Ideas of North Festival

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Morning to night, explore perspectives on the North through architecture, music, digital installations, presentations  and the culinary arts. Enjoy both free and paid events in this immersive festival in celebration of Canada’s 150th and Finland’s 100th birthdays. Make yourself at home in Canada’s living room.

  1. Sibelius’s First Symphony

    Ideas of North Festival

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Sibelius Tapiola
    • Alexina Louie Concerto for three violins*
    • Sibelius Symphony No. 1

    Alexander Shelley presents three outstanding violin virtuosi in a new work by celebrated Canadian composer Alexina Louie. Sibelius’s first symphony, evoking brooding Nordic landscapes, opens our festival.

    *Sesquicentennial co-commission for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, NAC Orchestra, and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

  2. Lintu and Hewitt

    Ideas of North Festival

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Sibelius The Océanides
    • Matthew Whittall Nameless Seas*
    • Sibelius Symphony No. 2

    The Oceanides is the finest musical evocation of the sea ever produced. The maritime theme continues with Helsinki based Canadian composer Matthew Whittall’s Nameless Seas written especially for Angela Hewitt.

    *NAC co-commission with PianoEspoo; world premiere

    Thursday Bravo series subscribers attend this concert.

  3. Finland’s Rajaton In Concert

    Ideas of North Festival

    NAC Southam Hall

    Finland's iconic a capella sextet returns to Ottawa for a special performance. The ensemble’s name means “boundless,” indicating their phenomenally varied repertoire, from sacred and classical music to animated Europop. Energy, entertainment, and inspiration – Rajaton!

    Included in the 7-concert Ideas of North series

  4. Finnish Legends

    Ideas of North Festival

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Sibelius Pojohla’s Daughter
    • Sibelius Luonnotar
    • Sibelius The Bard
    • Sibelius Lemminkäinen Legends

    Sibelius was a masterful musical storyteller. John Storgårds brings to life Lemminkäinen, the mythological hero of Finland’s epic poem, the Kalevala. Soprano Anu Komsi embodies the goddess Luonnotar.

    Wednesday night Signature subscribers attend this concert.

  5. Lapland Chamber Orchestra

    Ideas of North Festival

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Somers North Country Suite
    • Debussy (Orch. Birch) Two Preludes
    • Vivier Zipangu*
    • Sibelius Suite for Violin and Strings
    • KALEVI AHO Symphony No. 14 “Rituals”

    John Storgårds brings his Lapland Chamber Orchestra to North America for the first time, performing as conductor and soloist. Renowned for brilliant ensemble work, they give the world premiere of acclaimed Canadian artist Michael Greyeyes’s re-imagining of Claude Vivier’s iconic work.

    Included in the 7-concert Ideas of North series

    • Conductor

      John Storgårds

    • Lapland Chamber Orchestra

    • Choreographer*

      Michael Greyeyes

  6. Glenn Gould’s String Quartet

    Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Sibelius Violin Concerto
    • GOULD (orch. Di Castri) String Quartet*

    Karen Gomyo shines in Sibelius’s exhilarating Violin Concerto, symphonic in scope and exceptionally demanding. Glenn Gould’s only string quartet becomes Glenn Gould’s only orchestral work, in an exciting new setting, commissioned by the NAC from sensational composer Zosha Di Castri.

    *World premiere; NAC Orchestra commission

  7. Shelley and Storgårds

    Ideas of North Festival

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Sibelius Symphony No. 5
    • KAIJA SAARIAHO Graal théâtre
    • Sibelius Symphony No. 7

    Principal Guest Conductor John Storgårds debuts as violin soloist in Kaija Saariaho’s dynamic concerto Graal théâtre, inspired by the search for the Holy Grail. Two of Sibelius’s vivid, profoundly human symphonies close the festival.

    Thursday night Signature subscribers attend this concert.

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