤10, ¤18, ¤24, ¤30, ¤35 Concessions ¤9, ¤16, ¤22, ¤27, ¤32 Save 5%-15% with an RTÉ NSO Subscriber package. Group discounts also available. Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra


CITY OF LONDON SINFONIA MICHAEL COLLINS CONDUCTOR/CLARINET International Concert Series 2013-2014: Orchestral Series

Michael Collins

SATURDAY 12 APRIL 8PM Mozart Gwilym Simcock Mozart Beethoven

Overture to Die Zauberflöte On a Piece of Tapestry (based on a poem by Santayana New Commission for Clarinet and Strings) Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’

“Michael Collins plays (and conducts) with an irresistible exuberance that I’ve not heard equalled” Gramophone Magazine, Dec 2012 One of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras, City of London Sinfonia (CLS), was founded in 1971 by the late Richard Hickox and celebrated its 40th anniversary just two years ago. Led by Stephen Layton (Artistic Director & Principal Conductor) and Michael Collins (Principal Conductor), the Orchestra has earned a reputation for strong, distinctive programming, outstanding performances and recordings, and a passion for music featuring the voice. Michael Collins’ dazzling virtuosity and sensitive musicianship have earned him recognition as one of today’s most distinguished soloists and a leading exponent of his instrument. He has performed as soloist with many of the world’s most significant orchestras and formed strong links with numerous leading conductors. Collins also has the distinction of being the most frequently invited wind soloist to the BBC Proms, including several appearances at the renowned Last Night of the Proms.

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DIT ENSEMBLES ALL TOGETHER NOW

RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA: THE VERY BEST OF GILBERT & SULLIVAN

SUNDAY 13 APRIL 7PM

TUESDAY 15 APRIL 8PM

DIT Symphony Orchestra DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble DIT Junior Choirs • DIT Sinfonietta DIT Prelude Winds • DIT Concert Band DIT Sinfonia Directors/Conductors: David Brophy Odhrán O Casaide • Lorraine O’Connell Orla Mulrey • Gillian Williams • Ronan Grant • Ian Dakin • David O’Doherty

RTÉ Concert Orchestra • Simon Butteriss comic baritone • Mary Nelson soprano Gaynor Keeble contralto • Stephen Brown tenor • Bruce Graham baritone • Timothy Henty conductor

‘All Together Now’, presented by Liz Nolan, showcases the talented students of DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in a gala concert, featuring the Conservatory’s instrumental ensembles in a programme of popular classics and contemporary repertoire for film, stage and concert hall.

Only the very best of G&S makes it into tonight’s performance. A tantalizing programme selected from The Pirates of Penzance, The Yeomen of the Guard, The Mikado, The Gondoliers and more.

The irresistible melodies, the ingenious lyrics, the sparkle and the wit of Gilbert & Sullivan’s light operas!

Starring Simon Butteriss and guest vocalists – again, only the very best! This is a concert performance.

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TUDOR CHURCH MUSIC FOR GOOD FRIDAY CHAMBER CHOIR IRELAND

GOOD FRIDAY: BACH RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2013-2014

FRIDAY 18 APRIL 1.30PM

FRIDAY 18 APRIL 3:30PM

Chamber Choir Ireland Paul Hillier conductor Orlando Gibbons O clap your hands together William Byrd Prevent us O Lord William Byrd Mass for four voices: Kyrie & Gloria Thomas Tallis Salvator mundi Thomas Tallis Lamentations of Jeremiah, 1st set William Byrd Mass for four voices: Sanctus and Benedictus Thomas Morley Nolo mortem peccatoris John Taverner In sorrow and adversity William Byrd Mass for four voices: Agnus Dei

¤5 or FREE if attending the RTÉ NSO 3.30pm concert. 3.30pm ticket required for free entry. Presented by Chamber Choir Ireland in collaboration with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Sarah Power soprano • Paula Murrihy mezzo-soprano • Joshua Ellicott tenor Michael George bass • RTÉ Philharmonic Choir (chorus master Mark Hindley) Roy Goodman conductor J.S. Bach Easter Oratorio Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Cantata No. 11: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, ‘Ascension Oratorio’ Bach’s deep-rooted faith gives his music a depth of feeling that overwhelms the senses with its richness of expression and sublime sincerity, the Easter festival drawing from him two of his most moving creations: the exquisite ‘Easter’ and joyous ‘Ascension’ oratorios. The delectable Third Brandenburg Concerto, an orchestral tour de force.

Tickets: ¤10, ¤20, ¤30, ¤35 Concessions: ¤9, ¤18, ¤27, ¤31.50 Save 5%-15% with an RTÉ NSO Subscriber package. Group discounts also available Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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LANG LANG PIANO International Concert Series 2013-2014: Piano Masters Series

Lang Lang

SATURDAY 19 APRIL 8PM Mozart Piano Sonata No. 5 in G major, KV 283 Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, KV 282 Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, KV 310 Chopin Ballade No. 1, Op. 23 in G minor Ballade No. 2, Op. 38 in F Major Ballade No. 3, Op. 47 in A flat Ballade No. 4, Op. 52 in F minor Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times and the “world’s ambassador of the keyboard” by the New Yorker, the star, Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras. Testimony to his success, Lang Lang appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time Magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

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DUBLIN WRITERS FESTIVAL 17–25 MAY 2014 RAY DAVIES

IN CONVERSATION WITH JOSEPH O’CONNOR AMERICANA: THE KINKS, THE RIFF, THE ROAD: THE STORY INCLUDES FILM FOOTAGE OF HIS 2001 US TOUR VENUE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL DATE MONDAY 19 MAY | 8PM TICKETS €20 / €18 concession Box Office 01 4170000 | www.nch.ie (no booking fees) visit www.dublinwritersfestival.com

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DANISH STRING QUARTET International Concert Series 2013-2014: Great Artists Series

Danish String Quartet

TUESDAY 22 APRIL 8PM Haydn Nielsen Beethoven

Quartet No. 23 in F minor, Op. 20 No. 5 Quartet in E flat major Op. 14 String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131

The Danish String Quartet has reached incredible heights in the course of its twelve years of existence. In January 2012 the quartet was appointed to the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre Two programme beginning with the 2013-2014 season, and in 2013 were announced as one of BBC Radio’s new generation artists 2013-2015. The Danish String Quartet - made its debut in the Copenhagen Summer Festival in 2002. In the course of remarkably short time the quartet drew attention to itself for its highly committed musicianship and enthralling style, and the ensemble quickly established itself as the most promising news in the classical music world in Denmark. “I cannot imagine a more involved performance” The New York Times

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CELEBRATING SEAMUS HEANEY

Seamus Heaney

MOZART GREAT MASS IN C MINOR CULWICK CHORAL SOCIETY

Ailish Tynan

WEDNESDAY 23 APRIL 8PM

THURSDAY 24 APRIL 8PM

Dublin City’s tribute to Seamus Heaney with Theo Dorgan, Peter Fallon, Michael Longley, Paula Meehan, Paul Muldoon, Liam O’Flynn and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and many more in an evening of poetry and music.

Culwick Choral Society Ailish Tynan soprano • Colette Boushell soprano • Andrew Boushell tenor • Owen Gilhooly bass • Brona Fitzgerald orchestra leader • Bernie Sherlock conductor Great Mass in C minor Mozart Leonard Bernstein Chichester Psalms Adagio for Strings Barber All the colour and energy of New Yorker Leonard Bernstein meet the timeless wisdom of the Ancient World when the Culwick Choral Society performs his great American classic, the Chichester Psalms, followed by Mozart’s monumental unfinished masterpiece, the Great Mass in C minor. The programme also includes another American classic, Barber’s Adagio for Strings.

Tickets: ¤20, ¤25 Concessions: ¤18, ¤22.50 10% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Presented by Dublin City Council, Dublin: One City, One Book in association with Poetry Ireland

Tickets: ¤15, ¤20, ¤25, ¤30 Concessions: ¤13.50, ¤18, ¤22.50, ¤27 10% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Group Discounts Available Presented by Culwick Choral Society

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ESB LIVE 2014 PENGUIN CAFÉ

FRIDAY 25 APRIL 8PM with support from Lisa O’Neill Penguin Café’s music has infiltrated daily life from films like Napoleon Dynamite to countless theme tunes, and they’ve played festivals and venues ranging from Bestival and The Big Chill to a sold out Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. Their sound is at once familiar and new, combining acoustic power and a beguiling, feisty charm. Penguin Café released their new album The Red Book in February. The second release from the freshly re-imagined Penguin Café is the culmination of two years’ work that has seen Arthur Jeffes - son of original composer and Penguin Café Orchestra founder Simon Jeffes - investigate whole new areas of sound and vibrancy, alongside his eclectic collection of musicians and characters, marking an ambitious extension from their debut A Matter of Life. “Penguin Café continues to occupy a unique place in music: nothing else has ever sounded quite like it. Eccentric, charming, accommodating, surprising, seductive, warm, reliable, modest and unforgettable: it’s a true friend” Brian Eno

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HOWARD SHORE IN DUBLIN PRESENTED BY THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL AND RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA

SATURDAY 26 APRIL 8PM RTÉ Concert Orchestra • Emma-Jane Murphy cello • D.I.T. Choral Society • Aspiro Choir Ludwig Wicki conductor Fanfare for Organ and Brass Selections from Seven Pieces for Chamber Orchestra Mythic Gardens Concerto for Cello and Orchestra The Prophecy and The Return of the King from The Lord of the Rings Symphony for Orchestra and Chorus Howard Shore is among today’s most respected, honoured and active composers. His work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings trilogy stands as his most towering achievement to date, earning him three Academy Awards. He began collaborating with David Cronenberg and has scored fourteen of the director’s films, including Cosmopolis, The Fly, Crash, and Naked Lunch. Shore continues to distinguish himself with a wide range of projects, from Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, The Departed, The Aviator and Gangs of New York to Ed Wood, The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia. In 2008, Howard Shore’s opera The Fly premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and at Los Angeles Opera and his piano concerto Ruin and Memory premiered with Lang Lang and the China Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010. Most recently, he has scored Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. With the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and soloist Emma-Jane Murphy, Howard Shore will present this new Irish collaboration featuring both his classical and soundtrack work.  Introduced by Howard Shore Howard Shore In Conversation with Tony Clayton Lea, 12pm, 26th April, John Field Room. Tickets ¤5, with your ticket for the concert. Only available to ticket holders. Limited availability.

Tickets: ¤45, ¤55, ¤65 Presented by the National Concert Hall and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra NATIONAL CONCERT HALL BOX OFFICE TEL: 01 417 0000 • www.nch.ie

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LEONARD-TINNEY DUO Sunday Matinée Series

Hugh Tinney and Catherine Leonard

SUNDAY 27 APRIL 3PM Catherine Leonard violin • Hugh Tinney piano Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D, Op. 12 No. 1 Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8 in G, Op. 30 No. 3 Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A, Op. 47 Kreutzer Well-known Irish soloists Catherine Leonard and Hugh Tinney formed a duo in 1999. Since then they have toured frequently and extensively in Ireland performing at major Irish festivals and concert series. They have also given recitals in Sweden, Finland, Paris, Los Angeles and the US West Coast, and will play in the Wigmore Hall in London this July. The duo are artistic directors of the newly formed Westport Festival of Chamber Music. Their complete cycle of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano is the culmination of many years exploring and performing these works.

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Sunday 12 October 8pm

Clint Mansell An evening of breath-taking film music from the acclaimed British composer Clint Mansell. A long-time collaborator of ground-breaking director Darren Aronofsky – for whom he has scored Black Swan, Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler and Pi – Clint Mansell was recognised for this outstanding work with Grammy and Golden Globe nominations. Lux Aeterna, from Requiem for a Dream, has become ubiquitous even outside the realms of the film itself. In addition to his impressive work on Aronofsky’s films, and a plethora of more mainstream films, Clint received major acclaim for his 2009 score for Duncan Jones’ directorial debut Moon. His latest creation is the soundtrack to the upcoming film Noah, starring Russell Crowe. Mansell will perform with his band, alongside pianist Carly Paradis and the Sonus Quartet. Tickets: €35 20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall 10% discount for Groups of 10 or more

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THE BRIGHT BLUE ROSE AN EVENING WITH JIMMY MACCARTHY

Jimmy MacCarthy

RIAM FINAL YEAR CONCERTO PERFORMANCES

James Cavanagh

SUNDAY 27 APRIL 8PM

TUESDAY 29 APRIL 8PM

Jimmy MacCarthy

RIAM Symphony Orchestra James Cavanagh conductor Yseult Cooper-Stockdale cello Jane Hackett violin • Gemma Ní Bhriain, mezzo-soprano • Eliza Puchianu piano

Jimmy MacCarthy, one of Ireland’s foremost songwriters, has penned some of the most famous songs in the Irish folk and contemporary repertoire such as Ride On, No Frontiers, Katie, The Bright Blue Rose, The Contender, Mystic Lipstick, Missing you, Neidin and many more. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Christy Moore, Mary Black, Mary Coughlan, Maura O’Connell and Westlife.

Cello Concerto in E minor, Elgar Op. 85 Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 Elgar Sea Pictures, Op. 37 Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43 The Academy is proud to showcase final year students of its BA in Music Performance degree course in the magnificent surroundings of the National Concert Hall. A chance to hear some of Ireland’s finest emerging talents, the musical stars of tomorrow.

Tickets: ¤30, ¤32.50, ¤36 (Choir Balcony: ¤25) Concessions: ¤27, ¤29.25, ¤32.40 (Choir Balcony: ¤22.50) 10% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Group Discounts Available Presented by Pat Egan Sound Ltd 26

Tickets: ¤10 Concessions: ¤5 Presented by Royal Irish Academy of Music

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ESB FEIS CEOIL GALA

FRIENDS PRIORITY SEATING

WEDNESDAY 30 APRIL 7:30PM A number of outstanding winners from ESB Feis Ceoil 2014 will be selected to perform at this Gala Showcase which will round off the 2014 Festival. The concert will feature choirs, orchestras, ensembles and soloists representing a variety of disciplines and genres.

Tickets: ¤15 Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children under 18): ¤40 Concessions: ¤12.50 20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall 12% discount for Members of the Irish Country Women’s Association Group Discounts Available Presented by ESB Feis Ceoil

Just one of the benefits of being a Friend Friends priority seating can be availed of on the Choir Balcony and all John Field Room concerts. Friends of the National Concert Hall members simply need to show their valid membership card and their ticket to the performance and they will be admitted in advance of non-members. It’s that simple. To join the Friends call the Box Office today on 01 417 0000

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JOHN FIELD ROOM APRIL

Friday 11 April 1:05PM Songs You Should Hear (or should hear again) Kathy Nugent • Seamus Brett Kathy Nugent and Seamus Brett once again bring you a lunchtime treat of great show songs, some you will know and love, others you will get to know and love...maybe even more. Tickets: ¤16. Concessions: ¤14 Friends of the National Concert Hall: ¤14 Presented by Paul Black

Friday 4 April 1:05PM Life, Love and Dreams Elizabeth Pink • John O’Conor Schubert Im Frühling; Im Abendrot; Seligkeit Schumann Frühlingslust; Widmung; Mondnacht Wagner Wesendonk Lieder Brahms Mondnacht; Wie Melodien; Der Frühling Strauss Das Rosenband; Die Nacht; Zueignung Another lunchtime feast of song for you to share with Elizabeth and John as they continue their Lieder series. A dramatic and evocative programme to inspire your dreams, depicting the memorable experiences of life’s journey portrayed by the great composers of German artsong. Tickets: ¤12 Concessions: ¤9 25% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall 12% discount for Members of the Irish Country Women’s Association Group Discounts Available Presented by Elizabeth Pink 28

Friday 25 April 1:05PM Lunchtime Opera and Song Sinead Campbell-Wallace soprano • Aoife O’Sullivan piano This concert presented by DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama features two very talented staff members of the Vocal Department. Hear them in concert perform favourite operatic arias and some Kurt Weill delights. Tickets: ¤15. Concessions: ¤12 10% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Group Discounts Available Presented by DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama

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MAY HIGHLIGHT

Printer Clips Paul Noonan 30

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Just when you thought that the members of highly regarded Irish group BellX1 might be taking it nice, handy and easy following the release of last year’s superlative Chop Chop album, along comes a curve ball in the slim but manly shape of Paul Noonan. The band’s lead singer is releasing a collaborative album, Printer Clips, and is playing quite the unique show to launch it. Not a solo album, not a band offshoot in any way, but rather Paul achieving his aim of singing with a range of women whose voices he has long admired, Printer Clips sees him duet on original material with the likes of Joan as Policewoman, Martha Wainwright, Lisa Hannigan, Gemma Hayes, Julia Stone, Amy Milan, Cathy Davey, Danielle Harrison and Maria Doyle Kennedy. The idea for such an ambitious project has, says Paul, been on the back burner for some years; yet seeing a performance by Americana singersongwriter and alternative country sweetheart Gillian Welch crystallized his thoughts and spurred him on. “The simplicity of her performance brought it home to me that you can capture voices and do something powerful with them without enhancing them too much. That gave me the confidence to go ahead and contact a bunch of people to see if they’d be into doing a song with me.” A wish list of potential collaborators was duly drafted; as the months passed, and emails and phone calls mounted up, Paul began to see results form from the ideas. Irish-based female singers (which include Lisa Hannigan, Gemma Hayes, Cathy Davey, Danielle Harrison and Maria Doyle Kennedy) provided the logistical backbone to the project, while the international names (including America’s Joan as Policewoman, Australia’s Julia Stone and Canada’s Martha Wainwright and Amy Milan) provided the opportunity for clocking up some air miles.

The recording, admits Paul, was done “on the hoof” in basements, bedrooms and hallways in America, Canada, London and Dublin, which meant that the requirement to record the songs ‘in the moment’ and without rehearsing the life and soul out of them was adhered to. (“From the recordings I wanted what I call ‘the-not-quite-sure’ takes,” says Paul.) Setting up the recording equipment where people felt the most comfortable was also an integral part of the process – hence the recording of Martha Wainwright’s collaboration in her brother Rufus’s apartment in Montreal. The original songs consisted of material that Paul either had kicking about for a while – looking for a suitable home, if you like – or that he composed specifically for the project. Meanwhile, the stylistic modus operandi was little more than two guitars accompanying two vocalists. As for the song content, Paul explains they are somewhat more narrative-based than those we would be used to hearing courtesy of BellX1. “The overall sensibilities of the songs are candid and intimate,” he confides. BellX1 have played before on the National Concert Hall stage, but not Noonan outside the remit of the band. The way these things work, the exact line-up probably won’t be nailed down until some days before the actual show, but he says he’s working on getting as many fragrant collaborators as possible onto the stage on the night. Yes, you read correctly: Paul Noonan will be surrounded by women. Some guys – they really have all the luck, don’t they? By Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times music critic Paul Noonan’s Printer Clips debuts at the National Concert Hall as part of ESB Live 2014, Saturday May 24th. Tickets: ¤25 Tel: 01 417 0000 or online www.nch.ie Paul Noonan is a Resident Artist at the National Concert Hall.

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RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA: KARL JENKINS’ 70TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT

Karl Jenkins

HUNGARIAN STORIES RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2013-2014

Nikolai Demidenko

THURSDAY 1 MAY 8PM

FRIDAY 2 MAY 8PM

RTÉ Concert Orchestra Goethe-Institut Choir Karl Jenkins conductor

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Nikolai Demidenko piano Alan Buribayev conductor

In what promises to be a truly momentous occasion, Karl Jenkins celebrates his 70th birthday on stage with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Goethe-Institut Choir and guest soloists.

Brahms Liszt Kodály Bartók

Jenkins’ works for orchestra and chorus are powerful, profound, spiritual and meditative. Tonight he conducts the very best of his most popular works including excerpts from The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, Stabat Mater, The Peacemakers, Requiem, Palladio and Adiemus.

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Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3 & 10 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat Dances of Galánta The Miraculous Mandarin Suite

Vivacious Hungarian Dances by Brahms and Kodály’s Dances of Galánta, paying atmospheric homage to childhood folk songs, with Liszt’s powerful concerto and Bartók’s punchy Miraculous Mandarin both surge with restless energy and high drama. Soundings 7pm | In conversation: Nikolai Demidenko

Tickets: ¤10, ¤18, ¤24, ¤30, ¤35 Concessions ¤9, ¤16, ¤22, ¤27, ¤32 Save 5%-15% with an RTÉ NSO Subscriber package. Group discounts also available. Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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THE LATE NIGHT CONCERT NIKOLAI DEMIDENKO RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2013-2014

Nikolai Demidenko

KATE RUSBY

Kate Rusby

FRIDAY 2 MAY 10:10PM

SATURDAY 3 MAY 7:30PM

Glinka Nocturne in F minor, La séparation Blumenfeld Notturno-Fantasia in E major Op 20 Medtner 2 Fairy Tales: Op. 20, No. 2 and Op. 26, No. 3 Kallinnikov Nocturne in F sharp minor

Kate Rusby and her accompanying band Duncan Lyall, Nick Cooke, Steve Byrne, Damien O’Kane

Join virtuoso Nikolai Demidenko for a late-night treat of four dreamy Russian nocturnes in a recital certain to cast off the woes of the day. Glinka’s La séparation ripples with the moonlit beauty of crystal-clear waters, Blumenfeld’s pretty Notturno-Fantasia pirouettes with balletic grace, Medtner’s brace of Fairy Tales are delicately poised and Kalinnikov’s Nocturne quietly revels in its own translucent beauty. In a word: bliss.

Tickets: ¤5 or Free if attending the RTÉ NSO 8pm concert. 8pm ticket required for free entry Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Of all the stars in folk music’s wondrous firmament few shine as brightly as Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby. The crossover appeal Kate enjoys is unprecedented for a folk singer and has been achieved without resort to compromise. Rusby’s wondrous singing and hugely engaging Yorkshire wit and the intuitive support of the band ensure that audiences will be treated to a truly remarkable and unforgettable concert experience.

Tickets: ¤20 Concessions: ¤18 10% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Presented by Kate Rusby and Pure Records

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ESB Live 2014 at the National Concert Hall

The National Concert Hall is delighted to partner with ESB to present the 2014 ESB LIVE series for the 5th year featuring a range of truly great National and International musicians.

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Penguin Café plus support from Lisa O’Neill Friday 25 April 2014 8pm Penguin Café’s music has infiltrated daily life from films like Napoleon Dynamite to countless theme tunes. They’ve played festivals from Bestival and The Big chill to the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. Tickets ¤30

Printer Clips Saturday 24 May 2014 8pm Paul Noonan is the lead-singer and driving force behind BellX1 who performed two blistering sold-out concerts as part of ESB LIVE 2013. He returns this year to premiere a new album of collaborations with some of the most beloved names in Irish music. Tickets ¤25

Bryan Ferry with Strings Wednesday 18/Thursday 19 June 2014 8pm Musical icon Bryan Ferry returns to the National Concert Hall in 2014 for the Irish debut his new show. From his earliest recordings with his group Roxy Music at the beginning of the 1970s Bryan Ferry has taken his place as one of the most iconic and innovative singers and lyricists to emerge in popular music. His new show sees Ferry present new orchestral arrangements of both Roxy Music and solo works. Bryan Ferry and his band are joined by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. One of the great orchestrators of modern pop, Ferry represents his oeuvre in a new and thrilling way. Tickets ¤55, ¤75, ¤85

Upcoming in November: Pink Martini

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ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT AND CHOIR OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT SIR SIMON RATTLE CONDUCTOR International Concert Series 2013-2014: Choral Series

Sir Simon Rattle

SUNDAY 4 MAY 8PM Susan Gritton soprano • John-Mark Ainsley tenor • Peter Rose baritone Haydn

The Creation

“The Creation is such an inventive and unified score, and the Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment’s playing was so alert, with widespread solo instrumental excellence and spontaneity…this is the quintessential, benevolent choral work, whose journey from chaos and darkness towards order and light is the whole point of the piece.” The Guardian Arguably one of the most vivid and descriptive pieces of classical music ever written, The Creation brings to life every aspect of its biblical text from the black emptiness before the Frist Day to the heart of the sun as it rises for the first time.

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MORE FAVOURITE MELODIES

RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA: THE FINAL FRONTIER— SCI-FI & FANTASY BLOCKBUSTERS

WEDNESDAY 7 MAY 8PM

FRIDAY 9 MAY 8PM

The Glasnevin Musical Society Chorus and guest soloists • Colman Pearce music director • David Wray chorus director

Space…The Final Frontier...

Join The Glasnevin Musical Society and some of Ireland’s finest future talent from the Operatic and Musical Theatre stage, as they whisk you away for an evening of musical delights. Tonight’s concert features operatic classics, favourite melodies, choral masterpieces and hits from the musicals. Sit back and enjoy favourites from Madame Butterfly, Carmen, La Traviata, Candide, Die Fledermaus, The Gypsy Baron, Ragtime, Company, Sunday in the Park with George alongside classics such as the Battlehymn of the Republic, Shenandoah, Cantique de Jean Racine (Fauré), Ave Verum (Elgar) and much, much more.

Since the dawn of time, man has been fascinated by the night sky. The perennial question ‘Is there anybody out there?’ might never be answered but that has not stopped storytellers and film-makers exploring the possible and the probable. These epic canvases require epic scores. Join the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for an unforgettable concert, as she voyages through blockbuster sci-fi scores including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek, Star Wars, Avatar, Alien, Independence Day, Capricorn One, The Rocketeer and more.

An unforgettable mix of musical nostalgia with a look to the future - one not to be missed! Tickets: ¤28, ¤30 10% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall 12% Irish Countrywoman’s Association Member discount applies Group Discounts Available Presented by The Glasnevin Musical Society

Tickets: ¤11, ¤22, ¤27, ¤33, ¤38 Concessions: ¤10, ¤20, ¤25, ¤30, ¤35 Group Discounts Available Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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ALL-TIME FAVOURITE CLASSIC HITS! DAVE HARDY & THE BLUE CLAVON ORCHESTRA

Dave Hardy

SATURDAY 10 MAY 8PM Dave Hardy & The Blue Clavon Orchestra With Special Guests The Dublin Concert Band • The King’s Hospital Jazz Band Massed Choir

Treat your Dad to 12 months of music and friendship. Friends Gift Membership for ¤125 Box Office 01 417 0000 www.nch.ie 38

Join Dave Hardy and the Blue Clavon Orchestra for an evening of pop, swing, motown, latin-american and Irish all-time favourite classic hits including: Dancing Queen, I just haven’t met you yet, Ain’t no mountain high enough, Soul Bossa Nova(Austin Powers theme), Good Looking Woman, and many many more!

Ticket prices: ¤20, ¤25 Family Ticket: ¤70 Concessions: ¤18, ¤22.50 20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall 12% discount for Members of the Irish Country Women’s Association Group Discounts Available Presented by Blue Clavon Productions

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LEONARD-TINNEY DUO Sunday Matinée Series

Catherine Leonard and Hugh Tinney

SUNDAY 11 MAY 3PM Catherine Leonard violin Hugh Tinney piano Beethoven

Sonata Sonata Sonata Sonata

for for for for

Violin Violin Violin Violin

and and and and

Piano Piano Piano Piano

No. No. No. No.

2 in A, Op. 12 No. 2 5 in F, Op. 24 ‘Spring’ 4 in A minor, Op. 23 3 in E flat, Op. 12 No. 3

Well-known Irish soloists Catherine Leonard and Hugh Tinney formed a duo in 1999. Since then they have toured frequently and extensively in Ireland performing at major Irish festivals and concert series. They have also given recitals in Sweden, Finland, Paris, Los Angeles and the US West Coast, and will play in the Wigmore Hall in London this July.  The Duo are artistic directors of the newly formed Westport Festival of Chamber Music. Their complete cycle of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano is the culmination of many years exploring and performing these works.

Tickets: ¤25 Leonard-Tinney Duo Series package available for Friends of the National Concert Hall Presented by the National Concert Hall NATIONAL CONCERT HALL BOX OFFICE TEL: 01 417 0000 • www.nch.ie

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DUBLIN COUNTY CHOIR PRESENTS “BACHARACH & THE BEATLES”

Dublin County Choir

HIAWATHA’S WEDDING RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2013-2014

Kim Begley

SUNDAY 11 MAY 8PM

FRIDAY 16 MAY 8PM

Dublin County Choir Colin Block, Musical Director & Conductor Keith Mc Donald, lead vocalist & presenter Philip Myatt & band

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Kim Begley tenor • RTÉ Philharmonic Choir (chorus master Mark Hindley) David Hill conductor

Beautiful Bacharach songs such as Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, Wishin’ and Hopin’ and Beatles classics including The Long and Winding Road, Penny Lane, When I’m 64 and more!

Stanford Song of the Soul [European première] Elgar Enigma Variations Coleridge-Taylor Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast from The Song of Hiawatha

A night to relive the rhythm and romance of this fabulous music. For one night only so book now for a night to remember!

