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Media Release 18 November 2016

New Music Dublin Festival 2017 Announced with Thomas Adès and Gerald Barry at the helm

Full Programme Schedule

Highlights:

  • Irish premieres of Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground and Lisbon

  • Irish premieres of Adès’ Totentanz and Living Toys

  • Gerald Barry and Thomas Adès to perform piano duets in opening concert

  • Three international operatic superstars perform with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: Simon Keenlyside, Christianne Stotijn and Barbara Hannigan

  • Three world premieres: Ed Bennett, New Work; Seán Clancy, Four Lines of Music Slow Down and Eventually Stop; and Stephen Gardner’s Jerk

  • New Music Dublin Festival Club – informal performances by Crash Ensemble and Kirkos and an evening curated by Kaleidoscope, featuring works by Irish composers and the premiere of Streets Become Liars by Christopher Mayo

  • Tiny Portraits in Tiny Rooms – Crash Ensemble trail in various rooms around the National Concert Hall

  • Masterclasses led by Simon Keenlyside and Christianne Stotijn


The National Concert Hall is delighted to announce the programme for New Music Dublin 2017: a partnership between RTÉ, the National Concert Hall and The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Planned in consultation with internationally-acclaimed composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Adès, the vibrant festival, which takes place between Thursday 2nd and Saturday 4th March 2017, will see Adès conduct the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for the Irish concert-performance premiere of a new opera by Gerald Barry, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, recently co-commissioned by the Barbican, Britten Sinfonia and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Thomas Adès speaking about the festival said:
“I am delighted to be working with Gerald Barry, a long-time collaborator and friend, on devising what I think is an exciting programme of music for New Music Dublin 2017. Aware of the wealth of musical talent that exists in Ireland I am very much looking forward to returning to Dublin to collaborate and perform with such accomplished composers, ensembles, orchestras and performers. This year’s festival has a largely vocal and operatic theme and I am particularly pleased to be conducting the Irish premiere of Barry’s new opera, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.”

Adès will also conduct the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for the Irish premiere of his epic vocal masterpiece Totentanz and Barry’s one-woman comic opera La Plus Forte with international operatic superstars: the charismatic baritone Simon Keenlyside (who has just finished playing Don Giovanni at the Met in New York), celebrated Dutch mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and one of the world’s leading performers of contemporary opera, soprano Barbara Hannigan.

In addition, Adès will perform as pianist in an evening of instrumental music with Ireland's leading new music ensemble, Crash Ensemble, with a programme that includes Gerald Barry’s Lisbon and Adès’ Living Toys, conducted by long-time Adès collaborator, conductor Timothy Redmond.

The festival also sees three world premieres: Jerk by Stephen Gardner and two new RTÉ commissions, a new orchestral work by Ed Bennett (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra) and Four Lines of Music Slow Down and Eventually Stop by Seán Clancy (RTÉ Contempo Quartet).

Works by composers Karen Power, Yoko Ono and Cat Lam will also be featured in performances by Quiet Music Ensemble.

2017 will see the introduction of a New Music Dublin Festival Club with a number of informal performances, by Crash Ensemble and Kirkos, and an evening curated by Dublin’s premiere salon series, Kaleidoscope. A number of concerts will be broadcast live by RTÉ lyric fm.

The ‘hugely-successful and much praised’ (The Irish Times) one-on-one concerts return as Tiny Portraits in Tiny Rooms, performed by Crash Ensemble, where audiences, including families and children, will be invited to follow a trail around the National Concert Hall, leading to performances in hidden rooms. (All activities on the afternoon of Saturday 4th of March will be free and open to the public.)

The festival also offers the opportunity to take part in and observe vocal masterclasses led by both Simon Keenlyside and Christianne Stotijn, presented in association with Opera Theatre Company.

Designed to attract the culturally curious, it is hoped that the festival club and Tiny Portraits in Tiny Rooms would encourage audiences to explore all that is on offer as part of New Music Dublin 2017.

New Music Dublin 2017 is a partnership initiative of RTÉ, the National Concert Hall and The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

ENDS
For further information please contact: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 417 0057 / 087 1775334

New Music Dublin 2017 Programme Schedule

Thursday 2nd March 2017 at 15.00
National Concert Hall Dublin, Kevin Barry Recital Room

Vocal masterclasses led by Simon Keenlyside and Christianne Stotijn, presented in association with Opera Theatre Company.

