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Thursday 25 April 2013 Academy of Ancient Music Richard Egarr conductor/forte piano

Monday 18 February 2013 Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Jacek Kaspszyk conductor Agata Szymczewska violin Wednesday 8 May 2013 Moscow State Symphony Orchestra Pavel Kogan conductor Nina Kotova cello

Angelika Kirchschlager mezzo soprano

Wednesday 1 May 2013 Capuçon Trio Renaud Capuçon violin Gautier Capuçon cello Michel Dalberto piano

Saturday 8 June 2013 Philharmonia Orchestra Christoph von Dohnányi conductor

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Saturday 23 February 2013 Míc· eál O’Rourke piano Stephen Ackert narrator Wednesday 27 March 2013 Benjamin Grosvenor piano

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MARCH 2013 Fri 1 JFR Garth Knox: Saltarello-New Music Dublin 28 Fri 1 MA RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: Christian Lindberg-New Music Dublin 10 Sat 2 JFR Counterparts - Joyce in Dublin and Paris-New Music Dublin 28 Sat 2 MA RTÉ Concert Orchestra plays Pärt and Andriessen-New Music Dublin 10 Sat 2 MA A Winged Victory for the Sullen-New Music Dublin 11 Sun 3 JFR Callino Quartet-New Music Dublin 29 Sun 3 MA RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season: Orpheus Taming The Wild Beasts 11 Sun 3 MA Jóhann Jóhannsson / The Hilliard Ensemble-Double Bill 12 Mon 4 MA Rule Britannia! Royal Irish Academy of Music 13 Tues 5 MA Artane School of Music Showcase 13 Wed 6/ MA Waltons World Masters - Bobby McFerrin Meets Ireland 14 Thurs 7 Fri 8 JFR Istvan 29 Fri 8 MA RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season: From Russia with Love 15 Sat 9 MA RTÉ Concert Orchestra-Signature Series: Danielle de Niese 15 Sun 10 MA DIT Ensembles All Together Now 16 Mon 11 MA Máire Ledwith Butler Singing Studio Gala Concert 16 Wed 13 MA Kathy Nugent in Stephen Sondheim-a toast to his 83rd birthday 17 Fri 15 JFR Songs of Life and Death 29 Fri 15 MA The Music of Shaun Davey with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra & guests 17 Sat 16 MA St. Patrick’s Festival & RTÉ Radio 1 present Céilí House Live in Concert 18 Sun 17 MA ESB Live 2013: Stockton’s Wing 19 Wed 20 MA European Masterworks: Celebrating Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union 20 Fri 22 JFR Paris & Piaf - Derby Browne 30 Fri 22 MA RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and The National Concert Hall: Pipeworks - Colm Carey organ 21 Fri 22 MA RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season: Classical Poise 21 Sat 23 MA Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil Gala Concert 22 Sun 24 MA Eighteen Yellow Roses. The Life & Music of Bobby Darin 22 Mon 25 MA An American Celebration of Music: Brown University Orchestra 23 Tues 26 JFR From The Titanic To The NCH 29 Wed 27 MA The International Concert Series 2012/2013: Piano Masters Series: Benjamin Grosvenor, piano 24 Thurs 28 MA RTÉ Concert Orchestra: Across the Stars The John Williams Collection 25 25 Fri 29 MA RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet presents Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ 26 Fri 29 MA RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra presents J.S. Bach St. John Passion Sat 30 MA Carmen by Georges Bizet 26 Sun 31 MA Tosca by Puccini 27

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RTÉ Concert Orchestra: ‘Lady Ella’ - The Ella Fitzgerald Songbook starring Claire Martin The Carpenter’s-A Celebration of the greatest love songs The International Concert Series 2012/2013: Joseph Calleja (tenor) Claudia Boyle (soprano) RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra; Proinnsías Ó Duinn (conductor) William Butt and Archie Chen RTÉ Concert Orchestra: Boléro The Billy Fury Years Spanish and Latin classics RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season: Symphonic Matters Dave Hardy & The Blue Clavon Orchestra: All-Time Favourite Classic Hits Siansa Gael Linn 2013: Craobhchomórtas/Grand Finale UCD Symphony Orchestra 10th Anniversary Concert European Masterworks: Celebrating Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union An Evening from “Arena di Verona” Gael Winds Music Con Stanza RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season: A Postcard from the New World and the Old RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season: Late Night Concert with Eldbjørg Hemsing violin Dublin International Piano Competition Prizewinners’ Concert - Nikolay Khozyainov The Creation - Culwick Choral Society Eamon Keane In Concert The International Concert Series 2012/2013: Academy of Ancient Music Richard Egarr (director & fortepiano) • Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano) Vladimir & Olga Jablokov: Music For Violin & Piano RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season: Heat, Holiness And Left-Hand Piano RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season: Late Night Concert with Mark Duley (organ) RTÉ Concert Orchestra: Singin’ in the Rain RIAM BA in Music Performance Annual Final Year Concerto Performances Christopher Atzinger, piano recital

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MAY 2013 Wed 1 MA The International Concert Series 2012/2013: Renaud Capuçon (violin), Gautier Capuçon (cello) 52 and Michel Dalberto (piano) Thurs 2 JFR Sinead Campbell-Wallace, soprano 70 Fri 3 JFR Blood, Water and Lunch with Rodrigo 70 Fri 3 MA RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season: Glory to God And Rugby 53 Sat 4 MA ESB Live 2013: Pink Martini 54 Sun 5 MA Tango & Friends 55 Wed 8 MA The International Concert Series 2012/2013: Moscow State Symphony Orchestra; 56 Pavel Kogan (conductor) • Nina Kotova (cello) Thurs 9 MA RTÉ Concert Orchestra: Mooney’s Eurovision Melodies 57 Fri 10 JFR Mr. George Gershwin speaks to Scott Joplin & Fats Waller 70 Fri 10 MA RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season: Beauty in Sunshine and Shadow 57 Sat 11 MA Brahms German Requiem 58 Sun 12 MA Jack Jones - Through The Years - The Farewell Concert 58 Mon 13 JFR YES To Young Talent - Camara Quartet 70 Tues 14 MA Rising Star 2013: Brian O’Kane, cello 59 Wed 15 MA Loudon Wainwright III In Concert 60 Thurs 16 MA RTÉ Concert Orchestra: The Broadway Sound 60 Fri 17 JFR Serenade for flute and guitar 71 Fri 17 MA RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season: Romance taken to Extremes 61 Sat 18 MA Gloria - The Splendour of Choir and Brass 61 Sun 19 MA RIAM Performing Groups Annual Concert 62 Tues 21 MA RTÉ Concert Orchestra- Signature Series: Kurt Elling 62 Wed 22 MA European Masterworks: Celebrating Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union 64 Fri 24 JFR Harmony@Large@Lunchtime 71 Fri 24 MA RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season: Fantasy Folk Music and Pure Cold Water 65 Sat 25/ Sun 26 Éist! Can You Hear Me? - Cór Náisiúnta na n-Óg/The National Children’s Choir 66 Mon 27 MA Tues 28 JFR YES To Young Talent - Award Winners 71 Wed 29 MA An Evening with Pasha Kovalev & Katya Virshilas from Strictly Come Dancing 67 Fri 31 JFR “Songs You Should Hear” (Or Should Hear Again) 71 Fri 31 MA RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and The National Concert Hall: 67 Pipeworks with Mark Duley, organ Fri 31 MA RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season: A Finale of Fanfares and Fireworks 68

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Music Celebrations International Concert Tours With Integrity

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An American Celebration of Music Monday 25 March 8pm

Brown University Orchestra

Paul Phillips, Music Director and Conductor Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Rimsky-Korsakov | Russian Easter Overture Gershwin | An American in Paris Barber | Adagio for Strings Abels | Global Warming Perry | “Dublin: Celtic Air and Runaway Reel” from Gemini Concerto Bernstein | Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

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MARCH HIGHLIGHT

SOUL AND SOUND OR OLD-FASHIONED GENIUS? B E N JA M I N G R O SV E N O R “Hats off, gentlemen -- a genius,’’ was Robert Schumann’s immortal line when he first reviewed a Chopin concert and recognised the exceptional quality of what he was hearing. There is nothing like a good quote to catch the public attention and 20-year-old British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has had critics queuing up for nearly a decade to supply them. The Independent drooled: “Grosvenor is the most important British pianist to emerge in decades. The key is that he has his own sound, something rare even among wellestablished names. It is poetic and gently ironic, brilliant yet clear-minded, intelligent but not without humour… 6

he’s one in a million, several million. Great things should lie ahead.’’ The Times declared him as being “almost from another age’’. It’s a bit premature yet to acclaim Grosvenor as anything other than an exciting new emerging star of the keyboard, but there is plenty of evidence that he has the music mindset and the mental strength -- allied to brilliant technical ability -- to make a lasting impact on the music world. Grosvenor has been a young sensation ever since he won the piano section of the BBC Musician of the Year competition in 2004, aged eleven. “The real McCoy’’, a commentator declared that night, but prodigies who travel

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through that dangerous terrain called fame have the habit of disappearing into the quick-sands of expectation. In his new world of sudden celebrity, he has chosen a road less travelled - one constructed of old-fashioned values, quiet introspection and personal conviction as to what truly great piano playing requires - particularly from him. The word ‘conviction’ is never far away when he discusses his playing. Whatever about the excitement among critics and music lovers and the level of praise heaped upon him by being chosen as the youngest ever musician to open a BBC Proms season, the young pianist himself remains distinctly cool and calm. He cannot, however, escape that quality on which many agree: he possesses a maturity of musical understanding not experienced in one so young since the emergence of Evgeny Kissin in the mid-1980s. Grosvenor admires many of today’s great players - fellow Englishman Stephen Hough being one of them - but it is to the past that Grosvenor points when he wants to name his “favourites’’. Tellingly, they include the Romanian Dinu Lipatti and Russian Vladimir Horowitz, pianists renowned for tonal colour. “I do have a pronounced interest in pianists of the past, both for the absolute merits of their performances and because one is exposed to potentially important musical and expressive musical tools that may have disappeared partially from the modern lexicon,’’ says Grosvenor. “Of course, you cannot give ‘sepia-tinted’ performances, as if seeking to re-invent a bygone era, but to ignore the recorded legacy of immensely talented musicians who worked with some of the great composers, would be to miss out on a rich part of our artistic history.” ‘We must keep in mind that our medium is sound, so projecting a performance to an audience rests on controlling and conjuring with sound, not ‘playing notes’ per se. Perhaps this is a quality that is sometimes

now lacking relative to the artists of yesteryear - with exceptions in both directions, of course. Also the sense of a pianists having their own sound, naturally. Part of the pianist’s celebrity seems to have been achieved mainly through the mainstream media more than the music one - an interesting development in the fame game where being different in whatever way or for whatever reason even being termed old-fashioned can make a huge difference to programmers. Strangely, perhaps, he has always avoided international piano competitions, believing they can be a corrupting influence by reducing classical music to a form of competitive sport. “In the past, competitions themselves have helped bring a number of great pianists to the fore. [However,] I do worry that they may have become a kind of worldwide industry and, as a result, many students at conservatories hone their playing to the competition ‘circuit’ that they expect to join shortly, and through which they hope to earn notice and a career.’’ Grosvenor is not short of awards in his brief but sensational career so far. Those bestowed so far include Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year and Instrumental Award, a Classic Brits Critics Award’, UK Critics Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent and a Diapason d’Or Jeune Talent Award. He has been featured in several TV documentaries including CNN’s Human to Hero series. Last July, he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the ‘The Queen’s commendation for excellence’. by Dick O’Riordan Benjamin Grosvenor plays in the Piano Masters Series in the International Concert Series at the National Concert Hall on Wednesday, March 27. Tickets ¤15-¤40; Tel 01-417 0000 • WWW.NCH.IE Dick O’Riordan is classical music columnist with The Sunday Business Post.

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1st - 3rd March 2013 at The National Concert Hall Date

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GARTH KNOX: SALTARELLO Garth Knox viola • Agnès Vesterman cello • Sylvian Lemêtre percussion Music by Garth Knox, Henry Purcell, Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, Kaija Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino, George Aperghis and John Dowland

John Field Room

¤10 (¤9 concession)

6.45pm

FESTIVAL PREVIEW A performance of a new work by Emma O’Halloran, winner of the Jerome Hynes Young Composers’ Award 2013, followed by a panel discussion previewing the inaugural New Music Dublin festival

Kevin Barry Room

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8pm

RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Christian Lindberg conductor/trombone Music by Jan Sandström and Christian Lindberg

Main Auditorium

¤20 (¤18 concession)

1.05pm

COUNTERPARTS: JOYCE IN DUBLIN AND PARIS Dominique Pifarély violin • Michael Buckley saxophones • Stéphane Payen saxophones • Ronan Guilfoyle bass • Christophe Lavergne drums Music by Ronan Guilfoyle

John Field Room

¤10 (¤9 concession)

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2.30pm

FIDELIO TRIO Music by Luke Bedford, Pascal Dusapin, Salvatore Sciarrino, David Fennessy and Johannes Maria Staud

Kevin Barry Room

¤10 (¤9 concession)

3.30pm

1:1 CONCERTS A series of micro-concerts taking place throughout the building with soloists from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Crash Ensemble.

Various

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RAYMOND DEANE FOCUS Screening of a new documentary by Mark Linnane and performances of Mystery of a Street and Versura by Raymond Deane

Kevin Barry Room

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7.30pm

RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA PLAYS PÄRT AND ANDRIESSEN Reinbert de Leeuw conductor Arvo Pärt’s 4th Symphony and Louis Andriessen’s De Staat

Main Auditorium

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10pm

A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN With Adam Wiltzie, Dustin O’Halloran supported by a string ensemble

Main Auditorium

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CALLINO QUARTET Music by Anton Webern, Valentin Silvestrov, Ian Wilson, John Tavener and Kevin Volans

John Field Room

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3pm

HERE IS THE NEWS… Informal performance by participants in Brian Irvine’s choral workshop.

