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Amanda Forsyth © Cheryl Mazak
Music Classical music Masterworks
  • Mendelssohn The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26, “Fingal’s Cave”
  • Marjan Mozetich Cello Concerto
  • Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, “Italian”

World Premiere

NAC Commission

“I envisage myself as a prism in which music and the musicians are like the ray of white light that goes through one end of me, and I refract,” muses Elim Chan, the young conductor making her NAC main series debut in these concerts.  A past fellow in the NAC Orchestra’s Conductor’s Program, the Hong Kong-born musician has made her mark on the classical music circuit with her thoughtful and dynamic performances, imbued with energy and imagination.

JUNO Award winner Amanda Forsyth, the long-tenured former principal cello of the NAC Orchestra, has enthralled critics and audiences the world over with her remarkable technique, intense tone and exceptional musicality. Exuding a palpable charisma, she commands the gaze of audiences, captivating them beyond the aural realm.

Forsyth will premiere a new work written for her by leading Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich.  A self-professed lover of all types of popular music, Mozetich composes in a unique style of post-modern romantic blended with traditional, popular and modern sounds.  “There’s a certain satisfaction and a pleasure in writing something that connects to people”, said Mozetich.

Experience the creation of a new work, brought to life by the marriage of musical minds.

Commissioned by Charles Richard (Dick) Harington for 
Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra
Alexander Shelley, Music Director 

Learn more in the program notes ›


Performance is approximately 2 hours including intermission.

Amanda Forsyth © Cheryl Mazak
Elim Chan © Willeke Machiels