Date: Thursday, 14th September 2017
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Tickets on sale Thursday 3rd August at 12pm.
Sounds From a Safe Harbour Festival and Cork Opera House present
with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
and Aaron Dessner
Conducted by Andre de Ridder
Following the first performance of At Swim at Sounds from a Safe Harbour in 2015, SFSH17 and Cork Opera House are thrilled to present Lisa Hannigan with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and special guest Aaron Dessner, conducted by Andre de Ridder.
Performing arrangements by Bryce Dessner, Andre de Ridder, Cormac Curran, Timo Andres and more, Lisa Hannigan will be presented with the voluptuous embrace of our National orchestra in the beautiful setting of Cork Opera House.
Cork Opera House are delighted to be the venue to host the opening event of SFSH17. As a stand-alone show, this is already going to be one of the highlights of the year, and as part of the second SFSH Festival, it brings a wonderful continuity from the work begun in 2015.
We are thrilled to be hosting this calibre of artist, and to be working again with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. It is an honour to be a part of the journey that SFSH Festival is bringing these artists on.
The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra plays a central role in classical music in Ireland through year-long programmes of live performances, schools and educational projects, a mentoring scheme for young musicians, broadcasts on RTÉ and internationally through the European Broadcasting Union, recordings and new commissions. It has been critically acclaimed for its recordings across a variety of labels including Naxos, Claves and RTÉ lyric fm.
Highlights of the 2017–2018 season at the National Concert Hall will include five concerts with its new Principal Guest Conductor, Nathalie Stutzmann, a major international figure in her parallel careers as both contralto and conductor. Highlights of Nathalie’s first season will include Beethoven symphonies One, Five and the ‘Choral’ Ninth, the Mozart Requiem with Irish singers Máire Flavin and Robin Tritschler amongst the soloists, and Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the major international cellist Alban Gerhardt as soloist. Major names featuring throughout the season include conductors Joshua Weilerstein, Harry Bicket and violinist and conductor Nilolaj Znaider; Carlos Kalmar conducting the phenomenal singer and Pink Martini solo artist Storm Large in Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins; Leonard Bernstein celebrations (Chichester Psalms with Joana Carneiro conducting the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and Alexander Shelley conducting the Overture to West Side Story and Prelude, Fugue and Riffs as part of an all-American evening); a host of international artists including Alexander Toradze performing Shostakovich’s second piano concerto, Khatia Buniatishvili performing Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto and Alexander Bernstein and Fiachra Garvey in Poulenc’s Double piano concerto; a new Concerto for Organ by Gerald Barry, RTÉ’s Composer-in-Residence; and a first performance of the complete Piano Concerto by Deirdre Gribbin, The Binding of the Years with Finghin Collins as soloist.