Kevin Barry Room

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CREATIVE LABS SHOWCASE An opportunity to see and hear the works developed during the festival in the Creative Labs

Various

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CRASH ENSEMBLE: EUROPA Alan Pierson conductor • Sylvia O’Brien guest vocalist Music by Simon Steen Andersen, Georg Fredrich Haas, Heiner Goebbels and Michel Van Der Aa

8pm

JÓHANN JÓHANSSON AND THE HILLIARD ENSEMBLE-DOUBLE BILL Music by Jóhann Jóhannsson, Veljo Tormis, Rebecca Rowe, Gavin Bryars, Morton Feldman, Fabio Vacchi, John Cage and Arvo Pärt

Sunday 3 1.05pm March

¤15 (¤13.50 concession) Main Auditorium

¤20 (¤18 Concession)

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RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHRISTIAN LINDBERG, CONDUCTOR

Christian Lindberg

RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA PLAYS PÄRT AND ANDRIESSEN

Reinbert de Leeuw

FRIDAY 1 MARCH 8PM

SATURDAY 2 MARCH 7:30PM

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Christian Lindberg conductor

RTÉ Concert Orchestra Reinbert de Leeuw conductor

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Arvo Pärt Symphony No. 4 Andriessen De Staat

Ocean Child Kundraan and the Arctic Light Indri / Cave Canem Peking Twilight

Following his previous success with the RTÉ NSO, Christian Lindberg ‘a virtuoso at the top of his game’ (The Irish Times), returns to direct from the trombone the world premiere of Kundraan and the Arctic Light. He also conducts Peking Twilight, ‘a tribute to the city of Norrköpin’; Indri/ Cave Canem (Beware of the Dog) which is full of rhythmic vitality and Ocean Child, described by Sandström as ‘a tribute to life, to curiosity and childish naivety’.

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Music as a political tool as conceived by two of Europe’s elder statesmen of composition, two remarkably individual voices, both of whom strive for a purity of approach, but with startlingly different results. Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No. 4 is a recent work (2009) that offers direct criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Andriessen’s De Staat (1976) considers the relationship of music to politics; how it can and can’t have an influence. This is the Irish première of both works.

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A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN

Dustin O’Halloran and Adam Wiltzie

RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012-2013 SEASON: ORPHEUS TAMING THE WILD BEASTS

Finghin Collins

SATURDAY 2 MARCH 10PM

SUNDAY 3 MARCH 3:30PM

A Winged Victory for the Sullen: Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran.

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Finghin Collins piano • Jennifer Davis soprano • Nicola Mulligan soprano Laura Murphy alto • Eoin Hynes tenor Patrick Hyland tenor • Gavan Ring bass The Guinness Choir (David Milne chorus master) • Jonathan Cohen conductor

For the uninitiated, A Winged Victory For The Sullen is the first instalment of the new collaboration between ex-Sparklehorse musician Adam Wiltzie and composer Dustin O’Halloran, a friendship that has brought forth an offspring of truly curative compositions for the world to savour. AWVFTS mix classical, ambient and post-rock sounds to create sonorous and cinematic music that moves.

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Beethoven Coriolan Overture, Op. 62 Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58 Beethoven Choral Fantasy, Op. 80 RTÉ NSO Associate Artist Finghin Collins’ final Beethoven programme. Enjoy the exhilarating ingenuity and captivating melodic invention of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, his majestic Coriolan Overture, and the sublime Choral Fantasy, where piano, voice and orchestra combine with muscularity and musicality.

Tickets: ¤10, ¤18, ¤24, ¤30, ¤35 (Concessions: ¤9, ¤16, ¤22, ¤27, ¤32) Buy 3 or more concerts and save. From ¤28.50 Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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DOUBLE BILL JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON/ HILLIARD ENSEMBLE

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Jöhann Jöhannsson

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SUNDAY 3 MARCH 8PM Hilliard Ensemble: David James countertenor • Rogers CoveyCrump tenor • Steven Harrold tenor Gordon Jones Baritone Jóhann Jóhannsson Ensemble Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Iceland-born musician, composer and producer. Jóhann’s stately, slow-building and hauntingly melodic music, has been quietly bewitching listeners since he released his first solo record Englabörn in 2002. The Hilliard Ensemble, one of the world’s finest vocal chamber groups, is unrivalled for its formidable reputation in the fields of both early and new music. Its distinctive style engage the listener as much in medieval and renaissance repertoire as in works specially written by living composers.

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RULE BRITANNIA! IN AID OF ST AGNES’ SCHOOL VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA PROJECT

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

MONDAY 4 MARCH 8PM Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra • Royal Irish Academy of Music Chorale • James Cavanagh conductor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Five Klee Pictures Britten The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music Holst The Planets Universally acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has made a significant contribution to musical history through his wide-ranging and prolific output. The RIAM salutes its International visiting artist and Fellow over a series of workshops, talks and concerts culminating in a performance of his Five Klee Pictures, in the presence of the composer, at the National Concert Hall alongside works by his compatriots, Holst, Vaughan Williams and Britten, in his centenary year.

Tickets: ¤10, ¤15 (Concessions: ¤5) 20% discount available for Friends of The National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more Presented by Royal Irish Academy of Music

ARTANE SCHOOL OF MUSIC SHOWCASE

Ronan O’Reilly

TUESDAY 5 MARCH 8PM Ensembles of the Artane School of Music (Director of Music: Ronan O’Reilly), Wesley College Choir (Directed by: Aine Balfe), and other special guests The concert will include a selection of Irish and American music from the ensembles of the Artane School of Music as well as some new compositions performed by the Artane Big Band. Also included will be some choral favourites performed by the award winning Wesley College Choir in collaboration with the Artane Band.

Tickets: ¤15 Students and senior citizens: ¤10 Family ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children): ¤35 Presented by Artane School of Music

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WALTONS WORLD MASTERS BOBBY MCFERRIN MEETS IRELAND

Bobby McFerrin

WEDNESDAY 6/THURSDAY 7 MARCH 8PM Bobby McFerrin and selected artists To celebrate the tenth anniversary year of the Waltons World Masters series, we are delighted to welcome Bobby McFerrin, arguably the greatest vocal innovator and improviser of our time, back to Ireland and the World Masters series for this very special two-day event. Each evening’s performance will be a unique, in-the-moment collaboration between Bobby and a small, very select group of singers, instrumentalists, dancers and small ensembles - chosen to represent the creativity, tradition and spirit of Ireland and selected through an Ireland-wide audition process. Bobby Meets Ireland will celebrate the musical and cultural diversity of modern Ireland, and the magic that happens when artists meet and interact. ‘Mr. McFerrin is a musical phenomenon…. Simply listen and be moved’. - New York Times ‘Bobby McFerrin’s greatest gift to his audience may be changing them from spectators into celebrants, and transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space’. - Los Angeles Times

One performance: ¤40, ¤50, ¤60 (Choir Balcony ¤25) Both performances (10% discount): ¤72, ¤90, ¤108 (Choir Balcony: ¤45) 10% discount available for The Friends of The National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more Presented by Waltons New School of Music Supported by Waltons New School of Music, RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday Independent, Dublin Conrad Hotel 14

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RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012-2013 SEASON: FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Hideko Udagawa

RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA SIGNATURE SERIES: DANIELLE DE NIESE

Danielle de Niese

FRIDAY 8 MARCH 8PM

SATURDAY 9 MARCH 8PM

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Hideko Udagawa violin Alan Buribayev conductor

RTÉ Concert Orchestra • Danielle de Niese

Tchaikovsky Khachaturian Prokofiev

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32 Concerto-Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra Symphony No. 5 in B flat, Op. 100

Three majestic works: Tchaikovsky’s searingly tragic Francesca da Rimini a tale of murdered lovers locked in poignant embrace for all eternity, Prokofiev’s mighty and moving Fifth Symphony, its soaring drama conjuring the moment of victory in World War II and Khachaturian’s richly characterised love song for violin and orchestra, the Concerto-Rhapsody. Soundings, 7pm|Guest Talk TCD Head of Music Simon Trezise on the evening’s programme

Tickets: ¤10, ¤18, ¤24, ¤30, ¤35 (Concessions: ¤9, ¤16, ¤22, ¤27, ¤32) Buy 3 or more concerts and save. From ¤28.50 Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Due to phenomenal demand following her debut Irish performance with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in August, Danielle de Niese returns for one concert only as part of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra Signature Series 2013. It is rare that an Opera singer is deemed “cool” but Danielle de Niese has made audiences sit up and listen. A “sweet, gleaming soprano,” with “phenomenal musicality”, Danielle de Niese breathes new life into Opera. She has graced some of the world’s most prestigious Opera and concert stages. Don’t miss your chance to see her live this March. “...de Niese proved that her bunch of keys to operatic stardom isn’t lacking an enviable technique that’s above criticism” - Andrew Johnstone, The Irish Times on de Niese’s August 2012 performance with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Tickets: ¤15, ¤25, ¤35, ¤42.50, ¤49.50 (Concessions: ¤13.50, ¤22.50, ¤31.50, ¤38.25, ¤44.50) 10% discount for groups of 10 or more Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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DIT ENSEMBLES ALL TOGETHER NOW

MÁIRE LEDWITH BUTLER SINGING STUDIO GALA CONCERT

Máire Ledwith Butler

SUNDAY 10 MARCH 7PM

MONDAY 11 MARCH 7:30PM

DIT Junior Strings • DIT Intermediate Orchestra • DIT Prelude Winds DIT Concert Band • DIT Percussion Ensemble • DIT Wind Ensemble Conductors: Kitty Dalligan, Ronan Grant, Ian Dakin, Jonathan Clifford, Noel Eccles, Kevin Hanafin

All the students of Máire Ledwith Butler Singing Studio with Classicus Youth Chamber Choir, the Marie Keating School of Ballet with a special guest appearance by The Priests

All Together Now 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.

Tickets: ¤15 (Concessions: ¤10) Family Ticket: ¤35 (2 Adults and 2 Children) 20% discount available for Friends of The National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more Presented by DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama 16

The Máire Ledwith Butler Singing Studio presents a special Gala Concert in support of musical development and organ renewal in St. Mary’s Church, Haddington Road. The concert features students from the Máire Ledwith Butler Singing Studio, the award-winning Classicus Youth Chamber Choir, the Marie Keating School of Ballet and a special guest appearance by The Priests.

Tickets: ¤20 (child, unwaged & senior citizens: ¤15) Family Tickets (2 Adults & 2 Children): ¤55.00 10% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more

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KATHY NUGENT IN STEPHEN SONDHEIM - A TOAST TO HIS 83RD BIRTHDAY

Kathy Nugent

WEDNESDAY 13 MARCH 8PM Kathy Nugent • The Rockits • The Can Belto Ladies Choir (Musical Director Jimmy O’Byrne) • Dr Seamus Brett musical director This concert was devised with Stephen Sondheim’s birthday in mind and that it takes place in the week of St. Patricks Day celebrations has influenced the title - it is indeed a Toast to His 83rd Birthday, an Irish toast of course. Kathy Nugent stars in a celebration of the works of probably the greatest living composer in the popular genre, Stephen Sondheim in the vicinity of his 83rd birthday. The big compositions can be heard with the backing of over 40 voices. Send In The Clowns, Being Alive, Losing My Mind, Shows like Sweeney Todd, Company, Follies and many other heart stopping Broadway hits.

Tickets: ¤22.50, ¤24.50, ¤28.50, ¤33.50, ¤35 (Choir Balcony: ¤17.50) 10% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more Presented by Brendan Carroll

THE MUSIC OF SHAUN DAVEY WITH THE RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & GUESTS

Liam O’Flynn

FRIDAY 15 MARCH 8PM RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Liam O’Flynn uilleann pipes • Rita Connolly vocalist • Gerard McChrystal saxophone • Noel Eccles percussion • Four pipers from the Neilston and District Pipe Band (Led by Pipe Major Iain MacDonald) • Gearóid Grant conductor Shaun Davey The Brendan Voyage The Relief of Derry Symphony In celebration of St. Patrick’s weekend two major works by Shaun Davey: The atmospheric and powerfully moving musical drama that is The Brendan Voyage, vividly depicting St Brendan’s journey from Ireland to the New World in a tiny leather boat. The Relief of Derry Symphony, the work which has come to be known as the Symphony of Peace. Commissioned to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Siege of Derry in 1689, it is a theatrical work of great tenderness and power.

Tickets: ¤15, ¤25, ¤33, ¤38 (Concessions ¤13.50, ¤22.50, ¤30, ¤34) 5% discount for RTÉ NSO subscribers Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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GREAT ARTIST SERIES 2012/2013

ST. PATRICK’S FESTIVAL & RTÉ RADIO 1 PRESENT CÉILÍ HOUSE LIVE IN CONCERT

WEDNESDAY 1 MAY 2013 8PM

Capuçon Trio Renaud Capuçon violin Gautier Capuçon cello Michel Dalberto piano Fauré Fauré Fauré Fauré Fauré

Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano, in A major, Op. 13 Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 74 Nocturne No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 63 for piano solo Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 117 for cello and piano Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

SATURDAY 16 MARCH 8PM On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy a gala concert featuring the best of traditional Irish music, song and dance headlined by Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill, an All-Star Céilí Band from Co. Mayo and special guests. The formidable Kieran Hanrahan will host the atmospheric evening too remarkable to be missed!

Tickets €25, €30, €35, €40 (Choir Balcony €20)

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Tickets: ¤25, ¤30, ¤35 (Choir Balcony ¤18) 15% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more Presented by St. Patrick’s Festival & RTÉ Radio 1


ESB LIVE 2013: STOCKTON’S WING

SUNDAY 17 MARCH 8PM The music of Stockton’s Wing has evolved into an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary Irish music and song, performed with power and precision by some of the finest musicians in Ireland. In this very special concert, Stockton’s Wing reunite to bring a night of nostalgia to the National Concert Hall performing some of their eclectic back catalogue and their greatest hits. Celebrate The Gathering on St. Patrick’s Day with one of Ireland’s most treasured live acts. What an extraordinary, amazing, mind-blowing concert the Wing delivered last night. I’m still spinning from it. It was TRIUMPHANT!...no other word for it – PJ Curtis

Tickets: ¤30, ¤35 20% discount available for Friends of The National Concert Hall 15% discount for groups of 10 or more Presented by The National Concert Hall NATIONAL CONCERT HALL BOX OFFICE TEL: 01 417 0000 • www.nch.ie no booking fees

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EUROPEAN MASTERWORKS: CELEBRATING IRELAND’S PRESIDENCY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

Elizabeth Cooney and Carol McGonnell

WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH 8PM Carol McGonnell clarinet • Elizabeth Cooney violin Alexander Baillie cello • Finghin Collins piano J.S. Bach Bartók Enescu Kimmo Hakola Sibelius Thomas Adès Brahms

Chromatic Fantasy, BWV 903 (arr. cello solo) Contrasts, Sz. 111 Prelude, Op. 9 Capriole for bass clarinet and cello Impromptu, Op. 78 No. 1 Romance, Op. 78 No. 2 Mazurka, Op. 81 No. 1 Catch, Op. 4 Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Contrasts are a feature of the second concert in this series, and not just in the work of that name by Bartók, written for clarinettist Benny Goodman. Short, lyrical pieces by Sibelius are juxtaposed with the virtuosic, roller-coaster Capriole for bass clarinet and cello by Sibelius’ compatriot Kimmo Hakola. Thomas Adès’ quirky Catch, which features a game between musicians trying to snare and lure each other, makes way for Brahms’ late masterpiece, his Clarinet Trio, of which a musicologist friend of the composer wrote to him: “It is as though the instruments were in love with each other.”

