National Concert Hall - RTE National Symphony Orchestra

National Concert Hall - RTE National Symphony Orchestra
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The Nationl Conbcert Hall Dublin is Home to Musical performances that will expand your mind. Horizons Contemporary Music Series 2015 presents The award winning RT? National Symphony Orchestra and whole host of shows.

RTE National Symphony Orchestra





CONCERTS: 1.05–2PM  



The music of Irish composers Gráinne Mulvey, David Coonan, Philip Hammond and John Buckley will be the focus of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s 2015 Horizons Contemporary Music Series, the free four-concert Tuesday lunchtime series returning on Tuesday 13 January. Gavin Maloney will conduct all four concerts. The concerts will be presented by RTE lyric fm Nova presenter Bernard Clarke who will introduce and interview all featured composers on stage. All concerts will be preceded at 12.30pm by the Composer in Conversation talk in which each featured composer will speak to Contemporary Music Centre Director Evonne Ferguson.

Major works by each of the featured composers will be heard alongside works by Irish or international figures of importance to them: Elliott Carter, Jerome de Bromhead, Nicola LeFanu, and from the younger generation, David Coonan, David Bremner and Joseph Davies. All four concerts feature soloists with personal connections to the featured composer’s work.

The 2015 series will include six world premieres, two of which have been commissioned by RTÉ from two of the featured composers, and four Irish premieres. All four concerts will be recorded for broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm’s Nova.

Composer in Conversation 12.30pm In association with Contemporary Music Centre

CMC Director Evonne Ferguson with composer Gráinne Mulvey

Concert will be broadcast on Nova on RTÉ lyric fm (Sunday 18 January, 8-10pm) 


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LIFE IS A WAVE - Tuesday 13 January

The series opens with Gráinne Mulvey as featured composer and a programme of four works, all of which are world premieres and all of which have been composed in 2014. Alongside Gráinne’s cello concerto Excursions and Ascents, written for and performed by RTÉ NSO Cello Section Principal Martin Johnson, and her orchestral work, Diffractions, she has programmed works by Nicola LeFanu and David Bremner. Gráinne describes the programme as one which ‘unites three composers interlinked across three generations.’ With LeFanu being Gráinne’s doctoral supervisor in the 1990s, and Bremner being Gráinne’s doctoral student in recent years, she says ‘I took the opportunity to explore the contrasts and similarities in our three styles. I explore Alpine glaciers and the mysteries of light with John Tyndall. Nicola LeFanu laments the brutality of war with Euripides and Brendan Kennelly and David Bremner investigates the lyricism of the dotted line.

Tuesday 13 January 2015, 1.05pm, National Concert Hall

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Horizons Contemporary Music Series 2015

Featured Composer: GRÁINNE MULVEY 



HIDDEN VISIONS - Tuesday 20 January

HIDDEN VISIONS  For David Coonan, an Irish-born composer currently based in London, ‘the transcendent worlds of Yeats, Brahms’ unseen love-letters, and the two-sided sardonicism of Sergei Prokofiev lie interwoven in the hinterlands of the three works’ on his programme. Alongside the world premiere of David’s Sarcasms for orchestra and the Irish premiere of Träumerei (2011) for violin and orchestra, he has programmed Byzantium (2012) by Joseph Davies, a contemporary who David describes as ‘an up-coming voice in the London music scene’. For David, Byzantium, typifies the verve and artistic ambition of that city's younger generation of composers. It's a work that revels in complexity - of orchestral sound, harmony, melody, and rhythm - not for its own sake, but because something difficult and complex is trying to be said.’ The young Latvian violinist Kristine Balanas, a rising star amongst the young concert violinists in London and a player noted by the Guardian as ‘outstanding’, will be the soloist.

Tuesday 20 January 2015, 1.05pm, National Concert Hall

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Horizons Contemporary Music Series 2015

Featured Composer: DAVID COONAN 


PIANO CENTRE STAGE -  Tuesday 27 January

Philip Hammond’s programme will feature three of his own compositions: his new Piano Concerto (2014), written for and performed by the Belfast pianist Michael McHale and commissioned by BBC Radio Three, ‘...the starry dynamo in the machinery of night...’ (2001) for piano and orchestra, and three specially orchestrated pieces from his Miniatures and Modulations (2011), a work originally written for solo piano and based on the Edward Bunting collection of Irish melodies from the Belfast Harp Festival of 1792. Considering his programme, Philip says: ‘My music is the result of many influences, and this Horizons concert enjoys the context of the imagery of the black and white movie, the historical Belfast Harp Festival of 1792, the poetry of the French symbolists and the twenty-fourth prelude from Bach’s Wohltemperirtes Clavier Book I. My new work, Piano Concerto, is a three movement concerto in the old style. Composed by a retro-Romantic, it draws on the Romantic tradition of showy virtuosity in which the soloist is, unashamedly, the focus of attention. I began writing the Piano Concerto during a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais. It is my pleasure to dedicate this new work to my fellow resident there, the writer and novelist, Mary Costello’.

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 1.05pm, National Concert Hall 

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Horizons Contemporary Music Series 2015

Featured Composer: PHILIP HAMMOND 


MIRRORS OF LIGHT  - Tuesday 3 February

John Buckley’s programme is inspired by ‘light and space... abiding sources of inspiration in my compositions for many years.’ His concert will feature his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra from 2008 and his orchestral work A Mirror into the Light (1999) alongside Elliott Carter’s Sound Fields (2007) and A Lay for the Light Year (2014) by Jerome de Bromhead. The violin concerto will be performed by the Irish violinist Gwendolyn Masin, who commissioned the work with assistance from The Arts Council /An Chomhairle Ealaíon and to whom it is dedicated. Speaking of his programme, he says: I have chosen the serenely luminous Sound Fields, composed in his ninety-ninth year by Elliott Carter and A Lay for a Light-Year by Jerome de Bromhead to place alongside my own compositions. A Lay for a Light-Year is a short tone-poem intended to express in the here and now, feelings about what we see far away and therefore, long ago. My own compositions A Mirror Into the Light and Concerto for Violin and Orchestra seek to balance a calm reflective lyricism with gestures of explosive energy.


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