Internationally acclaimed American maestro Leonard Slatkin is a podium star with presence, a man who has led the world’s best orchestras - and he's coming to Dublin to conduct the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, for a very special event this Friday, May 10 at the National Concert Hall. 

The programme on the night goes rom the sublime to the sublime, via the sublime. Treat after treat after treat, in fact, with a firing on all cylinders modern American classic, a German concerto brimming with youthful ardour and a masterpiece of English lyricism.

Cindy McTee’s kinetically propelled Circuits is like West Side Story on speed (not that kind!). An adrenaline-rush of urban immediacy, it’s a cartoon in perpetual fast forward. Try to keep up – if you can!

Apologies to all you 19-year-old composers out there, but Richard Strauss was 18 when he completed his Violin Concerto. Innocent and enraptured, it’s a glorious flowering of romance, unfettered passion and infatuation with melody – much like finding yourself in love for the first time. No, really. Star violinist Alina Ibragimova’s ‘special brand of virtuosity’ (The Guardian) is a guarantee of something special indeed.

Once heard, never forgotten. Elgar’s Enigma Variations have a way of getting under your skin. Portraits in music of the composer himself, his wife and friends, it’s a bit like Instagram, but so much better. A high-watermark of 20th-century English music, with one memorable, soaring tune after another, Elgar refused to provide an answer for the puzzle it contains. It’s not called Enigma for nothing!

Leonard Slatkin conducts the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra on Friday, May 10th - the concert will be broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm and streamed live here on RTÉ Culture. Find out more here.