Tickets: ¤20 (Concessions: ¤15) Buy tickets to all 4 European Masterworks concerts for the price of 3 20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Presented by The National Concert Hall 20

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

RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012-2013 SEASON: CLASSICAL POISE

Julian Rachlin

FRIDAY 22 MARCH 6:10PM

FRIDAY 22 MARCH 8PM

Colm Carey organ

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Julian Rachlin violin/conductor

Hindemith Sonata No. 1 Mozart (arr. Best/Carey) Larghetto (from Clarinet Quintet, Op. 108 Mendelssohn Sonata No. 4 in B flat, Op. 65 A programme exploring the organ’s interaction with classical form and style, as experienced in the linear counterpoint of Hindemith, the poised elegance of Mozart transcribed, or Mendelssohn’s homage to Baroque models in reimagining the sonata as a suite of contrasted movements.

Mozart The Marriage of Figaro Overture Mozart Symphony No. 29 in A Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 ‘Italian’ Charismatic virtuoso Julian Rachlin makes a welcome return to direct Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, a masterpiece full of heart-stopping melodies and thrilling orchestral writing. The Fourth Symphony is a colourful snapshot of travels in Italy. Alongside, Mozart’s brilliant and energetic Symphony No. 29 and the magnificent Overture to The Marriage of Figaro. Soundings, 7pm |In Conversation RTÉ NSO Co-Leader Elaine Clark with Julian Rachlin

A ticket is required for this free ticketed event. Presented by Pipeworks in Association with The National Concert Hall and The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: ¤10, ¤18, ¤24, ¤30, ¤35 (Concessions: ¤9, ¤16, ¤22, ¤27, ¤32) Buy 3 or more concerts and save. From ¤28.50 Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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ELECTRIC IRELAND FEIS CEOIL GALA CONCERT

EIGHTEEN YELLOW ROSES. THE LIFE & MUSIC OF BOBBY DARIN

Bobby Darin

SATURDAY 23 MARCH 7:30PM A number of outstanding winners from Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil 2013 will be selected to perform at this Gala Showcase which will round off the 2013 Festival. The concert will feature choirs, orchestras, ensembles and soloists representing a variety of disciplines and genres.

SUNDAY 24 MARCH 8PM Jimmy O’Byrne as Bobby Darin with Kathy Nugent as Connie Francis with The Eugene McCarthy Big Band and Singers This show will feature all of Bobby Darin’s Greatest Hits including Dream Lover, Splish Splash, Beyond The Sea, Mack The Knife, 18 Yellow Roses, Multiplication, If I Were A Carpenter and many many more…. Although Bobby Darin passed away at the very early age of 37 he left behind a body of work that covered pop, rock & roll, folk, jazz & country. He had started off a songwriter for others, like Connie Francis, before becoming a major star himself. He was also a Golden Globe winning actor and found time to become a political activist for Robert Kennedy. But it is the quality of his singing that he will be remembered for with hits like Dream Lover, Beyond The Sea and Mack The Knife.

Tickets: ¤15 (Concessions: ¤12.50) Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children under 18): ¤40. 20% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall. 10% discount available for groups of 10 or more Presented by Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil 22

Tickets: ¤32.50, ¤37.50 (Choir Balcony: ¤25) 10% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hal, groups of 10 or more, senior citizens, students and the unwaged Presented by Pat Egan Sound Ltd

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AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION OF MUSIC INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRAS SERIES 2012/2013 SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2013 8PM

Philharmonia Orchestra Christoph von Dohnányi conductor Paul Lewis piano Brown University Orchestra

MONDAY 25 MARCH 8PM Brown University Orchestra

Opening work to be announced Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488 Dvorˇák Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World

Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36 Michael Abels Global Warming Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story William Perry Dublin: Celtic Air and Runaway Reel from Gemini Concerto Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings Gershwin An American in Paris Brown University Orchestra has performed in Carnegie Hall with Dave Brubeck, Lincoln Centre with Itzhak Perlman, toured China, and won seven ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Under the direction of music director Paul Phillips, who recently recorded a Naxos CD with the RTÉ National Symphony, the BUO is recognized internationally as one of America’s finest university orchestras. Tickets: ¤15 (Concessions: ¤10) Family ticket: ¤35. Children: ¤10 20% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more Presented by Music Celebrations International Supporting The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland and Focus Ireland

Tickets: €55, €65, €75, €85 (Choir Balcony €40)

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THE INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SERIES 2012/2013

BENJAMIN GROSVENOR, PIANO

Benjamin Grosvenor

WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH 8PM Bach-Kempff Siciliano in G minor from Flute Sonata No. 2 in E-flat major BWV1031 Bach-Rummel Ertödt ‘uns durch dein’ Güte (Movement 5 of Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe, BWV22) Bach-Siloti Prelude in E Minor BWV 555 Bach-Saint-Saëns Largo from the Sonata No. 3 for solo violin BWV1005 Bach-Saint-Saëns Sinfonia from Cantata Wir Danken Dir, Gott, Wir Danken Dir, BWV 29 Chopin Polonaise Op. 44 Chopin Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante Scriabin Selection of Mazurkas Op. 3 Scriabin Valse Op. 38 Granados Valses Poeticos Strauss/Schulz-Evler Blue Danube British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognised for his electrifying performances and penetrating interpretations. An exquisite technique and ingenious flair for tonal colour are the hallmarks which make Benjamin Grosvenor one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world. He currently studies with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music on an affiliated scholarship and has also studied with Leif Ove Andsnes, Stephen Hough, and Arnaldo Cohen amongst others. Benjamin first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven. In 2011 Benjamin signed to Decca Classics, and in doing so has become the youngest British musician ever to sign to the label, and the first British pianist to sign to the label in almost 60 years.

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ACRoSS THE STARS: THE

John Williams RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA: ACROSS THE STARS THE JOHN C O L LWILLIAMS ECTION COLLECTION

RTÉ VANBRUGH QUARTET PRESENTS HAYDN THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST

RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet

THURSDAY 28 MARCH 8PM RTÉ Concert Orchestra Neil Thomson conductor The RTÉ Concert Orchestra honours five-time Academy award-winning, four-time Golden Globe winning and twenty-one-time Grammy award-winning film music composer, John Williams, bringing his epic film scores to life. An evening of instantly recognizable scores like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T. Harry Potter, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, War Horse, Superman, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Munich and many more! “He can take a moment and just uplift it, and he could take a tear that’s just forming in your eye and make it drip” Steven Spielberg on John Williams

Tickets: ¤11, ¤22, ¤27, ¤33, ¤38 (Concessions: ¤10, ¤20, ¤25, ¤30, ¤35) Group Discount 10% for 10 people or more Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

FRIDAY 29 MARCH 1:30PM RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet Philip O’Sullivan reader Haydn

The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross, Op. 51

The RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet has attracted considerable public interest in venues around Ireland for its performances of Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross, Op. 51. On Good Friday 2013, it will perform the string quartet version of the orchestral original composed by Haydn in response to a commission for an orchestral work that would serve as an aid to meditation during the Good Friday religious services. This will be interspersed with Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Mark Strand’s poem Poem After The Seven Last Words read by actor Philip O’Sullivan.

Tickets: ¤5 or FREE if attending the 3.30pm RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra performance of J.S. Bach St. John Passion (Please note: separate ticket required for both performances. Enquire when booking) Presented by the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet

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RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS J.S. BACH ST JOHN PASSION

Mark Wilde

FRIDAY 29 MARCH 3:30PM J.S. Bach St John Passion, BWC 245 Mark Wilde Evangelist • Nicholas Merryweather Cristus • Gavan Ring Pilate • Sarah Power soprano • Sharon Carty mezzo soprano • Eamonn Mulhall tenor • RTÉ Philharmonic Choir (Mark Hindley chorus master) • RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra • Michael Roswell conductor Sometimes called ‘sermons in sound’ Bach’s cantatas and passion settings are works of extraordinary scale, range and intensity. With its expansive opening and closing choruses, moving chorales and solo arias, his vivid setting of the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of St. John, with additional passages from St Matthew, is an immensely powerful, dramatic and emotional work.

Tickets: ¤10, ¤20, ¤30 (Concessions: ¤9, ¤18, ¤27) 5% discount for RTÉ NSO 2012-2013 Subscribers Buy a ticket for the St John Passion and enjoy The Seven Last Words of Christ at 1.30 for FREE. (Please note: separate ticket required for entry for both performances. Enquire when booking) Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 26

CARMEN BY GEORGES BIZET

Carmen

SATURDAY 30 MARCH 7:30PM International soloists and the full Chisinau National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus Produced and Directed by Ellen Kent Directed by Ellen Kent and starring international mezzo soprano Nadia Stoianova, this traditionally staged, dazzling new production, set in Seville and reflecting a Goya painting, with fountains, flowers and orange trees, guarantees an evening of passion and romance. Sung in French with English surtitles. ‘Hot-blooded, a joy’ - The Independent ‘Impassioned and sultry’ - The Observer

Tickets: ¤25, ¤34, ¤40 20% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall Presented by Ellen Kent and Opera & Ballet International

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TOSCA BY PUCCINI INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRAS SERIES 2012/2013 WEDNESDAY 8 MAY 2013 8PM

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra Pavel Kogan conductor Nina Kotova cello Tosca

SUNDAY 31 MARCH 7:30PM International soloists and the full Chisinau National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus Produced and Directed by Ellen Kent

Rimsky Korsakov Introduction & Three Miracles from Tsar Saltan Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1, Op. 107 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 Pathétique

Directed by Ellen Kent, and starring the celebrated international soprano Elena Dee, this traditional production is a heady mixture of true love, torture and treachery, with two of the best roles for tenor and soprano. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Rome, with spectacular costumes, and featuring a boys choir. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Tickets: €45, €55, €65, €75 (Choir Balcony €30) Tickets: ¤25, ¤34, ¤40 20% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall Presented by Ellen Kent and Opera & Ballet International

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JOHN FIELD ROOM MARCH 2013 Garth Knox

Friday 1 March 1:05PM GARTH KNOX: SALTARELLO Garth Knox • Agnès Vesterman • Sylvian Lemêtre Garth Knox Nine fingers (viola, cello, percussion) Henry Purcell Music for a while (viola d’amore, cello) Anon (14th Century) Saltarello - Ghaetta (fiddle, percussion) Hildegard von Bingen Ave Generosa (solo fiddle) Guillaume de Machaut Plainte (fiddle, percussion) Kaija Saariaho Papillons (solo cello) Traditional Irish/Knox Pipe, Harp, Fiddle (fiddle, cello, percussion) Salvatore Sciarrino Ai limiti della note (solo viola) George Aperghis Corps à corps (solo percussion) Garth Knox Up, Down (viola, cello, percussion) John Dowland Flow my tears (viola d’amore, cello) Traditional Irish/Knox Black Brittany (d’amore, cello, percussion) Many instrumental compositions in music history, even if they’re called sonata, suite, sinfonia or even fantasia, are essentially dances or else exhibit an unmistakable dancelike character. Not a few examples of so-called art music also have their origins in the folk music of a particular country or make use of popular or folk elements. Under the title “Saltarello”, a 14th-century fast Italian dance in 3/4 time that survives today as a folk dance, viola player Garth Knox couples works stretching from the 12th century to the present day. Tickets: ¤10 (Concessions €9) 10% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more Presented by New Music Dublin

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Dominique Pifarély

Saturday 2 March 1:05PM COUNTERPARTS - JOYCE IN DUBLIN AND PARIS Dominique Pifarély violin • Michael Buckley saxophones Stéphane Payen, saxophones • Ronan Guilfoyle bass Christophe Lavergne drums • Music by Ronan Guilfoyle An innovative musical piece inspired by the music quoted in the works of James Joyce, specifically the works written in Dublin and Paris. Partly written and partly improvised, as well as utilizing street sounds from Dublin and Paris, the piece also uses text from various works both as a generator for the music, and in spoken word format as an integral part of the piece. The suite reveals new aspects to the musicality of Joyce’s prose, and creates a unique environment for improvising musicians to explore the work of Joyce through musical means. Tickets: ¤10 (Concessions €9) 10% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more Presented by New Music Dublin

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JOHN FIELD ROOM MARCH 2013 Friday 8 March 1:05PM ISTVAN Istvan Barnacz • Lance Coburn Programme to include Ravel Tzigane Bartok Romanian Dances for Violin and Piano Sarasate Ziegeunerweisen Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Paganini 24th Caprice Exciting young virtuoso Istvan Barnacz from Hungary returns to the John Field Room after hugely successful appearances in 2011 and 2012, with special guest pianist Lance Coburn. Sunday 3 March 1:05PM CALLINO QUARTET Anton Webern Langsamer Satz Valentin Silvestrov Ikon Ian Wilson In fretta, in vento (String Quartet No.6) John Tavener Ikon of Joy/Sorrow Kevin Volans String Quartet No. 11 (Chakra for String Quartet) - World Première Kevin Volan’s new quartet is presented in the context of a rich programme of soul-searching music. From the ravishing sounds of early Webern in his starting point of uberromanticism to the spiritually based Ikon works of Valentin Silvestrov and John Tavener, both devout and contemplative, harking back to early music sounds. Also included is Ian Wilson’s personal reflection on the 9/11 attacks, his string quartet In fretta, in vento . The concert culminates with Kevin Volans’ new work, the latest offering from the composer of hit string quartets such as White Man Sleeps. Tickets: ¤10 (Concessions €9) 10% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more Presented by New Music Dublin

Tickets: ¤15 (concessions: ¤12) 10% discount for groups of 10 or more Presented by SOMS PRODUCTIONS

