RTE National Symphony Orchestra Horizons 2011


Tuesday 11 January
National Concert Hall

1.05-2pm: The concert
12.30pm: Composer in Conversation
Kevin O'Connell talks to Evonne Ferguson, Director, Contemporary Music Centre.
The Composers in Conversation events take place in association with the Contemporary Music Centre.

Ahead of this...
Kevin in conversation with conductor Gavin Maloney.
Read Michael Dervan's interview with Kevin in the Irish Times (Monday 10 January).
Hear Kevin in conversation with Bernard Clarke on RTÉ lyric fm's Nova on Sunday 9 January.

World première of

Gavin Maloney conductor

Find out more about Kevin.
Read the regular biography ...and the biography which tells you a little more.

Programme note: Want to read Kevin's note on Symphony? Read more here.

Symphony is Kevin O'Connell's first major orchestral work since the RTÉ-commissioned Four Orchestral Pieces (2007). O'Connell was awarded a multi-annual artist bursary (2007-2009) from the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon to compose the work.

Speaking of Symphony, Kevin notes: 'The symphony is unfashionable, yet it remains a challenge like no other. I have spent three years on my half-hour Symphony, and found that all the clichés are true. The form gives you nowhere to hide; what does not add takes away. Perhaps the fascination of its difficulty explains why I had to attempt it.'

Symphony will be recorded later this year by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gavin Maloney for release in 2012 with two other large scale orchestral works by O'Connell, already recorded by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gavin Maloney: Four Orchestral Pieces (2007) and North (1997-1998). The works will be released on the RTÉ lyric fm label as part of the Composers of Ireland series promoting the orchestral works of Irish composers and funded by RTÉ and the Arts Council.

Tickets and booking: Admission free to all Horizons events. Events are ticketed. Tickets available through the NCH box office in advance. Booking: 01 417 0000.

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