Travel Writing by Cory Hanson

RTE National Symphony Orchestra Horizons Series


Each year, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra teams up with the Contemporary Music Centre to showcase the talents of contemporary Irish composers north and south. Called the Horizons Series, this month-long event features four absolutely free lunchtime concerts at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Each concert begins with a public interview with the composer followed by a performance of the National Symphony Orchestra. The program of each concert is selected by the guest composer, and always features a world premiere performance of a newly-commissioned work.

The interviews and concert are recorded and broadcast on RTE Lyric FM, the classical and jazz station of Ireland’s government-run radio and television company.

Last year, I attended all four fantastic events and wrote long recaps of each on my personal blog.

Concert 1
Concert 2
Concert 3
Concert 4

The schedule of the 2015 series follows:

Tuesday, 13 January – “Life is a Wave” featuring guest composer Grainne Mulvey
Tuesday, 20 January – “Hidden Visions” featuring guest composer David Coonan
Tuesday, 27 January – “Piano Centre Stage” featuring guest composer Philip Hammond
Tuesday, 3 February – “Mirrors of Light” featuring guest composer John Buckley

Composer in conversation begins at 12:30 p.m., concert begins at 1:05 p.m. on each day.

Composer interviews and concerts are all free, but advance online booking is required from the National Concert Hall.

If all goes according to plan, I’ll be attending all four events. Who would pass up this incredible opportunity to support local artistic talent — for free?

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