RTE National Symphony Orchestra 2011-2012 Season

Beyond the Season: Touring
Thursday 23 February 8pm

GRIEG Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 [17']
DELIUS Concerto for Violin and Cello [20']
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 [45']

Alan Smale violin
Martin Johnson cello
Alan Buribayev conductor

Grieg's light-hearted and wonderfully melodic Norwegian Dances, Brahms magnificent first symphony and Delius's gloriously rhapsodic double concerto for violin and cello are all part of the rich programme being performed by the full forces of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra under Principal Conductor Alan Buribayev in its single performance in the WIT College Street Chapel, Waterford on Thursday 23 February at 8pm. This performance takes place in association with the Symphony Club of Waterford.

The Waterford concert marks the début performance outside of Dublin of the orchestra's Principal Conductor, Alan Buribayev, described by The Irish Times as 'charismatic and virtuosic'. In the 150th anniversary year of the birth of the English composer, Frederick Delius, it also sees a rare performance of his double concerto for violin and cello, with RTÉ NSO Leader Alan Smale and RTÉ NSO Principal Cello Martin Johnson as soloists. For Alan Smale, Delius is a favourite composer and one whose music he 'feels a great affinity and love for'.

Alan has a very personal connection to the composer as his first teacher, Harold Petts, studied with the great violinist violinist Albert Sammons who inspired the writing of Delius' Violin Concerto. Speaking about the double concerto in which he will feature as soloist, he says: 'The concerto is characteristic of Delius, free and rhapsodic in mood, speaking directly to the heart in a glorious outpouring of emotion, expressing feelings that are too profound to be expressed in any other way. It is a great privilege to be entrusted with this performance by the RTÉ NSO in the composer's anniversary year with Martin Johnson, my friend and colleague of many years, as cellist. The choice of the other work in the first half, Grieg's Norwegian Dances, is significant. Delius was a great friend and admirer of Grieg, and had a life-long love affair with the landscapes of Norway, going there on holiday every year until prevented from so doing by his final illness.'

The programme closes with Brahms' mighty First Symphony, a voyage of discovery from darkness to light. Glorious, passionate, lyrical, and magnificent are just some of the words which may describe this gripping symphony, one of the most popular in the repertoire. Buribayev's performance of this work with the RTÉ NSO in December 2011 was noted as 'finely illuminated' ( The Irish Times), and one in which 'the eclectic Buribayev elicits gripping intensity from the RTÉ NSO as the musicians release Brahms's Herculean struggle in the opening Allegro.' (Irish Independent)

Tickets: €22 (concession €18, student €10)
Booking: Garter Lane Arts Centre 051 855 038 or on the door on the night

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