Bravo Series

Harriet Krijgh

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The Bravo Series opens with a world premiere concert written for Canadian superstar pianist Angela Hewitt. Over the course of this six-concert series, you’ll experience a variety of musical virtuosity. From great saxophonist Branford Marsalis, to debuts by pianist Boris Giltburg and cellist Harriet Krijgh, to a masterful solo turn for violinist Jessica Linnebach, Bravo has something for everyone.

Three CASUAL FRIDAYS concerts are available as part of the Bravo series. Concert times, repertoire and other details have been modified to suit this exciting series.

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    Classical Marsalis

    Southam Hall

    • Saint-Saëns Suite algérienne
    • GLAZUNOV Saxophone Concerto
    • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1, “Winter Dreams”

    When a Russian conductor teams up with an American jazzman to perform classical music, the result is saxophone as you’ve never heard it before. Composed in 1934 when Alexander Glazunov was living in self-imposed exile in Paris, the Saxophone Concerto brims with homesickness, yet flows with a musical freedom impermissable in Soviet-era Russia. After performing to rave reviews with the New York Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, three-time Grammy award winner Branford Marsalis pairs up once again with internationally-renowned conductor Andrey Boreyko for a concert hailed by critics as an “unmitigated delight.”

    Thursday Bravo series subscribers attend this concert. 

    • Conductor

      Andrey Boreyko

    • Saxophone

      Branford Marsalis

    • NAC Orchestra

  2. Play

    Classical Marsalis

    Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra

    Southam Hall

    • GLAZUNOV Saxophone Concerto
    • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1, “Winter Dreams”

    When a Russian conductor teams up with an American jazzman to perform classical music, the result is saxophone as you’ve never heard it before. Composed in 1934 when Alexander Glazunov was living in self-imposed exile in Paris, the Saxophone Concerto brims with homesickness, yet flows with a musical freedom impermissable in Soviet-era Russia. After performing to rave reviews with the New York Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, three-time Grammy award winner Branford Marsalis pairs up once again with internationally-renowned conductor Andrey Boreyko for a concert hailed by critics as an “unmitigated delight.”

    Friday Bravo Series subscribers attend this concert.

    • Conductor

      Andrey Boreyko

    • Saxophone

      Branford Marsalis

    • NAC Orchestra

  3. Play
    • Brahms Symphony No. 2
    • Vivian Fung Earworms*
    • Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2

    Shake off the end-of-winter doldrums with this evening of sunny melodies and toe-tapping mischief. Hold on to your hats as the nimble fingers of soloist Boris Giltburg dance their way through Shostakovich’s cheeky Piano Concerto No. 2. Giltburg’s 2017 recording of the concerto won rave reviews for its “dashing virtuosity” and “reckless, to-hell-with-it abandon.” End the evening on a bucolic note with Brahms’ Pastoral Symphony, a piece once decribed as “all rippling streams, blue sky, sunshine, and cool green shadows.”

    “…Giltburg has the capacity to identify with and encapsulate the moods of each piece while artlessly crafting them into a shapely span.” –Daily Telegraph

    *World premiere; NAC Orchestra commission. 

  4. Play

    Mozart à la Haydn

    Southam Hall

    • SCHNITTKE Moz-Art à la Haydn
    • Haydn Cello Concerto in C major
    • Mozart Symphony No. 39

    Discover a long-lost musical treasure with Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C. Written in the 1760s for the private orchestra of Prince Eszterhazy of Austria, the concerto disappeared for 200 years — until a young musicologist found a hand-written copy in the Czech National Library in 1961. Shining in the solo role, 25-year-old cellist Harriet Krijgh brings tender lyricism to her performance, living up to her promise as a 2015/16 “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organization.

    Thursday Bravo series subscribers attend this concert. 

  5. Play

    Mozart à la Haydn

    Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra

    Southam Hall

    • SCHNITTKE Moz-Art à la Haydn
    • Haydn Cello Concerto in C major
    • Mozart Symphony No. 39

    Discover a long-lost musical treasure with Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C. Written in the 1760s for the private orchestra of Prince Eszterhazy of Austria, the concerto disappeared for 200 years — until a young musicologist found a hand-written copy in the Czech National Library in 1961. Shining in the solo role, 25-year-old cellist Harriet Krijgh brings tender lyricism to her performance, living up to her promise as a 2015/16 “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organization.

    Friday Bravo Series subscribers attend this concert. 
     

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