April 8, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Canada’s NAC Orchestra at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

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Come hear Canada’s national orchestra – the NAC Orchestra! The musicians of this exceptional ensemble offer a beautiful concert in Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on October 25th – an evening of extraordinary musicality featuring internationally-acclaimed violin virtuoso and conductor Pinchas Zukerman in a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, which The New York Times critic praised as “...sweet, soulful and vibrantly responsive, he [Zukerman] was always present but never overpowering.”

The NAC Orchestra’s Performance and Education Tour of the United Kingdom is a 10-day tour by Canada’s national orchestra that pays tribute to the soldiers of the U.K. and Canada who served the cause of freedom in World War I. Stellar music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, an NAC Orchestra-commissioned piece by award-winning Canadian composer John Estacio, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 all celebrate the timeless storytelling power of music as an artist’s expression of their humanity.

Join Pinchas Zukerman and the NAC Orchestra in the U.K. or follow the tour at nacotour.ca and be part of an incredible musical story as it unfolds.

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Ticket-holders are invited to join us prior to the concert for the following FREE activities featuring the works of Canadian composers John Estacio and Abigail Richardson:

Pre-concert lecture with John Estacio (6:30 pm): Attend a 30-minute pre-concert chat with composer John Estacio about his work Brio: Toccata and Fantasy for Orchestra among the rest of the evening’s repertoire. Mr. Estacio will also engage the audience in a question and answer format.

Pre-concert choir performance, Song of the Poets (6:45 pm):
A 25-minute pre-concert performance by the Royal Concert Hall Choir prior to the NAC Orchestra’s evening concert at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall. The NAC is the lead commissioner of a powerful tribute to the soldiers of the First World War called “Song of the Poets” by Canadian composer Abigail Richardson that will be featured by wonderful youth and community choirs in all tour cities as part of the NAC Orchestra’s pre-concert activities.

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After Hours: NAC Orchestra Wind Quintet (9:45 pm):
Following the main concert, members of the NAC Orchestra will give a chamber music concert that will include the exciting World Premiere of a commission for Wind Quintet by NAC Award Composer John Estacio. Also on the program is Emerge for Wind Quintet by Canadian composer Abigail Richardson.