RTÉ Concert Orchestra: September concerts

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra September season, with concerts at both the National Concert Hall and the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, features:

–       a Mooney Tunes concert, with music chosen by listeners to RTÉ Radio 1’s Mooney
–       the Lennon McCartney story told in music and words, featuring Liverpool’s own Mark McGann, 50 years since the formation of the final Beatles line-up
–       an evening of  007 themes to mark the release of the latest Bond film
–       Kim Criswell in a salute to the Golden Age of Broadway
–       a tribute to the Bee Gees in an evening of their disco classics

Full details below.

The Two of Us
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Mark McGann, Claire Martin & Joe Stilgoe
John Wilson conductor
Script by Bob Eaton and Mark McGann
Saturday 8 September, 8pm
National Concert Hall

This year marks 50years since the formation of the final line-up of the cultural phenomenon that was the Beatles. It is also Paul McCartney’s 70th birthday year. We celebrate with an evening of songs by the world’s greatest song-writing duo, linked by a script telling the Lennon McCartney story.

Joining the RTÉ Concert Orchestra under John Wilson are the remarkable young Joe Stilgoe, award-winning jazz singer Claire Martin – and of course to tell this story there had to be a true Liverpool favourite, actor and vocalist Mark McGann. Enjoy all your favourites, including Penny Lane, All You Need Is Love, Yesterday and Strawberry Fields Forever and more.

This follows the success of our John Lennon Songbook concert on 2009 – early booking advised!

Tickets: €19.50–€39.50 (conc. €17.50–€35.50)
Booking: National Concert Hall 01 417 0000/www.nch.ie or www.rte.ie/concertorchestra


The Golden Age of Broadway
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Kim Criswell vocalist
John Wilson
Thursday 13 September, 8pm
National Concert Hall

Strike Up the Band and join Kim Criswell, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and John Wilson in a dazzling celebration of the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe. Annie Get Your Gun, Anything Goes, Girl Crazy, Showboat and more…To deliver all these in the utmost style is the incomparable Kim Criswell, a terrific singer, a terrific live performer and a true successor to Ethel Merman! In demand not only on West End and Broadway stages, she has brought the house down in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the BBC Proms and all over the world.

Tickets: €11–€38 (conc. €10–€34)
Booking: National Concert Hall 01 417 0000/www.nch.ie or www.rte.ie/concertorchestra


 Mooney Tunes
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Saturday 15 September, 8pm
With presenter Derek Mooney, conductor David Brophy and very special guests

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra and RTÉ Radio 1’s Mooney Show present the PPI Award-winning Mooney Tunes – the ultimate listeners’ choice concert!

The songs and pieces in these concerts are chosen by letters sent in by Mooney listeners, making each Mooney Tunes concert a unique event, shaped by the audience. Personal stories, treasured memories, an eclectic selection of music and great performances by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and guest artists, all presented by Derek Mooney, combine to make for an atmospheric and highly enjoyable evening.

Tickets: €10–€30 (additional service charges may apply)
Booking: Ticketmaster outlets nationwide 0818 719 377 Ticketmaster.ie or in person at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre box office. Group bookings: 01 677 7770.
Telephone and internet bookings are subject to €1.50 s/c per ticket up to €12; 12.5% over €12 (max €5.95) / Agents €2.00

 Shaken Not Stirred: The Music of Bond……James Bond
Thursday 20 September, 8pm
National Concert Hall
With guest vocalists and conductor David Brophy

 When it comes to action, adventure and espionage nobody does it better than Bond. To celebrate the release of Skyfall join the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for the ultimate musical tribute to the world’s favourite secret agent. Tonight expect to be shaken not stirred with the best of the best from Bond, orchestral and vocal, with themes from Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, Licence to Kill and more. And remember you only live twice!

 Packed with Bond music like The Look of Love, Casino Royale, The World is Not Enough, Thunderball, A View to a Kill Suite, The Man with the Golden Gun, GoldenEye, For Your Eyes Only, Diamonds are Forever…

When it comes to the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and film music – Nobody Does It Better!

 Tickets: €11–€38 (conc. €10–€34)
Booking: National Concert Hall 01 417 0000/www.nch.ie or www.rte.ie/concertorchestra


You Should Be Dancing! ATribute to the Bee Gees
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Karl Harpur, Kyle Kennedy, Eoin McNamara,
Jennifer Healy, Joanna McGrath & Emma Farrell vocalists
Andy O’Callaghan conductor
28 September, 8pm
National Concert Hall

 Brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, as the Bee Gees, were one of the best-selling music acts of all time. Join the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and guest vocalists for a feelgood evening of their disco classics!

The Bee Gees had been recording successfully since the late 1960s but it was the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack that proved the turning point of their career, bringing the disco scene into the mainstream and the Bee Gees to worldwide fame. Think back to those mirror balls, medallions and melodies of the 70s with titles synonymous with popular music of that unique time. Stayin’ Alive, How Deep is Your Love, Jive Talkin’, Night Fever, If I Can’t Have You, You Should be Dancing and lots more.

So get out those long-buried platforms, brush up the afro wigs and remember…YOU SHOULD BE DANCING!

Tickets: €11–€38 (conc. €10–€34)
Booking: National Concert Hall 01 417 0000/www.nch.ie or www.rte.ie/concertorchestra