Tuesday 05 February 2019

Chinese New Year Concert

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Time 7:30pm
National Concert Hall Dublin

Tickets: from €15 more info

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  • José Serebrier
    conductor
  • Gary Beecher
    piano
  • New Dublin Voices
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Programme:
  • LI HUANZHI

    Spring Festival Overture

  • ANONYMOUS

    My Motherland

  • XIAOGANG YE

    Cantonese Suite

  • XIAOGANG YE

    Starry Sky

  • XIAOGANG YE

    Winter

  • XIAOGANG YE

    Sichuan Image

Ring out the old year, cheer in the new. The Chinese New Year that is. Travel with us to the land of vast landscapes, Confucius and a musical tradition older even than your granny. And did we mention pandas? Who doesn’t like pandas?

Conductor José Serebrier, one of the most recorded classical artists in history, takes to the podium for an evening of surprises, wonders and pulse-quickening, heart-stopping emotion that showcases a meeting of East and West in tune-filled splendour.

Expect an ear-opening experience as we celebrate with two modern Chinese masters and a rousing patriotic song in an evening boasting music of enchanting colours, surging passions and exotic sounds you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

All of the pieces are love songs to the magnificence of China’s remarkable countryside, its sights and sounds. Li Huanzhi’s Spring Festival Overture sparkles with energy and is lit up by traditional Chinese instruments that will transport you across the globe to another world.

China’s most famous living composer Xiaogang Ye wrote Starry Night for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. A firework display in music, it features ‘subtle, sophisticated’ (Belfast Telegraph) Irish pianist Gary Beecher and the internationally acclaimed New Dublin Voices.

Xiaogang Ye’s Sichuan Image and Cantonese Suite pay vivid tribute to China’s most populated region and a thriving regional capital with an ancient heritage. Winter evokes the chilliest of seasons. (We’re hoping this will make Spring hurry up!)

The intoxicating My Motherland is one of China’s most popular, stirring and moving songs. Think Danny Boy for emotional impact and you won’t go far wrong.