World’s Favourite Conductor and Orchestra: On Saturday 25th November, The National Concert Hall will become the musical playground of JoAnn Falletta and the RTE Concert Orchestra, who in 2015 were voted world’s favourite conductor and world’s favourite orchestra in the music poll. The RTE Concert Orchestra beat distinguished competition such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, due to their connection with the audience and warmth onstage. JoAnn Falletta is an example of a woman with extraordinary talent and breaking the gender norm of male conductors, by becoming the first female conductor to lead an established American Orchestra.

Joining them is Craig Ogden, an Australian guitarist who will perform as soloist for the renowned Rodrigo guitar concerto.Ogden is extremely successful with five no.1 albums in the UK Classic chart. Together these superb artists will perform ‘Viva Espana’, with a bill of feisty, passionate latin classics including the ‘Concerto de Aranjuez’ and the ‘Three cornered hat suite No.2 ’. Tickets €15-€45.

Met Opera: The Lighthouse Cinema will be playing a live stream of the Met Opera’s performance of ‘The Exterminating Angel’ in New York. This tale, adapted from the film of the same name  focuses on the bourgeoisie lifestyle, and a dinner party from which nobody can escape. Conducted by Thomas Ades who composed the Mets ‘The Tempest’, this is sure to be a world class debut . The exterminating angel will be shown on Saturday the 18th of November. Tickets €12-€24.

Art in Mind : Scientist and artist Niamh Shaw will host an evening of discussion , explaining the relationship between science and art , the impact art has on us and what makes us love specific types of art. The wonderful panel for the evening includes Daniel Glaser, the director of the Science Gallery in London and Gillian Murphy,an applied psychology lecturer.The talk will take place on Friday November 17th in the National Gallery of Ireland. Entry is free.

George Orwell 1984: Mark Sweetnam, Assistant professor of English  at Trinity College will discuss George Orwell’s hugely successful dystopian novel, ‘1984’. Sweetnam will give an introduction to the author’s work, suitable for those who have no background in English or indeed those who have a good background and interest in the subject. This discussion will take place in the Edmund Burke Theatre in Trinity College on Tuesday 21st November. Tickets €7.

Run in the Dark : Run in The Dark is returning to Dublin on Tuesday November 14th. Run in the Dark is always a hugely popular annual event in aid of paralysis research. Described as a ‘living light show’, this is a great opportunity to gather your friends and flashing armbands in aid of a great cause. Choose between 5k or 10k starting from the Custom House Quay at 8pm, where you can take it at your own pace. Tickets €30.

Holly Lloyd – Arts & Events Editor