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RTÉ CO August season

Film, musicals, classical and trad are all on the way in the RTÉ Concert Orchestra's August season at the National Concert Hall. Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill join the RTÉ CO on Friday 1 August. The orchestra and John Wilson continue the Essential Classics series with masterpieces including Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition on Friday 8 August. Dial M for Murder sees the RTÉ CO accompany excerpts from Hitchcock's most famous films on Friday 15 August. Hello Jerry! features Jerry Herman hits from Mame, Mack & Mabel and La cage aux folles and all of the music of Hello, Dolly! in the film orchestrations, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 August. Ending the RTÉ CO summer season with a bang, Close Encounters celebrates John Williams with themes from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Schindler's List and more, Friday 29 August.

RTÉ CO September and October

September and October are packed with opportunities to catch the RTÉ CO in an eclectic range of programmes. There's an evening with David Puttnam and his son, pianist and arranger Sacha Puttnam (13 September, National Concert Hall), classical guitar phenomenon Miloš (18 September, NCH), Duke Special (11 September, NCH), John Wilson conducting Essential Classics (25 September, NCH; 26 September, Clifden) and the Fauré Requiem (15 October, NCH), Mícheál Ó Suilleabháin (4 September, NCH), Shaun Davey (8 October, NCH), The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child with live score (4 October, 12.30pm, 3pm & 5pm, NCH) and Hallowe'en screenings of Psycho with live score (29 October, Cork Opera House; 30 October, National Concert Hall; 31 October, The Helix). More info.

Extra night added for Gladiator Live

Due to demand, a second night has been added for Gladiator - Live with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The Irish première was already announced for Saturday 29 November 2014, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. There will now be a second performance on Sunday 30 November, at the same venue. Tickets for 30 November are on sale now. Ridley Scott's epic 2000 film - winner of five Academy Awards - will be screened live in HD on a colossal 40ft screen, while the RTÉ CO and chorus with ethnic vocalists bring Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard's magnificent score to life on stage. Take your place above the sand of the Colosseum, amongst the 50,000 spectators, in the beating heart of Rome. Hear the silence before the gladiator strikes and the noise afterwards rise up like a storm. Tickets from €29.50. More info.

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