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RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2015–2016

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Alan Buribayev: 2015–2016 Season At a Glance: 2015–2016 Season Concerts & Events: 4 September 2015–27 May 2016 Pipeworks Organ Recitals Single Concert Ticket Prices Main Season Concert Package Rewards Main Season Concert Package Prices How and When to Book RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: Profile National Concert Hall Seating Plan: Main Season Concerts

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RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2015–2016

Patron: Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland Principal Conductor: Alan Buribayev

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ALAN BURIBAYEV

Principal Conductor, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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2015–2016: OUR SEASON

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s 2015–2016 season, featuring some of the most exciting and inspiring music in the entire orchestral repertoire. I am particularly proud to present the wonderful series of four early symphonies and orchestral song cycles of Gustav Mahler, including magical settings of texts from that seminal collection of German romantic poetry, Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy’s Magic Horn). In contrast, we are offering a survey of the three amazing symphonies

My farewell season as Principal Conductor concludes with a fabulous choral work by Sergei Prokofiev, a dramatic cantata on the life of the heroic figure Alexander Nevsky.

Dmitri Shostakovich wrote under terrible circumstances during World War II. My farewell season as Principal Conductor concludes with a fabulous choral work by Sergei Prokofiev, a dramatic cantata on the life of the heroic figure Alexander Nevsky. It will be a particular pleasure to be joined by my dear friends in the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir on that occasion. The ‘Phil’ will also

be closely involved in performances of two other works regarded as being close to the pinnacle of great choral writing, the Missa solemnis of Beethoven and Bach’s St John Passion. The season includes a number of Irish works including the world premiere of Raymond Deane’s The Alma Fragments; the first Irish performance of the piano concerto by Gerald Barry, RTÉ Composer in Residence; together with works by Siobhán Cleary and Seán Ó Riada. In 2016, 100 years on, many may be especially moved to hear Englishman Arnold Bax’s In memoriam (1916), his elegiac response on hearing of the death of his friend Pádraic Pearse.

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RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

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2015–2016: OUR SEASON

A number of major twentieth-century concerti are showcased – including inspirational works by Barber, Dutilleux, Lutosławski and Szymanowski – as are familiar masterpieces by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Liszt and Tchaikovsky. Stravinsky in Focus, a two-day celebration of key works from the composer’s neoclassical period, will feature four of RTÉ’s performing groups together with colleagues from Chamber Choir Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. There too, major symphonies by Dvorák and Rachmaninov and a number of major works by Edward Elgar. Throughout the season the orchestra will be joined by a wonderful array of guest artists, including a number of talented conductors who will be new to Ireland and some outstanding instrumentalists. The latter include pianists such as my dear friend Elisso Virsaladze, Peter Donohoe, the prize-winning Italian Federico Colli, David Fray from France and Russians Denis Kozukhin and Alexei Volodin. Other highlights include the eagerly awaited visit of violinist Veronika Eberle from Germany and the return visit of Russian born Alina Pogostkina, both of whom are at the forefront of the younger generation, together with the wonderful German cellists Leonard Elschenbroich and Alban Gerhardt and the celebrated English violist Lawrence Power. Finally, given that

The orchestra will be joined by a wonderful array of guest artists, including a number of talented conductors who will be new to Ireland and some outstanding instrumentalists.

our programmes include so much uplifting music featuring the human voice, we are especially proud to have assembled so many outstanding Irish singers including, in order of appearance, Claudia Boyle, Patricia Bardon, Giselle Allen, Rachel Kelly, Robin Tritschler, Tara Erraught, Orla Boylan and Ailish Tynan. Join us, and let us share some of this extraordinary music with you. Alan Buribayev 5


AT A GLANCE DATE

TIME

EVENT/KEY WORK

COMPOSER(S)

Fri 4 Sep Fri 11 Sep Fri 18 Sep Fri 18 Sep Fri 25 Sep Fri 2 Oct Fri 9 Oct Fri 9 Oct Fri 16 Oct

8pm 8pm 7pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 7pm 8pm 8pm

Fri 23 Oct Fri 23 Oct Fri 30 Oct Fri 6 Nov Fri 27 Nov

6.30pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm

TCHAIKOVSKY FAVOURITES MAHLER: THE WUNDERHORN YEARS RTÉ CÓR NA NÓG RECITAL MAHLER: THE WUNDERHORN YEARS BRUCKNER ‘ROMANTIC’ BERG VIOLIN CONCERTO CELLO IRELAND EARLY EVENING RECITAL BRAHMS PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 MAHLER: THE WUNDERHORN YEARS MAHLER IN VIENNA PIPEWORKS RECITAL MOZART PIANO CONCERTO NO. 24 RACHMANINOV SYMPHONY NO. 2 SHOSTAKOVICH: THE WARTIME SYMPHONIES PROKOFIEV ‘CLASSICAL’

