RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012-2013

WELCOME TO OUR SEASON

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra announces 2012-2013 Season
and a continuation of its relationship with Principal Conductor Alan Buribayev

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce plans for its 2012-2013 Season led by the artistic team of Principal Conductor Alan Buribayev, Principal Guest Conductor Hannu Lintu and Associate Artist Finghin Collins, and the continuation of its relationship with Alan Buribayev as Principal Conductor for a further two years.

OVERVIEW
With nearly 90 events confirmed to date, the 2012-2013 Main Season running from September to May is almost 70 events at the National Concert Hall and a range of Beyond the Season events running from September to June at the National Concert Hall, the Convention Centre, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and at venues in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

Partnerships and collaborations are important elements both in the main season and beyond. They will see the RTÉ NSO join forces with Pipeworks and the National Concert Hall, the Contemporary Music Centre, Wide Open Music, Wide Open Opera, the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition and the John Murray Show, RTÉ Radio 1.

MAIN SEASON OUTLINE
The Main Season, opening on Friday 14 September, presents itself across 30 performances and a range of related events such as pre and post concert talks, Early and Late Night concerts and, for the third year running as part of the Main Season, the mentoring scheme for advanced young musicians. As with last season, the Main Season will include Sunday afternoon concerts as well as the regular Friday night and New Year's Day performances.

Main Season price and value: The focus on price and value remains. With the exception of New Year's Day, ticket prices for Main Season orchestral concerts once again start at €10 with five price options available. Student stand-by tickets on the evening of performances are €5 (subject to availability) and discounts are available for senior citizens, students and the unwaged.

Early Evening concerts and pre and post concert talks are free to all and Late Night concerts are free to main concert attendees. 100 free tickets will continue to be available for the main evening concert on Culture Night on Friday 21 September.

Concert deals: Savings are available for those who buy 3-16 concerts with discounted Main Season concert package deals starting at €28.50 and savings of up to €300 available on the Full Main Season package of 29 concerts.

BEYOND THE SEASON OUTLINE
Beyond the Season events include Horizons, the contemporary music series which continues to be available free of charge; Tristan and Isolde, and Rain Falling Up, a modern orchestral, choral and visual performance for children involving a total of 1000 children and a chorus of older singers.

Beyond the Season events will also see the orchestra in concerts with a more popular focus. Back by popular demand are The Best of Symphonic Rock and A Night at the Oscars, both presented by RTÉ Radio 1 presenter Shay Byrne at the National Concert Hall, and The Three Sopranos Gala presented in association with the John Murray Show, RTÉ Radio 1 at both the National Concert Hall and, for the first time, also on tour. New to this popular strand is An Evening with Eimear Quinn which features the innovative Dublin Laptop Orchestra working with the RTÉ NSO for the first time and world premieres of Very Pointy by Dublin Laptop Orchestra founder member Alex Dowling and Whisper City by Dublin Laptop Orchestra performer Emma O'Halloran.

Beyond the Season price and value: Nine events beyond the season are free. They are the five organ recitals taking place in conjunction with Pipeworks and the National Concert Hall and the four Horizons concerts. Child prices for family events are €10.

All other Beyond the Season events promoted by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra offer a range of ticket prices. Prices start at €10 (The Best of Symphonic Rock and A Night at the Oscars), €12 (The Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition) and €15 (The Three Sopranos Christmas Gala).

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS
Relationships developed in previous seasons with Pipeworks and the National Concert Hall will see a series of solo organ recitals linked to main evening repertoire taking place ahead of five Main Season concerts. The free Composer in Conversation talks ahead of the individual Horizons concerts will continue in association with the Contemporary Music Centre.

A new association with Wide Open Opera will see the RTÉ NSO perform in three performances of Tristan and Isolde at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, and a new association with Wide Open Music will see the first Dublin performances of Rain Falling Up, a modern orchestral, choral and visual performance for children involving a total of 1000 children and a chorus of older singers.

BOOKING DATES
Priority booking for the Main Season opens on Wednesday 18 July. Public package booking for the Main Season opens on Tuesday 31 July. All events beyond the main season promoted by the RTÉ NSO are on sale from Wednesday 18 July.

PROGRAMMING AND PEOPLE
Highlights include
. the continuation in the Main Season of themed strands built around the artistic team of Principal Conductor Alan Buribayev, Principal Guest Conductor Hannu Lintu and Associate Artist Finghin Collins

. Main Season performances by international artists including pianists Lilya Zilberstein and Kirill Gerstein, cellist Alban Gerhardt, violinists Julian Rachlin, Baiba Skride, Ilya Gringolts and Eldbjørg Hemsing, harpist Xavier de Maistre and conductors Rafael Payare and Jonathan Cohen and Irish artists including sopranos Celine Byrne singing Mahler and Miriam Murphy singing Wagner.

