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RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2006/2007 Season

From - May 19, 2006

The 29 concerts featured in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2006/2007 Season will included works by Mahler, Handel, Shostakovitch, Elgar, Bartók and Suk, and performances by internationally renowned stars like Tasmin Little, Nicola Benedetti, Simon Trpčeski, Nikolai Demidenko and Ha-Na Chang

Highlights of the 2006/2007 season include the performance of Mahler's symphonies, Nos. 1 to 7 and No. 10, Handel's Messiah with Mozart's orchestration, the completion of the Shostakovitch symphony cycle and the celebration of Elgar's 150th birthday with a performance of the Enigma Variations and The Dream of Gerontius.

The season also includes performances of Bartók's chilling opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle and Suk's eloquent and moving Asrael symphony, Beethoven's heroic 'Emperor' Piano Concerto, Tchaikovsky's thrilling First Piano Concerto, Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and Rachmaninov's rhapsodic Second Piano Concerto.

A stunning line-up of international acclaimed classical names playing at the RTÉ NSO season include one of the world's leading violinists Tasmin Little, the phenomenal cellist Ha-Na Chang, one of the great Beethoven interpreters, John O'Connor and dazzling piano virtuous, Nikolai Demidenko.

The RTÉ NSO season will also feature world premieres of new pieces by John Buckley, Kevin O'Connell and Benjamin Dwyer commissioned by RTÉ as well as the Irish premiere of Ian Wilson's Licht/ung and music by Magnus Lindberg, Rautavaara and Sallinen.

Young Irish artists making their debuts in the RTÉ NSO are pianist Cathal Breslin, mezzo-soprano Edel O'Brien, violinist Gwendolyn Masin and pianist Peter Tuite.

Another exciting season of classic music, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2006/2007 Season has something for all music lovers.

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