January 13, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Shelley’s Brahms

Celebratory tour “send off” concert

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Music Classical music Masterworks
  • Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
  • DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, "From the New World"

This concert will be particularly special, as it will be our celebratory “send off” concert before Alexander Shelley and the NAC Orchestra head off on their 50th Anniversary European tour! Both in the lobby and on stage you will see and hear about the NAC Orchestra’s rich history of touring and their exciting plans for the upcoming tour.  Please join us after the concert for some cake with the orchestra as we toast them bon voyage!


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.

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 and have a piece of cake in celebration of their European Tour!

Performance is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.