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Dublin — By Jessica Colley on March 22, 2010 at 7:45 pm
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Music In Pubs and Beyond

The sounds of Ireland are almost just as important as the sights. During any trip to Ireland – try and squeeze in some music to your itinerary.

Tonight, I’m going to the National Concert Hall. Many visitors don’t even think about getting tickets because they hear ’symphony’ and think ‘expensive’. There are expensive tickets to the NCH – but there are some affordable ones as well. Some of the best tickets in the house (in my opinion) are in the choir balcony, behind the orchestra. If you have any interest in instruments and watching the musicians closely, these are the seats to go for! And bonus – they’re only 15 euro. The only catch is that the choir balcony is unreserved, so you’ll want to arrive early to get a good view.

The variety at the National Concert Hall is outstanding – I’ve seen everything from Katherine Jenkins performing in a dizzying range of princess-like dresses to the music of movie-soundtrack legend John Williams (think Jaws, Indiana Jones, and Schlinder’s List) to pure classical evenings. Tonight’s event is in aid of the recent tragedy in Haiti – a very good cause to shell out the price of a ticket. Music by Copland, Verdi, and Mozart promises to be a lovely evening.

Beyond the Concert Hall – there is music throughout Dublin. The small Olympia Theatre is an intimate venue for concerts, the 02 arena hosts international acts, and there’s always live music in pubs. If you’re looking for some acoustic guitar to accompany your pint, maybe I’ll see you at O’Brien’s on Saturday nights. Stop in to say hello!

Music Venues:

National Concert Hall: Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. (map)

Olympia Theatre: 72 Dame Street, Dublin 2. (map)

O2 Arena: Northwall Quays, Dublin 1. (map)

O’Brien’s Pub: 8-9 Sussex Terrace, Dublin 2 (map)

Photo Credit: SXC

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