RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Summer 2012

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Summer Season 2012
at the National Concert Hall

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce full details of its Summer 2012 Season, opening with a summer gala on Friday 1 June featuring the acclaimed Irish soprano Celine Byrne and followed by fifteen concerts across lunchtime and evening in June and July. See listing and links below.

The popular €10 lunchtime concerts in association with RTÉ lyric fm return on Tuesday 12 June and run weekly until 24 July with an extra concert taking place on Wednesday 20 June, and the Friday evening concerts, with tickets starting at €10, run weekly from Friday 15 June to 27 July. All concerts are broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm.

A span of light classical repertoire showcases the full forces of the RTÉ NSO as well as smaller groupings of RTÉ NSO players and solo artists. Irish artists and rising stars are a particular focus, as are works for the voice. Linked to other events in the city, the orchestra has programmed Tchaikovsky's 'Pathetique' symphony (Friday 22 June) to coincide with the Irish Museum of Modern Art's summer tribute to the Albanian artist Anri Sala whose film 1395 Days Without Red features the symphony to uplifting effect, and Holst's The Planets (Friday 13 July) in the week when Dublin will host ESOF 2012 as part of Dublin City of Science 2012.

Programmes include classical symphonic and orchestral favourites from Vivaldi through to the present day as well as occasional detours to traditional Scottish folk music and South American music. The season presents two world premičres, individual showpieces for soprano, mezzo-soprano, cello, clarinet and piano with orchestra plus works for orchestral groupings ranging from the large forces of The Planets to those for individual wind and string ensembles, accordion and violin and accordion and guitar duos and works for solo instruments.

Popular symphonies and concertos feature in whole or in part as do audience favourites such as Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre - a fiery portrait of the Devil as a possessed fiddler, Debussy's hypnotically beautiful Clair de Lune, Offenbach's deliciously naughty The Infernal Galop ('Can Can') and Vivaldi's and Piazzolla's take on the four seasons.

Smaller groupings from within the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra stand out for string and wind serenades by Dvorák. The strings are in focus for works such as Piazzolla's Hommage ŕ Ličge for accordion, guitar and strings and Three Tango Sensations and Barber's searingly beautiful Adagio. Brass and percussion feature in Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and winds in Rodrigo's Adagio and Dvorák's Serenade in D minor.

Two world premičres feature: Surge, commissioned by RTÉ lyric fm and the RTÉ NSO from their Composer-in-Residence, Linda Buckley, and Déjŕ vu (Music in a Romantic Style for a Film) by the young American composer, Eli Marshall. Continuing a style of presentation first introduced in the orchestra's main season, there will be four concerts in which the soloist directs from the instrument. Soloists directing are Helena Wood, violin, James Crabb, accordion, Dennis Kim, violin and Elaine Clark, violin.

A particular focus in the design of the season has been the creation of performance opportunities for young Irish artists, both début and return performances. Mezzo-soprano Máire Flavin, Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize Finalist 2011, makes her début in an evening concert performing the Berlioz song cycle, Les Nuits d'éte. Fiachra Garvey, piano, Brian O'Kane, cello and Macdara O'Seireadáin, clarinet, all make their débuts in the Summer Lunchtime concerts: Brian O'Kane, winner of the Windsor Festival International String Competition, the Accenture Bursary Award and the Camerata Ireland Young Musician Award, performs Saint-Saëns' compelling First Cello Concerto; Macdara O'Seireadáin, winner of the inaugural Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year competition in 2010, performs Debussy's Premičre rapsodie and Rossini's Introduction and Variations for clarinet and orchestra and Fiachra Garvey, top Irish prize winner at the 2009 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, performs the third movement from Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto to mark the launch on stage of his début CD Fiachra Garvey: Music for Piano on the RTÉ Lyric fm label.

Irish artists making return performances include soprano Claudia Boyle - attracting significant attention internationally and working with conductors including Ricardo Muti and James Conlon - singing repertoire from Handel through to Bernstein; pianists Philip Martin, playing Gershwin, and Neil Cooney, playing Chopin and Schumann, and soprano Katy Kelly singing Mozart, Puccini and Meyerbeer.

Other artists making débuts include the Danish conductor Christian Kluxen and the Dublin based Korean pianist Soo-Jung Ann, First Prize winner with a Gold Medal at the 2012 International Music Competition Maria Canals of Barcelona, who will partner for Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto, memorably featured in the film Shine; the Bulgarian guitarist George Vassilev appearing with accordionist James Crabb in a programme with a strong South American flavour; the Korean born violinist Dennis Kim directing a programme including the Eli Marshall world premiere Déjŕ vu (Music in a Romantic Style for a Film); and the Dublin based German-Russian pianist Elisaveta Blumina performing Shostakovich's jubilant and jazzy First Piano Concerto.

Summer Lunchtime Concerts

Tuesdays 12 June - 24 July, with a bonus concert on Wednesday 20 June.
Full schedule. Find out more.

Summer Evening Concerts.
Fridays 15 June - 27 July

Full schedule. Find out more.

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