Tickets: Free for participants. €10 for observers (limited capacity, advance booking required)

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Thursday 2nd March 2017 at 19.30
National Concert Hall Dublin, Main Auditorium
Gerald Barry, Thomas Adès piano
Crash Ensemble
Timothy Redmond conductor

BARRY, Gerald Five Chorales from The Intelligence Park [Barry/Adès Piano Duet]
ADÈS, Thomas Mazurkas
BARRY, Gerald Octet
BARRY, Gerald Lisbon [Irish Premiere]
GARDNER, Stephen Jerk [World Premiere]
ADÈS, Thomas Living Toys [Irish Premiere]

Tickets: €35, €29.50, €23.50, €15

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Friday 3rd March 2017 at 13.00
National Concert Hall Dublin, John Field Room
Michelle O’Rourke, soprano
Michael McHale, piano

Programme to include music by Linda Buckley and the world premiere of a set of songs for solo voice by Andrew Hamilton.

Tickets: €10

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Friday 3rd March 2017 at 19.30
National Concert Hall Dublin, Main Auditorium
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Adès
conductor
Barbara Hannigan soprano
Simon Keenlyside baritone
Christianne Stotijn mezzo-soprano

BENNETT, Ed New Work, RTÉ commission [World Premiere]
BARRY, Gerald La Plus Forte
ADÈS, Thomas Totentanz [Irish Premiere]

Tickets: €35, €29.50, €23.50, €15

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Saturday 4th March 2017 at 13.00
National Concert Hall Dublin, Kevin Barry Recital Room
RTÉ Contempo Quartet
Hugh Tinney
piano

CLANCY, Seán Four Lines of Music Slow Down and Eventually Stop, RTÉ commission
[World Premiere]
BUCKLEY, Linda Haza
ADÈS, Thomas Piano Quintet

Tickets: €10

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Saturday 4th March 2017 at 14.30
Various rooms, National Concert Hall Dublin
Tiny Portraits in Tiny Rooms
Performances featuring pieces by composers: Ivan Fedele, Ondřej Adámek, Unsuk Chin and Kaija Saariaho.

Ivan Fedele High ‘in memoriam Miles Davis’
  Electra Glide
Ondřej Adámek Chamber Noise
        Un Souffle, une Ombre, un Rien
Unsuk Chin Alice in Wonderland: Advice from a caterpillar
 Allegro ma non troppo
Kaija Saariaho Dolce Tormento
      Jardin Secret I


Tickets: Free and open to the public

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Saturday 4th March 2017 at 15.00, 16.00, 17.00
National Concert Hall Dublin, Studio Space
Performances by Quiet Music Ensemble featuring pieces by composers Karen Power, Yoko Ono and Cat Lam.

POWER, Karen Instruments of Ice [Dublin Premiere]
IDDON, Martin in’ei
ONO, Yoko Secret Piece [Dublin Premiere]
GODFREY, John unnamed piece [Dublin Premiere]
LAM, Cat line/shadow [Dublin Premiere]

Tickets: Free and open to the public

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Saturday 4th March 2017 at 19.30
National Concert Hall Dublin, Main Auditorium
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Thomas Adès
conductor
Cast: Claudia Boyle, Clare Presland, Hilary Summers, Joshua Bloom, Peter Tantsits, Daniel Norman and Stephen Richardson.

BARRY, Gerald Alice’s Adventures Under Ground (concert performance) [Irish premiere]

Tickets: €35, €29.50, €23.50, €15

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FESTIVAL CLUB
The Studio, with bar in Carolan Room at the National Concert Hall
Thursday 2nd – Saturday 4th March 2017 c. 21.45
One performance each evening after the main auditorium concert: one by Kirkos, one by Crash Ensemble, and one by Kaleidoscope.
(Festival Club open to ticket holders for evening Main Auditorium events.)

TICKETS ON SALE: FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER 10AM

Festival Package Ticket Offer: Book tickets to the three evening concerts in the Main Auditorium and receive a 15% discount. National Concert Hall Box Office Tel: 01 417 00 00 www.nch.ie