Friday 15 March 1:05PM SONGS OF LIFE AND DEATH Elizabeth Pink contralto • John O’Conor piano Brahms Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121 Mahler Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald Nicht Wiedersehen! Urlicht Schubert Am Bach im Frühling Der Tod und das Mädchen An die Musik Die Forelle Clara Schumann Liebst du um Schönheit Sie liebten sich Beide Der Mond kommt still gegangen Warum willst du and’re fragen Elizabeth and John invite you to “follow the Lieder” as they continue their successful collaboration, presenting a dramatic and evocative programme of German art song depicting the memorable events and experiences of life’s journey. Tickets: ¤12 (concession: ¤10) 25% discount available for Friends of The National Concert Hall 10% discount for groups of 10 or more Presented by Elizabeth Pink

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JOHN FIELD ROOM MARCH 2013

David Daly

Derby Browne

Friday 22 March 1:05PM PARIS & PIAF - DERBY BROWNE Derby Browne • Cafe de Paris Ensemble Chanteuse Derby Browne performs a specially commissioned concert to mark the 50th anniversary of Edith Piaf’s untimely death at the age of 46, and the dramatic events leading up to it. Piaf sang her way out of the Paris slums to the Cabarets of Paris, and was friends with both the shadowy characters of Pigalle, and Hollywood stars such as Marlene Deitrich and Lena Horne. Paris & Piaf pays tribute the Little Sparrow’s love of Paris, her role in the Resistance during WW2, and her colourful life during the Nazi Occupation. Songs include Piaf classics such as La Vie En Rose, No Regrets, L’Accordeoniste, Mon Dieu, C’est un Gars, La Goulante du Pauvre Jean and many more Piaf pearls. Tickets: ¤18 (concessions: ¤16) Friends of The National Concert Hall & groups of 10 or more: ¤16 Presented by Le Petit Chat 30

Tuesday 26 March 8PM FROM THE TITANIC TO THE NCH David Daly, double bass • Duncan Honeybourne, piano Henry Eccles Sonata in A Reinhold Gliere Intermezzo and Tarantella Op.9 John Kinsella 15 April 1912 (First Performance) Max Bruch Kol Nidrei Op.47 Giovanni Bottesini Elegie & Gavotte Aloys Fleischmann Suite for solo Piano Franz Schubert Arpeggione Sonata D.821 This recital will include a world premiere by John Kinsella composed to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of that great ship the Titanic. Daly’s uncle, Eugene Daly a bagpiper with the Athlone Town Pipe Band, sailed on the fated voyage and played the soulful melody Erins Lament on deck as the ship departed Cobh in April 1912. He would be one of the few survivors to be plucked from the icy waters that tragic night. The Irish double bassist, (whose playing was recently described as ‘absolute perfection’ by Herbie Flowers) will be presenting the concert with his long time duo partner Duncan Honeybourne. Duncan will also be playing Aloys Fleischmann’s Sreath do Phiano (Suite for Piano) (1933) which he has recently recorded on EM records and which was last recorded over forty years ago by the great Irish pianist Charles Lynch. Tickets: ¤20 Presented by The National Concert Hall

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European Masterworks 2013:

Celebrating Ireland’s Presidency of The European Union Irish pianist Hugh Tinney and friends celebrate the magnificent body of chamber music that has emerged from across the Union on the occasion of Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union in 2013 with a four concert series entitled ‘European Masterworks 2013’. Wednesday 20 February 2013, 8pm

Wednesday 17 April 2013, 8pm

Hugh Tinney, piano joins the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet and Catherine Leonard, violin for an evening of chamber music to include Ravel’s Violin Sonata in G.

National Chamber Choir and Paul Hillier, conductor. Programme includes works by Gibbons, Siobhan Cleary, Arvo Pärt, Louis Andriessen and more.

Wednesday 20 March 2013, 8pm Carol McGonnell, clarinet; Elizabeth Cooney, violin and Finghin Collins, piano present an evening of chamber music to include works by Sibelius, Bartok, Enescu, Thomas Adès and Brahms.

Wednesday 22 May 2013, 8pm Academy Chamber Ensemble Programme includes works by Boccherini, Falla, Mozart, Schubert and Dvorˇ ák

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APRIL HIGHLIGHT

JOSEPH CALLEJA “I LOVE MUSIC AND WHEN I’M HAPPY I SING. WHEN I’M SAD I SING AS WELL. WHAT IS SINGING, AT THE END OF THE DAY, BUT ANOTHER FORM OF EXPRESSION?”

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love music and when I’m happy I sing. When I’m sad I sing as well. What is singing, at the end of the day, but another form of expression?” So says Joseph Calleja, the Maltese tenor who is taking the opera world by storm. The thirty five year old has already sung twenty eight principal roles. He made his debut as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden at the age of twenty three. Soon afterwards, he was invited to sing at the Metropolitan in New York. Getting those first invitations is one thing but staying the course is another matter. So far, he is right on track. He has been asked back again and again and now he enjoys a hugely successful international career as both an opera singer and a concert performer. Last year he sang at the Last Night of the Proms and he has performed in the hugely popular Live at the Met series, where an opera is broadcast around the world. Only the best are asked to be in that. The classical world is teeming with talented tenors, so what makes this one so special? For starters, it’s the voice. This lyric tenor has a vibrato quality which creates a unique sound. The conductor Riccardo Chailly said that Calleja’s voice is ear-marked by a Golden age character, “a sound harking back to a quality I thought we had long lost.” It’s no great surprise to learn that his first musical hero was Mario Lanza but it took a while before he heard of his existence. To begin with, Joseph sang as a boy alto in school and church choirs. The monks taught them some Gregorian chant. “That really opened my ears. It was so different to the folk songs I was singing.” By the age of twelve, he developed a voracious appetite for all kinds of popular music but a visit to his uncle changed the course of his life. He put on the videotape of the 1951 film The Great Caruso with Mario Lanza and soon his nephew was converted. It was the most beautiful sound that he had

ever heard a man make. From that day on, he was burning with passion to sing like that. He wanted to do it straight away but he discovered that there are no short cuts. He began with piano lessons so he could learn to read music. He was in a hurry to play Nessun Dorma, so that he could sing it. A year later he auditioned for Paul Asciak, the retired Maltese tenor, who became a teacher. After a few bars of Be My Love, the teacher could hear that amidst the faults, this was a voice of unique beauty. It would take years of careful and disciplined teaching. They worked hard on the voice and in each lesson Asciak let his student listen to the great tenors of the past. Calleja devoted himself fully. The dedication paid off. There were private recitals, small debut roles and even a win in Placido Domingo’s Operalia competition. Much later he went on to star opposite Domingo in Simon Boccanegra. Puccini is his favourite composer but his repertoire includes many Verdi roles and he has sung the lead role in Offenbach’s infamously demanding Tales of Hoffman at the Met. Ovations followed because his voice is matched by his dramatic stage presence. But Calleja has not forgotten the spark which started it all. His latest CD - Be My Love – is his tribute to Mario Lanza. Even though he is close to the pinnacle of his career, he hasn’t become complacent. To this day, he works hard on his voice and his craft. The devotion is still there and no longer is he impatient. “A good voice is like a fine Bordeaux, you have to let it mature,” he says. And so it has. See for yourself on the 6th April when we’re lucky enough to have him here in Dublin with Irish soprano Claudia Boyle. By Ciara Dwyer. Joseph Calleja plays in the International Concert Series at the National Concert Hall on Saturday 6 April. Tickets ¤25-¤65; Tel 01-417 0000 • WWW.NCH.IE Ciara Dwyer is a journalist. She writes for The Sunday Independent.

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RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA: ‘LADY ELLA’ – THE ELLA FITZGERALD SONGBOOK STARRING CLAIRE MARTIN

Ella Fitzgerald

THE CARPENTERS A CELEBRATION OF THE GREATEST LOVE SONGS

Toni Lee

WEDNESDAY 3 APRIL 8PM

THURSDAY 4 APRIL 8PM

Laurence Cottle conductor

Toni Lee stars as Karen Carpenter with Musical Director Eugene McCarthy and his Big Band and Singers.

Six-time British Jazz Award-winning jazz singer Claire Martin, steps into the shoes of jazz, scat, bebop and blues queen, Ella Fitzgerald. Celebrating an astounding multi-million record-selling career that spanned almost six decades and saw Ella win thirteen Academy awards. Who else to honour this legend but, as one Jazz Times reviewer described her, “the finest female British jazz singer of all time,” Claire Martin? Favourites from Ella Fitzgerald’s songbook like Cheek to Cheek, The Lady is a Tramp, Blue Skies and many more.

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The Carpenters recorded some of the greatest love songs in pop music history. Heartbreakers and tearjerkers that captivated not one but three generations of popular music fans: Yesterday Once More, Superstar, We’ve Only Just Begun, Top of The World, Please Mr Postman, Solitaire, (They Long To Be) Close To You, It’s Going To Take Some Time, I Won’t Last A Day Without You, Jambalaya (On The Bayou) Rainy Days And Mondays, For All We Know and many more. Toni Lee, who graced the stage on TV as Karen Carpenter on the hit TV Show Stars In Their Eyes, is the voice of Karen Carpenter. The comparison is unreal - the hits are timeless. After three sell out shows in the past two years Toni Lee returns as Karen Carpenter to the National Concert Hall.

Tickets: ¤30 (Choir Balcony: ¤20) Presented by Pat Egan Sound Ltd

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Enjoy our new seasonal menu offering light, rustic and savoury dishes, sumptuous desserts, fine wines and warm hospitality in a sophisticated airy setting.

The Terrace Café is proud to announce our new seasonal menu featuring a Patrick Guilbaud inspired dish.

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THE INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SERIES 2012/2013

JOSEPH CALLEJA, TENOR

Joseph Calleja

SATURDAY 6 APRIL 8PM Claudia Boyle soprano • RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Proinnsías Ó Duinn conductor Rossini Overture to The Thieving Magpie Ponchielli Cielo e mar, La Gioconda Bizet Flower Song, Carmen Danse Bohème, Carmen Verdi E strano, La Traviata Puccini Recondita armonia, Tosca Tchaikovsky Polonaise, Eugene Onegin Puccini E lucevan le stelle, Tosca Sì, mi chiamano Mimì, La Bohème O soave faniculla, La Bohème

Verdi La donna e mobile, Rigoletto Leoncavello Intermezzo, Pagliacci Verdi Caro nome, Rigoletto Mascagni Intermezzo, Cavelleria Rusticano Addio alla Madre, Cavelleria Rusticano Verdi Overture to Ernani Ernani involami, Ernani Massenet Werther “Pourquoi me reveiller” Le Cid “Ah! Tout est Bien Fini”

Maltese-born Joseph Calleja has become one of the most sought-after tenors on both sides of the Atlantic. At only 35 years of age, he has sung 28 principal roles and performed on most of the world’s leading opera stages, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, and the Vienna Staatsoper. The National Concert Hall Rising Star 2012, Claudia Boyle was an Opera Theatre Company young artist and later went on to take part on the prestigious Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Opera Festival where she understudied the role of ‘Lulu’.

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RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA: BOLÉRO

John Wilson

THE BILLY FURY YEARS

Michael King

WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 8PM

THURSDAY 11 APRIL 8PM

RTÉ Concert Orchestra John Wilson conductor

Michael King

The Adagio movement of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez is for millions the sound of Spain. Heard in countless commercials and films, covered by musicians ranging from Miles Davis to Led Zeppelin, it’s just one of many instantly recognisable melodies on this Spanish menu. Add the dazzling orchestral colour of Chabrier’s España and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, the Toreador music from Carmen, the exhilarating final dance from Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat and Ravel’s hypnotic, sensuous Boléro for the ultimate musical taste of Spain.

Tickets: ¤11, ¤22, ¤27, ¤33, ¤38 (Concessions: ¤10, ¤20, ¤25, ¤30, ¤35) Group Discount 10% for 10 people or more Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Michael King & His Musicians will perform all of Billy’s hits to include Halfway to Paradise, Jealousy, I’d Never Find Another You, Last Night Was Made For Love, Once Upon A Dream, When Will You Say I love You, In Summer, It’s Only Make Believe and many many more…. After a sell-out show in 2012 Michael King brings his Billy Fury Years show back to the National Concert Hall in 2013. Billy Fury had more hits than any other recording artist and he equalled The Beatles 24 chart hits with an incredible 332 weeks in the UK charts. Now in this sensational show, Michael King, who portrayed Billy in the “Buddy Holly Story” relives “The Billy Fury Years” with a performance that has been hailed by critics as “The Best Fury since Fury”...

Tickets: ¤22.50, ¤27.50, ¤32.50 10% group discount available for groups of 10 or more Presented by Pat Egan Sound Ltd

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RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012-2013 SEASON: SYMPHONIC MATTERS

Gavin Maloney

FRIDAY 12 APRIL 8PM RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Gavin Maloney conductor John Kinsella Symphony No. 10 Bruckner Symphony No. 4 in E flat, ‘Romantic’ First heard in 2012, John Kinsella’s Tenth symphony was hailed by The Irish Times for its ‘spare linear style, moments of fierce, trumpet-topped intensity’ and a finale that ‘moves with foot-tapping clarity’. Bruckner’s expansive ‘Romantic’ Symphony is a magnificent exercise in recreating the medieval countryside of his native Austria, complete with vivid hunting scenes, evocative birdsong, pastoral colour and an altogether blazing climax. Soundings, 7pm | In Conversation Conductor Gavin Maloney with composer John Kinsella on his symphonies

Tickets: ¤10, ¤18, ¤24, ¤30, ¤35 (Concessions: ¤9, ¤16, ¤22, ¤27, ¤33) Buy 3 or more concerts and save. From ¤28.50 Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 38

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

Dave Hardy

SATURDAY 13 APRIL 8PM Dave Hardy and The Blue Clavon Orchestra with special guests: The Dublin Concert Band & The King’s Hospital Jazz Band Dave Hardy and the Blue Clavon Orchestra return to the National Concert Hall with their blend of pop, swing, rock ‘n roll, Latin-American and Irish all-time favourites including classic hits such as Mama Mia, New York New York, You Can’t Hurry Love, Sway, Good Looking Woman and many many more!

