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Music Classical music Masterworks
  • Brahms Symphony No. 2
  • DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

Brahms’s admiration of Beethoven was so great, that he toiled over his first symphony for 14 years before releasing it and daring to step out from under the shadow of success and popularity of his predecessor.  Unburdened, Brahms went on to write his second in only one summer at his lakeside retreat in Portschach, Austria.

Light and airy, Brahms described his melodies as flowing “so freely that one must be careful not to trample them.” Once described as “all rippling streams, blue sky, sunshine, and cool green shadows” Brahms’s Pastoral Symphony delights audiences with a beautiful, musical emotional experience.  

Dvořák's famous “New World” Symphony plays like a musical postcard from his 1893 sojourn in America. Inspired by the expansive, young nation, the symphony is dreamlike and spacious. Yearning melodies become layered with brooding melancholy, both overtaken at times by erupting waves of energy and exhilaration.  In the exquisite English horn solo in the slow movement, one hears the influence which American folk music and spirituals must have had on the composer.  

Music. Food. Wine. Friends. 
A Perfect Way to Enjoy it All.

Unwind at the end of your week with our wildly popular Casual Fridays!

5:30 PM    Pre-concert 5 à 7 with music in the Southam Hall Lobby, OPEN TO ALL whether or not you attend the concert. Enjoy cocktails and tapas, available for purchase. All tapas are prepared by the NAC culinary team drawing inspiration from individual Casual Fridays concerts for an original and authentic flair. You can purchase tapas tickets onsite the night of the concert at a price of $8 per tapa. Tapas Tickets can also be purchased in advance through your my NAC Account or at the box office (4 tapas tickets for $30). Tickets are valid for any Casual Fridays performance during the 2018/19 season.

7 PM    NAC Orchestra concert. Each invited, guest concert host connects with the artists on stage to discover more about them and the music. Side screens give the audience a chance to get up close and personal with the evenings performers.

8:30 PM    Post-concert party in the Main Foyer, OPEN TO ALL whether or not you attended the concert. Mix and mingle with fellow music lovers and NAC Orchestra musicians!

Performance is approximately 2 hours including intermission

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