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The best classical music concerts in Ireland this week

Giya Kancheli miniatures get an airing while Karen Ní Bhroin makes her RTÉ NSO debut

Karen Ní Bhroin, who will make her debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday.

FRIDAY


Julian Milkis, Anna Kiselyova
John Field Room, NCH, Dublin, 1.05pm, €15 nch.ie, julianmilkis.com/contact
Russian-born clarinettist Julian Milkis, now a Canadian citizen, comes to the National Concert Hall’s John Field Room to give the first Dublin performance of a set of miniatures by the doyen of Georgian composers, Giya Kancheli. The miniatures, 18 in all, were originally for violin and piano, and are taken from music Kancheli wrote for films or theatre productions. Milkis, who lays claim to being “the only student of clarinet icon Benny Goodman”, will be partnered by the Dublin-based Ukrainian pianist Anna Kiselyova.

RTÉ NSO/Gergely Madaras
NCH, Dublin, 8pm, €15-€35/€13.50-€31.50, nch.ie
The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s mostly Nordic programme brings together musical perspectives from Finland (Sibelius’s Finlandia and Swan of Tuonela), Norway (Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No 1), and Denmark (Goodnight Polka, Champagne Galop and Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop by Hans Christian Lumbye, a northern challenger to the popular dances written by members of the Strauss family in Vienna). Added to this is a German perspective on Scotland through Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, where the violin soloist will be the orchestra’s co-leader Elaine Clark. Holding everything together is the Hungarian conductor Gergely Madaras.

TUESDAY


RTÉ NSO/Karen Ní Bhroin
NCH, Dublin, 1.05pm, €12, nch.ie
German and English composers are the choices of Co Wexford conductor Karen Ní Bhroin for her debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Ní Bhroin, the national broadcaster’s conductor-in-training, has chosen well-known works by Mendelssohn, his youthful Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture, and Wagner, his Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, for the performance. The English works are less often heard: Delius’s Summer Evening, and three dances from incidental music Edward German wrote in 1892 for Henry Irving’s production of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII.