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RTÉ Concert Orchestra Spring Series with Catherine Leonard, Emer McDonough and Hugh Tinney

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First released: 1 February 2007

RTÉ Concert Orchestra Spring Series

with Catherine Leonard, Emer McDonough and Hugh Tinney

22 February, 22 March & 19 April

RDS Concert Hall

Music by Mozart considered by Woody Allen a reason to live, more Mozart that stole the show in Elvira Madigan, the Bach Badinerie rescued from a miserable existence as a ringtone – famous classical masterpieces along with less well-known gems feature in the RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s Spring Series at the RDS.

An acclaimed Irish artist joins the orchestra for each of the three concerts. On 22 February Catherine Leonard – described as ‘Ireland’s leading violinist’ (The Irish Times) and likened to the young Yehudi Menuhin (Western Australian) – plays Mozart’s melodic Violin Concerto No. 4, one of five he wrote at the ripe old age of 19.

From an early outburst of genius to a master at work, Haydn’s final symphony, the ‘London’, is full of his trademark humour, ingenuity and personality. Its première was a financial as well as artistic success for the composer, who wrote: ‘The whole company was thoroughly pleased and so was I. I made 4,000 gulden on this evening: such a thing is possible only in England.’

On 22 March, hopefully with all mobiles switched off in the audience, flute and orchestra will reclaim the Badinerie from J.S. Bach’s second suite, with rising star Emer McDonough as soloist. She also performs a flute concerto by Bach’s best-known and most prolific son, C.P.E. Bach, a ground-breaking composer in his own right.

Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 in F minor, ‘La Passione’, is from his Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress) period, when his music was characterised by intense emotion and dramatic contrasts. From its heartfelt Adagio opening to the Presto finale brimming with restless energy, ‘La Passione’ is a remarkable symphony.

Internationally renowned pianist Hugh Tinney joins the orchestra on 19 April for one of the most famous of Mozart’s concertos – the great C major piano concerto, K. 467. The Andante, with its melody floating over a quiet, pulsating accompaniment, won countless new admirers for Mozart after its use in the film Elvira Madigan 40 years ago.

To another film…towards the end of Manhattan, the Woody Allen character makes a list of reasons to stay alive. Featuring alongside Groucho Marx and Louis Armstrong’s ‘Potato Head Blues’ is the second movement of Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ Symphony. At a time when he was in debt, unsure of his audience, in a country at war and mourning the death of his newborn daughter, Mozart wrote this extraordinary symphony, which will bring the concert and series to a fitting climax. 

The first and third concerts (22 February and 19 April) will be conducted by David Brophy, recently appointed Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and the second concert (22 March) will be conducted by Robert Houlihan.

Full programme listings below.


RTÉ Concert Orchestra Spring Series

RDS Concert Hall

Thurs 22 February, 8pm

Rameau                      Overture, Chaconne & Air de Triomphe (Naïs)

Mozart                         Violin Concerto No. 4, K. 218, D major

C.P.E. Bach                Symphony, H. 663 (W.183/1), D major

Haydn                          Symphony No. 104, D major (‘London’)

Catherine Leonard violin

David Brophy conductor

Thurs 22 March, 8pm

Rameau                      Suite Les Indes Galantes

J.S. Bach                    Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067

C.P.E. Bach                Flute Concerto in G major, H.445 (W.169)

Haydn                          Symphony No. 49, F minor (La Passione)

Emer McDonough flute

Robert Houlihan conductor

Thurs 19 April, 8pm

Rameau          Overture Le Temple de la Gloire

Mozart             Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467, in C major

C.P.E. Bach    Sinfonia in G, W. 183/4                         

Mozart             Symphony No. 41, K. 551, C major (‘Jupiter’)

Hugh Tinney piano

David Brophy conductor

Booking details

Tickets: €25 (conc. €22; RDS members €20)

3 concert package: €66 (conc. €60; RDS members €54)

Phone: 01 240 7286 (10am–5pm Mon–Fri)



Booking fee applies.