RIVERDANCE: The Music of Bill Whelan
Thursday 17 May, 8pm
National Concert Hall
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Bill Whelan, piano
Eleanor McEvoy, vocals
Zoë Conway, fiddle
Máirtín O'Connor, accordian
Maitiú Ó Casaide, uilleann pipes
Mick Donegan & Yolanda Gonzalez Sobrado, dancers
UCD Choral Scholars
David Brophy, conductor
Following the sell out success of A Celebration of Bill Whelan in 2010, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra return with what is sure to be another spectacular collaboration with the Grammy Award-winning composer Bill Whelan.
Some of Ireland's top traditional musicians, dancers and vocalists will join the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present a wide range of Bill Whelan's music as well as the world premiere of his Symphonic Suite from Riverdance.
Bill Whelan writes:
'The idea for a Riverdance Symphonic Suite has been on my radar for some time. Over the years I have often had requests from foreign orchestras for a full-length concert piece containing the music from the show. As my original score incorporated traditional instruments, it was not always easy to assemble the various ethnic elements for a concert in say, Japan. So what I have done with this new score is to present all the themes from Riverdance in a way that is playable by a full symphony orchestra anywhere in the world, without the traditional musicians. There were two principal challenges - the first was to arrange the themes and melodies as a colourful and dynamic concert piece. The second was to choose the instruments from within the orchestra to appropriately replace the original ethnic instruments and voices. As this will be its first performance, I look forward with anticipation as this augmented RTÉ CO under David Brophy brings the work of the last few years to life.'
Tickets: €11 - €38 (conc €10 - €35)
10% group discount available
Booking: 01 417 0000 or click on RTÉ Concert Orchestra