RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra September 2010 Lunchtimes The Symphonic Poems of Dvorák

Tuesday 21 September | 1.05-2pm
at the National Concert Hall

Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Dvorák The Noonday Witch, Op. 108
Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56A

Phillipe Bach conductor

Programme overview: September lunchtimes
See below for detail on today's concert

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra performs Dvorák's complete symphonic poems with two exciting young conductors over four September lunchtimes.

Dvorák came from nature, from Czech nature, from Czech village life; he mastered his craft, the technique of his time, to perfection, while also filling it with the spirit of his country - and that is what makes him universal.

His four symphonic poems, written in 1896 just eight years before he died, are deeply nationalistic and are often described as the most Czech of his works; they are evocative, pictorial and all four inspired by A Bouquet of Folk Tales, a collection by K.J. Erben.

To hear all four of these works in close succession should be a great musical treat.

Expect all of the wonderful, symphonic orchestral colours, rhythms, and melodies we associate with Dvorák.

The programme this Tuesday
Dvorák and Brahms were contemporaries; we hear one timely academic work by Brahms for the start of the new academic year, and continuing our focus on Eastern Europe, a set of orchestral variations by Brahms based on a theme of compatriot, Haydn. Next in this sequence of symphonic poems by Dvorák, The Noonday Witch, depicts the story of a mother and child and an idle threat which turns to reality in this vivid orchestral tale of sorcery.

Music, food and no queues!
€5 Grab & Go lunch (Sandwich/wrap and tea/coffee).
Lunch voucher must be pre-purchased at box-office with concert ticket.

RESERVED concert seating now available.

Tickets: €10 Reserved seating
Booking: 01 417 0000 or online

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