Fri 4 Dec

8pm

BEETHOVEN MISSA SOLEMNIS

Tchaikovsky Beethoven, Liszt, Mahler Choral selection Janácek, Mahler, Dvorák Barber, Bruckner Wagner, Berg, Sibelius Haydn Brahms, Hindemith, R. Strauss Mahler Zemlinsky Hindemith, Elgar Scriabin, Mozart, Elgar Sibelius, Barry ★, Rachmaninov Beethoven, Shostakovich Prokofiev, Szymanowski, Walton Beethoven

Fri 1 Jan Fri 1 Jan Fri 8 Jan Fri 15 Jan Fri 22 Jan

2.30pm 6.30pm 8pm 8pm 8pm

NEW YEAR'S DAY CELEBRATION NEW YEAR'S DAY CELEBRATION PROKOFIEV SYMPHONY NO. 5 TCHAIKOVSKY ‘PATHÉTIQUE’ RACHMANINOV SYMPHONIC DANCES

Fri 29 Jan Fri 29 Jan Fri 5 Feb Sat 6 Feb

6.30pm 8pm 8pm 7pm

PIPEWORKS RECITAL SCHUBERT ‘UNFINISHED’ STRAVINSKY IN FOCUS STRAVINSKY IN FOCUS

Strauss family & vocal favourites Strauss family & vocal favourites Elgar, Bloch, Prokofiev Borodin, Walton, Tchaikovsky Haydn, Raymond Deane ★, Rachmaninov Britten, Nielsen Schubert, Britten, Nielsen Stravinsky Stravinsky

Fri 12 Feb Fri 19 Feb Fri 26 Feb Fri 26 Feb

8pm 8pm 6.30pm 8pm

Fri 11 Mar Fri 18 Mar Fri 25 Mar Fri 25 Mar

8pm 8pm 1.30pm 3.30pm

SCHUMANN ‘RHENISH’ BEETHOVEN ‘EROICA’ PIPEWORKS RECITAL MAHLER: THE WUNDERHORN YEARS MAHLER IN VIENNA PROKOFIEV PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3 SHOSTAKOVICH: THE WARTIME SYMPHONIES THE SEVEN LAST WORDS ST JOHN PASSION

Mozart, Elgar, Schumann Bax, Lutosławski, Beethoven Wagner, Reger Wagner, Mahler Schoenberg Ó Riada, Prokofiev, Sibelius Rachmaninov, Shostakovich Haydn Bach

Debussy, Dutilleux, Rachmaninov Sibelius, Messiaen Fri 15 Apr 6.30pm PIPEWORKS RECITAL Takemitsu, Ravel, Sibelius Fri 15 Apr 8pm RAVEL SHÉHÉRAZADE Brahms, Bruckner Fri 22 Apr 8pm BRAHMS VIOLIN CONCERTO Mahler Fri 29 Apr 8pm MAHLER: THE WUNDERHORN YEARS MAHLER IN VIENNA Webern Fri 6 May 6.30pm PIPEWORKS RECITAL Reger Fri 6 May 8pm MAHLER: THE WUNDERHORN YEARS Wagner, Mendelssohn, Mahler Fri 13 May 8pm RAVEL MOTHER GOOSE Jolivet, Ravel, Takemitsu, Lutosławski Fri 20 May 8pm SHOSTAKOVICH: THE WARTIME SYMPHONIES Haydn, Ravel, Shostakovich Fri 27 May 8pm PROKOFIEV ALEXANDER NEVSKY Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Siobhán Cleary, Prokofiev MAIN SEASON CONCERT ★ IRISH PREMIERE ★ WORLD PREMIERE Fri 8 Apr

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8pm

RACHMANINOV SYMPHONY NO. 3


RTÉ NSO 2015–2016 SEASON CONDUCTOR

GUEST ARTIST(S)

Jonas Alber Alan Buribayev Mary Amond O’Brien Alan Buribayev Hans Graf Eivind Gullberg Jensen James Feddeck Alan Buribayev

Claudia Boyle Elisso Virsaladze Alan Buribayev Benjamin Appl Alexandra Soumm Hans Graf Veronika Eberle Eivind Gullberg Jensen Daniel Mu ¨ller-Schott Alexei Volodin Máire Flavin, Patricia Bardon, RTÉ Philharmonic Choir RTÉ Contempo Quartet David Leigh Steven Osborne Hugh Tinney G.Barry, C. Macelaru, H. Tinney Federico Colli Barnabás Kelemen Alexander Shelley & Barnabás Kelemen Giselle Allen, Rachel Kelly, Robin Tritschler, Marcus Farnsworth, RTÉ Philharmonic Choir Claudia Boyle Claudia Boyle Leonard Elschenbroich Nicholas Collon Lawrence Power Dietrich Paredes Courtney Lewis & Raymond Deane Mark Duley RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, RTÉ Contempo Quartet RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Chamber Choir Ireland, RIAM Ensemble, RTÉ Contempo Quartet & soloists Ryan Wigglesworth Ryan Wigglesworth Narek Hakhnazaryan N. Hakhnazaryan & D. Ward David Adams Tara Erraught, Stéphane Degout RTÉ Contempo Quartet, Simon Aspell, Martin Johnson Denis Kozhukhin Denis Kozhukhin & Pietari Inkinen Peter Donohoe Peter Donohoe & Alan Buribayev RTÉ Contempo Quartet Ben Johnson, Christopher Cull, Gavan Ring, Daire Halpin, William Towers, Dean Power, RTÉ Philharmonic Choir Alban Gerhardt Alban Gerhardt & Andrew Gourlay Fergal Caulfield Orla Boylan Viviane Hagner V. Hagner & C. Altstaedt Imelda Drumm, Ladies of the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, RTÉ Cór na nÓg, RTÉ Contempo Quartet David Leigh Ailish Tynan, Alina Pogostkina Håkan Hardenberger Håkan Hardenberger

