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WHAT’S ON May 2018


NCH CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES 2017/2018 Kevin Barry Recital Room Dublin Song Series Featuring German baritone Benjamin Appl, baritone and Dearbhla Collins, piano in Schubert Winterreise. Sunday 13 May, 3pm

John Lynch Chamber Music Project Musicians from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra with Lynda Lee, soprano. Wednesday 16 May, 7.30pm

RTÉ Contempo Quartet Beethoven Cycle 17/18 Sunday 20 May, 3pm

Debussy 2018: Ireland’s Tombeau to Debussy Curated by Thérèse Fahy Thursdays at 7.30pm 31 May | 7 June | 14 June

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The Culwick Choral Society

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Composer Lab 2018 Performance

Culwick Celebrates 120 Years

Tuesday 1 May 6pm

Main Stage

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RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Gavin Maloney, conductor Composer Lab 2018 culminates with first performances of new works by Michael Doherty, Maria Minguella and Anne-Marie O'Farrell. Free ticketed event. Unreserved seating Presented by RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the Contemporary Music Centre

Wednesday 2 May 8pm

The Culwick Choral Society Sinéad Campbell-Wallace, soprano John Molloy, baritone The Culwick Orchestra Brona Fitzgerald, Leader Bernie Sherlock, Conductor Poulenc Brahms

Gloria Ein Deutsches Requiem

The Culwick Choral Society is delighted to bring to the NCH their 120th anniversary concert performance of two great choral masterpieces. Tickets: €30, €25, €20 (choir balcony: €15) Concessions available Presented by The Culwick Choral Society

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MAY 2018 A Musical Theatre Celebration Thursday 3 May 8pm

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Symphony in Three Movements

Main Stage

Friday 4 May 7:30pm

Deirdre Masterson, Eoin Cannon, Aoife Mulholland, Aileen Donohoe, Morgan Crowley & Peter McCauley American College Dublin, celebrating 25 years in Dublin proudly presents Ireland's premier musical theatre degree students in a celebration of two of Broadway's legendary songwriting partnerships Rodgers and Hammerstein and Kander and Ebb. Tickets: €25, €20 Concessions available Presented by American College Dublin

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RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Stefan Asbury, conductor (replacing Thomas Adès) Thomas Trotter, organ Please note programme change from previously advertised. Brahms Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a Gerald Barry Organ Concerto Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 Tickets: €35, €29.50, €23.50, (choir balcony: €15) Limited concessions available Presented by RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Emilie Conway

Estrada do Sol: Emilie Conway Quintet Friday 4 May 1:05pm John Field Room

The evocative melodies and grooves of music from some of sunny Brazil’s most brilliant composers: Jobim, Powell, Buarque, Nascimento, Joyce. Classic, new arrangements, and originals by the Emilie Conway Quintet Tickets: €18 Concessions available Presented by Emilie Conway

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ECO Band

Family Concert: A Space Odyssey with the ECO Band Saturday 5 May 11:30am/1pm John Field Room

Astronauts and space exploration are the themes for today’s interstellar outing with the ECO Band. Climb aboard our spaceship and join us on a journey through space, time and music. Expect some familiar space-themed tunes with a jazz twist, as well as some inter-galactic surprises! Adult: €12 | Child: €10 | Young Maestros: €8 Under 3’s go free! Family Ticket (family of 4 with max. 2 adults): €37 Presented by NCH Learning & Participation

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MAY 2018 Musical World: Exploring Music for Primary Schools - The Music of Africa

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Tuesday 8 May 10:30am

Main Stage

John Field Room

The fifth in a series of performance workshops for primary school groups (3rd-6th class) where we explore music from around the world; today we travel to Africa to experience the sounds and rhythms of the Congo. Tickets: €8 per student, teachers go free. Presented by NCH Learning & Participation

Wednesday 9 May 7:30pm

An evening of extraordinary short films from the most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from all corners of the globe. Tickets: €15. Two screening package: €25 Concessions available (Wednesday 9 and Tuesday 15 May) Presented by Snowline Media

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Brad Mehldau Trio

Perspectives: Brad Mehldau Trio Tuesday 8 May 8pm Main Stage

Combining technical prowess with a truly eclectic taste in music, pianist Brad Mehldau presents his first Dublin performance in many years with his longstanding trio - bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. Tickets: €40, €34.50, €27.50 Presented by NCH Supported by The Irish Times

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Kirill Karabits, conductor & Simon Trpčeski, piano Thursday 10 May 8pm Main Stage

Elgar In the South, Op. 50 Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 Walton Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 English music from the twentieth century is at the core of the programme of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on their 125th anniversary tour. Pre-Concert Talk | 6.45pm | Kevin Barry Recital Room Free to 8pm concert ticketholders Tickets: €59.50, €49.50, €34.50, €27.50 Presented by NCH Supported by The Irish Times

