The National Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2022-2023 season, with acclaimed Chief Conductor Jaime Martín remaining at the helm for a further two seasons.
With in excess of 100 works by over 60 composers, the programme spotlights some of the greatest music ever written, ranging from orchestral and choral showpieces to contemporary classics, four world premieres and one Irish premiere. The centenary year of composer György Ligeti and the 150th anniversary of Rachmaninov's birth are also in focus for the 2022-2023 season.
This is the NSO's first full season in over two years, and its first full season at the National Concert Hall since its formal transition earlier this year. All Friday night concerts will be broadcast live on RTÉ lyric live, presented by Paul Herriott, on RTÉ lyric fm.
The NCH will present 33 concerts – including nine with Chief Conductor Jaime Martín and a 75th birthday celebration – and marks a long-awaited return to performances in Cork (in association with Cork Orchestral Society), Galway (in association with Music for Galway) and Waterford (in association with the Symphony Club of Waterford).
Highlights include performances with classical superstars such as Angela Gheorghiu, Danielle de Niese, Maxim Vengerov and Viktoria Mullova alongside a raft of established, emerging and new international and Irish artists.
Established and new-generation conductors include Leonard Slatkin, Carlos Kalmar, Mihhail Gerts, Roderick Cox, Jonathon Hayward, Joshua Weilerstein, Elena Schwarz, Gemma New, Jessica Cottis and Ruth Reinhardt.
The something-for-everyone programme includes orchestral showpieces by Mahler, Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Ravel, Mussorgsky and Bartók, alongside concertos by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Mozart and Beethoven, as well as 20th-century classics and a series of new works.
Works by Ina Boyle, Jane O'Leary, Louise Farrenc, Lili Boulanger, Ellen Reid, Karen Power, Grażyna Bacewicz, Joan Tower, Cindy McTee and Florence Price all feature.
Choral masterpieces include Bach's divine masterpiece St John Passion, Carl Orff’s mesmerising medieval fantasy, Carmina Burana, and Ravel’s exotically perfumed Daphnis et Chloé. All feature the National Symphony Chorus, which is also heard in Rachmaninov’s evocative setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Bells in the season’s closing concert conducted by Mihhail Gerts.
Exciting young artists stepping into the spotlight include pianists Sae Yoon Chon (winner of the 2018 Dublin International Piano Competition), Federico Colli and Martin James Bartlett, violinists Daniel Lozakovich, Leticia Moreno and Nemanja Radulović, and sopranos Julia Bullock and Mirjam Mesak.
Irish names include conductor David Brophy, sopranos Sinéad Campbell-Wallace, Anna Devin and Aoife Miskelly, mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy, tenor Gavan Ring, pianists Finghin Collins and Eoín Fleming, uilleann piper Mark Redmond, cellist Sinéad O’Halloran, NSO principal Greg Crowley (bassoon) and former NSO principal John Finucane (clarinet).
The National Symphony Orchestra's new season begins in style on Froday 9th September with a double-bill of Mahler's Symphony No. 5 and Berg's Violin Concerto.
Many of the concerts will be preceded by Soundings, the popular free pre-concert talks with soloists and/or conductors - the opening concert of the season 9th September will see Chief Conductor Jaime Martín in conversation with NSO General Manager Anthony Long.
View the National Symphony Orchestra's 2022–2023 season programme here.