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David Fray Esther Yoo, Anne Marie Gibbons RTÉ Philharmonic Choir

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Richard Farnes Cristian Macelaru Alan Buribayev Alexander Shelley Cristian Macelaru David Brophy David Brophy Nicholas Collon Dietrich Paredes Courtney Lewis Eivind Gullberg Jensen Aleksandar Markovic ´ Pierre-André Valade Paul Hillier Ryan Wigglesworth Duncan Ward Nathalie Stutzmann Pietari Inkinen Alan Buribayev Nicholas McGegan Andrew Gourlay Baldur Brönnimann Christoph Altstaedt Alan Buribayev Alan Buribayev Håkan Hardenberger Gérard Korsten Alan Buribayev

SOUNDINGS

Gérard Korsten -

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Friday September


BEYOND THE SEASON

TCHAIKOVSKY FAVOURITES Programme includes:

TCHAIKOVSKY Capriccio Italien 15’ Polonaise from Eugene Onegin 4’ Waltz from Eugene Onegin 7’ Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin 14’ Swan Lake Suite 24’ Iolanta’s Arioso from Iolanta 3’ 1812 Overture 16’

Claudia Boyle soprano Jonas Alber conductor

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Gustav Mahler

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Friday September


MAIN SEASON

Alan Buribayev conducts

MAHLER THE WUNDERHORN YEARS BEETHOVEN Prometheus Overture 5’ LISZT Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat 19’ MAHLER Symphony No.1 in D, ‘Titan’ 55’

Elisso Virsaladze piano Alan Buribayev conductor

Soundings 7pm In Conversation Alan Buribayev

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday September

Alan Buribayev conducts

MAHLER THE WUNDERHORN YEARS

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MAIN SEASON

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JANÁCEK Taras Bulba 24’ MAHLER Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) 17’ V

DVORÁK Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World 40’

Benjamin Appl baritone Alan Buribayev conductor

Free Concert 7pm RTÉ Cór na nÓg choral director: Mary Amond O’Brien

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday September

MAIN SEASON

BRUCKNER ‘Romantic’

Alexandra Soumm

BARBER Violin Concerto 25’ BRUCKNER Symphony No. 4 in E flat, ‘Romantic’ 70’

Alexandra Soumm violin Hans Graf conductor

Soundings 7pm In Conversation Hans Graf

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday October

MAIN SEASON

BERG Violin Concerto

WAGNER Siegfried Idyll 19’

Veronika Eberle

BERG Violin Concerto 27’ SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2 in D 45’

Veronika Eberle violin Eivind Gullberg Jensen conductor

Soundings 7pm In Conversation Eivind Gullberg Jensen

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday October

EARLY EVENING

Cello Ireland Early Evening Recital

Presented by Cello Ireland in association with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Daniel Müller-Schott

HAYDN Cello Concerto No. 1 in C

24’ Arranged for solo cello and cello ensemble by Douglas B. Moore

Recital 7pm Tickets €8 Free to main concert ticket holders.

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Daniel Müller-Schott cello Cello Ireland


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Friday October

MAIN SEASON

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat 50’ HINDEMITH Symphony: Mathis der Maler 30’ R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier Suite 25’

Alexei Volodin piano James Feddeck conductor

Main Concert 8pm Alexei Volodin

Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday October

Alan Buribayev conducts

MAHLER THE WU Gustav Mahler

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MAIN SEASON

MAHLER Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’ 88’ performed without interval

Máire Flavin soprano Patricia Bardon mezzo-soprano RTÉ Philharmonic Choir chorus master Mark Hindley

Alan Buribayev conductor followed by

MAHLER IN VIENNA ZEMLINSKY String Quartet No. 3 25’ RTÉ Contempo Quartet

NDERHORN YEARS Concert 8pm Tickets from €17 See page 64

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Matthew Manning, oboe

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Friday October

MAIN SEASON

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24

SCRIABIN Rêverie 5’

Steven Osborne

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491 31’ ELGAR Symphony No. 1 in A flat 53’