Tickets: ¤20 Family ticket (2 Adults & 2 Students): ¤60 20% discount available for Friends of the National Concert Hall, concessions and groups of 10 or more Presented by Dave Hardy

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SIANSA GAEL LINN 2013 CRAOBHCHOMÓRTAS/ GRAND FINALE

UCD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Michael McHale

SUNDAY 14 APRIL 7:30PM Ceolchoirm de scoth-theaglamaí ceoil agus amhránaíochta ón ocht ngrúpa thraidisiúnta a roghnaíodh le bheith san iomaíocht i gcraobhchomórtas 2013 don duaischiste ¤4,500. Eight groups who have qualified for the 2013 final perform their own selection of traditional Irish music and song and compete for a prizefund of ¤4,500, in what promises to be a fantastic concert!

Tickets: ¤12 adults ¤6 students (under 18s) Presented by Gael Linn

TUESDAY 16 APRIL 8PM UCD Symphony Orchestra UCD Philharmonic Choir • Michael McHale, piano • Ciarán Crilly, conductor Ravel Fanfare from L’Éventail de Jeanne Borodin Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture Following a sell-out performance of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, the UCD Symphony Orchestra returns to the National Concert Hall to celebrate a decade of music-making with a concert of highlights from the past ten years. The orchestra will again be joined by the 100-strong UCD Philharmonic Choir and the outstanding Irish pianist Michael McHale.

Tickets: ¤12, ¤15, ¤18 (Concessions: ¤8) 20% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more Presented by UCD

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EUROPEAN MASTERWORKS: CELEBRATING IRELAND’S PRESIDENCY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

National Chamber Choir of Ireland

WEDNESDAY 17 APRIL 8PM National Chamber Choir of Ireland • Paul Hillier conductor Works to include Gibbons The Cries of London György Ligeti The Alphabet Clément Janequin Les Cris de Paris Arvo Pärt The Deer’s Cry Einojuhani Rautavaara Galgenlieder Luciano Berio  The Cries of London Louis Andriessen Un beau baiser Siobhan Cleary Theophilus Thistle and the Myth of Miss Muffett The third programme, “A Eurocry”, from the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, emphasizes the light and the humorous, from Orlando Gibbons’ The Cries of London and Clément Janequin’s Les Cris de Paris to Siobhán Cleary’s very international and multi-lingual study of tongue-twisters Theophilus Thistle and the Myth of Miss Muffet.

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AN EVENING FROM “ARENA DI VERONA”

RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012-2013 SEASON: A POSTCARD FROM THE NEW WORLD AND THE OLD

Eldbørg Hemsing

THURSDAY 18 APRIL 8PM Maria Letizia Grosselli soprano Rossana Rinaldi mezzo soprano Paolo Antognetti tenor Gianfranco Montresor baritone Fabio Fapanni pianist The programme will contain highlights from Verdi Opera’s: Aida, Nabucco, La Traviata, Il Trovatore and Rigoletto. 2013 marks a double anniversary with the Arena di Verona’s centenary and Verdi’s bicentenary. Be part of this celebration and look forward to the greatest arias and duets of Giussepe Verdi’s magnificent Belcanto operas, performed by the talented singers of the Arena di Verona accompanied by Arena di Verona pianist Patrizia Quarta.

Tickets: ¤35, ¤40, ¤45 (Choir Balcony: ¤20) (Concessions: ¤31.50, ¤36, ¤40.50 Choir Balcony: ¤18) 10% discount for senior citizens, students, and the unwaged 10% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall Presented by KCP

FRIDAY 19 APRIL 8PM RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Eldbørg Hemsing violin Gilbert Varga conductor Lalo Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 Dvorˇák Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 ‘From the New World’ Gilbert Varga journeys between the Old World of Europe - in Lalo’s rhapsodic celebration of Spanish folk songs (featuring sensational young Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing) - and the New World of America - in Dvorˇák’s stirring Ninth Symphony, with its unforgettably stirring blend of Native American and AfricanAmerican melodies and tunes from his native Bohemia. Soundings, 7pm |In Conversation The Irish Times music critic Michael Dervan with Gilbert Varga

Tickets: ¤10, ¤18, ¤24, ¤30, ¤35 (Concessions: ¤9, ¤16, ¤22, ¤27, ¤32) Late Night concert (see opposite page) Free if attending this concert (enquire when booking) Buy 3 or more concerts and save. From ¤28.50 Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012-2013 SEASON: LATE NIGHT CONCERT WITH ELDBJØRG HEMSING VIOLIN

Eldbjørg Hemsing

DUBLIN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION PRIZEWINNERS’ CONCERT- NIKOLAY KHOZYAINOV

Nikolay Khozyainov

FRIDAY 19 APRIL 9:45PM

SATURDAY 20 APRIL 8PM

Eldbjørg Hemsing violin/Hardanger fiddle

Nikolay Khozyainov

Norwegian folk tunes J. S. Bach Øistein Sommerfeldt Eugene Ysaye

Beethoven Sonata op. 110 Prokofiev Sonata No. 7 Chopin Berceuse Op. 57 Liszt Sonata b minor Mozart/Liszt/Busoni Marriage of Figaro

Largo and Allegro Assai from Sonata No. 3 in C major Sonata Saxifraga Sonata No. 3 ‘Ballade’

A 30-minute concert with classical music and Norwegian folk music performed both on violin and the Hardanger fiddle. Featuring traditional folk tunes from Valdres, Eldbjorg Hemsing’s home area, followed by, what Hemsing calls ‘virtuoso music at its best’ with the Bach, Sommerfeldt’s Sonata Saxifraga, an atmospheric piece honouring the delicate yet enduring Norwegian mountain plant Saxifraga cotyledon and, to finish, Ysaÿe’s piece ‘Ballade’ dedicated to George Enescu.

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The Dublin International Piano Competition is delighted to present, in association with the Friends of the National Concert Hall, the début recital of Nikolay Khozyainov, first prize winner in the 2012 Competition. Immediately after this concert Nikolay will travel to New York for his very first appearance in Carnegie Hall at which he will repeat the programme played in Dublin. This therefore will provide a wonderful opportunity for the Dublin audience to hear this brilliant young pianist who stands at the threshold of his career. Option 3

Tickets: ¤30, ¤40 (Choir Balcony: ¤10) 15% reduction on purchase of each pair of tickets. 20% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall and DIPC Presented by Dublin International Piano Competition in association with The Friends of The National Concert Hall and RTÉ lyric fm.

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THE CREATION CULWICK CHORAL SOCIETY

Haydn

SUNDAY 21 APRIL 8PM

CONCERT MEAL DEALS

Culwick Choral Society Colette Boushell soprano Eamon Mulhall tenor John Molloy bass Brona Fitzgerald orchestra leader Bernie Sherlock conductor Haydn The Creation Lively and moving choruses, dramatic arias, all announced by an incredible orchestral depiction of the abyss of chaos before God sets to work on his galactic project: this is Haydn’s Creation, one of the most popular and enduring choral works of all time.

Tickets: ¤15, ¤20, ¤25, ¤30 10% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall, senior citizens, unwaged and groups of 10 or more Presented by Culwick Choral Society

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THE INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SERIES 2012/2013:

ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC RICHARD EGARR DIRECTOR & FORTEPIANO ANGELIKA KIRCHSCHLAGER, MEZZO-SOPRANO

Angelika Kirchschlager

THURSDAY 25 APRIL 8PM Mozart Mozart Haydn Haydn Haydn Mozart Mozart

Symphony No.33 Liederen: Abendempfindung, Das Veilchen & Als Luise die Briefe…verbrannt Scena di Berenice Arianna a Naxos Piano Concerto in D Alma grande e nobil core, K.578   Al desio di chi t’adora K 577

The National Concert Hall is delighted to play host to the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) which celebrate it’s 40th anniversary in the 2013–’14 season. For this special concert featuring the works of Haydn and Mozart, the orchestra will be joined by the renowned Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager. She enjoys an international career as one of the most important vocal artists today and is recognised as one of the foremost interpreters of Richard Strauss and Mozart. The AAM will be led by their Music Director and conductor Richard Egarr who is renowned in his own right as a brilliant harpsichordist and equally skilled on the organ, fortepiano and modern piano. “Angelika Kirchschlager is one of the world’s most celebrated and versatile opera singers” The Independent

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RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012-2013 SEASON: HEAT, HOLINESS AND LEFT-HAND PIANO

Jean Frédéric Neuburger

RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012-2013 SEASON: LATE NIGHT CONCERT WITH MARK DULEY ORGAN

Mark Duley

FRIDAY 26 APRIL 8PM

FRIDAY 26 APRIL 9.45PM

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Jean Frédéric Neuburger piano Pascal Rophé conductor

Mark Duley organ

Messiaen L’Ascension - 4 méditations symphoniques Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Ibert Escales (Ports of Call) Messiaen’s L’Ascension is a moving, devout and joyous setting of Catholic liturgy and Biblical texts, Ravel’s effervescent Piano Concerto for the Left Hand dazzlingly embraces the improvisatory brilliance of jazz while Ibert’s magical ‘Ports of Call’revels in the captivating colour and exotic heat of Italian, Spanish and Arabic influences on a musical tour around the Mediterranean. Soundings, 7pm |In Conversation Eugene Downes with Pascal Rophé

Tickets: ¤10, ¤18, ¤24, ¤30, ¤35 Concessions: ¤9, ¤16, ¤22, ¤27, ¤32 Buy 3 or more concerts and save. From ¤28.50 Late Night concert (see panel opposite) Free if attending this concert (enquire when booking) Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Messiaen

L’Ascension for solo organ

Following the RTÉ NSO’s main season 8pm concert performance of Messiaen’s L’Ascension– 4 méditations symphoniques for orchestra (see panel opposite) – enjoy a 30-minute late night concert where organist Mark Duley performs Messiaen’s L’Ascension for solo organ. Remember, the late night concert is free to those who attend the RTÉ NSO main season 8pm concert (enquire when booking).

Tickets: ¤5 or free if attending that evening’s RTÉ NSO 8pm concert (for entry to late night, 8pm ticket will suffice) (unreserved seating) Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

RIAM BA IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE ANNUAL FINAL YEAR CONCERTO PERFORMANCES

Tara McNeill

SATURDAY 27 APRIL 3PM/8PM

MONDAY 29 APRIL 7:30PM

Neil Thomson conductor

Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra • Royal Irish Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra James Cavanagh, conductor

Screening with live orchestra of the timeless classic Singin’ in the Rain. The 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain is widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. The RTÉ Concert Orchestra brings the film’s iconic soundtrack to life while the re-mastered film is shown on the big screen with the original vocals and dialogue intact. Watch the stars of this stunning film, Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, on the big screen and at the same time enjoy all the classics such as Broadway Rhythm, Should I?, Make ’em Laugh and, of course, Singin’ in the Rain.

Ticket: ¤25, ¤30, ¤35, ¤40 (Concessions: ¤23, ¤27, ¤32, ¤36) Group Discount 10% for 10 people or more Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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Bartók Finzi Barber Rodrigo Mozart

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (Anthony Mulholland, viola) Concerto for Violin and Small Orchestra (Tara McNeill, violin) Knoxville Summer of 1915 (Sarah Bass, soprano) Concierto De Aranjuez (Kevin Fitzpatrick, guitar) Exsultate, jubilate, K165 (Ioana Pipelea, soprano)

The Royal Irish Academy of Music is proud to showcase final year students of its DCU-validated BA in Music Performance Degree Course in a varied programme of works by composers from Austria, Great Britain, Hungary, Spain and the United States.

Tickets: ¤10 (Concessions: ¤6) 20% discount available for Friends of The National Concert Hall ndn groups of 10 or more Presented by Royal Irish Academy of Music

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Conrad Contemporary Afternoon Tea.

Join us from 15.00 – 17.30 daily in the Lobby Lounge for Contemporary Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea is €21 per person.

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JOHN FIELD ROOM APRIL 2013 William Butt

Archie Chen

Tuesday 9 April 8PM WILLIAM BUTT AND ARCHIE CHEN William Butt cello • Archie Chen piano Bach Cello Suite in D minor, BWV 1008 Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D. 821 Linda Buckley Jump for Solo Cello and Electronics Charles-Valentin Alkan Le festin D’Esope - Variations, Op. 39, No. 12 Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119 Two of Ireland’s most celebrated artists make their last stop in Dublin returning from their third concert tour of China. The dynamic duo presents this unique recital with a performance of solo & duo masterpieces. Tickets: ¤20. Presented by Archie Chen.

Friday 19 April 1:05PM Gael Winds Music Con Stanza Vourneen Ryan flute • Rebecca Halliday oboe Conor Shiel clarinet • Cliona Warren bassoon Enda Collins french horn Fionnuala Moynihan piano Works by Poulenc, Ibert, Milhaud and Dave Fennessy will be performed. Gael Winds have been performing together as a Wind Quintet since 2010 and are delighted to welcome pianist, Fionnuala Moynihan, to perform with them. This concert will celebrate the two art forms of music and poetry on the same platform with performances of evocative and impressionistic pieces alongside some carefully selected prose which will be chosen by Niall MacMonagle for the occasion. Tickets: ¤10 Presented by Musicprimo.com Supported by The Arts Council

Leslie Cassidy

Friday 12 April 1:05PM SPANISH AND LATIN CLASSICS Leslie Cassidy guitar Classical and Flamenco guitar music from Spain, Italy and Paraguay. Programme will include the rarely heard Fantasia on La Traviata by Tarrega, Malaguena by Sabicas and Contemplation by Barrios Leslie Cassidy provided a memorable experience The Irish Times Tickets: ¤12 (Concessions: ¤10) 20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Presented by Leslie Cassidy 48

Wednesday 24 April 8PM EAMON KEANE IN CONCERT Eamon Keane piano ‘Pure Genius ‘- John Sheahan of The Dubliners. Pianist, composer, singer/songwriter Eamon Keane presents an evening of his works to date. Featuring virtuoso style piano playing and songs from his album Hang The Moon, Eamon moves seamlessly from Chopin to Keith Jarrett to Radiohead. For more details see www.eamonkeanemusic.com Tickets: ¤15 Presented by Eamon Keane

