In the Overvecht neighbourhood, where some 80 different nationalities reside, many of them asylum seekers, music is bringing people together in hope and pleasure instead of pushing them apart.
The music is being made by the Catching Cultures Orchestra which started in 2015 as a temporary collaboration between a Dutch wind ensemble called De Tegenwind and a group called the Band without a residence permit.
We loved our residency and performances at La Seine Musicale in Paris. Here is what a Sorbonne student and Canadian Soprano Erin Wall had to say.
“Someone asked me the other day, ‘What’s your favourite thing about Life Reflected?’
“Looking back,” she said, “it was putting together artists who should never have been together ever.
“Putting them into the room and, as challenging as that was and believe me it was challenging, watching them thrive and develop a kind of mutual respect. It was a fantastic thing.”
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Since when do new Canadian compositions get a premiere in Paris? The answer: pretty much never. So the performance of the NAC Orchestra’s Life Reflected quartet of Canadian music in Paris on Friday night was something to pay attention to.
Article en français
Trois ans presque jour pour jour après sa création, Alexander Shelley et Christopher Deacon, directeur du Centre national des arts, réalisaient leur rêve d’exporter Life Reflected (Réflexions sur la vie), œuvre en quatre parties sur quatre destinées de femmes véhiculant des valeurs ou réflexions sur l’existence...
Source: Le Devoir
Samuel Greffe-Bélanger is a producer with Montreal’s Normal Studio. He’s pretty hip to new technology and the latest software. And yet these days he’s become a classical music junkie.
He blames Life Reflected, the NAC Orchestra’s quartet of four new Canadian compositions.
She is now on another kind of marathon. She is currently travelling with the NAC Orchestra on its 50th anniversary tour of Europe. She’ll be singing in Dear Life, part of the Life Reflected quartet of new music about Canadian women. And she will sing The Lonely Child by Claude Vivier.
A wonderful concert at Cadogan Hall as well as community outreach, a live broadband connected event, Music ConneXXions 2019, and a Royal College of Music residency.
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Devant un public très attentif à l’oeuvre d’Ana Sokolović, très accueillant pour le pianiste Jan Lisiecki et d’un bruyant enthousiasme après la 2e Symphonie de Brahms, Alexander Shelley, à la tête de l’Orchestre du Centre national des arts, a réussi son pari exposé dans ces colonnes samedi dernier.
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David DQ Lee is a Korean Canadian countertenor with an international reputation. He has joined the NAC Orchestra’s European tour for two concerts. In London’s Cadogan Hall Tuesday night he sang the JUNO winning composition, and NACO commission, Golden Slumbers Kiss Your Eyes by Ana Sokolovic. Before the performances he answered some questions from ARTSFILE.
When you meet her, Esther Abrami seems just like any other young music student anywhere. But the petite, attractive violinist from Aix-en-Provence in France is not any other young music student.
She has become a social media phenomenon, mainly on Instagram, where she has 177,000 followers on just 377 very popular posts.
The National Arts Centre showed how cool classical music can be during ConneXXions 2019, a technological marvel of an event at London’s Royal College of Music on Monday.
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So far as your correspondent is concerned, this concert proved to be one of the major highlights of the current London orchestral season, now approaching its end. Not for a very long time, and certainly not confined to concerts I have attended since last September, have I been so impressed throughout, with each work receiving performances of the highest calibre.
What is the purpose of a national orchestra? Well, there are many, but surely one is for Canadians perform the music of Canadians on foreign stages.
That is certainly the case with the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s 50th anniversary tour of Europe.
NAC connects Ottawa's Orkidstra with British school band
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Under its English music director Alexander Shelley, Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra from Ottawa – a capital city that sees fit to provide its citizens and neighbourhood with a performing arts centre including not only a 2,000-seater hall but also, as Shelley engagingly reminded us (he's a good communicator), English, French and Indigenous theatre departments – is on an ambitious fiftieth-anniversary tour, “Crossings”...
When the National Arts Centre Orchestra goes on the road, the biggest part of every tour is not the concerts in glittering halls.
In fact, much of NACO’s time is spent in a form of cultural diplomacy that takes place in conservatories and public schools with young musicians from university to Grade 1.
Last night the National Arts Centre Orchestra performed their send off concert. Tonight the NAC Orchestra, led by Music Director Alexander Shelley, will begin a remarkable tour of the U.K and Europe.
The NAC Orchestra saddled up a couple of war horses Wednesday evening and rode them into battle as they delivered a musical bon voyage on the eve of their European tour.
London-born conductor Alexander Shelley will be returning to the UK this May for the first leg of his European tour as music director of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. The Ottawa-based ensemble will kick off the tour – entitled "Crossings" – in Saffron Walden, before travelling to London, Paris, Utrecht, Copenhagen, Stockholm and finally Gothenburg.
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Londres, Cambridge, Paris, Utrecht, Copenhague, Stockholm et Göteborg : l'Orchestre du Centre national des Arts part en tournée européenne pour souligner ses 50 ans, du 12 au 26 mai prochain. Des solistes seront du périple et les compositions canadiennes, à l'honneur.
Source: ICI Radio-Canada