RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2013-2014 Season

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will present four major orchestral works, including two Irish premieres, by leading new music composers Harrison Birtwistle, Gerald Barry, Michael Gordon and Claude Vivier as part of New Music Dublin, a four day festival showcasing the work of major international and Irish figures.

New Music Dublin 2014 takes place in a number of locations in the National Concert Hall from Thursday 6 - Sunday 9 March. This year's festival is curated by Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy,

In its first performance on Friday 7 March, the RTÉ NSO will dedicate itself to the Irish premiere of Earth Dances, one of the most iconic works by the radical and uncompromising composer Harrison Birtwistle who will make a rare visit to Dublin to present a live analysis of his work on stage, in conversation with conductor Nicholas Cleobury, prior to performance. Birtwistle attends in association with the Music Composition Centre, Trinity College Dublin and its 'Composition in the 21st Century' conference.

The RTÉ NSO will bring the festival to a close on Sunday 9 March with the performance of three major orchestral works by Gordon, Barry and Vivier. In the view of festival curator Donnacha Dennehy, "each of these works has a radical take on what is meant by the 'orchestra', from Michael Gordon's devilish yet profound vandalism of Beethoven's 7th which reveals different possibilities with material known very well to us, to Gerald Barry's walls of sound in Chevaux de Frise. The Irish premiere of Claude Vivier's absolutely original and stunningly beautiful Lonely Child for soprano and orchestra anchors the concert. This emotional, moving piece treats the orchestra as if it were a resonator, with divisi strings supplying ghostly "additions of frequencies" over the melodic soprano line."

Prior to the performance on Sunday 9 March, musicologist and performer Bob Gilmore explores Claude Vivier's Lonely Child in advance of the Irish premiere with the RTÉ NSO and Sylvia O' Brien in a free pre-concert talk hosted by Bernard Clarke (RTÉ lyric fm Nova) and Donnacha Dennehy (Artistic Director NMD 2014) in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Centre.

New Music Dublin is a partnership initiative of The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, the National Concert Hall, RTÉ Orchestras and the Contemporary Music Centre.

Friday 7th March: Birtwistle in Dublin
Tickets: All seats €10
Booking (no fees): 01 417 0000 | ONLINE

Sunday 9th March: Lonely Child
Tickets: All seats €20
Booking (no fees): 01 417 0000 | ONLINE

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