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MICHAEL DERVAN Wed­nes­day 29

Cam­er­ata Ire­land/Barry Dou­glas Na­tional Con­cert Hall, Dublin

The early all-Beethoven con­certs in Dublin in this an­niver­sary year are all pick­ing low-hang­ing fruit. The choice of Barry Dou­glas with his Cam­er­ata Ire­land or­ches­tra falls on the Co­ri­olan Over­ture, and two piano con­cer­tos, the First and the Fifth (the Em­peror), with Dou­glas him­self as soloist.

Fri­day 31

RTÉ Na­tional Sym­phony Or­ches­tra/Leonard Slatkin Na­tional Con­cert Hall, Dublin

The RTÉ NSO is join­ing in the Beethoven an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions with an all-Beethoven over­ture/con­certo/sym­phony pro­gramme con­ducted by the ven­er­a­ble Leonard Slatkin. Amer­i­can vi­o­lin­ist Ste­fan Jackiw is the soloist in the Vi­o­lin Con­certo. The con­cert, which starts at 7.30pm, opens with the Con­se­cra­tion of the House Over­ture and ends with the Seventh Sym­phony.

Ul­ster Or­ches­tra/Gem­maNew Ul­ster Hall, Belfast

Belfast con­trasts with Dublin this week through the Ul­ster Or­ches­tra’s Ul­ster Hall con­cert be­ing a Beethoven-free zone. Belfast au­di­ences, how­ever, will get a chance to hear New Zealand

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