From 2 to 4 March at the NCH, New Music Dublin is a major partnership initiative between RTÉ, the National Concert Hall and The Arts Council showcasing great international and Irish new music and music-making.
This year’s festival , planned with internationally-acclaimed composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Adès, which takes place between Thursday 2 and Saturday 4 March 2017, will see Adès conduct the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for the Irish concert-performance premiere of a new opera by Gerald Barry, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, recently co-commissioned by the Barbican, Britten Sinfonia and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Thomas Adès speaking about the festival said:
“I am delighted to be working with Gerald Barry, a long-time collaborator and friend, on devising what I think is an exciting programme of music for New Music Dublin 2017. Aware of the wealth of musical talent that exists in Ireland I am very much looking forward to returning to Dublin to collaborate and perform with such accomplished composers, ensembles, orchestras and performers. This year’s festival has a largely vocal and operatic theme and I am particularly pleased to be conducting the Irish premiere of Barry’s new opera, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.”
In a particular highlight for lovers of great singing, Adès will also conduct the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for the Irish premiere of his epic vocal masterpiece Totentanz with international operatic superstars: the charismatic baritone Simon Keenlyside (who has just finished playing Don Giovanni at the Met in New York), and celebrated Dutch mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn.
In addition, Adès will perform as pianist in an evening of instrumental music with Ireland's leading new music ensemble, Crash Ensemble, with a programme that includes Gerald Barry’s Lisbon and Adès’ Living Toys, conducted by long-time Adès collaborator, conductor Timothy Redmond.
The festival also sees three world premieres: Jerk by Stephen Gardner and two new RTÉ commissions, a new orchestral work by Ed Bennett (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra) and Four Lines of Music Slow Down and Eventually Stop by Seán Clancy (RTÉ Contempo Quartet).Works by composers Karen Power, Yoko Ono and Cat Lam will also be featured in performances by Quiet Music Ensemble.
2017 will see the introduction of a New Music Dublin Festival Club with a number of informal performances, by Crash Ensemble and Kirkos, and an evening curated by Dublin’s premiere salon series, Kaleidoscope. A number of concerts will be broadcast live by RTÉ lyric fm, and the ‘hugely-successful and much praised’ (The Irish Times) one-on-one concerts return as Tiny Portraits in Tiny Rooms, performed by Crash Ensemble, where audiences, including families and children, will be invited to follow a trail around the National Concert Hall, leading to performances in hidden rooms. (All activities on the afternoon of Saturday 4th of March will be free and open to the public.)
The festival also offers singers and audiences the opportunity to take part in and observe vocal masterclasses led by international stars Simon Keenlyside and Christianne Stotijn, presented in association with Opera Theatre Company.
For more information and booking see here