- Jessie Montgomery Records from a Vanishing City
- Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1
- Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, “Italian”
- Featuring Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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 visionary Records from a Vanishing City (a tone poem inspired by the music that surrounded her growing up in Manhattan’s Lower East Side) showcase the genius of one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras.
Performance is approximately 2 hours including intermission