The European première of the vivid and vital Song of the Soul with Elgar’s compelling and endlessly melodic Enigma Variations, and Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast from the gem that is the richly exotic and dramatic Song of Hiawatha. Soundings, 7pm | In conversation: David Hill and Professor Jeremy Dibble

Tickets: ¤20, ¤25, ¤30 Concessions: ¤18, ¤22.50, ¤27 Group Discounts Available Presented by Dublin County Choir 40

Tickets: ¤10, ¤18, ¤24, ¤30, ¤35 Concessions ¤9, ¤16, ¤22, ¤27, ¤32 Save 5%-15% with an RTÉ NSO Subscriber package. Group discounts also available. Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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TOSCA BY GIACOMO PUCCINI

SATURDAY 17/SUNDAY 18/TUESDAY 20 MAY 7:30PM David Angus conductor • Vivian J Coates director/designer Alastair Kerr lighting designer • Killian Farrell chorus master With the Lyric Opera Chorus Puccini’s Tosca is an irresistible combination of passion, tenderness, pathos, and despair that immediately grabs your attention from the first four chords. A fiery prima donna is forced to play a role she never imagined when she becomes trapped between her allegiance to her rebel lover and the scheming of a treacherous police chief who will stop at nothing in his lust for her. Lyric Opera presents one of Ireland’s leading International sopranos, Cara O’Sullivan, singing her first Tosca. She is joined by two thrilling male counterparts – American tenor Michael Wade Lee singing Mario Cavaradossi and Australian Baritone, Simon Thorpe portraying the villainous and psychopathic Scarpia. This is a truly emotional and thrilling opera, as the explosive human triangle comes to a dramatic conclusion in one of Puccini’s most intense dramas. Sung in Italian with English Surtitles Fully staged performances with set and costumes

Tickets: ¤32, ¤40, ¤48 (Choir Balcony: ¤20 – restricted view) Concessions: ¤30, ¤38, ¤46 (Choir Balcony: ¤18 – restricted view) 10% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Group Discounts Available Presented by Lyric Opera Productions 42

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WALTONS WORLD MASTERS - THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA

RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA: COPACABANA — THE MUSIC OF BARRY MANILOW

WEDNESDAY 21 MAY 8PM

THURSDAY 22 MAY 8PM

The Blind Boys of Alabama are living legends of gospel music. Winning five Grammy Awards and four Gospel Music awards since the year 2000, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years. Their live shows are roof-raising musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures, as evidenced by an international itinerary that has taken them around the world.

RTÉ Concert Orchestra Keith McDonald vocalist Andy O’Callaghan conductor/arranger

An Irish gospel choir will be selected through Waltons World Masters’ third nationwide Gospel & Soul Competition to open as support! “Inspired and relevant…borders on the miraculous” Washington Post

Tickets: ¤38, ¤44, ¤50 (Choir Balcony: ¤22) Concessions: ¤34.20, ¤39.60, ¤45 (Choir Balcony: ¤19.80) 10% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall Group Discounts Available Supported by RTÉ Radio 1 Presented by Waltons New School of Music

“Don’t stop what you’re doing, man. We’re all inspired by you” — so said Bob Dylan to Barry Manilow in 1988. This fun-filled flashback to the '70s and '80s is packed with Manilow’s greatest hits — Could It Be Magic, Mandy, Copacabana — the list goes on. With the renowned Keith McDonald behind the mic and arrangements by Andy O’Callaghan — the conductor/arranger behind the tremendously popular previous Super Troupers and Disco Inferno! concerts — this is set to be another rowdy night of dancing in the auditorium!

Tickets: ¤11, ¤22, ¤27, ¤33, ¤38 Concessions: ¤10, ¤20, ¤25, ¤30, ¤35 10% discount for groups of 10 or more Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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THE SEA RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2013-2014

FAMILY FILM FAVOURITES RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Boris Giltburg

FRIDAY 23 MAY 8PM

SATURDAY 24 MAY 3PM

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Boris Giltburg piano • Olari Elts conductor

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Paul Rissmann presenter Stephen Bell conductor

Berlioz Le corsaire Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Debussy La mer The unpredictable power and liquid poetry of the sea is brilliantly conjured in Berlioz’s atmospheric postcard from the Bay of Nice, the swelling drama of Mendelssohn’s journey from becalmed threat to buoyant safety, and Debussy’s evocative images of wind and sea while high emotion flows through Beethoven’s powerful concerto with compelling tidal force.

An action packed family concert featuring some of the greatest music from the big screen with images projected on screen above the orchestra. Explore a galaxy far, far, away, discover the art of witchcraft and wizardry but beware of shark infested waters. Music from Star Wars, Harry Potter, James Bond, Jaws, Wallace & Gromit, Fantasia and King Kong!

Soundings, 7pm | In conversation: Boris Giltburg & Olari Elts with Judith Woodworth

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Tickets: ¤15 Children: ¤10 Family tickets: ¤40 family (family of 4 to include 1 adult) Presented by RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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ESB LIVE 2014 PRINTER CLIPS

SATURDAY 24 MAY 8PM The National Concert Hall is pleased to première Paul Noonan from Bell X1’s new project, Printer Clips. Printer Clips took shape with a collection of songs Paul wrote as duets, and over the past couple of years he has been taking a simple recording set-up to hallways, basements and bedrooms in Montreal, New York, Dublin and London. The results are intimate imprints of those spaces, with Joan as Policewoman, Martha Wainwright, Lisa Hannigan, Gemma Hayes, Julia Stone, Amy Milan, Cathy Davey, Danielle Harrison & Maria Doyle Kennedy. Stay tuned for more details and look for some of these folks to join Paul at the National Concert Hall.

Tickets: ¤25 20% discount for groups for Friends of the National Concert Hall Group Discounts Available The National Concert Hall is proud to present Penguin Café brought to you in partnership with ESB NATIONAL CONCERT HALL BOX OFFICE TEL: 01 417 0000 • www.nch.ie

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LEONARD-TINNEY DUO Sunday Matinée Series

Hugh Tinney and Catherine Leonard

SUNDAY 25 MAY 3PM Catherine Leonard violin • Hugh Tinney piano Beethoven

Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 6 in A, Op. 30 No. 1 Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2 Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 10 in G, Op. 96

Well-known Irish soloists Catherine Leonard and Hugh Tinney formed a duo in 1999. Since then they have toured frequently and extensively in Ireland performing at major Irish festivals and concert series. They have also given recitals in Sweden, Finland, Paris, Los Angeles and the US West Coast, and will play in the Wigmore Hall in London this July. The Duo are artistic directors of the newly formed Westport Festival of Chamber Music. Their complete cycle of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano is the culmination of many years exploring and performing these works.

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Sunday 9 november 8pm

Chris Thile Singer/Mandolin

Brad Mehldau piano

One of the most thrilling American musicians of his generation, Chris Thile of Punch Brothers joins acclaimed pianist Brad Mehldau for a unique concert as part of Perspectives 2014. Both artists are inspired by a wide range of composers and songwriters, from Bach to Radiohead. Now these kindred spirits combine their dazzling imaginations in an evening of classical transcriptions, pop covers, and original songs. “Mehldau achieves an almost spiritual resonance, chords echoing like amens.” Time Magazine Tickets: €30, €35, €40 20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall 10% discount for Groups of 10 or more

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MAGIC OF THE MUSICALS: AN EVENING WITH THE R&R

WEDNESDAY 28/THURSDAY 29 MAY 8PM Join the chorus and principals of the renowned Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society for a night of the finest tunes from Broadway to the West End.

Tickets: ¤30, ¤35 10% discount available for concessions 10% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall Group Discounts Available Presented by Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society 48

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PIPEWORKS IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL

IDYLLIC LEAVETAKINGS RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2013-2014

Celine Byrne

FRIDAY 30 MAY 6:45PM

FRIDAY 30 MAY 8PM

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra David Adams organ

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Celine Byrne soprano Alan Buribayev conductor

Wagner (arr. A W Gottschalg) Prelude (Tristan und Isolde) Brahms Three preludes (Elf Choralvorspiele) Strauss (arr. David Adams) Morgen No. 4 Brahms Two preludes (Elf Choralvorspiele) Wagner (arr. Edwin Lemare) Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Overture Brahms’ eleven chorale preludes for organ are a kind of swansong, looking towards the composer’s death and sharing sentiments with Strauss’ Four Last Songs, heard later in the RTÉ NSO’s main concert. With these, the Wagner and Strauss transcriptions which demonstrate the organ’s ability to create the soundscape of lush orchestral writing.

FREE TICKETED EVENT Presented by Pipeworks in association with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the National Concert Hall

Tannhäuser Overture Wagner Richard Strauss Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) Brahms Symphony No. 2 Depicting love soft, sensuous and seductive, Wagner’s hypnotic Tannhäuser Overture ushers in the heart-aching Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss, his rapturous and deeply moving leave taking of life, love and music. Brahms’ Second Symphony is an idyllic pastoral poem glowing with summer warmth and radiant good spirits.

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RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA: CARMEN IN CONCERT

SATURDAY 31 MAY 8PM RTÉ Concert Orchestra John Wilson conductor Against the backdrop of the heat and dust of Spain, the sensual and captivating Carmen seduces the helpless Don José with devastating consequences… Georges Bizet’s Carmen is an unforgettable tragedy set to one of opera’s best-known and most colourful scores, infused with the pulsing sensuality of gypsy and Spanishinfluenced melodies. Conducted by John Wilson and with an all-star cast, this concert performance of Carmen will be sung in French with English narration.

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Friday 2 May 1:05PM DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble Odhrán O Casaide • Tom Doorley • Kieran Hanrahan directors Join the DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble in concert and enjoy some of Ireland’s finest young musical talent studying at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. This talent is nurtured and developed in an innovative and challenging way, resulting in musical performances and recordings, which are at the forefront of the musical tradition today.