Steven Osborne piano Richard Farnes conductor

Pipeworks 6.30pm Free Organ Recital with David Leigh See page 62

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday October

GERALD BARRY RTÉ Composer in Residence 24


MAIN SEASON

RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 2

SIBELIUS Pohjola’s Daughter 13’ GERALD BARRY Piano Concerto 23’

IRISH PREMIERE

RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 2 in E minor 60’

Hugh Tinney piano Cristian Macelaru conductor

Soundings 7pm In Conversation Gerald Barry, Hugh Tinney & Cristian Macelaru

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday November

Alan Buribayev conducts

SHOSTAKOVICH THE WARTIME SY Federico Colli

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MAIN SEASON

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat, Op.19 29’ SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 7 in C, ‘Leningrad’ 77’

Federico Colli piano Winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2012

Alan Buribayev conductor

MPHONIES

Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday November

MAIN SEASON

PROKOFIEV ‘Classical’

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 in D, ‘Classical’ 15’

Alexander Shelley

SZYMANOWSKI Violin Concerto No. 2 21’ WALTON Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor 45’

Barnabás Kelemen violin Alexander Shelley conductor

Soundings 7pm In Conversation Barnabás Kelemen & Alexander Shelley

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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04

Friday December

MAIN SEASON

BEETHOVEN Missa solemnis 85’ performed without interval

Giselle Allen soprano Rachel Kelly mezzo-soprano Robin Tritschler tenor Marcus Farnsworth bass RTÉ Philharmonic Choir chorus master Mark Hindley

Cristian Macelaru conductor

Concert 8pm Tickets from €17 See page 64

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Madeleine Staunton, flute

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Friday January

MAIN SEASON

NEW YEAR’S DAY CELEBRATION Claudia Boyle

Welcome in the New Year with ravishing music and Strauss Family favourites including the martial splendour of the Radetzky March, the effervescent Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, the ripe romance of the Czardas (Die Fledermaus) and the evergreen beauty of By the Beautiful Blue Danube. Operetta favourites include Lehár’s ‘Vilja’ (The Merry Widow) and Offenbach’s ‘Doll Song’ (The Tales of Hoffman) – courtesy of the internationally praised Claudia Boyle, ‘a real star in the making’ (Opera). The happiest of beginnings to 2016 is guaranteed.

Claudia Boyle soprano David Brophy conductor Concerts 2.30pm & 6.30pm Tickets from €20 See page 65

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Friday January

MAIN SEASON

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 ELGAR In the South (Alassio) 20’ BLOCH Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody 24’ PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 in B flat 46’

Leonard Elschenbroich cello Nicholas Collon conductor

Leonard Elschenbroich

Soundings 7pm In Conversation Nicholas Collon

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday January

MAIN SEASON

TCHAIKOVSKY ‘Pathétique’ BORODIN In the Steppes of Central Asia 8’ WALTON Viola Concerto 27’ TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B minor, ‘Pathétique’ 47’

Lawrence Power viola Dietrich Paredes conductor

Soundings 7pm In Conversation Dietrich Paredes

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

Lawrence Power

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Friday January

MAIN SEASON

RACHMANINOV Symphonic Dances Courtney Lewis

HAYDN Symphony No. 92 in G, ‘Oxford’ 22’ RAYMOND DEANE The Alma Fragments 20’

WORLD PREMIERE RTÉ commission

RACHMANINOV Symphonic Dances 36’ Courtney Lewis conductor

Soundings 7pm In Conversation Courtney Lewis & Raymond Deane

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday January

MAIN SEASON

SCHUBERT ‘Unfinished’

SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B minor, ‘Unfinished’ 27’

Eivind Gullberg Jensen

BRITTEN ‘Four Sea Interludes’ from Peter Grimes 16’ NIELSEN Symphony No. 4, ‘The Inextinguishable’ 36’

Eivind Gullberg Jensen conductor

Pipeworks 6.30pm Free Organ Recital with Mark Duley See page 62

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday February

MAIN SEASON

STRAVINSKY

IN FOCUS

STRAVINSKY Igor Stravinsky

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Octet 16’ Three Pieces for String Quartet 8’ Symphony of Psalms 21’ Ragtime 5’ Symphony in Three Movements 22’ RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra RTÉ Contempo Quartet RTÉ Philharmonic Choir chorus master Mark Hindley

Aleksandar Markovi´c conductor


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Saturday February

BEYOND THE SEASON

Please note: this concert takes place as part of Stravinsky in Focus and does not include the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra as performers.

