Friday 08 February 2019

The Wild West

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Time 7:30pm
National Concert Hall Dublin

Tickets: more info

BOOK NOW
FEATURING
  • Sarah Hicks
    conductor
  • WITH GUEST SINGERS INCLUDING
  • Peter Auty
    tenor
EVENT INFO
Programme:
  • JOHN WILLIAMS

    The Cowboys Overture / 10’

  • COPLAND ’

    Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo / 18

  • GROFÉ

    Excerpts from Grand Canyon Suite / 15’

  • PUCCINI

    Excerpts from La fanciulla del West / 45

Yee haw! Stetsons, spurs and six-shooters at the ready as we thunder into the Wild West for an evening of bronco-busting buckaroo bravado, and love and desire during the Gold Rush. Heck, we’ll even throw in a tour of the Grand Canyon!

American Sarah Hicks – ‘a conductor ready for anything’ (San Francisco Classical Voice) – takes the reins of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for a rip-roaring, hold-on-to-your-saddles celebration of cowboys and cowgals.

Cinema giant John Williams serves up a slice of western grit and glamour in his stirring Overture to The Cowboys, a rollicking cattle drive full of action and adventure. Aaron Copland’s colourful Rodeo is ballet music like you’ve never heard it: borrowing from American folk tunes, it’s as thrilling as a stallion at full gallop.

Ferde Grofé’s panoramic portrait of the Grand Canyon is a masterpiece of 20th-century American music that makes imaginative use of a symphony orchestra’s rich resources. It’s an Instagram feed in music: a picture-postcard packed with vivid images and that ends with a cloudburst of torrential ferocity.

There’s gold in them thar hills (as cowboys – let’s be honest – probably never said) and musical jewels aplenty in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, a rapturous tale of love and greed during the fabled Californian Gold Rush with a rich lyrical seam from one of opera’s greatest and most emotional composers.