. the continuation in the Main Season of performances directed by the soloist (Finghin Collins, Howard Shelley and Julian Rachlin)

. the continuation in the Main Season of programme strands introduced in previous seasons (Prokofiev symphonies, Mozart and Beethoven piano concerti, Mozart violin concerti and French music)

. a Wagner celebration in the Main Season marking the 200th anniversary of his birth

. the continuation of the choral masterworks strand in the Main Season featuring works by Beethoven, Verdi, Sibelius, and Poulenc in the 50th anniversary year of his death. In addition to featuring the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, this strand will include performances by guest choirs including the Polytech Choir from Finland

. world premieres of two new works in the Main Season by Irish composers: Violin Concerto by Frank Corcoran with RTÉ NSO Leader Alan Smale as soloist and Christopher Warren-Green conducting, and The True Truths, commissioned by RTÉ from the young Irish composer Andrew Hamilton and conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Hannu Lintu

. the second Irish performance of John Kinsella's Tenth Symphony, with Irish conductor Gavin Maloney conducting this as part of the Main Season

. the continuation of the Horizons contemporary music series, in 2013 featuring composers Raymond Deane in his 60th birthday year, RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ NSO Composer-in-Residence Linda Buckley and Ann Cleare and Jonathan Nangle.

Horizons will include works by six Irish composers, including three world premieres - one by Jonathan Nangle (title to be announced) and two by Anne Cleare (phôsphors and to another of the other), and two Irish premieres - turn, 2nd movement by Linda Buckley and Stórr by her sister Irene Buckley

. the continuation of the mentoring scheme for advanced young musicians as part of the Main Season. In 2012-2013 this will take place in conjunction with the 30 November performance which includes Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 conducted by the young Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare, winner of the 2012 Malko International Conducting Competition and former assistant to Claudio Abbado and Gustavo Dudamel

. the continuation as part of the Main Season of Soundings, the free pre-concert talks and conversations with season artists, composers and guests from other fields.

. the continuation of FORTE! the RTÉ NSO's Musical Discovery programme led by the RTÉ NSO Creative Advisor, Paul Rissmann. In addition to the mentoring scheme for young musicians, events confirmed include Global Express, a family concert for young children at the National Concert Hall, and Rain Falling Up, a modern orchestral, choral and visual performance for children involving a total of 1000 children and a chorus of older singers

. the continuation of the orchestra's association with the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition Final on Thursday 31 January 2013.

ARTISTIC TEAM
The artistic team features in 15 of the 30 Main Season performances.

The season opening on Friday 14 September will see Principal Conductor Alan Buribayev and Associate Artist Finghin Collins collaborate on Mozart for the first time in Ireland with the suitably celebratory 'Coronation' concerto. On Friday 9 November, Principal Guest Conductor Hannu Lintu and Finghin Collins will collaborate for the first time ever, with Mozart's dark and brilliant No. 24, considered by many to be his greatest, being the featured work.

Principal Conductor Series
Alan Buribayev's seven concerts will see him focus on masterworks from the German and Russian repertoire and will include Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Khachaturian and Shostakovich as well as Mozart with Finghin Collins. His Prokofiev symphonies cycle continues with performances of both the Fourth Symphony in its original version and the Fifth.

Other international artists with whom he will collaborate include Lilya Zilberstein performing Saint-Saëns 'Egyptian' piano concerto, Kirill Gerstein performing Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Alban Gerhardt performing Dvorák's Cello Concerto in B minor and the young virtuoso violinist Edoardo Zosi in the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1.

Principal Guest Conductor Series
Hannu Lintu's four concerts will include popular works by Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Saint-Saëns as well as less frequently heard works by Ginastera and Sibelius and the world premiere of Andrew Hamilton's The True Truths commissioned by RTÉ.

His concerts will also feature French virtuoso harpist Xavier de Maistre, making his RTÉ NSO debut performing Ginastera's Concerto for Harp, and Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts, making a welcome return to perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. In his final concert as Principal Guest Conductor, Hannu will return to his own musical heritage for an all-Finnish programme featuring performances of the first (Kullervo) and last works (Tapiola) by Sibelius.

Associate Artist
2012-2013 will also see the culmination of Finghin Collins' three year period as the first RTÉ NSO Associate Artist. He will complete his survey of the 23 Mozart piano concerti and his Beethoven project featuring performances of all five piano concerti, the 'Triple' concerto, the Choral Fantasy and Beethoven's own transcription of his violin concerto.

Across his six concerts he will perform eight Mozart concerti including the Concerto for Three Pianos which he will direct for the first time from the keyboard, with Dearbhla Collins and Hugh Tinney joining as soloists. With Les Arts Florissants Associate Conductor Jonathan Cohen, a musician acquiring considerable praise as a conductor, cellist, director and keyboardist in the area of baroque and period performance, Finghin will return to the Sunday afternoon slot for his focus on Beethoven; it will include the popular No. 4 in G, the Choral Fantasy - one of the few works for piano, choir and orchestra - featuring a cast of young Irish singers and the Guinness Choir, and Beethoven's own transcription of his Violin Concerto.


Comment from Séamus Crimmins, Executive Director, RTÉ Orchestras and Acting General Manager, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra:
'This new RTÉ NSO season will, I feel, find wide appeal. We will present great music from the classical to modern eras in compelling performances with Irish and international artists of exceptional depth and brilliance. In addition to the core season we look forward to several key partnerships and meeting new audiences. In particular, I welcome back Hannu, Finghin, and Alan who, happily, has agreed to extend his contract to 2015. Join us for more music which will move and excite in incomparable live performances.'

Comment from Alan Buribayev, Principal Conductor, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
'I am proud and very happy to continue as Principal Conductor with this wonderful group of musicians. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart for the trust placed in me and for this decision to continue working together. I hope that the seasons to come will bring us even more joy in music-making.'


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