October 2020 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

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  • Itzhak Perlman Plays Brahms 00:52:27

    In 1972, the NAC Orchestra had been performing together as a brand new ensemble for barely 3 years, but the buzz and excitement that surrounded the new orchestra and the glamorous new National Arts Centre attracted the world’s most exciting...

  • Ian Cusson and Sibelius 00:44:22

    This Home Delivery brings concert recordings from February 2017 with John Storgårds and from the musicians’ popular chamber music series, Music for a Sunday Afternoon from 2018. We have prepared a rich, contemplative and contrasting...

  • Maureen Forrester Sings Schafer 00:58:03

    The incomparable Canadian mezzo-soprano Maureen Forrester is our featured soloist in this concert archive of music by 3 powerful voices in American and Canadian composition: Alexina Louie, R. Murray Schafer, and the late Aaron Copland.  ...

  • Trevor Pinnock Plays Bach 1:33:38

    Our former music director Trevor Pinnock brought—and continues to bring—an unmistakable sparkle to our stage. Trevor is a brilliant harpsichordist as well as a conductor. Therefore, it is with delight that we share an all-Pinnock Home...

  • Madama Butterfly 02:17:38

    For this NACO Home Delivery, we are thrilled to share with you a live, opera-in-concert recording of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly from 1989. In the Orchestra’s early days, aside from being a fantastic ensemble known to expertly play the...

  • Sibelius and Alexina Louie 00:52:03

    In this Home Delivery, we share with you music from our 2017 festival “Ideas of North”, celebrating Canada and Finland, and our connection as northern countries where our vast landscapes and cultural identities are often interwoven into...

  • Pinchas Zukerman Plays Mozart 01:30:19

    This special Home Delivery arrives just in time to wish Pinchas Zukerman a very happy birthday on July 16.   The NAC Orchestra has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the brilliant musician Pinchas Zukerman, as guest artist,...

  • Beethoven Celebration 02:01:27

    Beethoven’s 250th birthday, in December 2020, is being marked around the world in 2020 and in 2021.  This Home Delivery is a fascinating listen to the NAC Orchestra over its 50 years of music making—you’ll hear 2 (or 3 or 4!)...

  • Celebrating Canada Day 00:56:42

    For Canada Day, we’ve curated a wonderful variety of music with different Music Directors from throughout the NAC Orchestra archives. Hear how each conductor brings something of themselves, which reflects in the Orchestra’s sound. If...

  • Celebrating Quebec Composers 00:59:05

    For this Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, we celebrate the music of la belle province, Quebec. We’ve curated a wonderful program of works by Quebecois composers performed throughout the NAC Orchestra’s history. First is Kaléidoscope,...

  • Indigenous Artists Spotlight 01:31:40

    Ambe Ambe Anishinaabeg biindigeg Anishinaabeg Mino-bimaadiziwin omaa Ambe Come in Come in, two-legged beings come in all people There is good life here Come in! In anticipation of June 21 and National Indigenous Peoples Day, this week’s Home...

  • Elgar, Bartók and Strauss 01:48:37

    This Home Delivery is a delightful program of music from a pair of concerts from the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons. On February 16, 2017, we heard how two composers, Elgar and Strauss, differently gave musical tribute to the beauty and culture of...

  • Jan Lisiecki Plays Chopin 01:33:31

    Tonight’s Home Delivery brings concert recordings from both our 2016/17 and 2018/19 seasons, with music by Beethoven, Chopin, and Salieri. 25-year old Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has been a cherished guest of the Orchestra for well over a...

  • Bach, Berg and Schubert 01:31:10

    This Home Delivery concert features two different archives that feature brilliant conductors. First, a concert from October 2018 with our Principal Guest Conductor, John Storgårds, and violinist Christian Tetzlaff, in works by Bach and Berg;...

  • Measha Brueggergosman Sings Strauss 00:41:45

    Programme: HAWKINS "Goin' Up Yonder" (Measha Brueggergosman, soprano a cappella) R. STRAUSS "Im Abendrot" from Four Last Songs (Measha Brueggergosman, soprano) [Recorded June 2, 2019] KEVIN LAU Dark Angels Suite [Recorded October 3, 2019] R....

  • NACO Soloists Spotlight 00:53:58

    Programme: SALIERI Concerto for Flute and Oboe in C major Joanna G’froerer, flute Charles Hamann, oboe Alexander Shelley, conductor [Recorded October 3, 2019] JOCELYN MORLOCK Cobalt Yosuke Kawasaki, violin Jessica Linnebach, violin...

  • Clara – Robert – Johannes 00:44:45

    Alexander Shelley and the NAC Orchestra are in the midst of programming, performing and recording all the symphonies by Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann, and threading them together with work by the equally brilliant Clara Schumann.  ...

  • Mäkelä & Hough: Russian Masterpieces Recorded in May 2018 01:38:25

    In this concert from May 2018, young Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä made a stunning, unforgettable debut with our Orchestra. Klaus was to have returned to Southam Hall for concerts with the Orchestra on May 6 & 7, 2020; in light of...

  • NACO in Copenhagen Recorded in May 2019 01:47:05

    We invite you to enjoy a special concert from our 2019 European tour, a recording of the live radio broadcast from the DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen on May 22, 2019. The NAC Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary “Crossings” Tour included...

  • Yefim Bronfman Plays Beethoven Recorded in February 2019 01:27:20

    Beethoven and Vaughan Williams are the anchors of this concert from the NAC Orchestra archives, from February 2019. Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, here performed by the inimitable pianist Yefim Bronfman, is innovative and radical, full of...

  • Handel's Messiah Recorded in December 2019 1:55:33

    Handel's Messiah is arguably his best and most cherished oratorio, achieving near mythical status. Written in just 24 days, and using scripture for the base of the libretto, Messiah premiered on April 13, 1742 in Dublin as an Easter offering....

  • Timothy Chooi Plays Tchaikovsky Recorded in October 2019 1:46:18

    You may remember the excitement surrounding Canadian Timothy Chooi’s stunning gold medal win at the Joaquim International Violin Competition in 2018. He performed the Tchaikovsky Violon Concerto then — and later with the NAC Orchestra...

  • Gabriela Montero Plays Mozart Recorded in March 2016 1:04:31

    From the self-confidence of Don Juan's opening flourish, to the tender wooing melodies and final pizzicato thuds of his demise, Richard Strauss miraculously depicts love and humanity in tonight's featured concert by the NAC Orchestra, from...

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