STRAVINSKY Les Noces 24’ Chamber Choir Ireland RIAM Ensemble Paul Hillier conductor

Concerto in E flat, 'Dumbarton Oaks' 16’ Concertino for String Quartet 6’ RTÉ Contempo Quartet Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments 21’ with Hugh Tinney piano RTÉ Concert Orchestra Pierre-André Valade conductor

Pulcinella (complete) 39’ RTÉ Concert Orchestra Máire Flavin soprano Robin Tritschler tenor John Molloy bass Pierre-André Valade conductor

Please note early start time

Concert 7pm Tickets from €15. Special discounts apply. See page 65

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Friday February

MAIN SEASON

SCHUMANN ‘Rhenish’

Ryan Wigglesworth

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 19 in F, K.459 28’ ELGAR Falstaff, Symphonic Study in C minor 33’ SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3 in E flat, ‘Rhenish’ 32’

Ryan Wigglesworth conductor & piano

Soundings 7pm In Conversation Ryan Wigglesworth

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday February

MAIN SEASON

BEETHOVEN ‘Eroica’ BAX In memoriam (1916) 15’ LUTOSŁAWSKI Cello Concerto 24’ BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E flat, ‘Eroica’ 50’

Narek Hakhnazaryan cello Duncan Ward conductor

Narek Hakhnazaryan

Soundings 7pm In Conversation Narek Hakhnazaryan & Duncan Ward

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday February

Nathalie Stutzmann

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MAIN SEASON

WAGNER Tannhäuser Overture 15’ WAGNER Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde 20’ MAHLER Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy’s Magic Horn) 51’

Tara Erraught mezzo-soprano Stéphane Degout baritone Nathalie Stutzmann conductor followed by

MAHLER IN VIENNA SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

30’

RTÉ Contempo Quartet with Simon Aspell viola and Martin Johnson cello

Pipeworks 6.30pm Free Organ Recital with David Adams See page 63

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €17 See page 65

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Edward Tapceanu, double bass

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Friday March

MAIN SEASON

PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3 Ó RIADA Seoladh na nGamhna 9’ PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3 in C 27’ SIBELIUS Lemminkäinen Suite 49’

Denis Kozhukhin piano Pietari Inkinen conductor

Denis Kozhukhin

Soundings 7pm In Conversation Denis Kozhukhin & Pietari Inkinen

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday March

Dmitri Shostakovich

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MAIN SEASON

RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor 33’ SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 8 in F 65’

Peter Donohoe piano Alan Buribayev conductor

Soundings 7pm In Conversation Peter Donohoe & Alan Buribayev

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday March

MUSIC FOR

GOOD FR DAY

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BEYOND THE SEASON

BACH St John Passion 120’ Ben Johnson Evangelist Christopher Cull Christus Gavan Ring Pilate Daire Halpin soprano William Towers countertenor Dean Power tenor RTÉ Philharmonic Choir chorus master Mark Hindley

Nicholas McGegan conductor preceded by

HAYDN The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross with a reading of Mark Strand’s Poem After The Seven Last Words RTÉ Contempo Quartet

Haydn concert 1.30pm

Bach concert 3.30pm

Tickets €12 or free with Bach concert

Tickets from €20 See page 65

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Friday April

MAIN SEASON

RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 3

Alban Gerhardt

DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune 10’ DUTILLEUX Cello Concerto: Tout un monde lointain... 30’ RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 3 in A minor 42’ Alban Gerhardt cello Andrew Gourlay conductor Soundings 7pm In Conversation Alban Gerhardt & Andrew Gourlay

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Thursday / April Leisureland, Galway

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Friday / April National Concert Hall

MAIN SEASON

RAVEL Shéhérazade TAKEMITSU A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden 13’

Orla Boylan

RAVEL Shéhérazade 17’ SIBELIUS Luonnotar 9’ SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5 in E flat 30’ Orla Boylan soprano Baldur Brönnimann conductor Pipeworks 6.30pm Free Organ Recital with Fergal Caulfield See page 63

Main Concert 8pm Dublin tickets from €15. See page 64

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Niall O’Loughlin, cello

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Friday April

MAIN SEASON

BRAHMS

Violin Concerto

Christoph Altstaedt

BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D 40’ BRUCKNER Symphony No. 3 in D minor 65’

Viviane Hagner violin Christoph Altstaedt conductor

Soundings 7pm In Conversation Viviane Hagner & Christoph Altstaedt

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday April

Alan Buribayev conducts

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MAIN SEASON

MAHLER Symphony No. 3 99’ performed without interval

Imelda Drumm mezzo-soprano Ladies of the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir chorus master Mark Hindley

RTÉ Cór na nÓg choral director: Mary Amond O’Brien

Alan Buribayev conductor followed by

MAHLER IN VIENNA WEBERN Langsamer Satz 10’ Five Movements for String Quartet, Op. 5 11’ RTÉ Contempo Quartet

Concert 8pm Tickets from €17 See page 65

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Ailish Tynan

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Friday May


MAIN SEASON

Alan Buribayev conducts

MAHLER THE WUNDERHORN YEARS WAGNER Prelude to Act 1 of Lohengrin 8’ MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E 26’ MAHLER Symphony No. 4 in G 56’

Alina Pogostkina violin Ailish Tynan soprano Alan Buribayev conductor

Pipeworks 6.30pm Free Organ Recital with David Leigh See page 63

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Deborah Clifford, cor anglais

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Friday May

MAIN SEASON

RAVEL Mother Goose

JOLIVET Concertino for trumpet, piano and strings 9’ RAVEL Mother Goose 29’ Håkan Hardenberger