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Marcos Madrigal

Christian Vásquez

Piano Recital Cuba/Brazil

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra A Hero’s Life

Friday 11 May 1:05pm John Field Room

Marcos Madrigal returns to the National Concert Hall for a solo recital of virtuoso Latin American music from Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico. His programme will include works by Ernesto Lecuona, Heiter Villa-Lobos and Alberto Ginasteras. Tickets: €17 Concessions available Presented by Latin Rediscovery Sponsored by Prontaprint

Tea Dance Tunes Friday 11 May 3pm John Field Room

We invite people living with dementia, their carers and families to enjoy a concert of favourite songs and music.

Friday 11 May 7:30pm Main Stage

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Christian Vasquez, conductor Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello Shostakovich Festive Overture, Op. 96 Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107 R. Strauss Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 Soundings 6.30pm Conductor Christian Vásquez and cellist Narek Hakhanazaryan in conversation Tickets: €35, €29.50, €23.50 (choir balcony: €15) Limited concessions available Presented by RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: €2.50 Presented by NCH Learning & Participation Kindly supported by Michael and Loret O’Brien and Dublin City Council North Central Area

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Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Martin Hayes Duos Martin Hayes NCH Residency Saturday 12 May 8pm Main Stage

Martin Hayes with Dennis Cahill’s adventurous and soulful interpretations distills the melodic essence of traditional music. This telepathic interplay has been at the heart of Hayes’ work for over 30 years. For this special new concert Hayes unveils new duets with special guests alongside his longstanding partnership with Dennis Cahill. Guests on the evening include harpist Tríona Marshall, cellist Kate Ellis, guitarists Steve Cooney and Bill Frisell. “Sparsely accompanied fiddle music has rarely sounded so complete and so essential.” Q Magazine Tickets: €36, €32, €27.50 Presented by NCH

Benjamin Appl

Dublin Song Series: Benjamin Appl, baritone Sunday 13 May 3pm Kevin Barry Recital Room

Schubert Winterreise Rising star German baritone Benjamin Appl joins pianist Dearbhla Collins for a performance of the greatest of all song cycles, Schubert's Winterreise. Tickets: €15 Presented by NCH

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MAY 2018 Nessun Dorma - The Life & Music of Luciano Pavarotti.

Vocal Masterclass with Celine Byrne

Sunday 13 May 8pm

Kevin Barry Recital Room

Main Stage

Internationally acclaimed tenor Alexander James Edwards returns as Luciano Pavarotti with special guest sopranos Anna Patalong and Amy Ní Fhearraigh with The Maria Callas Chamber Orchestra. Tickets: €39.50, €35, €30 (choir balcony: €25) Concessions available Presented by Pat Egan Sound Ltd & Niall Morris

Tuesday 15 May 2pm

We are delighted to welcome back the acclaimed lyric soprano Celine Byrne to give a masterclass to up-and-coming singers based in Ireland. To be considered to participate in this masterclass, please submit your musical CV along with two pieces you would like to present in the masterclass no later than 5pm on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 to education@nch.ie. Observer tickets: €5 Participant fee: €45 Presented by NCH Learning and Participation

Circuit des Yeux

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Perspectives: Circuit des Yeux

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Sunday 13 May 8:30pm The Studio

Haley Fohr's music strikes a unique balance between the personal and universal. As Circuit des Yeux she creates music that embodies the complexity of human emotions, juxtaposing tenderness and grief, ecstasy and horror, using sounds as representations of the emotional spectrum that we all experience. “a gathering force around its deep-voiced pressure center” New York Times Tickets: €20 Presented by NCH Supported by The Irish Times

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Tuesday 15 May 7:30pm Main Stage

An evening of extraordinary short films from the most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from all corners of the globe. Tickets: €15 Concessions available Two screening package: €25 (Wednesday 9 and Tuesday 15 May) Presented by Snowline Media

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MAY 2018 Vladimir & Anton - ’Songs of the People’ Thursday 17 May 8pm Main Stage

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The John Lynch Chamber Music Project Wednesday 16 May 7:30pm

Vladimir & Anton Jablokov return with their new show, focusing on the melodies that we all know and grew up with. Hear simplicity and beauty of songs like Que Sera Sera, Danny Boy, Tarantella Napoletana or Roll Out The Barrel re-composed to Vladimir & Anton's classical virtuosic style. Tickets: €30, €25, €15 Concessions available Presented by Vladimir Promotions Ltd.

