RTÉ Concert Orchestra October concerts 2012

In the RTÉ CO diary for October…

 Karl Jenkins conducts the Irish première of The Peacemakers

 ‘Go Compare’ tenor Wynne Evans joins Cara O’Sullivan and the RTÉ CO for an operatic and Neapolitan gala

 The orchestra continues its hugely popular film screenings with live orchestra, with the eagerly awaited second Lord of the Rings film and, for Hallowe’en, Psycho

 Please note the following changes and additions to previously issued information:

 The conductor for A Song in My Heart on 11 October will be Robert Houlihan.

 The concert originally scheduled for 25 October, You Raise Me Up: The Songs of Brendan Graham, will not now take place at this time, due to logistical issues.

 Details of conductor and choirs have been added for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on 28 October.

 The conductor for Psycho on 31 October will be Neil Thomson, not John Wilson.


Karl Jenkins conducts The Peacemakers – Irish première

RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Guest choir and guest soloists including

Lawrence Cottle Fretless bass guitar

Zands Duggan Ethnic percussion

Saturday 6 October, 8pm

National Concert Hall


Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers is a sequel to his famous The Armed Man. This powerful work for orchestra and chorus incorporates texts from some of history’s iconic figures and symbols of peace and tolerance, such as Gandhi, Mandela, Martin Luther King  and the Dalai Lama, as well as words from the Bible and the Koran. Inspirational and comforting, joyous and meditative, it ranges from the simplicity of one voice to the power and grandeur of many


Last year Karl Jenkins conducted the RTÉ CO in sold-out performances of The Armed Man. Now, having conducted the world première of The Peacemakers in Carnegie Hall in January this year and the UK première in May, the composer returns to conduct the RTÉ CO in the first Irish performance of a piece already topping the charts and likely to become another modern classic.

Tickets: €19.50–€39.50 (conc. €17.50–€35.50)
Booking: www.rte.ie/co or www.nch.ie or 01 417 0000 (no booking fee)



A Song in My Heart – An Operatic/Neapolitan Gala

Thursday 11 October, 8pm

RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Wynne Evans tenor

Cara O’Sullivan soprano

Robert Houlihan conductor

One of the UK’s most exciting tenors and one of Ireland’s most acclaimed sopranos join the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for operatic and Neapolitan favourites.

Having become a well-known face on television through the Go Compare ads, Wynne Evans was signed to a six-album deal by Warner. His début album A Song in My Heart went straight in at number one in the classical charts. Cara O’Sullivan, ‘the Irish superstar of her generation’ (The Irish Times), is a remarkable performer, combining vocal artistry and a sense of drama with great sensitivity. Both Wynne and Cara have performed on the stages of the most prestigious opera houses all over the world, and now they join forces with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for a delightful evening of operatic, musical and Neapolitan favourites.

Tickets €11–€38 (conc. €10–€34)
Booking: www.rte.ie/co or www.nch.ie or 01 417 0000 (no booking fee)


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers In Concert
Sunday 28 October, O2, Dublin, 7.30pm
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Dún Laoghaire Choral Society and Aspiro Children’s Choir
Justin Freer conductor

Following the phenomenal success of The Fellowship of the Ring last year, the full RTÉ Concert Orchestra and chorus now perform to The Two Towers, the second epic fantasy film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Beneath an immense screen, the orchestra and singers will bring Howard Shore’s music of Middle Earth to life in what promises to be another unforgettable occasion.

Early booking is advised.

Tickets: €39.50-€69.50 from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. 24 hours: 0818 719 377 www.ticketmaster.ie
Group bookings: Contact (01) 648 6029

Telephone & internet bookings subject to €1.65 s/c per ticket up to €13.10; 12.5% over €13.10 (max €6.10)/Agents €2.15




Psycho – Live!
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Neil Thomson conductor
Wednesday, 31 October, 8pm

National Concert Hall

Following sell-outs in 2010, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra is proud to present a very special Hallowe’en screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho. This cinematic masterpiece comes alive in a big-screen presentation accompanied by a live performance of Bernard Herrmann’s spine-tingling score.

Imagine the impact of the iconic shower scene on the big screen with the screeching violin music live underneath! Actress Janet Leigh claimed that she never took a shower again after making Psycho – we could see another wave of shower phobia hit Dublin after this…
Anthony Perkins is unforgettable as Norman Bates, one of cinema’s most notorious psychopaths, and the evocative black-and-white photography and all-strings score all add ot the tension, thrills and terror.

Bernard Herrmann is a film music master. As well as his close association with Hitchcock that also included the scores for North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Vertigo, his music enriched other classics from Citizen Kane to Taxi Driver.

Check into the Bates Motel this Hallowe’en for the ultimate way to experience one of the greatest thrillers of all time!

Tickets: €15–€40 (conc. €13–€36)
Booking: www.rte.ie/co or www.nch.ie or 01 417 0000 (no booking fee)