International Concert Series 2022

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International Concert Series 2022


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NATIONAL CONCERT HALL INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SEASON 2022 AT A GLANCE

Thursday 20 January 2022, 8pm ISATA KANNEH-MASON piano Sunday 13 February 2022, 7.30pm GOLDA SCHULTZ soprano JONATHAN WARE piano Tuesday 29 March 2022, 8pm PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD piano Saturday 9 April 2022, 8pm JOYCE DIDONATO mezzo-soprano IL POMO D’ORO MAXIM EMELYANYCHEV conductor Thursday 23 June 2022, 8pm IRISH BAROQUE ORCHESTRA RACHEL PODGER violin/director Sunday 18 September 2022, 7.30pm HALLÉ DELYANA LAZAROVA conductor GUY JOHNSTON cello Wednesday 28 September 2022, 8pm PHILIPPE CASSARD AND FRIENDS 60th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Wednesday 5 October 2022, 8pm AURORA ORCHESTRA NICHOLAS COLLON conductor TOM POSTER piano Wednesday 26 October 2022, 8pm #URIPOSTEJUKEBOX ELENA URIOSTE violin TOM POSTER piano

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Thursday 27 October 2022, 8pm KALEIDOSCOPE CHAMBER COLLECTIVE Tom Poster piano Elena Urioste violin Melissa White violin Rosalind Ventris viola Laura van der Heijden cello Sunday 13 November 2022, 7.30pm CHINEKE! ORCHESTRA Jeneba Kanneh-Mason piano Wednesday 16 November 2022, 8pm ESTONIAN PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER CHOIR TÕNU KALJUSTE conductor Monday 28 November 2022, 8pm QUATUOR ÉBÈNE FINGHIN COLLINS piano

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Also making his long-awaited National Concert Hall début is world-renowned pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard with a very special programme of Fantasies by composers from the baroque to the present day, celebrating World Piano Day in style.

WELCOME It gives me great pleasure to present the National Concert Hall’s 2022 International Concert Series. The National Concert Hall’s flagship series has been built on a tradition and reputation of celebrating musical excellence, bringing some of the world’s finest and most renowned orchestras, conductors, ensembles, choirs and soloists to perform for Irish audiences. As the National Cultural Institution for music in Ireland, the National Concert Hall is proud to once again welcome world-renowned visiting musicians to our stage and to showcase our own leading artists in a season that invites audiences to ‘rediscover’ and ‘reimagine’ the concert experience and what this season has to offer. Our hope is to surprise and excite audiences, showcasing a variety of established and emerging artists and ensembles, each presenting a unique and carefully curated concert programme some of which mark key milestones in our calendar year, such as World Piano Day and Black History Month. The power and fragility of nature and the relationship we have to our environment features in a new powerful and theatrical performance entitled EDEN brought to us by one of the world’s leading mezzo-sopranos, Joyce DiDonato together with the Italian ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro who make a very welcome return to Dublin. Providing a platform for female artists and conductors and shining a light on the work of female composers has been a key consideration in curating this season. Leading the way is celebrated British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason who opens the season in January with a very special piano recital featuring works from Scriabin to Rachmaninov and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Chaconne. She is followed by the ‘distinctively thrilling’ soprano and opera star Golda Schultz in recital with partner Jonathan Ware performing a full programme of works by female composers.

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The acclaimed Aurora Orchestra with guest pianist Tom Poster whom The Strad describes as “mercurially brilliant” make their National Concert Hall debut with a stunning programme featuring Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major and Berlioz’s tour de force Symphonie Fantastique performed from memory. Tom also features with his partner Elena in two further events in October. The first - #UriPosteJukeBox - sees Tom and Elena take a trip down memory lane and play a selection of music from their JukeBox days (a lockdown project) ahead of their second performance with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective the following evening. Together they present a rich and varied programme of works by Antonín Dvořák, and to mark Black History Month rarely heard works by Florence Price, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and George Walker. Similarly, UK based Chineke! Orchestra, who champion diversity and inclusion in classical music, make a welcome visit to the National Concert Hall with guest pianist Jeneba Kanneh-Mason. They have chosen a programme that amplifies the compositional voices of black composers offering Irish audiences a unique opportunity to enjoy a rich tapestry of works that also includes Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony. On the occasion of his 60th birthday, we are delighted to host a special recital by the French pianist and honorary Irish man Philippe Cassard who will be joined by a distinguished list of guest artists to mark this special occasion. Ireland’s pre-eminent period instrument ensemble, the Irish Baroque Orchestra are joined by the acclaimed violinist Rachel Podger for a feast of double and triple concerti by J.S. Bach including his much-loved ‘Double Concerto’ a favourite with audiences the world over. Manchester’s distinguished Hallé orchestra, well-known to Irish audiences from previous seasons, make a very welcome return with the award-winning Bulgarian conductor Delyana Lazarova and cellist Guy Johnston. Praised for her passionate performances and dynamic presence she is the 8th Assistant Conductor for the Hallé and will lead them in a performance of works by Mozart and Dobrinka Tabakova, concluding with Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Symphony No. 6, the Pathétique. 5