Friday 9 May 1:05PM Colm “Stride” O’Brien Colm “Stride” O’Brien plays a potpourri of musical styles from Chopin, Joplin, Gershwin, Fats Waller to the Beatles. Colm is Ireland’s leading exponent of Ragtime Piano and has performed regularly in the UK and USA including the prestigious Scott Joplin Festival in Missouri. Tributes to Al Jolson and “The Ballroom of Romance” will be highlights of this lunchtime event Tickets: ¤15 Concessions: ¤12 30% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall 12% discount for Members of the Irish Country Women’s Association Group Discounts Available Presented by Colm “Stride” O’Brien

Tickets: ¤8 Concessions: ¤5 20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Group Discounts Available Presented by DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama

Thursday 8 May 1:05PM Milton Schlosser piano Featuring late piano works by Johannes Brahms and a moving recent commission entitled crowfoot written for Schlosser by Canadian Aboriginal composer Nicholas Howells. Canadian pianist Milton Schlosser performs works from his latest CD release entitled 1890. The Toronto Star has acclaimed Schlosser’s Brahms playing on this CD, citing his “emotionally expressive, powerfully intimate journeys through beautiful harmonies and counterpoints.” Tickets: ¤20 Concessions: ¤16 20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Group Discounts Available Presented by University of Alberta, Canada

Monday 12 May 8PM Do you Hear the People Sing The Music of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg Bronwyn Andrews • Tracy Armstrong • Frank Beadle Alison Dennan • Kevin Fagan • John Furlong Marybeth Jennings • Sean McMahon • Fiona McManus Ciaran Mooney • John Phelan Dermot O’Callaghan musical director Bobby Productions are delighted to be back in the John Field Room to bring you Do You Hear The People Sing, the music of Tony Award winning writers Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg. Featuring songs from some of the greatest musicals ever written, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and more. Tickets: ¤20 Concessions: ¤18 Presented by Bobby Productions

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JOHN FIELD ROOM MAY Wednesday 14 May 8PM Greg Lloyd Group Kevin Brady drums • Greg Lloyd piano Dave Redmond bass Greg Lloyd’s articulate musical language blends harmonies and textures found in the Jazz/ Blues heritage together with an expressive and imaginative use of world music. His latest project, the dynamic instrumental piano-based Greg Lloyd Group (GLG) craft original compositions and re-worked Jazz standards ranging from intricate and subtle to driving and rhythmic with melody at the heart of the set. Expect a high-energy night of diversity and originality from this fine group. Tickets: ¤22.50 Concessions: ¤20.00 10% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Presented by Greg Lloyd

Friday 16 May 1:05PM Pleasures Of Their Company Jerry Creedon guitar • Therese Fitzgerald mezzo-soprano Heitor Villa-Lobos Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 Federico Garcia Lorca Spanish Folk Songs Jayme Ovalle 3 Brazilian Songs Madredeus Haja O Que Houver,  Ao Longe O Mar Jerry Creedon and Therese Fitzgerald combine for a marvellous feast of music for guitar and voice.  The concert features a wide range of compositions, from Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 to Spanish Folk Songs by Garcia Lorca and contemporary music by Portuguese group Madredeus. Tickets: ¤15 Concessions: ¤12 10% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall 12% discount for Members of the Irish Country Women’s Association Group Discounts Available Presented by Jerry Creedon

Monday 26 May 7:30PM YES to young talents Young European Strings School of Music presents talented students showcasing the enormous hidden energy and talent present in each young child waiting to be discovered and developed. Tickets: ¤8 10% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall Presented by Young European Strings School of Music

Tuesday 27 May 8PM Eamon Keane In Concert After two sell-out concerts last year, singer/songwriter, pianist and composer Eamon Keane returns. A charismatic live performer, Eamon will perform songs from his Platinum album Hang The Moon and also feature virtuoso piano playing. Eamon’s score for an award winning series on the Famine is now being broadcast worldwide. Songs like Somewhere Over the Rainbow and She Moved Through The Fair will feature as part of his stunning piano improvisations. Early Booking Advised. Tickets: ¤20 Presented by Eamon Keane

Friday 30 May 1:05PM Harmony @ Large @ Lunchtime The Musical Suspects • Niamh Mc Donough musical director The Musical Suspects return to the John Field Room with their unique choral sounds to entertain you. Celebrate summer with the welcome return of the innovative Musical Suspects. This award-winning choir will present an exciting programme of classical and popular choral favourites. Tickets: ¤12 Concessions: ¤10.80 10% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Presented by The Musical Suspects

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JUNE HIGHLIGHT

Wayne Shorter

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Without a Net? It’s a particularly appropriate title for Wayne Shorter’s most recent album, and, at the age of 80, it’s suitable phrase for his work and creative methods. Not for nothing has he been described as jazz’s greatest living small-group composer and a certified contender for the genre’s greatest living tenor and soprano saxophonist. That Shorter is also one of jazz music’s last men standing (so to speak) is something to be cherished and respected. Born in Newark, New Jersey, August 25, 1933, Shorter began to make a name for himself in the late 1950s as a member of Art Blakeley’s Jazz Messengers, an outfit he eventually became musical director of. Come the mid-60s, Shorter was persuaded to join Miles Davis, whose band at that time included the likes of Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. This quintet has often been viewed as one of the most influential groups in jazz history, with Shorter’s compositions (including Prince Of Darkness, Footprints, Sanctuary) being highlighted as the main reason for such justified praise. Davis himself bowed to Shorter’s exceptional skills, saying that the saxophonist brought into the quintet many intriguing ideas about engaging with the so-called ‘rules’: “If they didn’t work,” said Davis of Shorter in his 1989 self-titled autobiography, “then he broke them – but with musical sense. He understood that freedom in music was the ability to know the rules in order to bend them to your own satisfaction and taste.” And so it has continued, from then to now, rummaging through the rulebook and striking out whichever ones he doesn’t abide by. He has amiably discarded the notion that it might be easier to cruise through concerts by performing what he considers to be conventional jazz standards, and has said that it isn’t human to be comfortable (which may explain why he rarely sits down during a performance!).

For later entrants into jazz, Shorter is perhaps better known for his integral role in the development of fusion jazz, specifically through Weather Report, a group that he formed with another veteran Miles Davis’ alumni, keyboardist Joe Zawinul. Even those people who say they don’t listen to jazz have heard him – his contributions have appeared on many Joni Mitchell albums, and if that extended, thoroughly agile solo on the title track of Steely Dan’s 1977 album, Aja, sounds too cool for words, then that’s because it’s one of Shorter’s. While his recorded output has declined somewhat (in the past ten years he has released only two studio albums – 2003’s Alegría and 2013’s Without A Net), he has continued to feature regularly on Grammy lists: in 2004, Alegría received the award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, while earlier this year, Shorter nabbed yet another Grammy gong for Best Improvised Jazz Solo (with Orbits, a track on Without A Net). There seems, then, to be an enduring level of creativity and regard for Wayne Shorter. He remains for the vast majority (if not all) of fans the aficionado’s choice and, indeed, the jazz musician’s jazz musician. Simply put, he refuses to stand still – except, of course, on stage, where he barely acknowledges he is being watched by a full house – and is, arguably, as much at the top of his game now as he was several decades ago. Negotiating with the unexpected is how Shorter describes his live shows. For the self-respecting jazz fan – let alone of any genre that likes to change shape at the flick of a wrist or the raise of an eyebrow – you can’t ask for more than that. By Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times music critic Wayne Shorter Quarter performs at the National Concert Hall as part of Perspectives 2014, Saturday June 14. Tickets: ¤25, ¤35, ¤40, ¤45 Tel: 01 417 0000 or online www.nch.ie

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WALTONS WORLD RTÉ CONCERT MASTERS: TOUMANI & ORCHESTRA & BIG SIDIKI DIABATÉ BAND: SINATRA MY WAY

Toumani Diabaté

SATURDAY 7 JUNE 8PM

TUESDAY 10 JUNE 8PM

Toumani Diabaté is responsible for bringing the glorious sounds of the kora, a West African 21-string harp, to audiences everywhere. Hailing from a family of exceptional Malian griots and musicians, his musical pedigree extends back over 700 years of kora players, and has collaborated across the musical spectrum. For this very special concert, Toumani shares the stage with his son, rising kora star 22-year-old Sidiki Diabaté.

RTÉ Concert Orchestra & Big Band Glenn MacNamara vocalist Neil Thomson conductor

“not only the hottest but also the most ambitious and visionary kora player on the scene today” Boston Phoenix

Francis Albert Sinatra, The Chairman of the Board, Ol’ Blue Eyes, the epitome of cool… Frank Sinatra is possibly best remembered as the leader of the Rat Pack. The RTÉ Concert Orchestra & Big Band perform all the greats from the Capitol and Reprise label years, in the original orchestrations by such master-arrangers as Billy May, Nelson Riddle and Don Costa. All the hits like Come Fly with Me, How About You, Night and Day, Ol’ Man River, You Make Me Feel So Young and many more.

Tickets: ¤24, ¤30, ¤34 (Choir Balcony: ¤16) Concessions: ¤21.60, ¤27, ¤30.60 (Choir Balcony: ¤14.40) 10% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Group Discounts Available Presented by Waltons New School of Music 56

Tickets: ¤11, ¤22, ¤27, ¤33, ¤38 Concessions: ¤10, ¤20, ¤25, ¤30, ¤35 10% discount for groups of 10 or more Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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HIBERNIAN ORCHESTRA SUMMER CONCERT Songschool is for young people who are interested in writing and recording songs, performing them at a concert, making a video, learning about music technology, and meeting people who love music as much as they do... not to mention forming bands and having fun! John Finucane

WEDNESDAY 11 JUNE 8PM John Finucane conductor Michael d’Arcy violin Shostakovich Mahler

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor Symphony No. 4 in G Major

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In celebration of the Orchestra’s 25 year anniversary under the baton of acclaimed musical director John Finucane, the Hibernian Orchestra is joined by internationally renowned soloist Michael d’Arcy.

Young Maestros

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WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET PERSPECTIVES 2014

Wayne Shorter

SATURDAY 14 JUNE 8PM Wayne Shorter saxophone • Danilo Pérez piano John Patitucci double bass • Brian Blade drums “A band of spellbinding intuition, with an absolute commitment to the spirit of discovery, it has had an incalculable influence on the practice of jazz in the 21st century” The New York Times One of the most influential saxophonists and composers in the pantheon of modern music, let alone jazz, Wayne Shorter celebrates his 80th terrestrial year in 2013. Regarded as a pioneer since his emergence in the 1950’s, Shorter’s trajectory has restlessly embodied continual exploration and unencumbered momentum. An entire generation of musicians and fans alike see and hear him as a humble master who has created a timeless vocabulary - as vital as it is unbound. He performs at the Hall with his all-star quartet featuring Danilo Pérez (piano), John Patitucci (double bass), Brian Blade (drums). “the most skillful, mutually attuned and fearlessly adventurous small jazz group on the planet,” the Guardian

Tickets: ¤25, ¤35, ¤40, ¤45 Concessions: ¤22.50, ¤31.50, ¤36, ¤40.50 20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Group Discounts Available Presented by the National Concert Hall 58

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ESB LIVE 2014 BRYAN FERRY WITH STRINGS

Bryan Ferry

WEDNESDAY 18/THURSDAY 19 JUNE 8PM Musical icon Bryan Ferry returns to the National Concert Hall in 2014 for the Irish début of his new show. From his earliest recordings with his group Roxy Music at the beginning of the 1970s, Bryan Ferry has taken his place as one of the most iconic and innovative singers and lyricists to emerge in popular music. This new show sees Ferry present new orchestral arrangements of both Roxy Music and solo works. Bryan Ferry and his band are joined by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. One of the great orchestrators of modern pop, Ferry represents his oeuvre in a new and thrilling way.

Tickets: ¤55, ¤75, ¤85 The National Concert Hall is proud to present Penguin Café brought to you in partnership with ESB NATIONAL CONCERT HALL BOX OFFICE TEL: 01 417 0000 • www.nch.ie

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BILL WHELAN GALA CELEBRATION WITH SIR JAMES GALWAY AND THE RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA: NIGHT ON THE TOWN

Sir James Galway

FRIDAY 20 JUNE 8PM

SATURDAY 21 JUNE 8PM

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Sir James Galway flute • Zoë Conway fiddle • Catherine Leonard violin • Colin Dunne dancer • Gavin Maloney conductor

RTÉ Concert Orchestra Kim Criswell vocalist John Wilson conductor

Star performers from the worlds of classical and traditional music join the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the music of Grammy-winning Riverdance composer Bill Whelan. Featuring the world première of Whelan’s major new work for the internationally renowned flautist Sir James Galway and orchestra, commissioned by RTÉ lyric fm to mark Limerick City of Culture 2014, and some of Whelan’s most popular works including the colourful and dynamic Riverdance Symphonic Suite, the evocative Inishlacken and the exhilarating An Chistin, Whelan’s playful interaction between fiddle, feet and orchestra.

Tickets: ¤20, ¤28, ¤38, ¤45 Concessions: ¤18, ¤25.20, ¤34.20, ¤40.50 Group Discounts Available Presented by RTÉ lyric fm and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 60

From Gershwin’s America in the Roaring '20s and '30s — prohibition, the Wall Street Crash and flappers — to the jazz-inspired energy and theatrical panache of Leonard Bernstein. The soundtrack will be provided by the sensational Kim Criswell, John Wilson and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. This charismatic evening includes music from Gershwin’s Girl Crazy and Porgy and Bess, Bernstein’s Candide, West Side Story, On the Town and more.

Tickets: ¤11, ¤22, ¤27, ¤33, ¤38 Concessions: ¤10, ¤20, ¤25, ¤30, ¤35 10% discount for groups of 10 or more Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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Pre Concert Dining At

The Terrace Café The luxurious surroundings and relaxing atmosphere of the Terrace situated in the halls of The National Concert Hall offer the perfect opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. At The Terrace the culinary team understands that original ingredients are the corner stone of good cooking and are devoted to providing the best quality fare using seasonal Irish locally sourced produce from specialist suppliers, rare breed farmers and artisan producers. The Terrace is open for breakfast, lunch, al fresco dining and pre concert dinners offering genuine friendly attentive service and a variety of menu options that are perfectly pitched to suit today’s discerning customer and their dietary requirements.

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MUSIC FOR FUN

SUNDAY 22 JUNE 2PM/4PM The Music for Fun Orchestra, conducted by Dave McGauran Following the hugely successful Music for Fun concert in September 2013, the Music for Fun Orchestra are back for yet again another fast paced, high octane concert. This familyfriendly concert provides a fun and enlightening approach to a wide range of music and will introduce young and old to a variety of musical styles. The programme will include popular classics, current chart topping singles and some well-known movie and TV themes including children’s favourite princess and superhero songs. As always, the energetic Music for Fun team will fill the National Concert Hall with fun, laughter and inspiration for music. This concert will involve elements of audience participation. With that in mind we encourage our younger friends to come along dressed in their favourite princess or superhero costumes. “It’s a pleasure to be able to introduce our children to classical music in such an interactive manner!” parent “My son loved the concert and left asking when the next one is on! Thanks for a super afternoon”

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JOHN FIELD ROOM JUNE

Friday 6 June 1:05PM Sublime: Bach, Scriabin Piano Recital Ivan Ilic pianist Both Bach and Scriabin reached for the sublime: Bach achieved it through rigour, Scriabin through freedom. Two keyboard giants are conjured by French-based pianist Ivan Ilic, a favourite of Irish audiences. A CD signing will follow the concert. Tickets: ¤12 Concessions: ¤10 Presented by Ivan Ilic Sponsored by Paraty

Friday 27 June 1:05PM From Opera to Jerome Kern Michelle Daly, mezzo soprano • Aoife O’Sullivan, pianist Dublin born Michelle Daly made her Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut in 2013 as Ninetta in Verdi’s Sicilian Vespers. In this vintage inspired concert, Michelle will sing great operatic arias, including Delila’s superb aria and great songs from the American song book, including Smoke gets in your eyes by Jerome Kern, The Man I love by George Gershwin. Tickets: ¤16 Concessions: ¤14 Friends of the National Concert Hall: ¤14 Presented by Paul Black

Friday 13 June 1:05PM Popular Arias and Songs Cara O’Sullivan soprano • Mairéad Hurley piano Popular operatic arias and songs from the classical music repertoire One of Ireland’s most popular opera stars returns to the John Field Room to entertain in her customary humourous manner with a programme of arias and songs. A not to be missed concert full of plenty of surprises!! Tickets: ¤15 Concessions: ¤12 10% concessions available Group Discounts Available Presented by Mairead Hurley NATIONAL CONCERT HALL BOX OFFICE TEL: 01 417 0000 • www.nch.ie

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FRIENDS MUSIC TALKS EVENTS TOURS Experience More with Membership Join the Friends of the National Concert Hall Love the sound of an orchestra tuning up, the tear of a ticket stub, the anticipation of a great performance, getting up close to world class musicians, and the thrill of live performance? Guess what? So do our Friends. • Ticket discounts and priority booking • Advance notice of events • Priority seating • Day trips & tours • Courses & lectures • Meet like-minded people and more…

Membership only ¤125 a year. Gift membership available Join today by calling the Box Office 01 417 0000 Email friends@nch.ie or go to www.nch.ie for more information

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FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL EVENTS – SUMMER 2014

Friends enjoy events all year round, from day trips to courses and lectures, wine-tastings, foodie events, recitals and music events. Keep an eye on www.nch.ie for the latest Friends events and in the next edition of Fanfare the quarterly newsletter for members. A taste of events coming up this summer: • Chelsea Flower Show, London - 22-25 May 2014. Booking now open, places limited! • Friends day trip • Friends exclusive tour of the Bloom show gardens at Phoenix Park • Friends Afternoon Tea with special guest Cara O’Sullivan, soprano • Friends Annual Tours of the Iveagh Gardens and the National Concert Hall • Friends Day at the Races Places are limited on all Friends events. For more information or to book your place contact the Friends Box Office on 01 408 6777 Membership is also available as a gift, ideal for birthdays, special occasions, retirement or just a simple thank you. Membership starts at ¤115. To join the Friends call the Box Office on 01 417 0000 or visit www.nch.ie All Friends and Season Friends are entitled to 2 tickets per Friends event unless otherwise stated. Please note for all Friends Events Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded. The National Concert Hall reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute items to advertised programmes as necessary. 66

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YOUNG MAESTROS MEMBERS EVENTS – SPRING/SUMMER 2014

Saturday 29 March Let’s Drum Young Maestro Percussion Workshop

Saturday 7 June Stringalong Young Maestro Strings Workshop

Percussion workshops are always fun, exciting and noisy!! Each session begins with a brief demonstration of a range of percussion instruments. Participants are given the opportunity to play a range of percussion instruments and perform as a member of a percussion ensemble.  By the end of each session, the group will be able to perform a piece of percussion ensemble music as a class. This interactive hands-on session lasts 50 minutes.

Fusing storytelling, music making and composition with arts and crafts ‘Stringalong’ introduces children to the instruments and sounds of the string family. Instrument demonstrations and storytelling enable each child to visualise the difference between each instrument. Each child will be given the opportunity to compose their own piece of music during the session as well as making their own string instrument with twine, string, bamboo and cardboard. This interactive hands-on session lasts 60 minutes.

3pm (4-8 year olds) 4.20pm (9-12 year olds)

2.15pm (4-8 year olds) 3.20pm (9-12 year olds)

Young Maestros: ¤8 One complimentary ticket for accompanying parent/guardian per child

Young Maestros: ¤8 One complimentary ticket for accompanying parent/guardian per child

Young Maestros members enjoy year-round events and workshops, exclusive events, and concert ticket discounts. Only ¤50 for a year of musical fun, sign up today! Call the Box Office on 01 417 000 Young Maestros receive 20% discount on Mini Music.