TAKEMITSU Paths – In Memoriam W. Lutosławski 5’ LUTOSŁAWSKI Concerto for Orchestra 28’

Håkan Hardenberger conductor & trumpet

Soundings 7pm In Conversation Håkan Hardenberger

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday May

SHOSTAKOVICH THE WARTIME SYMPHONIES Dmitri Shostakovich

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MAIN SEASON

HAYDN Symphony No. 96 in D, ‘The Miracle’ 23’ RAVEL Piano Concerto in G 23’ RAVEL Le tombeau de Couperin 17’ SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 9 in E flat

27’

David Fray piano Gérard Korsten conductor

Soundings 7pm In Conversation Gérard Korsten

Main Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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Friday May

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MAIN SEASON

PROKOFIEV Alexander Nevsky GLINKA Valse-Fantasie 8’ TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D 37’ SIOBHÁN CLEARY Cokaygne 8’ PROKOFIEV Alexander Nevsky 38’

Esther Yoo violin Anne Marie Gibbons mezzo-soprano RTÉ Philharmonic Choir chorus master Mark Hindley

Alan Buribayev conductor

Concert 8pm Tickets from €15 See page 64

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PIPEWORKS

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the National Concert Hall present

PIPEWORKS FREE PRE-CONCERT ORGAN RECITALS

Friday

23 October, 6.30pm

HINDEMITH Sonata No. 3, Nach altern Volksliedern 10’ ELGAR Sonata No. 1, Op. 28 25’ David Leigh organ

Friday

29 January, 6.30pm

BRITTEN Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria 6’ NIELSEN Commotio, Op. 58 FS 155 25’ Mark Duley organ

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PIPEWORKS

Friday

26 February, 6.30pm

WAGNER (arr. ARCHER) Einzug der Gäste from Tannhäuser 5’ WAGNER (arr. ADAMS) Der Engel and Träume from Wesendonck-Lieder 8’ REGER Chorale Fantasia on Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme 19’ David Adams organ

Friday

15 April, 6.30pm

SIBELIUS Intrada, Op.111a 5’ MESSIAEN from Livre d’Orgue: Chants d’Oiseaux 8’ Soixante-quatre durées 9’ SIBELIUS Surusoitto (Funeral Music), Op. 111b 7’ Fergal Caulfield organ

Friday

6 May, 6.30pm

REGER Introduction, Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme, Op. 73 36’ David Leigh organ 63


SINGLE CONCERT TICKET PRICES

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

at the National Concert Hall DATE (2015)

TYPE

ZONE A ZONE B ZONE C ZONE D

All Main Season concerts Main Season concerts* €35.00 €29.50 Limited concessions €31.50 €26.55 (*excluding 16 October, 4 December, New Year’s Day, 26 February and 29 April)

€23.50 €21.15

€15.00 €13.50

Friday 4 September Limited concessions

Tchaikovsky Favourites

€35.00 €31.50

€23.50 €21.15

€15.00 €13.50

Friday 18 September

RTÉ Cór na nÓg

FREE ADMISSION

Friday 9 October

Daniel Muller-Schott with Cello Ireland

ALL TICKETS €8.00

Friday 16 October

Mahler: The Wunderhorn Years + Mahler in Vienna

€38.00

€32.50

€25.50

€17.00

€34.20

€29.25

€22.95

€15.30

€25.50 €22.95

€17.00 €15.30

Limited concessions

€29.50 €26.55

Friday 23 October

Pipeworks: David Leigh

FREE ADMISSION

Friday 4 December Limited concessions

Missa solemnis

€38.00 €34.20

€32.50 €29.25

See Seating Plan on page 72 for price band breakdown.

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SINGLE CONCERT TICKET PRICES

DATE (2016)

TYPE

ZONE A ZONE B ZONE C ZONE D

Friday 1 January Limited concessions

New Year's Day Celebration

€40.00 €34.50 €28.50 €36.00 €31.05 €25.65

€20.00 €18.00

Saturday 6 February

Stravinsky in Focus†

€35.00 €29.50 €23.50

€15.00

†15% discount for RTÉ NSO subscribers or for purchase of both Stravinsky in Focus concerts (Fri 5 and Sat 6 Feb)

Limited concessions

€31.50

€26.55

€21.15

€13.50

Friday 29 January

Pipeworks: Mark Duley

FREE ADMISSION

Friday 26 February

Pipeworks: David Adams

FREE ADMISSION

Friday 26 February

Mahler: The Wunderhorn Years + Mahler in Vienna

€38.00 €32.50 €25.50

€17.00

€34.20

€15.30

Limited concessions

€29.25

€22.95

Friday 25 March

The Seven Last Words of Christ

Friday 25 March Limited concessions

St John Passion €40.00 €34.50 €28.50 + The Seven Last Words of Christ €36.00 €31.05 €25.65

Friday 15 April

Pipeworks: Fergal Caulfield

FREE ADMISSION

Friday 29 April

Mahler: The Wunderhorn Years + Mahler in Vienna

€38.00 €32.50 €25.50

€17.00

€34.20

€15.30

Pipeworks: David Leigh

FREE ADMISSION

Limited concessions Friday 6 May

ALL TICKETS €12.00

€29.25

€22.95

€20.00 €18.00

See Seating Plan on page 72 for price band breakdown.

