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Tion­scadal na nAmhrán Ealaíne Gaeilge /the Ir­ish Lan­guage Art Song Pro­ject

Na­tional Con­cert Hall, Kevin Barry Recital Room, Dublin

It was quite an un­der­tak­ing. The Ir­ish Lan­guage Art Song Pro­ject dreamt up by Dáirine Ní Mheadhra and John Hess com­mis­sioned 50 songs from 17 com­posers. The songs, which are al­ready avail­able for free on­line (as record­ings and as scores) are now be­ing per­formed over three nights at the NCH. In the first con­cert, so­pra­nos Anna Devin and Daire Halpin, with John Hess at the pi­ano, per­form songs by Ana Sokolovic, Gar­rett Sholdice, Os­car Strasnoy, Ashkan Be­hzadi, Jonathan Nan­gle and Kevin O’Con­nell. Devin and Hess are joined by mezzo-so­prano Rachel Kelly in songs by Ryan Mol­loy, Linda Buck­ley, Anna Pid­gorna, An­drew Hamil­ton and Jen­nifer Wal­she in the se­cond con­cert on Wed­nes­day. And in the fi­nal con­cert, on Thurs­day, March 12th, so­prano Ma­gali Si­mard-Galdès, tenor Ga­van Ring, and pi­anist Louise Thomas, per­form songs by Deirdre Grib­bin, Ailís Ní Ríain, Ray­mond Deane, John Kin­sella and Ann Cleare.

Thurs­day 20

Si­mon Tr­pceski (pi­ano)

Na­tional Con­cert Hall, Dublin

North Mace­do­nian pi­anist Si­mon Tr­pceski is in­clud­ing some of the music of his most re­cent CD, Tales from Rus­sia, in his pro­gramme at the NCH – Prokofiev’s Tales of a Grand­mother, and an ar­range­ment of Mus­sorgsky’s Night on a Bare Moun­tain. The evening opens with Brahms (the Vari­a­tions on a theme by Robert Schu­mann) and Liszt (some of the Schu­bert-in­spired Soirées de Vi­enne), and ends with one of the pi­ano reper­toire’s great show­stop­pers, Prokofiev’s Sonata No 7.

Fri­day 21

RTÉ Na­tional Sym­phony Or­ches­tra/Nathalie Stutz­mann Na­tional Con­cert Hall, Dublin

The RTÉ NSO’s chief guest con­duc­tor Nathalie Stutz­mann re­turns for the next in­stal­ment in the or­ches­tra’s Bruck­ner series. Stutz­mann has paired Bruck­ner with Wag­ner, open­ing with the Pre­lude and Good Fri­day Music from Wag­ner’s Par­si­fal, and

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