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RTÉ NSO Summer Evening Concert

FRIDAY 11 JULY, 8PM
NATIONAL CONCERT HALL
SONIC SPECTACULAR

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Summer Evening Concert Series

Join RTÉ lyric fm presenter Liz Nolan on an orchestral journey through time and space with some of the most colourful and brilliant music ever composed. Join in the celebrations of Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture and Tchaikovsky's Festival Coronation March, thrill to exhilarating dances by Brahms and Dvorák, admire the imperial grandeur of John Williams' The Empire Strikes Back and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, revel in Stravinsky's exotic The Firebird and Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. And to relax: the lilting beauties of Dances With Wolves, Delius' spring cuckoo, Khachaturian's Adagio and John Larchet's poem for his children, By the Waters of Moyle. Full programme below.

Liz on 'the music'
Perhaps fans of TV tough guy Bear Grylls would disagree, but for me, adventure has always been something of the mind. Travelling through the realm of the imagination is the gift of music: and I think it's particularly exciting when there's a story involved. In Sonic Spectacular there are so many tales and fantasies to enjoy. The vibrant chaos conveyed by Berlioz in his Roman Carnival, the aching passion and loss of Khachaturian's Spartacus, and- a personal favourite- Delius, and his ravishing On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring. Among the international fare, it's a pleasure to hear the music of John Larchet, one of Ireland's great composers. By the Waters of Moyle is a gorgeous tone poem evoking the sorrow of Fionnuala and her brothers, enchanted swans bound by storm and dark. And finally- I mean, come on! Who doesn't want to hear the redoubtable brass section of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra giving socks to John Williams' martial theme from The Empire Strikes Back? I can feel the ground shaking already...Summer is a time for dreams and adventure- Sonic Spectacular offers both, in an evening of glorious masterworks. See you there! Full programme below.

COLOUR
Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture (10')
Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919) Introduction, Dance of the Firebird & Variation of the Firebird (5')

PLACE
Larchet
By the Waters of Moyle (9')
Delius On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (4')

FILM
Barry Dances With Wolves, Main Theme(3')
Williams The Empire Strikes Back, The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) (5')

DANCE
Brahms
Hungarian Dances, No. 1 in G minor, No. 3 in F (5')
Dvorák Slavonic Dance, Op. 46 No. 8 in G minor (3')

BALLET CONNECTIONS
Gluck
'Dance of the Blessed Spirits' (Orfeo ed Euridice) (6')
Khachaturian Spartacus Suite No. 2, Adagio (9')

RUSSIAN POWER
Tchaikovsky Festival Coronation March (5')
Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel) 'The Great Gate of Kiev' (Pictures at an Exhibition) (5')

Andrew Mogrelia, conductor
Presented by Liz Nolan, RTÉ lyric fm

TICKETS: €12, €20, €26, €32, €35 (Concessions €10, €18, €23.40, €28.80, €31.50). Dinner and concert deals available. Please enquire when booking.
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