The stories of four exceptional women told in music, motion and word

Life Reflected

National Arts Centre Orchestra

Alexander Shelley brought together four remarkable Canadian composers to collaborate with Donna Feore to create an immersive symphonic experience celebrating youth, promise and courage, revealed in the compelling and diverse portraits of four women.

The stories of four exceptional women told in music, motion and word

  • Alice MunroDear Life

    “Dear Life” by Alice Munro, is a reflection on memory, childhood and the formative stages of life. The NAC Orchestra’s Dear Life was composed by Zosha Di Castri.

  • Amanda ToddMy name is Amanda Todd

    My Name is Amanda Todd tells the story of a vibrant 15-year-old who, after suffering for years from cyber abuse, spoke out against harassment and bullying on YouTube. This JUNO Award-winning piece was composed for the NAC Orchestra by Jocelyn Morlock. 

  • Roberta BondarBondarsphere

    Dr. Roberta Bondar’s remarkable expertise as an astronaut, physician, scientific researcher, and photographer have been interpreted in Bondarsphere by Nicole Lizée for the NAC Orchestra through soundtrack and video.

  • Rita JoeI Lost My Talk

    “I Lost My Talk” – by Mi'kmaw elder and poet Rita Joe, C.M. expresses her experience at Residential School. The NAC Orchestra’s I Lost My Talk was composed by John Estacio.


Listen now

Stream all four tracks now, including the JUNO award-winning piece My Name is Amanda Todd, by Jocelyn Morlock. This recording showcases the music from this multi-discipline, multi-media collaboration.

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