Whether you are a seasoned concert-goer or are using the new year to brush up of some of what the classical music scene in Ireland has to offer, 2015 is kicking off with some delights for you.
We here at the Goldenplec Classical Team have traipsed through this month’s upcoming shows to bring you a concise list of what not to miss!
RTE NSO, Elaine Agnew, Mozart, Elgar- January 9th at NCH
2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the RTE Philharmonic Choir. As part of the celebrations they join the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for this world premiere of Elaine Agnew’s adaption of the Sassoon poem by the same name. The recent commission is programmed between the Mozart concerto and Elgar’s emotive The Music Makers.
Tonight is not only a great opportunity to hear the premiere of the latest Irish composition but sees some of the country’s most esteemed performers all under the one roof.
Hugh Tinney piano
Imelda Drumm mezzo-soprano
RTÉ Philharmonic Choir (chorus master Mark Hindley)
Andrew Litton conductor
ELAINE AGNEW Everyone Sang [20’] RTÉ commission / world premiere
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466
ELGAR The Music Makers
Princeton University Orchestra, Monday 26th January at UCH, Limerick
Tonight sees Princeton University Orchestra take over Limerick’s UCH. Impressively the ensemble made up mostly of students from the Princeton University will be tackling a selection of what our very own Sean-nós has to offer. With quite the reputation on their own campus, these guys are definitely worth seeing.
Michael Pratt Conductor
Iarla O'Lionaird Soloist
Katherine Buzzard Soloist
Dvorak Carnival Overture, Op. 92
Four Sean-nós Songs Táim Sínte Ar Do Thuama ~ arr. Donnacha Dennehy
Loch Léin ~ arr. Dan Trueman
Síul a Rún ~ arr. Trueman
Táim Cortha ó Bleith im' Aonar im' Luí ~ arr. Trueman
Mahler Symphony No. 4 in G Major
Tickets: €20 / Conc. €16
A Spot of Jazz
Peter Brotzmann & Paul G Smyth, January 22nd at the NCH
This is the first in a four part series focusing on jazz pianist Paul G Smyth. Tonight’s performance brings together the Irishman and free jazz master of the saxophone and clarinet, Peter Brotzmann. Along with hearing one of the most exciting musicians working in Ireland at the moment, jazz lovers shouldn’t pass on the opportunity to witness a musician whose contribution to the genre spans four decades.
Peter Brötzmann, saxophones and clarinet
Paul G. Smyth, piano
SOLOIST OF THE MONTH
Benjamin Grosvenor, January 25th at NCH
The renowned British Pianist visits the NCH tonight to guide concert goers through this wonderful programme. Grosvenor’s ease and unique interpretations have established him as one of the recognised names in piano music of recent names.
Rameau Gavotte and Variations in A minor
Bach-Busoni Chaconne in D minor
Franck Prélude, choral et fugue
Chopin Two Mazurkas
Chopin Ballade No. 3
Granados 3 pieces from Goyescas
Tickets: €45, €40, €35, €30 (€20 Choir Balcony)
Pick of the Month
David Arnold, January 22nd at NCH
Hollywood meets Earlsfort terrace. Tonight promises to be an intimate evening with the great film composer. With the scores of five Bond movies and BBC's Sherlock under his belt (literally, to name but a few) this is not only a rare opportunity to see the composer perform alongside orchestra but if the shows début in London is anything to go by, the audience will leave with a new insight into his much loved compositions.
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Nicholas Dodd, conductor
David Arnold, piano, vocals, guitar
New Dublin Voices
Tickets: €45, €35, €20/Conc. €40.50, €31.50, €18