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MAIN SEASON CONCERT PACKAGE REWARDS David Fray

Save Save up to Packages from

Full Season

10-15 concerts

5-9 concerts

3-4 concerts

30%

15%

10%

5%

€320.10

€78.75

€31.50

€7.00

€324.10

€127.50 €67.50

Scheduled payment option *

Exclusive priority booking period

Priority booking after Full Subscriber booking Keep the same seat from previous season

Priority invitation to studio broadcasts

Priority invitation to open rehearsals

*Terms and conditions apply, see page 70.

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€42.75


SINGLE CONCERT TICKET PRICES

RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2015–2016 SUBSCRIBER CARD

Esther Yoo

Full Season

10-15 5-9 3-4 concerts concerts concerts

15% discount in addition to RTÉ NSO Main Season package discount on RTÉ Concert Orchestra concert on Saturday 6th February

10% discount at The Terrace Café, Alex Restaurant (The Conrad Hotel), The Music Box (NCH)✩

€1 programme discount

†✩

5% discount on selected RTÉ NSO evening concerts at the National Concert Hall ✩ Discount

available on production of RTÉ NSO Subscriber card available from National Concert Hall Box Office at time of booking.

Applies to Main Season programmes only,

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MAIN SEASON PACKAGE PRICES Alina Pogoostkina

Full Main Season Package (30 concerts) INCLUDING 1 NEW YEAR'S DAY CONCERT

BUY Package Price

SAVE

30 30%

SAVE

ZONE D ★

ZONE A

ZONE B

ZONE C

€746.90

€631.40

€511.35

€324.10

€320.10

€270.60

€219.15

€138.90

See Seating Plan on page 72 for price band breakdown.

Main Season: Smaller Packages (3–15 concerts) ✩ BUY Package Price

Package Price

SAVE 68

€376.13

€299.63

€191.25

€78.75

€66.38

€52.88

€33.75

€416.50

€351.05

€279.65

€178.50

€73.50

€61.95

€49.35

€31.50

€386.75

€325.98

€259.68

€165.75

€68.25

€57.53

€45.83

€29.25

€357.00

€300.90

€239.70

€153.00

€63.00

€53.10

€42.30

€27.00

15% 13

SAVE Package Price

€446.25 15%

14

SAVE Package Price

ZONE A

15

SAVE

15% 12 15%

ZONE B

ZONE C

ZONE D ★

SAVE

See Seating Plan on page 72 for price band breakdown.


MAIN SEASON PACKAGE PRICES

Main Season: Smaller Packages (continued) BUY Package Price

Package Price

Package Price

€250.75

€199.75

€127.50

€52.50

€44.25

€35.25

€22.50

€283.50

€238.95

€190.35

€121.50

€31.50

€26.55

€21.15

€13.50

€252.00

€212.40

€169.20

€108.00

€28.00

€23.60

€18.80

€12.00

7

ZONE C

€220.50

€185.85

€148.05

€94.50

10%

€24.50

€20.65

€16.45

€10.50

€189.00

€159.30

€126.90

€81.00

10%

€21.00

€17.70

€14.10

€9.00

€157.50

€132.75

€105.75

€67.50

10%

€17.50

€14.75

€11.75

€7.50

€133.00

€112.10

€89.30

€57.00

5%

€7.00

€5.90

€4.70

€3.00

€99.75

€84.08

€66.98

€42.75

5%

€5.25

€4.43

€3.53

€2.25

6

5

4

SAVE

SAVE

€297.50

10%

SAVE Package Price

€24.75

8

SAVE Package Price

€140.25

€38.78

10%

SAVE Package Price

€219.73

€48.68

9

SAVE Package Price

€275.83

€57.75

15%

SAVE Package Price

€327.25 15%

10

SAVE Package Price

ZONE A

11

SAVE

ZONE B

ZONE D ★

SAVE

3

See Seating Plan on page 72 for price band breakdown.

★ Zone D: For selected performances the Choir Balcony and Rows B & C in the Stalls will be excluded from sale. ✩ Re Fridays 16 October, 4 December, 1 January, 26 February, 29 April If you wish to purchase tickets for these concerts as part of a Main Season: Smaller Package (3–15 concerts) please note that due to the slightly higher ticket prices, there will be a small additional cost – and a greater relative saving – depending on the seat band and package size chosen.

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MAIN SEASON PACKAGE PRICES

HOW AND WHEN TO BOOK

STUDENT STAND-BY €5 tickets available from one hour before performance. Subject to availability. ID required. One stand-by ticket per person.