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JOHN FIELD ROOM APRIL 2013

Olga & Vladimir Jablokov

Friday 26 April 1:05PM VLADIMIR & OLGA JABLOKOV: MUSIC FOR VIOLIN & PIANO Vladimir & Olga Jablokov Fresh from the success of his Viennese shows and his Classical Twist ensemble, Vladimir returns with his sister Olga for a special concert celebrating the magical chemistry of the violin and piano together in concert. Irish audiences are no stranger to Vladimir; the Slovak violin virtuoso has built a loyal and dedicated following since he arrived in Ireland in 2006. Whether playing with the Slovak Festival Orchestra, Classical Twist or The Jablokov Family, his scintillating style of play in any genre of music has thrilled audiences nationwide. Olga Jablokov is a noted concert pianist and accompanist in Bratislava, and is a regular visitor to Ireland; playing with Vladimir as part of The Jablokov Family festive concerts. These concerts will include popular pieces by Mozart, Brahms, Shostakovich and John Williams arranged for violin and piano. Tickets: ¤15 10% discount available for Friends of The National Concert Hall, senior citizens and the unwaged Presented by Rubyworks

Christopher Atzinger

Tuesday 30 April 8PM CHRISTOPHER ATZINGER PIANO RECITAL Christopher Atzinger piano Beethoven Sonata in F Major, Op. 54 Brahms Sonata in F Minor, Op. 5 Danielpour The Enchanted Garden (preludes, Bk. II) Jalbert Toccata Praised in Gramophone for his “abundant energy, powerful fingers, big sound and natural musicality,” American pianist Christopher Atzinger offers a program featuring composers from both sides of the Atlantic. From the engaging works of Beethoven and Brahms to the attractive writings of Danielpour and Jalbert, this promises to be a magical and inspirational musical journey. Tickets: ¤15 20% discount available for Friends of The National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more 10% discount available for senior citizens, students and the unwaged Presented and supported by The McKnight Foundation

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MAY HIGHLIGHT

TICKLED PINK 50

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hat sort of a group would call themselves Pink Martini? It’s a great name - sophisticated and intriguing and somewhere in there you get the feeling that they belong to another era. It conjures up a formal image of men in elegant evening suits and slinky women in satin dresses sashaying about and having serious fun. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Anyone who has already been lucky enough to see Pink Martini perform in the National Concert Hall will struggle to define them. They are classical but also big band, vocal-led, world music and so much more. Quite simply, they are impossible to categorise. That’s the way they like it. But someone has to prepare you for the treat you’re going to encounter on May 4th, so here goes. This international old fashioned band, with lead singer China Forbes, is like nothing you’ve seen before. It’s hard to believe that there are only twelve of them on stage – their sound is big and often orchestral with lush strings, life-enhancing brass and percussion which will have you bursting to dance. It’s their energy that hits you first. The formally dressed musicians bound onto the stage and boy, do they deliver. Before they even begin to play a note, you can see the glint in their eyes. They’re all set to have a ball and so too will you. The minute they start, boom, you’re hit in the solar plexus with sheer delight. Hurray for this little orchestra, as they call themselves. They believe in entertaining through the power of their music, and what music. One minute it’s Ravel’s Bolero, the next it’s Que Sera Sera. It spans the globe, from Bossa Nova to Neapolitan. Some of the songs are old and some of their own compositions sound like they have been spawned from another century. (They may be quaint but they’re never creaky.) Many people will know their charming hit Sympathique, which is widely referred to as Je ne veux pas travailler – I don’t want to work. Who wouldn’t want to sing along to that? No wonder they play huge venues - like

the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall and tour the world. Yes, their songs are in several languages – English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Greek and Turkish –but don’t let that put you off. Such is their dynamism that you don’t have to be a linguist to get the gist. The passion is universal. There are only two types of music – good and bad – and this is exceedingly good stuff. Thomas Lauderdale, the pianist and bandleader and founder of Pink Martini explains their ethos. “The idea is to play and perform beautiful songs and to inspire people and comfort them. It’s to help them fall in love, get through a divorce, have a baby or just fill a vacuum.” When he was growing up in Indiana, he has happy memories of going to sleep to the sound of his parents entertaining downstairs. The music would waft up the stairs. “People don’t gather around the piano and sing anymore, “he says. That’s the feeling he’s trying to recreate. Lauderdale was getting on with his day job - working in politics in Portland, Oregon – when he was struck by the dull music at the fundraisers. Music should never be something in the background. A classically trained pianist, he felt the urge to perform and set about starting his own band. He said goodbye to his day job and followed his musical calling. That was back in 1994 and since then they have worked hard and soared. They say that if you follow your dreams, you will flourish. That’s exactly what Thomas Lauderdale did with Pink Martini. There’s nothing nicer than watching people pursue their passion, and this band’s joy is infectious. When they perform you are swept along. Prepare to be enthralled. By Ciara Dwyer. Pink Martini play the National Concert Hall on Saturday 4 May as part of ESB Live 2013. Tickets ¤25-¤65 Tel: 01 417 0000 • WWW.NCH.IE Ciara Dwyer is a journalist. She writes for The Sunday Independent

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THE INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SERIES 2012/2013:

RENAUD CAPUÇON, VIOLIN GAUTIER CAPUÇON, CELLO MICHEL DALBERTO, PIANO

Gautier Capuçon

WEDNESDAY 1 MAY 8PM Fauré Fauré Fauré Fauré Fauré

Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano, in A major, Op. 13 Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 74 Nocturne No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 63 for piano solo Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 117 for cello and piano Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120

The remarkable Capuçon Brothers make a special appearance with French pianist Michel Dalberto to perform an all-French programme for this unique concert as part of the International Concert Series 2012/213. The chamber works by Fauré, the influential composer who bridged the Romantic and Modern era in French music, include his Nocturne No. 7 and 8, Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano, Sonata No. 2 for cello and piano and lastly his Piano Trio in D minor featuring all three musicians. Renaud Capuçon who plays the Guarneri del Gesù “Panette” (1737) that belonged to Isaac Stern, bought for him by the Banca Svizzera Italiana (BSI) is committed to performing chamber music. He has worked with some of the world’s leading musicians including Martha Argerich (piano), Vadim Repin (violin), Yuri Bashmet (viola), Daniel Barenboim (piano) as well as with his brother and regular collaborator Gautier Capucon. The brothers made their BBC Proms debut together in 2011, and were featured in two concerts firstly performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Martha Argerich (piano), then with the Brahms Double Concerto. Both concerts were with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Myung-Whun Chung, with whom they recorded the Brahms in 2007. Gautier who has won numerous prizes including the International André Navarra Prize, was also named ‘New Talent of the Year’ by Victoires de la Musique (the French equivalent of a Grammy) in 2001. “It would be hard to imagine greater advocates for Fauré than these superlative French musicians” The Times

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RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012-2013 SEASON: GLORY TO GOD AND RUGBY

PIANO MASTERS SERIES 2012/2013 SAT 23 FEBRUARY 2013 8PM

Mic• éal O’Rourke piano Stephen Ackert narrator Debussy Préludes Book 1 Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition Mairéad Buicke

FRIDAY 3 MAY 8PM RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Mairéad Buicke soprano RTE Philharmonic Choir (Mark Hindley Chorus Master) Pascal Rophé conductor Franck Honegger Poulence

Symphony in D minor Rugby Gloria

Franck’s Symphony brims over with drama, emotion and rich, ripe melodies that catch the ear and the imagination. Hear it with Honegger’s spirited Rugby, which offers all the thrills and spills of a game in full flow, and Poulenc’s celebratory, gloriously ebullient and joyous Gloria. Soundings, 7pm |Guest Talk Organist Mark Duley on Franck’s Symphony and legacy for organists

Tickets: €20, €25, €35, €40 Please note there are no choir balcony tickets available for this concert. Tickets: ¤10, ¤18, ¤24, ¤30, ¤35 (Concessions: ¤9, ¤16, ¤22, ¤27, ¤32) Buy 3 or more concerts and save. From ¤28.50 Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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ESB LIVE 2013: PINK MARTINI

Pink Martini

SATURDAY 4 MAY 8PM Somewhere between a 1930s Cuban dance orchestra, a classical chamber music ensemble, a Brazilian marching street band and Japanese film noir is the 12-piece Pink Martini. Part language lesson, part Hollywood musical, the Portland, Oregon-based ‘little orchestra’ was created in 1994 by Harvard graduate and classically trained pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale. Equally at home performing its romantic, multi-lingual repertoire on concert stages and in smoky bars, Pink Martini draws a wildly diverse crowd. This show will feature original Pink Martini vocalist China Forbes. ‘Classy, charming, sexy, elegant, sophisticated, take your pick to describe the globe-trotting eclectic mix that is Pink Martini’. The Sun ‘Pink Martini are on a mission to bring back romance and beauty’. Daily Telegraph

Tickets: ¤25, ¤30, ¤40 (Choir Balcony: ¤20) 20% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall 15% discount available for groups of 10 or more 10% discount available for senior citizens, students and the unwaged Presented by The National Concert Hall 54

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TANGO & FRIENDS

Give the Gift of Music with a National Concert Hall Gift Card SUNDAY 5 MAY 8PM Eduardo Isaac, guitar • Fernando Carlos Tavolaro, guitar • Daniel Binelli, bandoneon Aida Albert, voice • Dancers: Walter Cardozo & Margarita Klurfan The true spirit of Argentine tango comes to The National Concert Hall with dancers, bandoneon, voice and guitars. Direct from Buenos Aires for one night only Tango & Friends is a fascinating vocalinstrumental performance mixed with the choreographies of two tango dancers in a night of passion, seduction and sensuality. Not to be missed.

Tickets: ¤22, ¤26, ¤33 20% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall 10% discount for groups of 10 or more Presented by Guitar Festival of Ireland

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THE INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SERIES 2012/2013:

MOSCOW STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PAVEL KOGAN, CONDUCTOR & NINA KOTOVA, CELLO

Nina Kotova

WEDNESDAY 8 MAY 8PM Rimsky Korsakov Introduction & Three Miracles from Tsar Saltan Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1, Op. 107 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 Pathétique For almost seven decades, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra has been recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of the classic Russian composers. A Los Angeles Times critic recently said the orchestra ‘might well be the world’s least-heralded great orchestra’. Since Pavel Kogan became its Music Director and Chief Conductor, he has earned the orchestra a reputation for artistic excellence. In 2011, Pavel’s name was added to the list of the ten greatest conductors of the 20th century! This evening the will be performing an all-Russian programme to include Tchaikovsky’s much loved and renowned Symphony No. 6 or Pathétique as it is more widely referred to as. It is a great pleasure to welcome guest soloist Nina Kotova (cello), who made her first performance as a soloist with the orchestra at the age of 11! She has since performed with some of the world’s leading orchestra including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic and Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg. For this concert, she will be performing the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich.

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RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA: MOONEY’S EUROVISION MELODIES

RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012-2013 SEASON: BEAUTY IN SUNSHINE AND SHADOW

Finghin Collins

THURSDAY 9 MAY 8PM

FRIDAY 10 MAY 8PM

RTÉ Concert Orchestra • Derek Mooney presenter • David Brophy conductor

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Finghin Collins piano/director • Dearbhla Collins piano • Hugh Tinney piano

In advance of the 58th Eurovision Song Contest (14th - 18th May, Malmö, Sweden), indulge your Eurovision fever with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and RTÉ Radio 1’s Derek Mooney. A nostalgic celebration of the heady days of Ireland’s past success in Eurovision and in anticipation of future glory! The programme will include What’s Another Year?, In Your Eyes, Rock ’n’ Roll Kids …….and there may be a few surprises! Artists include Charlie McGettigan, Paul Harrington, Niamh Kavanagh and more...

Tickets: ¤15, ¤23.50, ¤28.50, ¤35.50, ¤39.50 Concessions: ¤13.50, ¤21, ¤25.50, ¤32, ¤35.50 Group Discount 10% for 10 people or more Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 5 in D, K175 Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K595 Mozart Concerto for Three Pianos in F, K242 Three of Ireland’s finest pianists come together for a night of phenomenal music-making. Mozart’s Concerto for Three Pianos is an affectionate portrait of the composer’s patron and her two daughters complete with a delightfully witty surprise ending. The early, buoyant Fifth Concerto (composed by a 17-year-old Mozart), and the very last - the introspective, valedictory 27th - reveal beauty cast in both sunshine and shadow. Soundings, 7pm | In conversation RTÉ Performing Groups Executive Director Séamus Crimmins with Finghin Collins

Tickets: ¤10, ¤18, ¤24, ¤30, ¤35 (Concessions: ¤9, ¤16, ¤22, ¤27, ¤32) Buy 3 or more concerts and save. From ¤28.50 Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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BRAHMS GERMAN REQUIEM

Brahms

JACK JONES THROUGH THE YEARS THE FAREWELL CONCERT

Jack Jones

SATURDAY 11 MAY 8PM

SUNDAY 12 MAY 8PM

The Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and Tallaght Choral Society • The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra • Conductor Mark Armstrong • Guest soloists

Jack Jones with his Musicians

Brahms German Requiem Britten Te Deum in C and Jubilato Deo in C Brahms and Britten, both outsiders and neither conventionally religious, have nevertheless set these religious texts to music that is infused with deep spirituality and intensity. Featuring the combined forces of the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and Tallaght Choral Society in association with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra under acclaimed choral conductor Mark Armstrong, this performance is one not to be missed!

Tickets: ¤20, ¤35 10% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall, concessions and groups of 10 or more Presented by Tallaght Choral Society in association with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

This fabulous show will feature all of Jack Jones’ biggest hits including Wives and Lovers, Love Boat, Impossible Dream, The Race Is On, to name only a few. The show will also feature Jack paying special tribute to his friends Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Mel Torme and his close friend Andy Williams. Jack Jones is the double Grammy-winning easy listening giant nominated by Frank Sinatra as “one of the major singers of our time.” With his own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Jack Jones’ impressive CV includes film and television roles, an internationally syndicated TV variety show, guest performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Centre and the White House.

Tickets: ¤40, ¤50, ¤60 (Choir Balcony: ¤30) 5% discount available to groups of 10 or more, senior citizens 10% discount available for the Friends of The National Concert Hall and the unwaged Presented by Pat Egan Sound Ltd


THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL RISING STAR RECITAL 2013: BRIAN O’KANE, CELLO

TUESDAY 14 MAY 8PM Brian O’Kane with the Cappa Ensemble (Bartosz Woroch violin • Adam Newman viola Brian O’Kane cello • Michael McHale piano) J.S. Bach Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello Rachmaninov Sonata for cello and piano in G minor Op. 19 Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor Op. 60 The National Concert Hall is delighted to announce cellist Brian O’Kane is as its ‘Rising Star 2013’. Brian O’Kane is quickly establishing himself as one of the finest Irish musicians of his generation and is in increasing demand as both a soloist and chamber musician. Brian is an award-winning graduate of both the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During his studies, Brian was extremely grateful for the generous support of the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He enjoys playing as a founding member of the Cappa Ensemble who are currently on the Young Artist roster of Ireland’s Music Network and as a member of the Navarra Quartet. The Rising Star Award, which is given annually to promising young Irish musicians, gives them a platform to perform and allows audiences and fellow musicians to recognise and applaud publicly the wealth of talent that exists in Ireland. We are delighted to promote this outstanding young Irish artist to you as our ‘Rising Star 2013.’ Brian currently plays on a Francesco Ruggieri cello, made in Cremona c.1690.

