Canada’s NAC Orchestra at Saffron Hall

© Fred Cattroll
  • Ana Sokolović Golden slumbers kiss your eyes…
  • Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
  • DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra kicks off its 50th Anniversary European Tour in the United Kingdom led by renowned British Music Director Alexander Shelley.  UK audiences will recognize Alexander Shelley as the Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  Since becoming Music Director of the NAC Orchestra, Maclean‘s has credited Shelley for turning the orchestra “almost overnight… into one of the more audacious orchestras in North America.”

The NAC Orchestra offers a dazzling Sunday afternoon program at Saffron Hall: Serbian-Canadian Ana Sokolović’s 2015 composition was inspired by dreams and the collective, universal experience of childhood.  Commissioned by the NAC, Golden slumbers kiss your eyes… sets folks songs and lullabies in seven languages, all brought vividly to life by Korean-Canadian countertenor David DQ Lee and London Voices.  Next, brilliant young Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki will take the stage to perform Ravel’s dazzling, jazz-influenced Concerto in G - deftly navigating its textures and harmonies with his virtuosic technique. Audiences will quickly hear why BBC magazine calls this Deutsche Grammophon recording artist "perhaps the most 'complete' pianist of his age”.  The evening ends with Dvořák's famous “New World” Symphony - a musical postcard from his 1893 sojourn in America.

© Fred Cattroll

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