Concluding the season will be, the highly acclaimed French ensemble Quatuor Ébène whose brilliance will be matched by one of Ireland’s finest pianists Finghin Collins in Brahms’ Piano Quintet bringing the season to a fitting end as we celebrate Irish and International talent together on stage. In a season that celebrates musical excellence and diversity, our mission is to ensure accessibility and cultural equity both on stage and in our audiences. Expanding our musical horizons and encouraging engagement with music as a means of personal development, creative involvement and social inclusion is a key feature of our strategy and one that informs all programme decisions at the NCH. It is my hope that this series demonstrates our commitment to this vision and to our ambition to be a world-class centre for music and a symbol of national pride for Ireland. Above all, we aspire to share the magic and wonder of live performance and to be enriched by the cultures and ideas we value. We hope you find much to enjoy in the NCH International Concert Series for 2022. Our thanks to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media; our media partner The Irish Times for their support and to our corporate supporters, Friends, Season Friends and Patrons for their ongoing support. We look forward to welcoming you all to the National Concert Hall and to making your visit a special one, whether you are a regular patron or attending for the first time.

Robert Read CEO, National Concert Hall

Board of Directors Maura McGrath Chair James Cavanagh Rebecca Gageby Hilary Hough Michelle O’Sullivan John Reynolds Don Thornhill 6

Patron Michael D. Higgins President of Ireland

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One of the best-known choirs in the world, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, returns to the NCH following their sold-out concert in 2018 to perform a programme of works by Estonia’s leading composers Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis under the baton of their founder and artistic director Tõnu Kaljuste.


ISATA KANNEH-MASON PIANO Thursday 20 January 2022, 8pm

Mozart Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Minor, K457 Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1 Sofia Gubaidulina Chaconne   Scriabin 24 Preludes Op. 11 (selection) Rachmaninov Études-tableaux Op. 39, Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 Chopin Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38

Brimming with joie de vivre, pianist, Isata Kanneh-Mason sounds the significant first notes in the National Concert Hall’s 2022 International Concert Series which invites audiences to rediscover and reimagine the power and magic of music in the times we live in. A member of the celebrated Kanneh-Mason dynasty, she enjoys a successful and increasingly busy concert career as a solo artist, with concerto appearances, solo recitals and chamber concerts throughout the UK and further afield.  She also continues to perform with her siblings, including regular duo recitals with her brother, the cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.  “A PROFOUND AND GREATLY GIFTED ARTIST WHO RADIATES WARMTH, JOY AND MUCH-NEEDED MUSICAL SUNSHINE.” Gramophone

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On the occasion of her Irish début, she shares a programme of piano music that she will also perform at some of the most illustrious concert venues in Europe this spring as one of the European Concert Hall Organisation’s Rising Stars.

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Pre-Concert Talk 6.45pm - 7.15pm Tickets: €24.50, €19.50, €15 10% discount available to NCH Friends, Season Friends, Patrons & Groups. Limited Student Standby tickets available for all concerts. 9


GOLDA SCHULTZ SOPRANO JONATHAN WARE PIANO

“…GOLDA SCHULTZ SINGS WITH STRENGTH AND ASSURANCE, HER VOICE WITH ITS OWN DISTINCTIVELY THRILLING RADIANCE; SHE IS A NEWCOMER WHO SIMPLY HAS EVERYTHING.” Financial Times

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Sunday 13 February 2022, 7.30pm