Tickets: ¤15 (Concessions: ¤10) Admission free for Friends of The National Concert Hall (Limited to 2 per Friend and subject to availability) 20% discount for groups of 10 or more Presented by The National Concert Hall NATIONAL CONCERT HALL BOX OFFICE TEL: 01 417 0000 • www.nch.ie no booking fees

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LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III IN CONCERT PLUS SUPPORT

Loudon Wainwright III

RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA: THE BROADWAY SOUND

John Wilson

WEDNESDAY 15 MAY 8PM

THURSDAY 16 MAY 8PM

Loudon Wainwright III

RTÉ Concert Orchestra John Wilson conductor Star soloists: Annalene Beechey • Rodney Earl Clarke • Elizabeth Llewellyn • Anna Jane Casey • Matt Ford • Julian Ovenden

His recording career spans a total of 23 albums, including 2009’s Grammy-winning High Wide & Handsome, a musical tribute to Charlie Poole (1893-1931), the legendary yet obscure NC singer and banjo player. (Awarded ‘Album of the Year’ status by Entertainment Weekly editor and NPR contributor Ken Tucker.) Wainwright has collaborated with songwriter /producer Joe Henry on the music for Judd Apatow’s hit movie Knocked Up, written music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel Lucky You, and composed topical songs for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and ABC’s Nightline. Loudon Wainwright songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Rufus Wainwright,and Mose Allison, among others.

Tickets: ¤35.50, ¤37.50 Presented by Rag Lane 60

Having shaken the Royal Albert Hall’s rafters at the 2012 BBC Proms, star conductor John Wilson now takes The Broadway Sound to Dublin. With Wilson’s baton pointing at the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and with a hand-picked cast of leading star vocalists for Dublin, he’ll be paying tribute to composers and arrangers responsible for that delectable Broadway Sound - among them Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers and Frank Loesser. The concert includes excerpts from Show Boat, No, No, Nanette, On Your Toes, Kiss Me, Kate and Annie Get Your Gun.

Tickets: ¤19.50, ¤29.50, ¤39.50 (Concessions: ¤17.50, ¤26.50, ¤35.50) Group Discount 10% for 10 people or more Presented the by RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012-2013 SEASON: ROMANCE TAKEN TO EXTREMES

GLORIA THE SPLENDOUR OF CHOIR AND BRASS

Edoardo Zosi

FRIDAY 17 MAY 8PM

SATURDAY 18 MAY 8PM

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Edoardo Zosi violin Alan Buribayev conductor

Dublin County Choir Brass and Percussion Ensemble

Wagner The Flying Dutchman Overture Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90 Bruch’s first violin concerto is a sublime concoction of sweet, soaring violin melodies and red-blooded orchestral writing. From its storm-tossed beginning and stately themes to its soaring conclusion, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman overture provides romantic drama in abundance, while Brahms’ Third Symphony is a bold and brilliant work of pulsing and powerful emotions. Soundings, 7pm | Guest Talk UCD Head of Music Julian Horton on the evening’s Germanic repertoire

Tickets: ¤10, ¤18, ¤24, ¤30, ¤35 (Concessions: ¤9, ¤16, ¤22, ¤27, ¤32) Buy 3 or more concerts and save. From ¤28.50 Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Rutter Chilcott Gabrieli Britten McAuliffe Ingoldsby

Gloria Little Jazz Mass Gloria O Magnum In Ecclesiis Rejoice In The Lamb Gloria Magnificat

Polychoral Antiphony - multiple choirs singing glorious music across big spaces to one another. Add a large brass ensemble, lots of percussion, three Glorias ancient and modern, and a Jazz Mass with jazz trio accompaniment. Unforgettable!

Tickets: ¤20, ¤25, ¤30 10% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more Presented by Dublin County Choir

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RIAM PERFORMING GROUPS ANNUAL GALA CONCERT

RIAM Chamber Orchestra

RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA SIGNATURE SERIES: KURT ELLING

Kurt Elling

SUNDAY 19 MAY 6PM

TUESDAY 21 MAY 8PM

RIAM RIAM RIAM RIAM RIAM

RTÉ Concert Orchestra • Kurt Elling

Chamber Orchestra Intermediate Orchestra Wind Ensembles • RIAM Jazz Band Junior Strings • RIAM Junior Choirs Recorder Ensemble

Join over 300 musicians from the Royal Irish Academy of Music as they perform a wide variety of music from the classical, jazz, film, rock and pop worlds on stage of the National Concert Hall. A spectacular showcase of young talent from tiny tots to the more seasoned musicians of the RIAM Chamber Orchestra.

Kurt Elling’s latest album 1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project displays the signature innovation, unexpected rhythms and jazz sensibility that place him alongside history’s jazz greats. Don’t miss this rare chance to see the most innovative jazz improviser, re-inventor, baritone, scat singer and poet of our time against the backdrop of a powerful orchestra. 2010 ‘Best Jazz Vocal Album’ Grammy winner; Eight times named ‘Male Singer of the Year’ by the Jazz Journalists Association; Thirteen times winner of the Down Beat Critics poll. “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time”. - The New York Times

Tickets: ¤10 (Concessions: ¤6) 20% discount available for Friends of The National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more Presented by Royal Irish Academy of Music 62

Tickets: ¤20, ¤25, ¤35, ¤40, ¤45 (Concessions: ¤18, ¤22.50, ¤31.50, ¤36, ¤40.50) Group Discount 10% for 10 people or more Presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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EUROPEAN MASTERWORKS: CELEBRATING IRELAND’S PRESIDENCY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

Academy Chamber Ensemble

WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 8PM Academy Chamber Ensemble Boccherini Schubert Mozart Falla Dvorˇák

String Trio in C minor, Op. 14 No. 2 (G 96) The Shepherd on the Rock, D. 965 Trio in E flat, K. 498 “Kegelstatt” Siete Canciones Populares Españolas Trio in E minor, Op 90 “Dumky”

Classic and vernacular collide in the final concert of the series. Boccherini’s huge output of chamber music included a hundred and forty-one string quintets (with prominent cello parts, for the composer was outstanding on the instrument) along with many string trios. Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio on the other hand features two of his favourite instruments, viola and clarinet, and was written for himself and friends of his to play. Schubert’s last song, Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, is a celebrated, and unusual, extended song with obbligato clarinet, and Falla’s Seven Popular Spanish Folksongs have proved so popular with musicians and the public that there are as many recordings of it arranged for great instrumentalists as there are by great singers. Finally Dvorˇák’s most famous trio, the Dumky Trio, is an unusual masterpiece, a unique tour-de-force that bases all its six movements on a popular type of Ukrainian folk song; this work of powerful emotions should make a fitting end to the European Masterworks series.

Tickets: ¤20 (concessions: ¤15) 20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall Buy tickets to all 4 European Masterworks concerts for the price of 3 Presented by The National Concert Hall in association with the Royal Academy of Music 64

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RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012-2013 SEASON: FANTASY FOLK MUSIC AND PURE COLD WATER

BE INSPIRED BY EXTRAORDINARY MUSIC

Johanna Rusanen-Kartano

FRIDAY 24 MAY 8PM RTÉ National Symphony Orchestr Johanna Rusanen-Kartano soprano Ville Rusanen baritone • The Polytech Choir of Finland (Juha Kuivanen director) Hannu Lintu conductor Sibelius Sibelius

Tapiola, Op. 112 Kullervo, Op. 7

Making extensive use of Finnish folk tunes, Kullervo, - featuring choral and solo guest artists - and Tapiola revel in all the romantic verve and dramatic impact of a modern film soundtrack. Sibelius pours what he called ‘the pure cold water’ of his music to bewitching effect: Kullervo, churning and boiling with mysterious incantations; Tapiola, the composer’s last major work, a powerful evocation of mythic landscapes.

Tickets: ¤10, ¤18, ¤24, ¤30, ¤35 (Concessions: ¤9, ¤16, ¤22, ¤27, ¤32) Buy 3 or more concerts and save. From ¤28.50 Early Evening, 7pm | The Polytech Choir of Finland (Juha Kuivanen director) Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL’S INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SEASON 2013/2014 …to be announced soon Check www.nch.ie for updates

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ÉIST! CAN YOU HEAR ME?

SATURDAY 25/SUNDAY 26/MONDAY 27 MAY 7:30PM Cór Náisiúnta na n-Óg/The National Children’s Choir • Órla Gillan, Mairéad Déiseach and Anne Purcell - Musical Directors. One thousand Primary School Pupils representing their school communities from the four provinces of Ireland will perform a beautiful repertoire of songs - conducted by the three Musical Directors of the National Children’s Choir. The Repertoire for 2013 ranges from Handel to the modern day composer Bob Chilcott and includes traditional Irish songs, folk songs, songs from popular musicals and songs with a spiritual theme! You will enjoy a varied performance of choral arrangements from Ceol a Mhála to The Heavenly Aeroplane. Something for everyone! A choral extravaganza sung by approximately three hundred and forty children each night following in the footsteps of more than one hundred thousand children who have performed in the National Children’s Choir since its inception in 1985.

Cór Náisiúnta na nÓg

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AN EVENING WITH PASHA KOVALEV & KATYA VIRSHILAS FROM STRICTLY COME DANCING

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

Pasha Kovalev & Katya Virshilas

WEDNESDAY 29 MAY 8PM

FRIDAY 31 MAY 6:10PM

Pasha Kovalev & Katya Virshilas along with their guest dancers

Mark Duley organ

The production will feature Pasha and Katya along with their guest dancers, all beautifully costumed, demonstrating a series of stunning dance routines accompanied by a full audio-visual backdrop. The show will also include a Q&A section plus an appearance by a local dance school. All that plus the chance for audience participation makes this a “must see” show for every Strictly Come Dancing fan.

Tickets: ¤32.50, (Choir Balcony: ¤25) 10% discount for groups of 10 or more Presented by Pat Egan Sound Ltd

J.S. Bach Hampton Bridge Franck

Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548 Everyone Dance! from Five Dances for Organ Adagio in E Pièce Héroïque

This programme follows the general emotive outline of the four movements of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, highlighting in particular the terse counterpoint and melodic profiles of the first, the satirical dance of the second, the elegiac intensity of the third, and the bombast of the fourth.

A ticket is required for this free ticketed event. Presented by Pipeworks in Association with The National Concert Hall and The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012-2013 SEASON: A FINALE OF FANFARES AND FIREWORKS

GREAT ARTISTS SERIES 2012/2013 THURSDAY 25 APRIL 2013 8PM

Academy of Ancient Music Richard Egarr director/forte piano Angelika Kirchschlager mezzo soprano

Kirill Gerstein

FRIDAY 31 MAY 8PM RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra • Kirill Gerstein piano • Alan Buribayev conductor Tchaikovksy Shostakovich

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op.47

Mozart Symphony No.33 Mozart Liederen: ‘Abendempfindung’, ‘Das Veilchen’ & ‘Als Luise die Briefe.....verbrannt’. Haydn Scena di Berenice Haydn Arianna a Naxos Haydn Piano Concerto in D Mozart Alma grande e nobil core, K.578 Mozart Al desio di chi t’adora K 577

Two of the most popular and exciting works in the repertoire. With its big, bold, heart-on-sleeve melodies, Tchaikovsky’s tempestuous tug of war between orchestra and soloist offers opportunities aplenty for displays of firework virtuosity. No less powerful is Shostakovich’s mighty Fifth Symphony, brimming over with one memorable melody after another that gets close to boiling point with its bold intensity and striking contrasts. Soundings 7pm | In conversation Journalist Ian Fox on the final concert of the season Tickets: €35, €40, €50, €60 (Choir Balcony €25) Tickets: ¤10, ¤18, ¤24, ¤30, ¤35 (Concessions: ¤9, ¤16, ¤22, ¤27, ¤32) Buy 3 or more concerts and save. From ¤28.50 Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 68

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JOHN FIELD ROOM MAY 2013 Thursday 2 May 1:05PM SINEAD CAMPBELL-WALLACE Sinead Campbell-Wallace soprano • Mairead Hurley piano A lunchtime recital featuring soprano Sinead Campbell-Wallace and Mairead Hurley (Piano), the programme will include popular operatic arias and songs by Kurt Weill Tickets: ¤15 (Concession: ¤12). Presented by Mairead Hurley.

Friday 3 May 1:05PM BLOOD, WATER AND LUNCH WITH RODRIGO Alec O’Leary • Deirdre Moynihan Works by Rodrigo, Wilson, Giuliani, Brouwer and more will be performed Eloquent, whimsical, passionate, colourful, and entirely engaging the Moynihan/O’Leary duo is one of Ireland’s leading guitar & voice ensembles. Guitarist Alec O’Leary and soprano Deirdre Moynihan are sensitive, experienced artists whose live performances have been described as ‘unique and powerful’. Along with many colourful 20th Century works this concert will feature a special song cycle written for the duo by esteemed Irish composer Ian Wilson. Tickets: ¤15 10% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall and groups of 10 or more Presented by Guitar Festival of Ireland Sponsored by Arts Council of Ireland & RTE Lyric FM

Friday 10 May 1:05PM MR. GEORGE GERSHWIN SPEAKS TO SCOTT JOPLIN & FATS WALLER? Colm “Stride” O’Brien plays the works of Ragtime & Stride Piano Legends Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, and Fats Waller. Colm (www.colmstrideobrien.com) 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 Hoagy Carmichael and “The Ballroom of Romance” will be highlights of this Lunchtime event.

Johnny Kehoe-Roche • Luke Kehoe-Roche Patrick Moriarty • Martin Moriarty

Monday 13 May 7PM YES TO YOUNG TALENT - CAMARA QUARTET Johnny Kehoe-Roche • Luke Kehoe-Roche Patrick Moriarty • Martin Moriarty W.A. Mozart Quartet in B flat major, KV 458 The Hunt Alexander Borodin String Quartet No.2 in D Major Leos Janacek String Quartet No. 2 Intimate Letters Members of the multiple awards winning Camara quartet started their musical studies in the Young European Strings School of Music more than a decade ago and are playing since the very beginning of their instrumental studies in various formations of chamber ensembles. They are members of the Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra as well as that of the Irish National Youth Orchestra. Tickets: ¤10 25% discount for Friends of The National Concert Hall Presented by Young European Strings School of Music

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JOHN FIELD ROOM MAY 2013

Eilis O’Sullivan • Jerry Creedon

Friday 17 May 1:05PM SERENADE FOR FLUTE AND GUITAR Eilis O’Sullivan, flute • Jerry Creedon, guitar Carlo Domeniconi Sonatina Mexicana Mauro Giuliani Grand Sonata, Op. 85 Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras Nr. 5 Astor Piazzolla Bordel 1900 & Café 1030 Traditional Bailecito de Procesion This concert features some of the most beautiful, vibrant and passionately expressive works for flute and guitar. Tickets: ¤15 (Concessions: ¤10) 25% discount available for Friends of The National Concert Hall 10% discount available for groups of 10 or more Presented by Eilis O’Sullivan and Jerry Creedon

The Musical Suspects

Friday 24 May 1:05PM HARMONY@LARGE@LUNCHTIME The Musical Suspects Following three previous sell-out concerts in the John Field Room, The Musical Suspects return to the National Concert Hall to perform an exciting programme of choral favourites for lunch-time listeners. With Musical director Niamh Mc Donough, The Musical Suspects promise a delightful summer interlude. Tickets: ¤12 Presented and sponsored by The Musical Suspects

Tuesday 28 May 7PM YES TO YOUNG TALENT - AWARD WINNERS Virtuoso pieces from the solo and chamber music repertoire for strings Present and Past Prize winners of the Feis Ceoil competition Young music students on the threshold of a professional career are presenting an evening of well known and loved music which entertains a public of all ages. It appeals to the small child, who listens for the first time to a classical music recital, as well as to the connoisseurs’ who are used to visit the concerts of celebrities. All the listeners will appreciate the thousands of hours of practise which lies behind the chiselled playing of each of these young soloists. Tickets: ¤8 (concessions and under 12’s: ¤5) 25% discount for Friends of The National Concert Presented by and sponsored by Young European Strings School of Music

Friday 31 May 1:05PM “SONGS YOU SHOULD HEAR” (OR SHOULD HEAR AGAIN) Kathy Nugent • Seamus Brett Kathy Nugent one of Ireland’s outstanding artists, accompanied by the equally outstanding pianist Seamus Brett, will perform a lunchtime treat of some of the greatest songs ever written. Some you will know and love and some you will get to know and love. Tickets: ¤15 (Concessions: ¤13) Friends of The National Concert Hall: ¤13 Presented by Paul Black

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FORTHCOMING HIGHLIGHTS JUNE-JULY 2013 JUNE Sun 2 Sat 8 Fri 14 Fri 21 Sat 22 Tue 25 Fri 28

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: Global Express: A Family Concert For Young Children The International Concert Series 2012/2013: International Orchestras Series: Philharmonia Orchestra; Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor; Paul Lewis, piano RTÉ Concert Orchestra RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Summer Evening concert RTÉ Concert Orchestra Signature Series: Bryn Terfel RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra lunchtime concert RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

JULY Tue 2 Tue 9 Fri 12 Tue 16 Fri 19 Tue 23 Wed 24 Fri 26 Fri 26 Sat 27 Sun 28 Mon 29 Tue 30

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra lunchtime concert RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra lunchtime concert RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Summer Evening concert RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra lunchtime concert RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Summer Evening concert RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra lunchtime concert The International Concert Series 2012/2013: Great Artists Series: Renee Fleming, soprano; Maciej Pikulski, piano Kevin Fitzpatrick, piano RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Summer Evening concert RTÉ Concert Orchestra World Choral Festival National Youth Orchestra of Ireland RTÉ Concert Orchestra lunchtime concert

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FRIEND’S OF THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL EVENTS MARCH-MAY 2013 Saturday 9 March , 2pm DAY TRIP TO OTELLO AT THE BELFAST GRAND OPERA HOUSE Tuesday 19 February, 9.30am FRIEND’S POTTERY EXPERIENCE Friends will have the opportunity to express their creativity by getting behind the pottery wheel at Artworks Café in Portmarnock, Co. Dublin and to produce their very own piece to take home. All teaching staff in Artworks pottery studio are qualified teachers and /or graduates of the NCAD (National College of Art and Design) Ireland. Ticket includes: • Coach transfer to and from Artworks Café (pick up at the National Concert Hall) • Tea/coffee and scones on arrival • Each person will paint a mug or plate and will learn how to throw a pot on the pottery wheel!

Opera North returns to the Grand opera House Belfast with a stunning new production of Verdi’s Otello (sung in Italian with English surtitles). Based on Shakespeare’s great tragedy of a man who loved not wisely but too well is transformed into one of the crowning glories of Italian opera. The intense passions unleashed in the play are enhanced by the concentrated power of Verdi’s music. Tickets include: • Coach transfer to and from Belfast (pick up at The National Concert Hall) • Premium level Opera Tickets • 3-course pre-theatre menu plus tea/ coffee at the famous Hippodrome Restaurant Friends €100

(all pottery will be glazed and fired and will be food and dishwasher safe. At the end of the experience each will have two personalised pottery souvenirs to take home) Friends €45

Thursday 21 February, 10.30am TOUR OF WICKLOW’S HISTORICAL GAOL Explore Wicklow Gaol and its extraordinary past. Since the Gaol was built in 1702, it has been the location for historic events that have shaped Ireland. This trip includes an interactive tour followed by lunch in one of the Gaol’s historic and haunted rooms!. Tickets includes: • Coach transfer to and from Wicklow (pick up at the National Concert Hall) • Private tour • Lunch with tea/coffee Friends €50

Tuesday 26 March, 10.30am BALLYKNOCKEN HOUSE AND COOKERY SCHOOL A day out with celebrity chef Catherine Fulvio at Ballyknocken House and Cookery School. Friends will have the opportunity to cook with high quality ingredients using first rate kitchen facilities at Ballyknocken, under the guidance of friendly and knowledgeable staff at Ballyknocken Cookery School. Package includes: • Coach transfers to and from Ballyknocken (pick up at the National Concert Hall.)

• Tea/coffee with delicious homemade lemon cake on arrival • Under the guidance of expert tutors, guests will then create their own ‘eat like an Italian’ themed meal • Tutors will also introduce guests to new cooking trends and techniques including knife skills • All guests will receive a complimentary recipe booklet to take home Tickets €100

Thursday 11 April, 10am DAY TRIP TO THE MARBLE ARCH CAVES & LUNCH AT NEVEN MAGUIRE’S MACNEAN BISTRO The Marble Arch Caves, Global Geopark are one of Europe’s finest showcaves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers. Informative guides conduct tours past a bewildering variety of cave formations. Specatcular walkways allow easy access while powerful lighting reveals the stunning beauty and grandeur of the caves. Friends will also enjoy lunch at MacNean Bistro, run by TV chef Neven Maguire. Awarded Georgina Campbell’s prestigious ‘Restaurant of the Year’ Award 2007, the MacNean Bistro is now a national phenomenon. Package includes: • Coach transfers to and from Cavan (pick up at the National Concert Hall) • Private lunch at the MacNean Bistro • Tour of Marble arch Caves and Geo Park Friends €90, non-members €95

For more information or to book your place contact the Friends Box Office line on Tel: 01 408 6777

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EDUCATION EVENTS MARCH-MAY

10:20am or 1:30 pm from 3 months 11:00am or 2:10 pm from 12 months 11:40pm or 2:50 pm 2 & 3 year olds 12:20pm or 3:30 pm 3 & 4 year olds 1.30pm or 4:10pm 4 & 5 year olds MINIMUSIC Workshops for Children Term 3 February 16 March 2, 9 April 6, 13, 20, 27 May 11, 18, 25 MiniMusic is an action-packed music workshop experience for babies and young children aged 3 months to 5 years. Each workshop is carefully designed to suit its age group. They are fun and accessible with foot-tapping, memorable tunes!

Saturday 9 March 10.30am, 11.45am, 1.30pm John Field Room AMA-ZONE for Children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions Ama-Zone is a multi-sensory installation created by sound artist Slavek Kwi. Slavek will transform the John Field Room into a magical rainforest, where you can wander freely and explore a variety of sights, feelings and sounds. Gentle interludes of classical music will add even more wonder to the experience. Visitors to Ama-Zone are asked to be present for the start of the session, for a brief welcome and introduction, but then may wander in and out as they please. NB: Parents/carers are required to accompany children. Each person needs a ticket.

Tickets: ¤120 for ten-week term 20% discount on up to 2 tickets per workshop for Young Maestros.

Tickets: ¤5

Tuesday 2 April 11.15am and 12pm WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY 2013 As part of World Autism day there will be some special 30 minute sessions of Ama-Zone (see details above) to introduce newcomers to this sector and to this part of our work in the Education programme. Contact the National Concert Hall Box Office for further details

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EDUCATION EVENTS MARCH-MAY Saturday 27 April 10.30am / 11.45am / 1pm Kevin Barry Room JAZZ RAINBOW The Jazz Rainbow Trio Pianist Jason Rebello, Bassist Alex Davis, Drummer Stephen Keogh An invitation to music lovers of all ages to enjoy this lively, interactive programme of musical delights from the Global Music Foundation’s Stardust Project. The Jazz Rainbow Trio is a charming a witty re-imagining of classic children’s tunes drawn from a mix of popular film and TV themes with other improvised pieces. Fun quizzes and audience participation included! An ideal family event.

future. On completion of this programme an open seminar will be hosted by the National Concert Hall to share our experiences and learnings. This project is supported by The Ireland Funds and the National Concert Hall. For further information about Music in Healthcare please contact: education@nch.ie

Tickets ¤8 each 20% discount on 2 tickets for Young Maestros

MUSIC IN HEALTHCARE As part of our portfolio of work in the healthcare sector, we have two very exciting programmes currently running: KIDS CLASSICS Since its inception in 2008, this highly successful initiative has provided interactive workshops to children in hospitals and hospital schools in Dublin, Waterford and Cork. Led by cellist Gráinne Hope and her team of musicians this project aims to give children a chance to interact with music and provide a sense of well-being. This programme is kindly supported by the Community Foundation for Ireland and the National Concert Hall.

Thursday 30 May, 6pm Main Auditorium, National Concert Hall BLOW THE DUST VIENNESE CONCERT Join the Blow the Dust Off Your Trumpet Orchestra this May for an evening concert of Viennese favourites! The concert marks the fourth anniversary of this inspiring group of musicians and is a Bealtaine Festival 2013 event, celebrating creativity as we age.

HEALTH AND HARMONY In October 2012 the National Concert Hall launched a one year project in collaboration with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland called Health and Harmony. The aim of the project is to bring live musicians into four centres in Dublin, Tipperary and Limerick to enhance the quality of life for long and short-term care patients, to inspire expression through music, to develop a framework to support the continued development of music programmes in each setting and to support and encourage the rollout of similar music programmes throughout Ireland in the NATIONAL CONCERT HALL BOX OFFICE TEL: 01 417 0000 • www.nch.ie no booking fees

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We would like to acknowledge with appreciation and gratitude the generous support of our Patron Circle and John Field Society Members Patron Circle

Frank & Ivy Bannister • Tom Bryant • Sharon Burke • Geraldine & David Byrne Tom & Maura Carey • Denis & Gráinne Cremins • Veronica Dunne Donagh McDonagh • Brian McElroy • Deirdre O’Grady We also gratefully acknowledge those patrons who have requested to remain anonymous.

John Field Society

Frank & Ivy Bannister • Tom Bryant and Family • Sharon Burke • Denis & Gráinne Cremins Sir James & Lady Jeanne Galway • Gráinne Hope • Francis Ludlow Donagh McDonagh • Finbarr & Mary O’Neill • Kieran Tobin For further information contact Sinéad Hope Tel: +353 1 4170072 or e-mail Sinead.Hope@nch.ie

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Patron Circle

Enjoy access to the heart of the Hall Join some of the National Concert Hall’s most generous Patrons and play a key part in the development and expansion of the Hall’s artistic programming and educational and outreach activities in communities throughout Ireland. Patrons enjoy all Friends benefits plus: Priority reservations and personalised service A year round VIP programme of social and cultural activities to enjoy Recognition in National Concert Hall publications

Become a Patron today! Renée Fleming soprano Performing at The National Concert Hall 24 July 2013

For further information contact: Sinead Hope - Tel: +353 1 417 0072 Email: sinead.hope@nch.ie

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ecome a Friend of The National Concert Hall today and enjoy a host of exclusive benefits and savings whilst supporting our artistic objectives, education and outreach activities. Friends enjoy priority booking, ticket discounts, music tours and day excursions, evening events, receptions, open rehearsals and much more...

Friends membership is also available as a gift! Membership starts at e125 per annum. Contact Audrey Brady in the Membership Office on 01 417 0067 or email friends@nch.ie

Join today www.nch.ie

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Cherish Yesterday

Live Today Dream Tomorrow

Protect and cherish your investment and enjoyment of the arts forever by considering a charitable bequest to The National Concert Hall. Without you there would be no music. If the National Concert Hall has inspired and entertained you over the years you may wish to consider leaving a charitable bequest or Planned Gift to help encourage the next generation of musicians and music lovers. Every gift makes a meaningful contribution to our work, engaging and entertaining audiences, inspiring young minds of future generations and positioning the National Concert Hall as a world renowned venue. With no immediate financial outlay you can make a lasting contribution today. Thank you for your continuous support as a concert attendee and Friend or Patron Circle member.

For further information see www.nch.ie or contact SinĂŠad Hope, Fundraising and Development Manager Tel: + 353 1 4170072 E-mail: Sinead.Hope@nch.ie

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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 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 Groups & Reservations Executive Carol Elliott on +3531 408 6793 or email groups@nch.ie Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm 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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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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Thursday 25 April 2013 Academy of Ancient Music Richard Egarr conductor/forte piano

Monday 18 February 2013 Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Jacek Kaspszyk conductor Agata Szymczewska violin Wednesday 8 May 2013 Moscow State Symphony Orchestra Pavel Kogan conductor Nina Kotova cello

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