“No story of these composers is complete without Clara, as famous in her lifetime as her husband and a strong influence on both Robert and Johannes.” Alexander Shelley
- In-person event
- ≈ 45 minutes · No intermission
*This conversation will be predominantly in English.
On opening night of the FOCUS festival, arrive early for a pre-concert talk with music director Alexander Shelley and musicologist Hannah Chan-Hartley.
Alexander Shelley is the Music Director of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra since 2015. The ensemble has since been praised as being “transformed... hungry, bold, and unleashed” (Ottawa Citizen) and Shelley’s programming credited for turning the Orchestra into “one of the more audacious in North America” (Maclean’s). He is the curator and instigator of FOCUS: Clara, Robert, Johannes, the NAC Orchestra's season-opening festival.
Hannah Chan-Hartley is an exciting musicologist who specializes in communicating about music to audiences in engaging and innovative ways. Acting as a bridge between the classical music industry, popular and academic settings, she’s active as a writer, speaker, program book editor, content producer, and instructor with various organizations, including Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Detroit Opera, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.
Pre-concert talks at Peter Herrndorf Place in the National Arts Centre are free and open to the public.
Ticketholders for the concert at Southam Hall on September 13, Emanuel Ax Plays Brahms, are invited to remain seated for a post-concert chat with Emanuel Ax and Alexander Shelley, hosted by journalist Paul Wells.