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

Croall’s Zasakwaa: There Is a Heavy Frost

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Indigenous arts Music Classical music Masterworks Vocal New works Canadian Festival events
  • Andrew Balfour Ambe
  • Ian Cusson Dodo, mon tout petit*
  • Barbara Croall Zasakwaa (There is a Heavy Frost)
  • Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt


Ambe Anishinaabeg

biindigeg Anishinaabeg

Mino-bimaadiziwin omaa


Come in

Come in, two-legged beings

come in all people

There is good life here

Come in!

Celebrate the works of Canada’s Indigenous composers, with music by Andrew Balfour, Ian Cusson and Barbara Croall. Métis composer and long-time friend of the NAC Ian Cusson offers a moving new lullaby, and Odawa First Nations composer Barbara Croall greets the coming winter with Zasakwaa (There is a Heavy Frost), featuring the NAC Orchestra’s principal flutist, Joanna G’froerer and mezzo-soprano Marion Newman.

It’s impossible to be a regular consumer of TV or film without having heard Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s wonderful Peer Gynt, written in 1875 to accompany playwright Henrik Ibsen’s five-act play of the same name. Acclaimed Canadian actor and singer Tom Jackson narrates the story of Gynt, a lovable but imprudent scoundrel who fantasizes that he might someday be ruler of the world. If ever a piece of music was written that perfectly captures the story it accompanies, Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt is it!

*Commissioned by the National Arts Centre and the Canadian Opera Company

Performance is approximately 2 hours including intermission

  • Edvard Grieg: his music and melodies Duration: 3421
  • video: Shelley Notes
    Shelley Notes
    video: Joanna G'froerer on Croall's Zasakwaa
    Joanna G'froerer on Croall's Zasakwaa