- Jessie Montgomery Shift, Change, Turn, and Variations
- Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
- Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, “Italian”
- ≈ 2 hours · With intermission
Calgary-born classical pianist Jan Lisiecki first wowed NAC audiences at the tender age of 10, and by 16 he joined the NAC Orchestra on their tour of Atlantic Canada. Now barely a quarter century old and described by BBC Music Magazine as “perhaps the most ‘complete’ pianist of his age,” Lisiecki moves effortlessly between joy and pathos, showing a musical maturity well beyond his years. Tonight Lisiecki performs Mendelssohn’s beautiful Piano Concerto No. 1, one of the first piano concertos of the Romantic age.
Since 1972, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has pushed musical boundaries by eschewing a conductor and adhering to the principle of individual participation and interpretation – both in rehearsal and performance. The result is an extraordinary musical experience full of passion and innovation. Mendelssohn’s delightful Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”) and Jessie Montgomery’s Shift, Change, Turn and Variations, a new work, commissioned by the ensemble, that will take you on “a musical exploration of both the external and internal seasons, which at times seem to be changing along the same axis", showcase the genius of one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras.