NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ORCHESTRA’S CANADA 150 TOUR ARRIVES IN QUEBEC CITY ON JUNE 3 Tour includes a performance at the Palais Montcalm, Maison de la musique in historic Old Québec!

OTTAWA — The National Arts Centre Orchestra led by Music Director Alexander Shelley and featuring Québec’s own violin super-star Alexandre Da Costa will perform on Saturday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m. at the beautiful Palais Montcalm, Maison de la musique in Québec City.

The concert will feature JUNO award winning Alexandre Da Costa whose virtuosity will be highlighted in two powerful works for violin and orchestra. The concert is part of the NAC Orchestra’s nation-wide Canada 150 Tour. It is the first NAC Orchestra tour to be led by its internationally acclaimed Music Director Alexander Shelley.

The programme for the concert includes:

Mozart Overture to Le nozze di Figaro
Vitali (Frédéric Chiasson) Chaconne in G minor for Violin and Orchestra
Sarasate Zigeunerweisen for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 20
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, “From the New World” (Allegro con fuoco)

“Québec City is a musical city, and it gives all of us at the National Arts Centre great joy to be working with one of Québec’s brightest young talents. Alexandre Da Costa will be able to share his extraordinary talent through this performance which marks an important stop on our Canada 150 tour,” said Alexander Shelley, the Music Director of the NAC Orchestra.

This performance is presented in partnership with Les Violons du Roy, and l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec.

For tickets, please call the Palais Montcalm at (418) 641-6040 or online at



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The Canada 150 Tour is made possible with leadership support from Tour Patrons Gail and David O’Brien, Presenting Supporters Alice and Grant Burton, Supporting Partners Peng Lin & Yu Gu, Education Partner Dasha Shenkman, Digital Partner Facebook and Media Partner Radio-Canada.


In September 2015 Alexander Shelley took up the mantle as Music Director, leading a new era for the National Arts Centre’s Orchestra. Shelley has an unwavering reputation as one of Europe’s leading young conductors, notably as Chief conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and most recently as the Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Formed in 1969 at the opening of Canada's National Arts Centre, the NAC Orchestra gives over 100 performances a year with renowned artists including Itzhak Perlman, Renée Fleming, James Ehnes, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma. It is noted for the passion and clarity of its performances and recordings, its ground-breaking teaching and outreach programs, and nurturing of Canadian creativity. Since its inception the Orchestra has commissioned 80 works, mostly from Canadian composers. In 2001 it inaugurated the National Arts Centre Awards for Canadian Composers and the recipients thus far have been Denys Bouliane, John Estacio, Peter Paul Koprowski, Gary Kulesha, Alexina Louie and Ana Sokolović.

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