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‘THIS BE HER VERSE’ Clara Schumann  Liebst du um Schönheit, Warum willst du and’re fragen, Am Strande and Lorelei Emilie Mayer  Wenn der Abendstern die Rosen, Du bist wie eine Blume and Erlkönig II Rebecca Clarke Down by the Salley Gardens, The Tiger, Cradle Song and The Seal Man Nadia Boulanger  Cantique, Prière, Élégie and La mer Kathleen Tagg  This be her verse (new work)

South African soprano Golda Schultz is hailed as one of the most talented and versatile young artists on the classical music scene today. With a voice that is ‘distinctively thrilling’ (Financial Times), Schultz garners consistent praise for a fresh, radiant stage personality and lustrous tone - “It’s hard to imagine finer soprano singing than that supplied by Golda Schultz” (The Guardian). On the occasion of her first visit to Ireland, she brings her new recital programme and the focus of her début CD release, This be her verse, devised with her regular pianist partner Jonathan Ware. Taken from the title of the featured new commission by the exciting voices of Kathleen Tagg and librettist Lila Palmer, This be her verse explores the worlds and inspirations of often neglected female composers and shines the spotlight on the glorious music of Clara Schumann, Emilie Mayer, Rebecca Clarke, Nadia Boulanger and her fellow South African, Kathleen Tagg.

Pre-Concert Talk 6.30pm - 7pm Tickets: €29.50, €23.50, €17.50 10% discount available to NCH Friends, Season Friends, Patrons & Groups. Limited Student Standby tickets available for all concerts. 11


PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD PIANO Tuesday 29 March 2022, 8pm

WORLD PIANO DAY 2022 Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Fantasia Chromatica SwWV 258 Mozart Fantasia in D Minor, K397 Elliott Carter Night Fantasies Mozart Fantasia in C Minor, K475 Mozart Fantasia in F Minor K Anh 32 CPE Bach Fantasia for Keyboard in C Major, Wq 59/6 Mozart Fantasia in C Minor K 396 Beethoven Fantasia for G Minor, Op. 77 George Benjamin Fantasy on Iambic Rhythm

Widely acclaimed as a key figure in the music of our time and as a uniquely significant interpreter of piano repertoire from every age, Pierre-Laurent Aimard enjoys an internationally celebrated career. A musical visionary and pioneer artist renowned for his revelatory insights, he was awarded the prestigious 2017 International Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in recognition of a life devoted to the service of music. “A BRILLIANT MUSICIAN AND AN EXTRAORDINARY VISIONARY” Wall Street Journal

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Aimard makes his timely National Concert Hall début on World Piano Day. Marking the occasion, he invites audiences to an evening of fantasies from the pens of musical giants including Beethoven and Elliott Carter, with Mozart’s own inimitable take on the form at the programme’s heart.

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Pre-Concert Talk 6.45pm - 7.15pm Tickets: €34.50, €27.50, €19.50 10% discount available to NCH Friends, Season Friends, Patrons & Groups. Limited Student Standby tickets available for all concerts. 13


EDEN JOYCE DIDONATO MEZZO-SOPRANO IL POMO D’ORO MAXIM EMELYANYCHEV conductor MARIE LAMBERT-LE BIHAN stage director VITA TZYKUN scenic and costume designer JOHN TORRES lighting designer

“JOYCE SINGS AND THE WORLD IS SUDDENLY BRIGHTER. SHE COMPELS US TO LISTEN ACTIVELY, TO HEAR THINGS ANEW.” Gramophone © Sergi Jasanada

Saturday 9 April 2022, 8pm

‘In a world that is bustling at full speed, I find myself searching more and more for the nourishing solitude of nature. The force that we dare call “Mother Nature” never fails to reclaim Her dominance, to illuminate Her mystery or to humble us at Her feet, all while lavishing on us Her wondrous gift of life’. Joyce DiDonato Following her ground-breaking and award-winning global project, In War and Peace: Harmony Through Music, which reached over three million viewers worldwide, Joyce DiDonato makes a welcome return to the National Concert Hall with her next great passion project EDEN. Exploring the majesty, might, and mystery of Nature through both arresting and evocative music and theatrical effects, EDEN takes audiences on an emotional journey to reconnect to the power and fragility of Nature, and to explore our place within the kaleidoscopic, wondrous world around us

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Joined by her long-standing orchestral partners, Il Pomo d’Oro, conductor, Maxim Emelyanychev and the creative partnership of French stage director Marie Lambert-Le Bihan and designer Vita Tzykun, this spirited artist performs a wide-ranging programme which celebrates the natural world around us. An invitation to us all for the times we live in to consider our own place in the world, and perhaps to even change it.