Kevin Barry Recital Room

Lynda Lee, soprano Réamonn Keary, piano Elaine Clark, violin Orla Ní Bhraoin, violin Nathan Sherman, viola Polly Ballard, cello Edward Tapceanu, double bass Osvaldo Golijov Tenebrae, for string quartet Fauré  La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61, for voice, piano and string quintet Tickets: €17.50. Presented by NCH

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra presents Sounds Amazing with Mary Hegarty, John Molloy and David Morris Wednesday 16 May 8pm Main Stage

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra is 70 this year and celebrating with old friends and new. On the 16 May we welcome back two of Ireland's best loved opera singers Mary Hegarty and John Molloy with special guest David Morris who will make a surprising musical contribution. Tickets: €39.50, €33, €27, €22 (choir balcony: €12) Limited concessions available Presented by RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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Eamon Sweeney and Róisín O’Grady

Tonos: The Dublin Lute-Books Friday 18 May 1:05pm John Field Room

Róisín O'Grady, soprano Eamon Sweeney, Renaissance lute The lute-books of William Ballet and Thomas Dallis date from early 17th-century Ireland and are treasure troves of Elizabethan music for lute and voice. Tickets: €16 Concessions available Presented by Tonos

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MAY 2018 RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Tragic Symphony Friday 18 May 7:30pm Main Stage

John Storgårds, conductor Nathalia Milstein, piano Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488 Mahler Symphony No. 6, A minor Tragic Soundings 6.30pm Pianist Nathalia Milstein in conversation Tickets: €35, €29.50, €23.50 (choir balcony: €15) Limited concessions available Presented by RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Blow The Dust Orchestra

Blow the Dust Lunchtime Concert Monday 21 May 1:05pm

Complete Beethoven Cycle RTÉ Contempo Quartet Sunday 20 May 3pm Kevin Barry Recital Room

Andrew Hamilton New work (RTÉ commission) Beethoven String Quartet, Op. 133, 'Grosse Fugue' Beethoven String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131 in C-sharp minor Tickets: €15 full price Student concession available Presented by RTÉ Contempo Quartet

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra Charity Gala Sunday 20 May 8pm Main Stage

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra will perform in a very special benefit concert to commemorate their dear colleague Nicole Fischer who passed away recently. All proceeds will go to charity. Tickets: €39.50, €33, €27, €22 (choir balcony: €12) Limited concessions available Presented by RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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Main Stage

Joe Csibi, conductor The Blow the Dust Orchestra is the National Concert Hall’s orchestra for older or returning musicians. Join them for their annual lunchtime Bealtaine concert, with special guests, including the NCH Sing Out! Choir. Price: €8 Presented by NCH Learning & Participation

Side by Side by Sondheim Tuesday 22 May 8pm Main Stage

Side by Side by Sondheim – a Musical revue featuring songs from the Oscar, Tony Award winning Broadway and Film composer Stephen Sondheim. Packed full of Sondheim, Rodgers, Bernstein, Styne musical greats such as Losing My Mind, Send in the Clowns, Everybody Says Don't, Broadway Baby, I'm still here and Buddy's Blues. Tickets: €25 Concessions available Presented by Bobby Productions Performance rights granted by Music Theatre International London

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Vox Luminis

Bring Along a Baby Wednesday 23 May 10:30am/12:30pm John Field Room

Bring Along a Baby is an informal, relaxed, accessible chamber music recital, aimed primarily at parents, while babies or very young children sleep, feed and play. Tickets: €13. Babies go free! Presented by NCH Learning & Participation in association with Classical Kids The Irish Guitar Quartet

Vox Luminis Lionel Meunier, director Wednesday 23 May 8pm Main Stage

Programme: Light and Shadow For their debut visit to Dublin, the singers of Vox Luminis are delighted to perform some of their favourite a cappella works from the great English Renaissance. Pre-Concert Talk | 6.45pm | Kevin Barry Recital Room Free to 8pm concert ticketholders

The Irish Guitar Quartet Friday 25 May 1:05pm John Field Room

The Irish Guitar Quartet invites listeners to experience and enjoy a variety of musical styles including latin, opera, folk and American classics. The group is comprised of Ireland's most talented and versatile classical guitarists and is one of Ireland's premier instrumental ensembles Tickets: €16 Concessions available Presented by Jerry Creedon

Tickets: €37.50, €29.50, €24.50 (choir balcony: €17) Presented by NCH Supported by The Irish Times

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MAY 2018 Sing Along Adventures with the Rí Rá Rag Tag Band Saturday 26 May 11am/12:30pm Kevin Barry Recital Room

Sing Along Adventures is an interactive musical exploration for children aged 3-7 featuring magical tales, tunes, movement and storytelling. Child: €10. Adults: free of charge All children must be accompanied by an adult (max of one adult per child). Presented by NCH Learning & Participation Nathalie Stutzmann

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Nathalie Stutzmann Conducts Friday 25 May 7:30pm Main Stage