FULL PUBLIC BOOKING Packages & single concerts opens Friday 12 June 2015, 10am.

GROUP BOOKING Discounts available when booking for 5 people or more. Please contact NCH Group Booking on 01 417 0000 / groups@nch.ie.

HOW TO BOOK Telephone booking 01 417 0000 Please note: Tickets purchased by phone can be posted directly to you with a charge of €1 for postage & packing. Online booking www.nch.ie Please note: Packages can also be booked online. In person At the National Concert Hall box office. Post Please use the order form available from the NCH box office or online at www.rte.ie/nso. BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS 10am–6pm Monday–Saturday. Open 2 hours prior to concerts on Sundays/Bank Holidays. At the time of booking, please instruct the box office to pass your contact details on to RTÉ so that RTÉ can contact you directly regarding additional benefits and/or RTÉ NSO events.

SCHEDULED PAYMENTS Terms and conditions 1. Scheduled payment option applies to subscription packages only. 2. Payments will be scheduled over three monthly instalments and will be collected automatically by the National Concert Hall from a single debit/credit card only. The card must not expire before 09/2015.

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 2003, information provided to the National Concert Hall at the time of booking cannot be passed onto RTÉ without your permission.

3. In the event that the card is lost/stolen or is otherwise de-activated during the payment period, it is the responsibility of the customer to advise the National Concert Hall before the next payment date.

METHODS OF PAYMENT All major credit/debit cards accepted. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The National Concert Hall’.

4. In the event of default on a payment the customer must make payment directly to the National Concert Hall within 5 working days. If payment is not received within this time, any payments made to date will be refunded and the order will be deemed void. An administration charge of €50.00 will be deducted from any refunds.

CONDITIONS OF SALE Once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded. Programme and artist details are subject to change without notification. CONCESSIONS Limited concessions available for students, unwaged and senior citizens. Early booking advisable. ID required. One concession ticket per person. Concessions not requested at the time of booking cannot be applied later. 70

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

5. The date of the final scheduled payment must not be later than 1 September 2015. No tickets will be issued until receipt of final payment.


PROFILE

RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA From its foundation in 1948 as the Radio Éireann Symphony Orchestra the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has been at the forefront of symphonic music in Ireland providing an unbroken stream of concerts. Since that time, the orchestra has firmly established itself as a primary force in Irish musical life. World-class conductors associated with the orchestra’s early days include Jean Martinon, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, Edmond Appia, Milan Horvat and Sir John Barbirolli. The first half of the 1960s saw Tibor Paul as Principal Conductor, a tenure memorable for the visit of Igor Stravinsky. The list of guest artists and composers with whom the orchestra has worked is long and distinguished and features legendary names such as Josef Szigeti, Isaac Stern, Henryk Szering, Ruggiero Ricci, Wilhelm Kempff, Julius Katchen, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Joan Sutherland, Bernadette Greevy, Angela Gheorghiu, Kiri te Kanawa, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Paul Tortelier, Barry Douglas, Sir James Galway, Constantin Silvestri, Charles Dutoit, Sir Charles Groves, Witold Lutosławski, Olivier Messiaen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt. Today, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra plays a central role in classical music in Ireland through year-long programmes of live performances, schools and educational projects, broadcasts on RTÉ lyric fm and internationally through the European Broadcasting Union, recordings and new commissions. Recent premieres of works by Irish composers have included music by Elaine Agnew, Bill Whelan, Gráinne Mulvey, David Coonan, Linda Buckley and Irene Buckley. The orchestra has been critically acclaimed for its recordings across a variety of labels including Naxos, Claves and the RTÉ lyric fm label. Recent Naxos releases include two critically acclaimed recordings of works by Bizet and Dukas with conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud. Recordings on the RTÉ lyric fm label include the Composers of Ireland series, funded by RTÉ and The Arts Council, which to date has recorded works by Gerald Barry, Raymond Deane, Seóirse Bodley, Deirdre Gribbin, Ian Wilson, John Kinsella, Stephen Gardner, Kevin O’Connell, Donnacha Dennehy and Kevin Volans, recordings of selected orchestral works by Aloys Fleischmann, Frederick May and Seán Ó Riada, Finghin Collins: Mozart Piano Concertos and Celine Byrne: For Eternity.

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SEATING PLAN

NATIONAL CONCERT HALL SEATING PLAN RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Main Season concerts

ZONE A STALLS ROWS J–U YELLOW BALCONY A–H

ZONE B STALLS ROWS G–H & V-W BALCONY ROWS J–K SIDE BALCONIES DOUBLE ROWS (SEATS 19-57)

ZONE C STALLS ROWS E–F & X–Y SIDE BALCONY SINGLE ROWS (SEATS 1–18)

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PLEASE NOTE The zones detailed above apply to RTÉ NSO Main Season concerts only. Zone D: for selected performances the Choir Balcony and Rows B & C in the Stalls will be excluded from sale.

ZONE D STALLS ROW B–D CHOIR BALCONY SEATS


RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2015–2016

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