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Pre-Concert Talk 6.45pm - 7.15pm Tickets: €75.00, €57.50, €44.50 10% discount available to NCH Friends, Season Friends, Patrons & Groups. Limited Student Standby tickets available for all concerts. 15


IRISH BAROQUE ORCHESTRA RACHEL PODGER VIOLIN/DIRECTOR CLAIRE DUFF and KINGA UJSZÁSZI violins MALCOLM PROUD harpsichord MIRIAM KACZOR flute ALEX BELLAMY oboe

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Thursday 23 June 2022, 8pm

BACH’S DOUBLES AND TRIPLES Bach Bach Bach Bach

Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043 Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute and Violin in A Minor, BWV 1044 Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C Minor, BWV 1060R Concerto for Three Violins in D Major, BWV 1064R

Resident at the National Concert Hall, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, joins forces with the distinguished violinist Rachel Podger for a feast of double and triple concerti by J.S. Bach including a favourite with audiences around the world, his wonderfully expressive “Double”. “PODGER’S BACH HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOMETHING SPECIAL” BBC Music Magazine Gramophone winner Rachel Podgers’ recordings and performances of J.S. Bach have long set the benchmark, and her affinity with the composer has led to her acknowledgement as a leading interpreter of his glorious music. Described as “the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin” (The Times), this special collaboration with Ireland’s flagship period music ensemble is a Baroque and Bach must!

Pre-Concert Talk 6.45pm - 7.15pm Tickets: €29.50, €23.50, €17.50 10% discount available to NCH Friends, Season Friends, Patrons & Groups. Limited Student Standby tickets available for all concerts. 16

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HALLÉ DELYANA LAZAROVA CONDUCTOR GUY JOHNSTON CELLO Sunday 18 September 2022, 7.30pm

Mozart Dobrinka Tabakova Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K 385 Haffner Cello Concerto Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, Pathétique

Numbered amongst the world’s top symphonic ensembles, the Hallé, who have a long-distinguished history of acclaimed and inspiring performances, makes a much-anticipated return to the National Concert Hall for this performance. On this occasion they will be joined on stage by the Bulgarian conductor, Delyana Lazarova, praised for her passionate performances and dynamic presence. A committed advocate for new music, she conducts the Orchestra in her compatriot Dobrinka Tabakova’s deeply expressive Cello Concerto performed by soloist Guy Johnston alongside Mozart’s Haffner and Tchaikovsky’s glorious Pathétique, which the composer declared he had put his “whole soul into...”

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“EXHILARATION AND ENERGY FROM AN ORCHESTRA BACK IN BUSINESS” The Guardian

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Pre-Concert Talk 6.30pm - 7pm Tickets: €64.50, €54.50, €44.50 10% discount available to NCH Friends, Season Friends, Patrons & Groups. Limited Student Standby tickets available for all concerts. 19


PHILIPPE CASSARD AND FRIENDS 60th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AILISH TYNAN soprano | FINGHIN COLLINS piano FIACHRA GARVEY piano | KATHERINE HUNKA violin JOACHIM ROEWER viola | CHRISTIAN ELLIOTT cello MALACHY ROBINSON double bass

Wednesday Fauré 28 September Fauré 2022, 8pm Poulenc Debussy Debussy Robert Schumann Schubert

Dolly Suite, Op. 56 5 Mélodies de Venise Fiançailles pour rire Reflets dans l’eau from Images Book I L’isle joyeuse 4 Bilder aus Osten, Op. 66 Piano Quintet in A Major, D 667 The Trout

The distinguished French pianist and honorary Irishman, Philippe Cassard, won Irish hearts when he swept the boards at the inaugural Dublin International Piano Competition in 1988. In celebration of his 60th birthday, Philippe has invited an impressive collective of musical friends to celebrate this milestone with him on the stage of his home away from home, the National Concert Hall. A truly celebratory programme with a strong French flavour, the performance features music by Debussy, Fauré and Poulenc and texts by poets Paul Verlaine and Louise de Vilmorin, combined with an evocative work for 4-hands by Robert Schumann and Schubert’s elegant “Trout” Quintet.