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor RTÉ Philharmonic Choir Mark Hindley, choir master Ekatarina Siurina, soprano Lidija Jovanovic, alto Gijs van der Linden, tenor Leon Kosavic, baritone/bass Brahms Nänie, Op. 82 Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor (Choral), Op. 125 Tickets: €38, €32.50, €25.50 Limited concessions available Presented by RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Nathalia Milstein, DIPC First Prize Winner 2015

Dublin International Piano Competition Last Round Solo Recitals Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May 2:30pm/7:30pm Main Stage

This will be the last chance to hear solo recitals in this year’s competition. From the original sixty starters, twelve of the best young pianists from around the world will perform their final solo programme in a bid for a coveted place in the Finals. Tickets: €12 per session; €40 for all four sessions Concessions available Presented by Dublin International Piano Competition

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Amanda Palmer

Proinnsias Ó Duinn

Amanda Palmer

RTÉ Concert Orchestra presents Sounds Amazing with Proinnsias Ó Duinn and Michael McCarthy

Monday 28 May 8pm Main Stage

Support Act: Andrew O'Neill Singer-songwriter and New York Times bestselling author Amanda Palmer returns to Dublin for a performance at the NCH, performing everything from solo and Dresden Dolls' favorites to unreleased new material on grand piano and humble ukulele. Audiences can expect surprises! Prices: €30, €27.50, €25 Presented by Aiken Promotions

Dublin International Piano Competition Grand Final

Wednesday 30 May 8pm Main Stage

If there is one conductor synonymous with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra it is Proinnsias Ó Duinn. Proinnsias was at the podium from 1978 until 2003 and led the orchestra is some of its finest moments. Joining Proinnsias and the orchestra will be West End star Michael McCarthy. Tickets: €39.50, €33, €27, €22 (choir balcony: €12) Limited concessions available Presented by RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Tuesday 29 May 7pm Main Stage

There can only be one winner, so now it is down to the wire as the Final of the 2018 International Piano Competition gets under way. The RTÉ NSO, under the baton of Andrew Mogrelia, will accompany the four talented young finalists as they vie for one of the most important music competitions worldwide. Tickets: €48.50, €37.50 (choir balcony: €25) Presented by Dublin International Piano Competition

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John O’Conor

Debussy 2018: Ireland’s Tombeau to Debussy

The Hibernian Orchestra Summer Concert

Thursday 31 May 7:30pm

Thursday 31 May 8pm

Kevin Barry Recital Room

Main Stage

Thérèse Fahy, piano Elaine Clarke, violin Martin Johnson, cello

John Finucane, conductor John O’Conor, piano

Ravel Debussy  Debussy

Duo for violin and cello violin and cello sonatas Tombeau de Debussy 1920 works piano works

Tickets: €20 €55 for package of all three concerts. (May 31, June 7, June 14) Presented by NCH Supported by The Arts Council

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Beethoven Bernstein Bernstein Barber

P  iano Concerto No 3 in C minor T hree Dance Episodes from On The Town S ymphonic Dances from West Side Story Adagio for Strings

Tickets: €20 Concessions available Presented by The Hibernian Orchestra

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Thomas Bartlett & Nico Muhly

John Cale

PERSPECTIVES 2018

CIRCUIT DES YEUX Sunday 13 May 8.30pm, The Studio Tickets €20

THOMAS BARTLETT & NICO MUHLY Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music Wednesday 6 June 8pm, Main Stage Tickets from €25

JOHN CALE “Eternally Next Wave, avant-garde forever” The New Yorker Saturday 16 June 8pm, Main Stage Tickets from €30

SUSANNA ‘Go Dig My Grave’ feat. Giovanna Pessi, Frode Haltli & Sarah-Jane Summers Tuesday 25 September 8.30pm, The Studio Tickets €20

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Susanna Circuit Des Yeux


BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Kirill Karabits conductor Simon Trpčeski piano Thursday 10 May 2018, 8pm 125th Anniversary Tour Elgar In the South, Op. 50 Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 Walton Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 Tickets: €59.50, €49.50, €34.50, €27.50

nch.ie Rufus Wainwright

SUMMER AT NCH RUFUS ROSANNE WAINWRIGHT CASH

GRAHAM NASH

Tuesday 10 July, 8pm

Saturday 28 July, 8pm

Tuesday 31 July, 8pm

“One of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation” New York Times

Multi GRAMMY award winner

Double Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee

Tickets from €35

Tickets from €45

Tickets from €45

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What's On This May 2018  

May Highlights include Brad Mehldau Trio, Martin Hayes Duos, Dublin International Piano Competition, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Vox Lu...

What's On This May 2018  

May Highlights include Brad Mehldau Trio, Martin Hayes Duos, Dublin International Piano Competition, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Vox Lu...