Top 10 performances by the Ulster Orchestra for the 2017/18 Season #UOLetsPlay

This 2017/18 Season by the Ulster Orchestra promises to awe and astound concert goers, with an action-packed season full of Mozart, Pops Concerts & Festive Treats!!!  

Here are the Ulster Orchestra’s top TEN picks for this coming 2017/18 Season!

Opening Concert
Gala Concert: A Carnival of Rhythm

FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2017, 7.45pm – 9.45pm
£10 – £29

The 2017/18 Season has a special start as part of Culture Night Belfast, bringing an extravaganza of dance music from around the world. It celebrates music from both the Old and New World, in particular the Latin American rhythms that are part of the heritage of our Music Director, Rafael Payare.
Ulster Orchestra Artist Laureate Sir James Galway returns to perform music closer to home. Riverdance composer Bill Whelan’s flute concerto Linen and Lace was written for Sir James as soloist and is in Whelan’s trademark style, drawn from the rhythms of Irish dance.
And to open the concert, Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances. Orchestral re-workings of the music from West Side Story, these dances take us from the deserted street-music from the beginning of the musical to rumble and disaster at the story’s end.  
The Messiah
FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER 2017, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 2017, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
£15 – £30

What can be more uplifting than the power and the glory of massed voices and the Ulster Orchestra? Handel’s choral masterpiece has been a central part of the festive season for 275 years and continues to captivate audiences worldwide. Brought to life by four outstanding soloists, the magnificent Belfast Philharmonic Choir and of course, the Ulster Orchestra, Messiah remains one of the most widely-performed and best-loved classical music oratorios ever written.
Celebrate New Year in Vienna!
FRIDAY 5 JANUARY 2018, 7.45pm – 9.45pm
SATURDAY 6 JANUARY 2018, 7.45pm – 9.45pm
£15 – £30
Start 2018 with this glittering tribute to Vienna and Strauss which is a true delight for the eyes and ears. Featuring a stunning programme of whirling waltzes and sweeping melodies accompanied by guest artists, let the luscious bars of the Blue Danube Waltz leave your heart beating in triple time!

Burns Night with the Ulster Orchestra & Friends
SATURDAY 27 JANUARY 2018, 7.45pm – 9.45pm
£15 – £30

Bring on the haggis! Join the Ulster Orchestra and friends for the ultimate Burns Night celebrations! This uplifting spectacle of dancing, singing, pipes and poetry, accompanied by the sumptuous sounds of the Ulster Orchestra, is an ever-fitting, annual tribute to ‘The Bard’ himself. Celebrating the cultural links between Scotland and Northern Ireland, with traditional music favourites Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain, this is the hottest ticket in town, so book early!
Presented in association with the Ulster-Scots Agency.

TUESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2017, 1.05pm – 1.55pm

Mahler’s impassioned love serenade, Blumine, sets up one of Beethoven’s favourites of his own work, his Symphony No.8. Full of delightful themes and with an expansive dynamic range, it’s the most diminutive of Beethoven’s symphonies – but with something mighty tucked inside.
The JTI Lunchtime Series gives Orchestra lovers a monthly bite-sized Tuesday treat, and this year hosts an exciting new partnership with Ten Square, who are offering a fantastic 20% off food for the wonderful supporters of the Ulster Orchestra. Just show your ticket from any 2017/18 Season concert to take advantage of this great deal! This offer is the perfect way to treat yourself or a loved one, to a relaxing Tuesday afternoon with 50 minutes of spellbinding music and a delicious meal from a local restaurant, just a 2-minute walk from the Ulster Hall.

The Magic of Christmas
THURSDAY 21 DECEMBER 2017, 7.45pm – 9.45pm
£15 – £30
Acclaimed West End star Anna-Jane Casey joins the Ulster Orchestra for a spectacular show that will certainly put you in the Christmas mood! Have yourself a merry little Christmas with popular pieces such as The Polar Express, Winter Wonderland and not forgetting that timeless classic, White Christmas. You’ll definitely feel that Santa Claus is coming to town!
I LOVE the Musicals! (POPS Series)
SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2018, 7.45pm – 9.45pm
£15 – £30

Calling all musical theatre fans! Don’t miss this spectacular night of West End and Broadway’s greatest hits brought to you by the Ulster Orchestra, Belfast Philharmonic Choir and acclaimed West End stars. Featuring much-loved music from shows such as West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The Lion King and the ageless classic, Singin’ in the Rain, you’ll love this moment of musical magic.

SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2018, 7.45pm – 9.45pm
£15 – £30

Become a Dancing Queen for the night and experience the greatest hits of ABBA performed by a full orchestra and the fantastic singers from Capital Voices! With more than 370 million albums worldwide and a hit Broadway musical and film, ABBA produced some of the most memorable dance music ever.  Voulez-Vous, Mamma Mia and The Winner Takes It All are just some of the songs on this playlist so dig out the sequins and put on the platforms for a Super Trouper night to remember!

There is a special VIP package available for the Abba concert, with an exclusive after party in the Arc Restaurant and a DJ // 10pm until late. Please enquire at the box office for more details on this fabulous deal, 028 9033 4455.  

I LOVE the Movies! (POPS Series)
SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2017, 7.45pm – 9.45pm
£15 – £30
Celebrate the musical brilliance of legendary film composer John Williams, in a magical evening of the most iconic film themes ever written. Enter a galaxy of movie blockbusters including Stars Wars, Superman and Harry Potter, to name but a few. The force is strong with this one!

SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER 2017, 7.45pm
Tickets: £55 / £38 / £35                                    
Unfortunately, this concert is sold out! Due to the outstanding event in October 2016, which was one of the most spectacular dance events ever held in Northern Ireland. It brought together world-renowned DJs, live vocalists and over 5,000 people aged 18-65, in an electric atmosphere, with floor fillers from the past 20 years such as For an Angel, Insomnia and Such a good Feeling.
Due to its phenomenal success, the Ulster Orchestra has once again joined forces with Lush! Nightclub and Kylie Minogue’s Musical Director, Cliff Masterson for another ultimate party night. Don’t miss this musical homage to Northern Irish Clubland!

So, let’s say Thank You for The Music and celebrate this season with the Ulster Orchestra. With everything from Abba to West Side Story, and to Star Wars and beyond!

For full concert listings visit


Post Author: Belfast Times

Leave a Reply