As the dawn breaks on the last Saturday in February, join Evonne for a selection of choral music from Dublin-born composer Rhona Clarke's recent release - Sempiternam featuring the Latvian State Choir conducted by Maris Sirmais. The Saturday Symphony encourages total immersion in Mahler with the Third Movement from his Second Symphony, based on the song about Saint Anthony preaching to the fishes. In Our Daily Bach, we return to another early cantata with the joyful BWV 196 'Der Herr denket an uns'.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 26th February, 7am-10am


Tonight's Metropolitan Opera New York's radio broadcast will showcase highlights from some of the Met's most revered African American stars. When Philadelphia-born contralto Marian Anderson stepped onto the Met stage on January 7, 1955, she made history, crossing the Met's color barrier with her debut as Ulrica in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. She also became the first artist among generations of extraordinary Black singers who have made invaluable contributions to the company's legacy. In this special tribute, the Met honours their remarkable artistry with excerpts from unforgettable radio broadcasts featuring artists who made their Met debuts in the 30 years following Anderson - stars like Reri Grist, Leontyne Price, George Shirley, Grace Bumbry, Martina Arroyo, Shirley Verrett, Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman, and Simon Estes.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 26th February, 7pm-10pm


One Day / Lá Dá Raibh

Poet Louis de Paor's new collection Crooked Love/ Grá Fíar will be published on the 24th of February by Bloodaxe Books. To coincide with that launch the lyric feature will broadcast DePaor's One Day / Lá Dá Raibh with music by the composer Dana Lyn.

At 6.00 One Day

Somewhere in the Venn diagram of radio play, poetry and performance art, One Day (Lá dá raibh) is a work of fiction which tells the story of a day in the life of a small village in the west of Ireland, where the dead and the living meet both historical characters and others from the speaker's own imagination. It was first performed live at the Irish Arts Center in New York as part of the Masters in Collaboration series, and has now been adapted as a captivating audio experience for broadcast on radio.

The work is narrated by Louis de Paor, who plays the role of a writer in his sitting room writing the poem and speaking it aloud to himself. As a cast of characters come and go, the story moves from morning, to afternoon, to evening, to twilight, all the while accompanied by Lyn's music, scored for piano, violin, a music box, amplified bicycle wheel and a loop station. With thanks to Ronan Browne for original recordings.

Narrator/author: Louis de Paor, one of Ireland's leading Irish language poets.
Music: Dana Lyn, New York-based multi-instrumentalist and composer.
Music Engineer: Joel Hamburger, Godelstring Studio
Sound design: David Munro
Sound mix: Alan Kelly

The programme is a Rockfinch Production for RTÉ lyric fm funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from the Television Licence Fee.

At 6.30 Lá Dá Raibh

Saothar ficsin de shaghas faoi leith is ea 'Lá dá raibh', dráma véarsaíochta agus ceoil, a eachtraíonn scéal aon lae amháin i mbaile beag in iarthar Éireann mar a mbuaileann na mairbh agus na beo, pearsana stairiúla agus carachtair samhlaíochta, le chéile. Léiríodh ar dtúis é sa tsraith Masters in Collaboration in Ionad Ealaíne na hÉireann i Nua Eabhrac. Tá athchóiriú draíochtúil déanta anois air chun é a chur in oiriúint don raidió, agus pearsain éagsúla ag teacht is ag imeacht i gcaitheamh an lae, tá an scéal á aithris ag Louis de Paor le ceol nuascríofa ar uirlisí éagsúla leis an gcumadóir Meiriceánach Dana Lyn.

Buíochas le Ronan Browne as an obair a dhein sé ar an mbuntaifeadadh.
Scéal/scéalaí: Louis de Paor, file Gaeilge
Ceol: Dana Lyn, cumadóir agus ceoltóir cruthaitheach ar uirlisí éagsúla atá lonnaithe i Nua Eabhrac
Dearadh fuaime: David Munro
Meascadh fuaime: Alan KellyBuíochas le Ronan Browne as an obair a dhein sé ar an mbuntaifeadadh.

Is é Rockfinch Production a léirigh an clár seo do RTÉ lyric fm le tacaíocht ó Údarás Craolacháin na hÉireann as Ciste na gCeadúnas Teilfíse.

(First broadcast March 2021)

Producer for RTÉ lyric fm: Eoin O Kelly

Production Coordinator: Peter Curtin

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 27th February, 6pm-7pm


Episode 4: Blues in the Night - Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen wrote some of the greatest hits from the 30's and 40's. Songs such as Over the Rainbow, Get Happy, Stormy Weather, It's Only a Paper Moon, I've Got the World on a String, and Last Night When We Were Young are just some of the standards that live on today and have distinguished Harold Arlen as one of the Great American composers of the 20th century. Less spoken of today, Arlen's many hits are testimony to his genius.

(First broadcast 2008)

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 27th February, 9pm-10pm


Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire. At midday each day Niall chooses his Five of a Kind. This week Niall chooses five string quartets by Luigi Boccherini.

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 28th February, 10am-1pm


Each day, Lorcan brings you the perfect musical soundtrack, wherever you are including at 6.40pm, in Culture File, Luke Clancy's daily guide to creativity in the world around us.

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 1st March, 4pm-7pm


The Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra with conductor Karina Canellakis perform Brahms 1st Symphony and are joined by baritone Thomas Hampson for songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Mahler: Ging heut' morgen über's Feld, from 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen'
Mahler: Lied des Verfolgten Im Turm, from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'
Mahler: Das irdische Leben, from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'
Mahler: Das himmlische Leben, from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Thomas Hampson (baritone)
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Karina Canellakis (conductor)

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 2nd March, 1pm-4pm


We begin a weekly visit to the Minnesota Orchestra season with a concert entitled 'Soaring Strings'. James Ehnes joins the Minnesota Orchestra and conductor Juraj Valcuha for a performance of Prokofiev's 2nd violin concerto. We'll also hear two works by young American composer Jessie Montgomery. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Montgomery: Voodoo Dolls
Montgomery: Source Code
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 ('Italian')

Minnesota Orchestra
Juraj Valcuha, conductor

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 3rd March, 1pm-4pm


Join Marty as he takes the chill out of your early mornings with music, news, weather and travel updates

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 4th March, 7am-10am


As we approach International Women's Day, Paul Herriott presents the National Symphony Orchestra in concert, from the National Concert Hall, with guest conductor Nil Venditti in an all-female composer programme

Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No.1
Ina Boyle: The Magic Harp
Marianna Martines: Overture in C
Cindy McTee: The Unquestioned Answer
Cecile Chaminade: Concertino for Flute
Vitezslava Kapralova: Suita Rustica Op.19
Anna Clyne: Masquerade

National Symphony Orchestra
Nil Venditti (conductor)

RTÉ lyric fm, 4th March, 7pm-10pm