The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will return to live performance on Friday 11 September with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE, a new series of 12 concerts live-streamed worldwide in HD here on RTÉ Culture, and broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm on Fridays at 7pm.
The first three concerts will come from the stage of the National Concert Hall and will be presented by RTÉ lyric fm's Paul Herriott. Plans for the remaining concerts in the series will be announced in the near future.
A video message from @cassiopeiawinds ahead of our RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE series opening this Friday from @NCH_Music. Such gorgeous Mozart to look forward to. Live stream on @rteculture and live on @rtelyricfm #rtensolive pic.twitter.com/TClcqSOj7a— RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (@RTE_NSO) September 8, 2020
They include three concerts in October with the orchestra’s Chief Conductor Jaime Martín, who will make a welcome return to work with the orchestra.
The opening concert will see David Brophy conducting works including Mozart's second flute concerto with RTÉ NSO principal flautist Catriona Ryan as soloist and Beethoven’s fourth symphony in the 250th anniversary of his birth.
For Culture Night on Friday 18 September, Gavin Maloney conducts works including Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the orchestra’s former principal clarinet player John Finucane as soloist and Mendelssohn’s 'Italian’ Symphony No. 4.
On Friday 25 September David Brophy returns for a concert dedicated to music by Irish composers from both past and present: Arthur Duff, John Kinsella, Mícheál Ó Suilleabháinn and Neil Martin.
In keeping with current public health guidelines and requirements around permitted numbers and social distancing, the series will feature a symphony orchestra of no more than 37 players, and performances will take place without an audience. Programming has been designed to take full advantage of the rich body of works for smaller orchestral forces and to offer opportunities to as many Irish artists as possible.
"Making music together and with guest artists and performing for audiences are what orchestras are all about," said Anthony Long, RTÉ NSO General Manager. "We are thrilled to get back to rehearsing and performing for an audience. Changed times require new approaches and we return with the same determination to bring audiences some of the greatest music from past and present."