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International Concert Series 2017/2018

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla | The Tallis Scholars | London Symphony Orchestra | Sir Simon Rattle | City of London Sinfonia | mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená | pianist Daniil Trifonov | Academy of St. Martin in the Fields | violinist Joshua Bell | Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir | Czech Philharmonic | cellist Alisa Weilerstein | Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra | tenor Javier Camarena | pianist Barry Douglas  |  Vox Luminus | violinist Maxim Vengerov

The National Concert Hall’s International Concert Series features some of the world’s most remarkable artists, orchestras, ensembles, soloists and conductors performing for Irish audiences over the ‘17/’18 season.

Following in the footsteps of Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director and Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the exciting Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla leads this great orchestra in the opening concert of the ‘17/’18 season with soloist Gautier Capuçon playing Elgar’s deeply moving Cello Concerto in E minor. Sir Simon Rattle himself, dubbed ‘Britain’s most celebrated living conductor’ by The Financial Times returns with ‘one of the top five orchestras in the world’ (Gramophone); the London Symphony Orchestra to perform Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 9. Another fine London based ensemble the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, perform new and popular works including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with ‘the poet of the violin’ Joshua Bell as soloist and director. The Czech Philharmonic with Jiří Bélohlávek perform two concerts, the first  featuring music by Dvořák, including his New World Symphony and the much-loved Cello Concerto performed by Alisa Weilerstein and the second devoted to a rare, complete performance of Smetana’s Vlast. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under its dynamic conductor Kirill Karabits celebrates its 125th Anniversary by paying homage to Elgar (In the South), Walton (Symphony No.1), and Tchaikovsky (the ever-popular Piano Concerto No. 1  with soloist Simon Trpčeski). The City of London Sinfonia under Michael Collins perform a programme of 19th century romantic music by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schumann with Irish pianist Michael McHale. Violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov plays Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Saint-Saens with the Würth Philharmonic.

Choral fans can look forward to the return of The Tallis Scholars with conductor Peter Philips to perform a uniquely themed programme inspired by the Sistine Chapel in Rome – and also the 40 part motet by Thomas Tallis for which they will be joined by 30 Irish singers. Celebrating the glories of the English renaissance is Vox Luminis, making its International Concert Series debut with music director Lionel Meunier and The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir perform works by Estonia’s greatest composer Arvo Pärt.

Two winners of the world’s top piano competition, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Prize are featured in the upcoming season; Daniil Trifonov (who won in 2011) and Barry Douglas (who won in 1986). Barry performs alongside the Borodin Quartet playing works by Brahms. Marking 30 years since winning Dublin’s International Piano Competition is Philippe Cassard, performing a centenary tribute to his compatriot Debussy.

The National Concert Hall’s International Concert Series 2017/2018 is supported by The Irish Times, as print media partner.

View a digital copy of the International Concert Series Brochure 2017/2018

On Sale Dates

Patrons, Supporting Friends & Season Friends

Full Season Subscription - Wednesday 12th April, 10am
Choose your Own Package - Wednesday 19th April, 10am
Individual Tickets - Wednesday 26th April, 10am


Full Season Subscription - Thursday 13th April, 10am
Choose your Own Package - Thursday 20th April, 10am
Individual Tickets - Thursday 27th April, 10am

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Full Season Subscription - n/a
Choose your Own Package - Monday 24th April, 10am
Individual Tickets - Friday 28th April, 10am

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