Tales of the Arabian Nights

Includes Alain Lefèvre in Walter Boudreau’s Concerto de l’asile

Alain Lefevre
(Lefèvre) has a genial and outgoing talent. He lives every measure of the music, and draws his audience into a warm partnership. The Gazette
  • Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • WALTER BOUDREAU Concerto de l’asile
  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

Soar away on a musical magic-carpet ride to the enchanted world of the Arabian Nights. Rimsky-Korsakov’s spellbinding orchestral suite weaves a dreamscape around a sweet, solo violin part that represents the voice of the storyteller Scheherazade, as she recounts ancient tales of love and adventure to her cruel, jealous husband. By turns thrilling, suspenseful, sinister and beautiful, the music of Scheherazade is sure to evoke, in the words of the composer, “an Oriental narrative of some numerous and varied fairy-tale wonders.”


After opening the concert with Ravel’s short masterpiece, this exciting concert continues with Alain Lefèvre taking the stage to play Walter Boudreau’s Concerto de l’asile.  The Concerto comes from a piece he wrote for Claude Gauvreau's play The Asylum of Purity (2004). Alain Lefèvre attended the play and asked Boudreau for a piano version of the waltz, which he wrote.  They became good friends, and Alain asked him to write a Concerto based on the original waltz.  The Concerto de l’asile depicts the bridge between Gauvreau’s visionary poetic world (represented by the piano) and the obscurantist society of the time (the orchestra).

The Friends of the NAC Orchestra are pleased to hold a spectacular silent auction on February 20 and 21 in the Southam Hall Foyer in conjunction with this NAC Orchestra concert. Bid on outstanding and unique donated items from across Canada and from around the world. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the NAC Orchestra’s commitment to music education programs for young people. Help us build a fantastic future for music in Canada!

video: Lefèvre plays Chopin
Lefèvre plays Chopin
video: The creation of Concerto de l'asile with Walter Boudreau and Alain Lefèvre
The creation of Concerto de l'asile with Walter Boudreau and Alain Lefèvre
Alain Lefevre
Alain Lefevre
Walter Boudreau
Alexander Shelley
Alexander Shelley © Freestyle Photography
Alexander Shelley © Freestyle Photography
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