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Saturday 14 June 8pm

Wayne Shorter Quartet One of the most influential saxophonists and composers in the pantheon of modern music, let alone jazz, Wayne Shorter celebrates his 80th terrestrial year in 2013. An entire generation of musicians and fans alike see and hear him as a humble master who has created a timeless vocabulary – as vital as it is unbound. He performs at the Hall with his all-star quartet featuring Danilo Pérez (piano), John Patitucci (double bass), Brian Blade (drums). Tickets: €25, €35, €40, €45 20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall 10% discount for Groups of 10 or more

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Patron Circle

Join our Circle of National Concert Hall Patrons The support of our Patrons underpins every aspect of our work, from our achievements on stage, to our education and outreach work in the community, our plans for the development of our landmark building and our focus on ensuring access to music for all. Patron Circle benefits include: • Complimentary tickets • Priority booking and a personalised service • Invitations to “Meet the Artist” receptions • Listings in our publications to include concert programmes Join us today. For further information contact: Marcus Goodwin Tel: + 353 1 4170077 www.nch.ie E-mail: Marcus.Goodwin@nch.ie

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EDUCATION EVENTS APR-JULY

Saturday 5 April 3PM & 4:30PM Kevin Barry Room Magical Music Mix with the WhistleBlast Quartet WhistleBlast Quartet: Mary Curran french horn • Síle Daly oboe and cor anglais • Ken Edge saxophones and clarinet Andrew Synnott piano Following their sold-out Interactive Family Concert in November, the WhistleBlast Quartet returns with their new concert Magical Music Mix. Come along to hear the WhistleBlast Quartet’s mini-orchestral sounds. Inspire the interest of young people through this Fun-Filled Concert of Live Music! Magical Music Mix performed by the WhistleBlast. Saint-Saen’s Danse Macabre, well known Irish Tunes, Film themes and much more! The Quartet prides itself in making live classical music accessible to all! Suitable for 2-13 year olds. Tickets: ¤12.50 Family Ticket (Family of 4 with at least 1 adult): ¤44 20% discount for Young Maestros Presented by the National Concert Hall Education & Outreach Department 70

Wednesday 7 May 1:30PM Main Auditorium Blow the Dust Orchestra Bealtaine Concert presented by Ronan Collins The National Concert Hall Education & Outreach Blow the Dust Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Joe Csibi. This concert marks the fifth anniversary of this inspiring group of musicians and is a Bealtaine Festival 2014 event, celebrating creativity as we age.  The Blow the Dust Orchestra will continue their annual National Concert Hall appearance with a concert of film music. Sound tracks from classic films such as The Ladykillers, La Vie En Rose, Casablanca, Born Free to more modern day music featured in the films Skyfall, Harry Potter and JFK. Tickets: ¤8 20% discount for Young Maestros Presented by the National Concert Hall Education & Outreach Department as part of Bealtaine Festival 2014

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EDUCATION EVENTS APR-JULY

Saturday 10 May 11AM/12:15PM/2PM John Field Room AfriKaa!: for Children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions AfriKaa! is a multi-sensory installation and experimental concert by Slavek Kwi. Designed for and dedicated to children with autism, the sound journey allows children to move freely through the rich soundscape of South Africa’s Limpopo Valley. Experience the wonder of the waterholes and riparian woodland, where hippos, crocodiles, leopards and bat-eared foxes may appear at any moment. Feel the march of many tiny feet. The tribal gathering is here! Interludes of classical music will add even more magic to the experience. The composition was created from Slavek’s own field-recordings from Mmabolela Nature Reserve. AfriKaa! is the second project in a series of multichannel installations, following in the footsteps of Ama-Zone. Visitors to AfriKaa! are asked to be present for the start of the session for a brief welcome and introduction, but are then free to wander in and out as they please. Next date: 8th November 2014 Tickets: ¤8 20% discount for Young Maestros Presented by the National Concert Hall Education & Outreach Department

Monday 23 – Friday 27 June 2014 10AM – 4PM Kevin Barry Room Songschool Free concert for family & friends on Thursday 26 June at 7pm Songschool is for secondary school students who are interested in writing and recording songs, performing them at a concert, making a video, learning about music technology, and meeting people who love music as much as they do... not to mention forming bands and having fun! All Songschool students receive a copy of their songs and their videos, and a Songschool certificate of participation. www.songschool.ie Next date: 7 – 11 July 2014 Tickets: ¤150 20% discount for Young Maestros 20% discount for groups of 2 or more Presented by the National Concert Hall Education Education & Outreach Department

Monday 14 - Friday 18 July 10AM – 2PM Kevin Barry Room Junior Songschool Junior Songschool is chance for 8-12 year olds to spend some time at the National Concert Hall, learning about writing, performing and recording songs.  Make music and new friends! All Songschool students receive a copy of their songs and their videos, and a Songschool certificate of participation. Free concert for family & friends on Thursday at 1.30pm. Tickets: ¤112.50 20% discount for Young Maestros 20% discount for groups of 2 or more Presented by the National Concert Hall Education Education & Outreach Department

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EDUCATION EVENTS APR-JULY ABOUT THE ARTIST WRITING SPACES PROJECT The Artist Writing Spaces initiative seeks to further expand the work of the Residencies for classical music organisations by adding space for those working in contemporary song-writing. The project plans to provide space to artistically acclaimed song-writers who seek to engage with the programme of the Hall and to develop programme platforms with those artists at the Hall. A pilot programme is running from May 2013 to May 2014, where five artists are provided with one writing space each for 12 months. Artist selected for the Pilot Phase are the following: Cathy Davey is an Irish singersongwriter. She has released three albums, Something Ilk (2004), Tales of Silversleeve (2007) and The Nameless (2010). Her second album garnered her a Choice Music Prize nomination, and Meteor Award for Best Irish Female. The Nameless was the top selling album in Ireland upon the week of its release. It was also nominated for the Choice Music Prize. Neil Hannon is a Northern Irish singer and songwriter, best known as the creator and frontman of the chamber pop group The Divine Comedy. Hannon has also collaborated with Thomas Walsh, from the Irish band Pugwash, to create a cricket themed pop album under the name The Duckworth Lewis Method. In April 2012, Hannon’s first opera commission, Sevastopol, was performed by the Royal Opera House. Composer and electronic musician Glenn Keating is a member of the band Jape and performs with The Redneck Manifesto, Somadrone amongst others.

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James Vincent McMorrow is an Irish folk singer and songwriter. His debut album Early in the Morning was released in February, 2010 to widespread acclaim. His follow up album Post Tropical was released in February 2014. Paul Noonan is a song-writer best-known for his work with his band, BellX1, who premièred their new album Chop Chop at the Hall last summer. Upcoming projects include an album of pared back collaborations with female vocalists like Martha Wainwright, Joan Wasser and Gemma Hayes which will be premiered at the Hall on 24 May as part of ESB Live 2014.

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EDUCATION EVENTS APR-JULY Bernadette Greevy Bursary 2014 The National Concert Hall invites singers to apply for the Bernadette Greevy Bursary. One singer per year will be awarded the bursary of ¤5,000 by the National Concert Hall, in honour of Irish mezzo-soprano Dr. Bernadette Greevy. Guidelines: • Entrants may be male or female, resident or domiciled in Ireland, and in third-level education or equivalent. • Each entrant will submit: -- Three copies of an unmarked audio CD with a programme of his or her choice of not more than 15 minutes’ length -- An application form with personal details and the details of his or her programme -- A letter of recommendation from his or her teaher • First round entries will be judged during May 2014, and finalists will be called back for a live audition in June. For this audition each finalist will be asked to prepare three pieces: -- A Mahler song -- A Handel aria -- A piece by a living Irish composer The winners of the bursary will received ¤5,000, and return to the National Concert Hall the following year for the Bernadette Greevy Bursary Recital. Please note previous winners are ineligible to re-enter. Questions? Contact education@nch.ie for further information. The National Concert Hall wishes to acknowledge the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for its kind support of the Bernadette Greevy Bursary for Singers.

Gamelan Orchestra The Sultan of Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, with the assistance of the Indonesian Embassy in Dublin London and the Provincial Government of Yogyakarta, Java, has gifted the National Concert Hall with a complete set of Javanese gamelan instruments. The gamelan, a set of bronze instruments which will accommodate up to thirty people, has been purpose-built by the Sultan’s gamelan artisans and work on the instruments. It is intended that the gamelan be widely used as part of the National Concert Hall’s education and outreach programme. Dr. Peter Moran, a composer and educator, will direct the new gamelan orchestra. Moran is currently director of the UCD Gamelan Group, which he helped establish last year. Gamelan Music Gamelan is Indonesia’s ancient classical music with a history stretching back almost a thousand years. It is an orchestra made up of tuned gongs and other bronze percussion instruments, with a handful of softer instruments such as the bamboo flute (suling), the two-stringed fiddle (rebab) and drums (kendhang). Unique tunings give each gamelan its own distinct personality, and it is common practice to give a gamelan a name and even celebrate its ‘birthday’ on the date when it was first played. Outside of the education and outreach programme, regular rehearsals will be held on Tuesday evenings, there will be two groups, one for players new to the gamelan and the other for existing gamelan players. For more information please contact education@nch.ie or 01 417 0077.

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EDUCATION EVENTS APR-JUNE STUDENTS Students can avail of a ‘Student Standby Scheme’ – on production of suitable identification at the Box Office, subject to the discretion of the Box Office Manager. Where available, tickets can be purchased for ¤5 one hour prior to a performance. One ticket per student only. Please check with the Box Office on the day of the concert for possible availability.

