Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary European Tour, led by Music Director Alexander Shelley, will cross distances, generations and expectations and break new ground for the orchestral experience both inside and outside the concert hall. The tour features adventurous new works, fresh interpretations of classics and meaningful community partnerships.

The tour continues in Utrecht from May 19 to 21 with a concert at the TivoliVredenburg on May 20.  The concert will feature GRAMMY award-winning violinist James Ehnes and Canadian soprano Erin Wall. Community outreach highlights in Utrecht include a special community concert with the Catching Cultures Orchestra made up of refugee and Dutch musicians.

Education & Outreach

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    Brass band celebration!

    The line between professional and amateur dissolves when musicians come together to play for the joy of creating music together. Members of the NACO brass section will join members of the Tegenwind Concert Band, a highly entertaining and energetic amateur ensemble, for an afternoon of musical exchanges.

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    Music entrepreneurship – a conversation with Alexander Shelley

    Students of the Utrecht Conservatory will have the unique opportunity to discuss artistry, orchestral music and entrepreneurship with the NAC Orchestra’s dynamic music director Alexander Shelley.  Topics will cover the future of orchestras and concert music, creation of new works, the role of new music for the NAC Orchestra, the future of concert venues, tradition vs. innovation, orchestral differences between North America, Europe and Asia, and much more!

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    Mentoring the next generation of artists- Libero String Orchestra

    As part of the NAC Orchestra’s residency at the TivoliVredenburg, the Libero String Orchestra will work with Associate Principal Violist David Marks in a public masterclass.  Outstanding violin soloists from Rotterdam will work with Concertmaster Yosuke Kawasaki.

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    Children in the Utrecht Overvecht district and members of the NACO brass and percussion sections will work with MuziekRoute ensembles on a work written by the students and together they will perform the piece as part of a community concert.