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For this celebratory concert, Philippe will be joined by a stellar cast of well-known and much-loved musicians for what is sure to be a musical triumph and a concert not to be missed.

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Pre-Concert Talk 6.45pm - 7.15pm Tickets: €37.50, €29.50, €19.50 10% discount available to NCH Friends, Season Friends, Patrons & Groups. Limited Student Standby tickets available for all concerts. 21


AURORA ORCHESTRA NICHOLAS COLLON CONDUCTOR TOM POSTER PIANO

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Wednesday 5 October 2022, 8pm

Thomas Adès Three Studies from Couperin Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique (from memory)

The National Concert Hall is pleased to present the Irish début of the Aurora Orchestra, one of the most creative forces in classical music today. Under the visionary direction of Nicholas Collon, this electrifying orchestra combine rich musical experiences with a boundless appetite for adventure and a playful approach to presentation for the broadest possible audience. “AURORA IS THE MOST BRACING BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO INVIGORATE THE BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC SCENE IN THE PAST TEN YEARS.” The Times In their first Dublin appearance, Aurora will perform colourful works by Thomas Adès and Maurice Ravel, alongside Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, inspired by the composer’s romantic infatuation with the Irish actress, Harriet Smithson. Uniquely, this performance by Nicholas Collon and this vibrant orchestra culminates with this fantastical work performed from memory.

Pre-Concert Talk 6.45pm - 7.15pm Tickets: €49.50, €37.50, €24.50 10% discount available to NCH Friends, Season Friends, Patrons & Groups. Limited Student Standby tickets available for all concerts. 22

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#UriPosteJukeBox ELENA URIOSTE VIOLIN TOM POSTER PIANO Wednesday 26 October 2022, 8pm

KEVIN BARRY RECITAL ROOM In March 2020, husband and wife, Tom Poster and Elena Urioste, made the decision to record and share one music video for every day they would spend in isolation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They named their pandemic project, #UriPosteJukeBox, a portmanteau of their last names and a nod to a more nostalgic way of enjoying music.

“AN ECLECTIC MIX THAT COMBINES NOSTALGIA WITH A MODERN, SHUFFLE-PLAY SENSE OF ADVENTURE” BBC Music Magazine Ahead of their performance with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, these inspirational musicians will take a trip down memory lane and play a selection of music from their JukeBox days, staying true to the eclecticism which became such a hallmark of their project, with all the music given equal commitment, love and care, no matter its origin or instrumentation.

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Three new arrangements by Tom of some personal favourites nominated by our audiences will also feature on the JukeBox musical menu.

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Tickets: €15 10% discount available to NCH Friends, Season Friends, Patrons & Groups. Limited Student Standby tickets available for all concerts.

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KALEIDOSCOPE CHAMBER COLLECTIVE TOM POSTER piano ELENA URIOSTE violin MELISSA WHITE violin ROSALIND VENTRIS viola LAURA VAN DER HEIJDEN cello

Thursday 27 October 2022, 8pm

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Piano Trio in E Minor George Walker Lyric for Strings (original version for string quartet) Florence Price Piano Quintet in A Minor Antonín Dvořák Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

The trailblazing Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective is an ensemble of joyful and passionate musicians from around the world whose aim is to inspire audiences of all generations and bring happiness and unity to our current fractured world. Like many musicians, these exceptional artists spend a lot of time reflecting on the world today and its impacts on humanity. They strongly believe that chamber music has the transformative power to bring people together, uniting musicians as equals, and drawing listeners into its intimate, immersive world. They will bring their love of music to the National Concert Hall in an uplifting programme featuring music by Antonín Dvořák, and to mark Black History Month, rarely heard works by Florence Price, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and George Walker.

“A SPARKY, SHAPE-SHIFTING ENSEMBLE OF STARRY YOUNG MUSICIANS” The Arts Desk

Pre-Concert Talk 6.45pm - 7.15pm Tickets: €29.50, €23.50, €17.50 10% discount available to NCH Friends, Season Friends, Patrons & Groups. Limited Student Standby tickets available for all concerts. 26

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CHINEKE! ORCHESTRA JENEBA KANNEH-MASON PIANO Sunday 13 November 2022, 7.30pm

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor George Walker Florence Price Antonín Dvořák

Ballade for Orchestra in A Minor, Op. 33 Lyric for Strings Piano Concerto in One Movement Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 From the New World

The exhilarating Chineke! Orchestra comprises exceptional musicians from around the world, united in their pursuit to level the playing field for all young musicians and create a vibrant new generation of professional musicians of all colours. Founded in 2015 by the pioneering double bass player, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, Chineke! is about ‘championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. “CHINEKE! IS NOT ONLY AN EXCITING IDEA BUT A PROFOUNDLY NECESSARY ONE.” Sir Simon Rattle Since making its BBC Proms début at the Royal Albert Hall in 2017, Chineke! Orchestra has gone on to perform at leading venues and festivals across the UK, Europe and beyond. In this their welcome Irish début at the National Concert Hall, these true catalysts for change continue their mission to amplify the compositional voices of Black composers offering Irish audiences an important and special opportunity to enjoy a rich tapestry of works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, George Walker and Florence Price performed alongside a pillar of the symphonic repertoire, Antonín Dvořák’s much-loved “New World” Symphony. Pre-Concert Talk 6.30pm - 7pm Tickets: €37.50, €29.50, €19.50 10% discount available to NCH Friends, Season Friends, Patrons & Groups. Limited Student Standby tickets available for all concerts. 28

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ESTONIAN PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER CHOIR TÕNU KALJUSTE CONDUCTOR Wednesday 16 November 2022, 8pm

“BALANCE BETWEEN THE VOICES WAS SUBLIME, AS WAS THE SENSE OF PHRASING AND, CRUCIALLY, SPACE; TIMINGS WERE PERFECTLY JUDGED TO LET THE SOUND FILL AND FADE NATURALLY IN THE ACOUSTIC” The Guardian

Arvo Pärt Excerpts from Kanon Pokajanen Ode I, Ode VI, Kontakion, Ikos, Ode IX Prayer after the Canon Veljo Tormis Estonian Calendar Songs Swing Songs, Shrovetide Songs St John’s Day Songs Curse upon Iron One of the world’s leading vocal ensembles, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) make a welcome return to the National Concert Hall following its much-lauded performance to mark 100 years since Estonia’s first period of independence in 2018. On this occasion these outstanding musicians share the stage with their founder, artistic director and chief conductor Tõnu Kaljuste. The EPCC has been nominated for an impressive 15 Grammy nominations for recordings of works by Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür and music from the Nordic countries. The repertoire of the choir extends from Gregorian chant and baroque to the music of the 21st century, with a special focus on the work of Estonian composers, such as Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Galina Grigorjeva, Toivo Tulev, Tõnu Kõrvits and Helena Tulve. Founded in 1981, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir was named one of the best choirs in the world by BBC Music Magazine in 2020. On this occasion, they will once again highlight music by their compatriots, Veljo Tormis, and Estonia’s most celebrated composer, Arvo Pärt whose name is synonymous with this exceptional ensemble of musicians. Pre-Concert Talk 6.45pm - 7.15pm Tickets: €55.00, €42.50, €29.50 10% discount available to NCH Friends, Season Friends, Patrons & Groups. Limited Student Standby tickets available for all concerts.

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QUATUOR ÉBÈNE FINGHIN COLLINS PIANO

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Monday 28 November 2022, 8pm

Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34 Purcell Selection of Fantasias György Ligeti String Quartet No. 1 “Metamorphoses nocturnes”

The French Ébène Quartet, is an ensemble whose telepathic understanding, artistic daring and musical individuality make for edge-of-the-seat concert experiences which continue to take the musical world by storm. In this their National Concert Hall début, their trademark charismatic playing and fresh approach to string quartet repertoire will be palpable in the pairing of highly expressive works for the genre by Purcell and Ligeti, and a much anticipated collaboration with Irish pianist, Finghin Collins in Brahms’ exhilarating Piano Quintet. A performance bound to bring the 2022 International Concert Series to a truly magical and rousing conclusion.

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“THE ÉBÈNE QUARTET EVINCES A MUSICAL GRACE, INGENUOUSNESS AND SIMPLICITY THAT IS DEEPLY SATISFYING.” The Strad

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