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RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Season 19/20

September to May

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The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra announced its 2019-2020 season, 43 performances between September 2019 and May 2020 at the National Concert Hall and the first with the orchestra’s new Chief Conductor, the Spanish conductor Jaime Martín. 
Concerts range from large scale symphonic and choral works to movie screenings in concert, education concerts for primary and second-level students and popular contemporary concerts with major Irish and international artists and rising stars.

Announcing the season, the orchestra’s General Manager Anthony Long said: ‘In putting this season together we were mindful of providing our audiences with a broad range of concert experiences from epic Stravinsky and Ravel through to Bach, Mozart and Beethoven with an emphasis also on wider tastes extending to movies and popular contemporary music. It is a great pleasure to launch this season with our new Chief Conductor Jaime Martín in place and to continue our relationship with Principal Guest Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann. It is particularly pleasing to engage artists of the calibre of Viktoria Mullova, Maxim Vengerov, Julia Bullock and Leonard Slatkin whilst also focusing on new generation young artists such as Daniel Lozakovich, Ellinor D’Melon and Daniel Kharitonov.’ 

Alongside six concerts with the orchestra’s Chief Conductor Jaime Martín and four concerts with Principal Guest Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann are appearances by international artists including Leonard Slatkin (two performances), Maxim Vengerov, Julia Bullock, Viktoria Mullova, Robert Trevino, Diego Matheuz, JoAnn Falletta, Anja Bihlmaier, Mikhail Jurowski, Christian Reif, David Brophy (two performances), Brian Byrne, Mary Black, Rita Connolly, Anna Devin, Fiachra Garvey, Ailish Tynan and Gavan Ring.

Jaime Martín includes symphonies by Mahler (No. 3) and Shostakovich (No. 10), concertos by Prokofiev (with Viktoria Mullova) and Rachmaninov (Piano Concerto No. 3 with Denis Kozhukhin), Ravel’s ballet, Daphnis et Chloé (complete with chorus) as well as works by Irish composers Elaine Agnew (Make A Wish) and Ian Wilson (Man-o’-War). 

Principal Guest Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann will include works by Beethoven (Piano Concerto No. 4 with Boris Giltburg), Bruckner (Symphony No. 7), Bruch (Violin Concerto with Daniel Lozakovich), Richard Strauss (Also sprach Zarathustra) and Wagner (Prelude and Good Friday music from Parsifal).

Leonard Slatkin returns for two performances following his first collaboration with the orchestra in May. In September he will include his own, ‘Kinah’, an elegy to his late parents, and the Barber Piano Concerto (with Xiayin Wang). In January, he will mark Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year with an all-Beethoven programme including the Violin Concerto (with Stefan Jackiw) and the Seventh Symphony.

Other highlights include the Brahms Violin Concerto with Maxim Vengerov and David Brophy; Britten’s Les Illuminations with Julia Bullock and Christian Reif; Schumann’s Violin Concerto with Alena Baeva and Diego Matheuz; Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Fiachra Garvey, piano; Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 with Eugene Tzigane; Bruckner Symphony No. 8 with Robert Trevino; the world premiere of John Kinsella’s Symphony No. 11 with Jean Deroyer; and the Irish premiere of Albert Schnelzer’s Burn My Letters, a co-commission from Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Chief Conductor Jaime Martín.

Choral works feature the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with Robert Trevino and soloists; in Stanford’s Requiem with Gerhard Markson and an all-Irish quartet of soloists; Chamber Choir Ireland features in Bach’s St John Passion on Good Friday with soloists including the Irish soprano Anna Devin.

In addition to the symphonic concerts, a new work by Shaun Davey for uilleann pipes and orchestra and dedicated to the memory of Liam O’Flynn; Brian Byrne teams up with Mary Black on St Patrick’s Day, and movies screenings in concert of Apollo 13 and The Wizard of Oz.

Education concerts for primary and second level students return as part of the orchestra’s Music in the Classroom programme. The internationally praised music educationalist and horn player Tom Redmond will lead and present Musical Adventures, for children aged 8-12, and Junior and Leaving Certificate Music Guides.

All symphonic concerts will be broadcast live by RTÉ lyric fm.

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