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National Symphony Orchestra with Adrian Mantu

Cellissimo: The Journey Begins

Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 7:30 pm


National Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor
Alban Gerhardt, cello
Jakob Koranyi, cello
Finghin Collins, piano
Mary Robinson, speaker


DJURO ZIVKOVIC Cello and piano concerto
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello concerto No. 2
MENDELSSOHN Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage 


Join the National Symphony Orchestra and a star-studded cast for the opening concert of Cellissimo 2024 in Leisureland, a concert which also sits at the heart of the Songs of Travel strand. The outstanding German cellist Alban Gerhardt will interpret Shostakovich’s momentous Second Cello Concerto and we will also hear the world premiere of a brand-new concerto by Djuro Zivkovic for cello, piano and orchestra, performed by Swedish cellist Jakob Koranyi and our very own artistic director Finghin Collins. Former President of Ireland and Chair of the Elders Mary Robinson will give an address on climate justice while conductor Martyn Brabbins will wrap up proceedings with Mendelssohn’s “Calm Seas and Prosperous Voyage”.



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