Summer 2014 with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Star performers and rising stars from the worlds of classical and traditional music
Claudia Boyle, Sir James Galway, Bill Whelan, Catherine Leonard, John O'Conor, Hugh Tinney, Zoë Conway, Dermot Dunne and dancer Colin Dunne. Rising stars Nadene Fiorentini, Rachel Kelly, Kelly Lonergan and Gyula Nagy. Just some of the artists featuring in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra's 2014 Summer Season in June and July, taking place across lunchtime and evening concerts at the National Concert Hall, and an evening performance in Limerick to mark Limerick City of Culture 2014. Symphonic and operatic favourites, Hollywood blockbusters and music inspired by the Irish tradition all feature.
The Bill Whelan Gala featuring the world premiere performances of Linen and Lace, Whelan's new flute concerto commissioned by RTÉ lyric fm for Sir James Galway and symphony orchestra, and star performers from the worlds of classical and traditional music, and a solo evening with soprano star, Claudia Boyle, whose opening night in her role debut as Lucia in Isabella Bywater's current production of Lucia di Lammermoor at Danish National Opera was greeted with an immediate standing ovation, are just two of the highlights of the evening series. The Whelan gala will be repeated in Limerick as part of Limerick City of Culture. An all-Beethoven evening in association with the Royal Irish Academy of Music, featuring John O'Conor as soloist and former Principal Conductor Gerhard Markson, a concert to mark Independence Day with the acclaimed American Andrew Litton conducting and also directing from the keyboard, and 'Sonic Spectacular', an orchestral journey through time and space, and 'Hollywood Greats: A Journey through the Movies', presented by RTÉ lyric fm presenters Liz Nolan and Aedín Gormley respectively, are also part of the mix.
The popular Tuesday lunchtime series, with tickets still €10, presenting repertoire ranging from Vivaldi, Mozart and Puccini through to Piazzolla's Libertango and Abreu's irresistibly happy Tico-Tico no Fubá, will showcase rising stars, RTÉ NSO musicians, and accordion virtuoso Dermot Dunne. All lunchtime concerts will be broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm.
Dublin International Piano Competition prize winner and NCH 'Rising Star' Nadene Fiorentini makes her much-anticipated debut in Mendelssohn's virtuosic First Piano Concerto; Clonmel-born soprano Kelley Lonergan, 2013 RDS Music Bursary winner and Opera Theatre Company Young Artist, makes her RTÉ NSO concert debut singing arias from La bohème, Pagliacci and Adriana Lecouvrer, and Rachel Kelly, the young Irish mezzo-soprano and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Young Artist who made a noted debut on the main Royal Opera House stage as Mercedes in Carmen (December 2013), followed by the roles of Squire in Parsifal and Javotte in Manon, makes a welcome return to perform ravishing operatic favourites from The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen and Gounod's Roméo et Juliette.
RTÉ NSO Leader Helena Wood opens the series on Tuesday 10 June with fabulous works for violin and orchestra by Mozart and Tchaikovsky and on Tuesday 8 July, all three RTÉ NSO trumpeters - Graham Hastings, Killyan Bannister and Colm Byrne - step forward for favourites including John Adams haunting Tromba Lontana and Leroy Anderson's Bugler's Holiday.
For summer 2014 performance dates and programmes click here.