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When you support the Education and Outreach Department, you are supporting the following projects: AfriKaa: for Children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions Workshops in the John Field Room for children with autistic spectrum conditions and their families created by Slavek Kwi Blow the Dust off Your Trumpet Our unique orchestra, born in Bealtaine – the festival celebrating creativity in older age, conducted by Joe Csibi Kids’ Classics Monthly interactive workshops and ward visits to children’s hospitals facilitated by Grainne Hope, Julie Maisel and Nick Grennell National Rehabilitation Hospital Monthly music workshops in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, facilitated by Aingeala DeBurca and Deirdre O’Leary Surrounding Sounds Sound artist Slavek Kwi’s weekly sessions for children with autistic spectrum conditions Samba Sessions Hands-on percussion workshops for groups with special needs WhistleBlast Quartet The National Concert Hall supports workshop visits to schools in the West of Ireland.

Education and Outreach thank the Young Maestros, Friends, Patrons and Corporate Associates of the National Concert Hall for generously supporting our programme.

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Thank You The National Concert Hall would like to acknowledge with appreciation and gratitude the generous support of our Patron Circle Members • John Field Society Members • American Friends

PATRON CIRCLE Frank & Ivy Bannister • Tom Bryant • Sharon Burke • Tom & Maura Carey Denis & Gráinne Cremins • Veronica Dunne • Donagh McDonagh • Brian McElroy Deirdre O’Grady • Richie Ryan • Clive Shannon • Stephen Vernon JOHN FIELD SOCIETY Frank & Ivy Bannister • Sharon Burke • Denis & Gráinne Cremins Sir James & Lady Jeanne Galway • Gráinne Hope • Francis Ludlow Finbarr & Mary O’Neill • Kieran Tobin AMERICAN FRIENDS Cormac Brady • Tom Bryant • Peter Hooper Theresa Murtagh • Robert Pedersen • Mark H.Tuohey

We also gratefully acknowledge those patrons who have requested to remain anonymous.

For further information contact the National Concert Hall on 01 417 0077

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NATIONAL CONCERT HALL BOOKING & GENERAL INFORMATION BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm TELEPHONE BOOKINGS +353 1 417 0000 Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm (open two hours prior to concerts on Sundays & Bank Holidays for one hour) ONLINE BOOKING www.nch.ie All major credit/debit cards accepted. Cheques should be made payable to “The National Concert Hall” CONDITIONS OF SALE • Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged. • Programme & artist are subject to change

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CONCESSIONS • Concessions are available on selected concerts to patrons who produce suitable identification • Concessions not requested at time of booking cannot be allocated later • All discounts apply to Full Price tickets only • Only one discount per ticket applies • Discounted tickets cannot be purchased in conjunction with any other offers or concessions GIFT CARDS • Gift Cards can be used online, in person or over the phone. • Please quote the Gift Card number and Redemption Number when booking

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THIRD LEVEL STUDENT STANDBY SCHEME On production of suitable identification at the Box Office, third level students can avail of tickets for a5 one hour prior to a performance. Please contact the Box Office on the day of the performance for possible availability of this offer. One ticket per student only. GROUPS Got a Group? Get a Deal. Contact the Box Office Booking Line on +3531 417 0000 or email groups@ nch.ie Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm CHILD ADMITTANCE Patrons are advised that children under the age of 5 will not be admitted to events which are unsuitable for children. Please contact the Box Office for recommendations regarding age admittance. BABES-IN-ARMS • For family & children’s events, babes-in-arms (children under 12 months) will be admitted to the concert provided that they can be seated throughout the performance on the accompanying adult’s lap. • Please inform the Box Office at time of booking to receive the free infant ticket. SPECIAL ASSISTANCE • Seats are available at the back of the stalls (downstairs) for wheel chair users & their companions • An induction loop system for hard of hearing patrons has been installed in the Main Auditorium • An Infra Red Assistive Listening System is available for events throughout the Main Auditorium and in the John Field Room. To avail of this system please contact our reception desk on the night. Instructions on how to use this system are available on www.nch.ie

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NATIONAL CONCERT HALL ETIQUETTE • There is no smoking in The National Concert Hall • Cameras, video equipment and recording devices are not permitted • Please ensure all mobiles devices are switched off before entering the Auditorium • Please arrive early. There is no guarantee of late seating. Where possible, patrons will only be admitted when there is a suitable break, if any, in the performance • Please leave all coats, bags and umbrellas in the Cloak Room in the John Field Room. There is no charge incurred for this facility DATA PROTECTION • When you book tickets with the National Concert Hall, your details will be held on our database • From time to time, we may send you information about The National Concert Hall and its programme of events. If you do not wish to receive this information, please tell a member of the Box Office Team at time of booking or amend your preference online • The National Concert Hall complies with the principles of good data handling. For details, please see our privacy policy on www.nch.ie or contact us on +3531 417 0077 THE MUSIC BOX The Music Box at The National Concert Hall features a selection of CDs, DVDs, books and more. Open one hour prior to concerts, during intermission and after performances.

FINE DINING AT THE TERRACE CAFÉ AT THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL • For reservations call + 353 1 417 0090 or email nch@withtaste.ie KEEP UP TO DATE AND IN TOUCH WITH THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL Sign up to receive our free e-zines Join our online mailing list and stay informed about concerts, special offers and much more. Join us on Facebook Be part of The National Concert Hall Facebook community. Get the latest news & exclusive offers, see videos of your favourite performers and chat to other members of our community. JOIN TODAY! www.facebook.com/ nationalconcerthall Follow us on Twitter Why not follow our daily musings on Twitter – be the first to know about upcoming concerts and get exclusive Twitter follower deals. www.twitter.com/NCH_Music Subscribe to our Youtube Channel Watch videos of upcoming performers and rehearsals at our Youtube Channel www.youtube.com/user/MusicNCH Digital Calendar of Events View our Digital Calendar of Events online at www.nch.ie

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YOUR VISIT GETTING HERE AND PARKING

DISTANCES M50 Motorway: 9km Dublin Airport: 17km Dublin Busáras Station: 3.4km Dublin Connolly Station: 3.5km Dublin Heuston Station: 4.9km

BY TRAIN Pearse Street Station is the nearest DART station to us. Some commuter trains also stop here while others will terminate at Connolly Station For more information on timetables, log on to www.irishrail.ie

BY CAR The National Concert Hall is located in the centre of the city beside St. Stephen’s Green. Please be aware that there is a one-way system in place on St Stephen’s Green so please follow the instructions below.

BY LUAS Harcourt Street is within five minutes’ walk of the National Concert Hall and runs regularly: every five minutes at busy periods and every fifteen minutes at less busy periods

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DUBLIN BIKES Why not keep it green and use one of the Dublin Bikes available at various points around the city. There is a Dublin Bikes station directly outside The National Concert Hall. There are also two stations on St Stephen’s Green, both of which have credit card terminals. For more information, log on to www.dublinbikes.ie

Follow the signs to the City Centre From O’Connell Street, head south over the River Liffey, down D’Olier Street, past Trinity College onto Nassau Street From Nassau Street, take a right turn onto Kildare Street This will lead you onto St. Stephen’s Green. Continue down towards Baggot Street, take the first right onto Pembroke Street, straight past Fitzwilliam Square until you come to a set of traffic lights Turn right onto Leeson Street and at the next set of traffic lights take the left onto Earlsfort Terrace where The National Concert Hall is situated on the right-hand side

CAR PARKING FACILITIES Limited parking is available in the grounds of the National Concert Hall. There are also a number of car parks within a short walk of the Hall: The Royal College of Surgeons Car Park, Dawson Street Car Park, Schoolhouse Lane, BY BUS As we are centrally located, there are plenty of Drury Street Car Park, Park Rite Car Park, options for buses to bring you to The National St. Stephen’s Green Car Park Concert Hall. Setanta Place For more information on routes and timetables, It is also possible to park on Adelaide Road, log on www.dublinbus.ie Hatch Street, Fitzwilliam Square, St. Stephen’s If you are travelling directly from Dublin Airport Green, all within walking distance of the Nato The National Concert Hall, the Aircoach can tional Concert Hall. Please check for parking be used as it will leave you on Lower Leeson restrictions and notices for Pay & Display areas. Street which is just around the corner from The National Concert Hall. For more information or routes and fares, log on to www.aircoach.ie

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¤12 each or buy the two box sets for ¤20

The A-Z of Classical Music is a remarkable 562-page illustrated book detailing the lives of all the great composers as well as many less known but equally fascinating musical masters. The A-Z of Classical Music is a rich source of inspiration for anyone either just embarking on a lifetime of musical enjoyment or for whom classical music has long been a way of life. Included within is an extensive glossary of musical terms plus a unique guide to classical music used in acclaimed films. Two-and-a-half hours of the finest music from across the centuries are contained on the accompanying 2 CDs.

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A-Z of Opera is a 762-page, illustrated book, accompanied by two-and-a-half hours of opera’s most glorious and moving moments on two CDs, ranging from Monteverdi to the contemporary. A-Z of Opera provides a wide range of information on operas and their composers, from Handel’s Rinaldo to Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, and beyond. It features plot synopses, background details and cast lists for hundreds of operas including well-known standards as well as opera rarities. In addition, there is a wealth of information about all the great composers and a glossary of key musical and operatic terms.

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Howard Shore In Dublin Presented by National Concert Hall and RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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Silver Saturday 26 April 8pm Howard Shore is among today’s most respected, honoured and active composers. His work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings trilogy stands as his most towering achievement to date, earning him three Academy Awards. With the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and soloists Emma-Jane Murphy and Doreen Curran, Howard Shore will present this new Irish collaboration featuring both his classical and soundtrack work. Tickets: ¤45, ¤55, ¤65

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The National Concert Hall would like to thank its Corporate Associates who enable us to bring the joy of music to thousands of children and adults all over Ireland. For further information on Corporate Associate membership or Sponsorship call 01 417 0077 or email Marcus.Goodwin@nch.ie

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THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL APRIL-JUNE 2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

WITH A NATIONAL CONCERT HALL GIFT CARD

CALENDAR OF EVENTS APRIL-JUNE 2014 Box Office www.nch.ie 01 417 0000 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2


April to June 2014 Calendar of Events