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Artists-in-Residence

Artists-in-Residence

For the first time in the season, we are thrilled to welcome new Artists-in-Residence – renowned American musician and composer Bryce Dessner (of The National) and celebrated Irish opera star Tara Erraught  - who will each work with the National Symphony Orchestra to bring their talent and experience to bear in a number of orchestral concerts and events. This year, we also welcome Jessie Grimes as our Learning & Participation Artist-in-Residence.

In the first of two concerts with the NSO, Bryce Dessner presents the Irish Premiere of Mari and his Violin Concerto, written for a ‘fantastically exciting violinist’ Pekka Kuusisto. The second features Dessner in performance alongside David Chalmin (guitars) sharing a stage with the NSO for his piece St. Carolyn by the Sea, followed by the Irish premiere of his Concerto for Two Pianos performed by siblings Katia and Marielle Labèque and Stravinsky’s Petrushka A post-concert discussion featuring Bryce Dessner and musicians will follow both performances, led by RTÉ broadcaster John Kelly.  
 
Tara Erraught will take centre stage in two unique concert performances with the NSO, one featuring great works by Haydn and Mozart led by conductor and harpsichordist Lawrence Cummings, the other, popular opera arias by Puccini, Donizetti, Rossini and more under the baton of Clelia Cafiero.

In an exciting new development Tara will also spearhead a week-long professional development programme Celebrating the Voice, featuring masterclasses led by Tara with pianists Morgane Fauchois-Prado and Dearbhla Collins and the NSO, as well as a high-ranking panel of international experts to lead a number of seminars (10-14 February ‘25). They include vocal health expert and New York based Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, Paul Kwack (who works regularly with the Metropolitan Opera); panel discussions with Alexander Neef, Director of Opéra de Paris, Andreas Massow, Senior Artist Manager and former Casting Director at Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich as well as Q&As led by RTÉ Lyric FM’s Liz Nolan

As the NCH’s Learning and Participation Artist-in-Residence, Jessie Grimes will present and lead a suite of family friendly concerts with the NSO that include popular screenings of classic children’s stories by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, and Roald Dahl namely Stick Man and The Snail and the Whale and Revolting Rhymes. The ASD friendly Symphony Shorts concerts continue featuring Beethoven’s heroic Symphony No. 5 and Berlioz’s rousing Symphony fantastique.  The ever-popular Music in the Classroom concerts continue with music from the school curriculum for the Leaving Certificate, Junior Cycle and a programme suitable for Primary School children Musical Adventures.

Spotlight on Bryce Dessner

Straddling the worlds of rock music, classical music and film, Bryce Dessner is the very model of a modern major composer. 

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Spotlight on Tara Erraught

Hailed as 'one of opera's chosen' (Arts Desk) and 'the new bel canto queen' (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Tara Erraught is a mezzo-soprano at the very top of her game

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Spotlight on Jessie Grimes

Jessie Grimes is many things; a musician, presenter, teacher, workshop leader, all-round enthusiast for music-making, and now Artist-in-Residence with the NCH Learning & Participation Programme

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Performances by NCH Artists-in-Residence

Family Concert: Symphony Shorts Beethoven

Family Events

Family Concert: Symphony Shorts Beethoven

Saturday 19 Oct 2024 12:30PM

Tara Erraught & Lawrence Cummings

Artist-In-Residence

Tara Erraught & Lawrence Cummings

Friday 1 Nov 2024 7:30PM

Pekka Kuusisto & André de Ridder

Artist-In-Residence

Pekka Kuusisto & André de Ridder

Friday 15 Nov 2024 7:30PM

Music in the Classroom: Leaving Certificate Music Guide

Education

Music in the Classroom: Leaving Certificate Music Guide

Tuesday 3 Dec 2024 (MULTIPLE PERFORMANCES)

Celebrating the Voice: Song Recital

Artist-In-Residence

Celebrating the Voice: Song Recital

Friday 14 Feb 2025 1:05PM

Celebrating the Voice: Opera Gala

Artist-In-Residence

Celebrating the Voice: Opera Gala

Friday 14 Feb 2025 7:30PM

Family Concert: Symphony Shorts Berlioz

Family Events

Family Concert: Symphony Shorts Berlioz

Saturday 29 Mar 2025 12:30PM

Bryce Dessner - Artist in Residence

Artist-In-Residence

Bryce Dessner - Artist in Residence

Friday 11 Apr 2025 7:30PM

Artist in Residence: Tara Erraught

Artist-In-Residence

Artist in Residence: Tara Erraught

Friday 2 May 2025 7:30PM