DAYBREAK WITH EVONNE FERGUSON

Evonne will be up with the early birds to ease you into the weekend with her gentle blend of music from across the centuries, plus regular intervals for news and weather. Join ecologist Anja Murray at 9.20 for Nature File - a celebratory journey to the lesser-known realms of nature in Ireland.

Nature File Episode 4 - Dublin Bay Prawns

Spring in the seafloor is a busy time – and all around our coast, burrowing in the mud, are bright Orange 'Dublin Bay Prawns'.Once they mould their hard outer skin, Dublin Bay prawns begin to mate.This week on Nature File we discover the ecology of a very familiar marine animal.

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


OPERA NIGHT WITH PAUL HERRIOTT

The Metropolitan Opera, New York presents Verdi's Don Carlos

For the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi's epic opera of doomed love among royalty, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a world-beating cast of opera's leading lights, including tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois, and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as Eboli. Bass-baritone Eric Owens is Philippe II and the Grand Inquisitor, and baritone Etienne Dupuis rounds out the all-star principal cast as Rodrigue.

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


AEDÍN GORMLEY’S SUNDAY MATINÉE

Aedín features works by Ravel, Beethoven and Bach played by French pianist Pierre- Laurent Aimard ahead of his appearance at the National Concert Hall. In our concert, The Irish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jörg Widmann perform Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 27th March, 1pm-4pm


THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Episode 8: "The Corn is as high as an Elephants Eye"! - Rodgers & Hammerstein

With the new partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II came fully integrated musical theatre. No longer so much the storehouse of harmonic or melodic opportunity that appealed so strongly to jazzers, the sequence of shows that started with Oklahoma nonetheless yielded many enduring and exciting songs both within and beyond the purely theatrical context.

(First broadcast 2008)

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


NIALL CARROLL’S CLASSICAL DAYTIME

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 works by Isaac Albeniz

RTÉ lyric fm, Monay 28th March, 10am-1pm


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

Today's Full Score concert features Ukrainian Chamber Music Rarities from the 19th and 20th Centuries. The concert reintroduces forgotten Galician composers whose music was obliterated from the public eye in Soviet times. Ten composers were selected out of more than thousand music makers who lived and developed musical culture at the turn of the epochs (before World War I Galicia, with its centre in Lviv, belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and during the inter-war period - to Poland). Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 29th March, 1pm-4pm


LORCAN MURRAY’S CLASSIC DRIVE

Broadcasting live daily Monday to Friday evenings from our Limerick studios, Lorcan Murray presents RTÉ lyric fm's flagship show, Classic Drive. Lorcan brings you the perfect musical soundtrack, wherever you are, sharing a feast of music with both the curious and the knowledgeable and featuring listeners own choices.Included in this musical feast are the latest news and sports updates and tips for what's on where you are. There, for one and all, Lorcan's with you all the way.

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 30th March, 4pm-7pm


MARTY IN THE MORNING

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

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 31st March, 7am-10am


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

We continue our Friday String Quartet concert with the ConTempo Quartet, in a concert from the National String Quartet Foundation's Autumn series last year. The programme opens and closes with popular classics by Haydn and Dvorak and in between we'll hear Dave Flynn's remarkable trad - classical crossover string quartet which won the 2004 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Composers Prize.Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Haydn - Quartet Op.74 No.3 'Rider'
Dave Flynn - 'The Cranning'
Dvorak - Quartet Op.96 'American'

ConTempo Quartet
Bogdan Sofei, violin
Ingrid Nicola, violin
Andreea Banciu, viola
Adrian Mantu, cello

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 1st April, 1pm-4pm


RTÉ LYRIC LIVE: NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Paul Herriott hosts this concert live from the National Concert Hall where French pianist Lise de la Salle joins the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slaktin for Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, a work intended by the composer to be in the spirit of Mozart or Saint-Saens

National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Lise de la Salle, piano

Milhaud: La création du monde
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Weill: Suite from The Threepenny Opera
Gershwin: An American in Paris

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 1st April, 7pm-10pm