In Memoriam / In Celebration: National Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Interforma @ New Music Dublin 2022

When: Friday, April 29, 2022
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Main Stage, National Concert Hall
Tickets €24 (Reduced €12)

National Symphony Orchestra
Interforma Set – Next Set
Stefan Asbury, conductor (ONS)
Marco Blaauw, trumpet

Ensemble Interforma – Musicians from the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris
Bastien David L’impatiente (Irish premiere)
David Fennessy Panopticon (Irish premiere)

SHORT INTERVAL

National Symphony Orchestra
Louis Andriessen Anachronie I (Irish premiere)
Benjamin Dwyer In Memoriam Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (Irish premiere)
Rebecca Saunders Alba (Irish premiere)

In keeping with the Festival’s theme that we are all currently feeling and expressing multiple emotional states at the same time post-lockdown, this is a program of celebration, commemoration and everything in between.

The festivities begin with performances of Irish and French works by the Ensemble Interforma from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, conducted by Sarah Sew, who will be joined on the platform by the Ensemble Next for the Irish from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and Dance of Paris. creation of David Fennessy’s Panopticon. A performance of L’impatiente by David Bastien with musicians from both institutions marks yet another strategic partnership between the two organizations under the joint Ireland-France action plan signed in August 2021 during President Macron’s visit to Ireland .

After a short break, the stage is then taken over by the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Stefan Asbury. In the orchestra program we commemorate the passing of Louis Andriessen in 2021, a man who was a great friend to many, played a key role in the early days of Crash Ensemble and was one of the Dutch composers most influential of the 20th and 21st centuries. We play one of his earliest – and at the time highly controversial – works to recall and celebrate his inextinguishably iconoclastic, energetic and mischievous spirit. Next comes the long-awaited premiere of a new work by Irish composer – and iconoclast in his own right – Benjamin Dwyer. The program concludes with the Irish premiere of Rebecca Saunders’ contemporary masterpiece Alba, a trumpet concerto written to be performed by another great friend of many: Marco Blaauw, who will be fondly remembered by Dublin audiences. for his appearance with the German contemporary music ensemble MusikFabrik performing the music of Frank Zappa as part of the 2018 NMD festival “Defrosted”.

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