Air Canada Ovation Series

Alice Sarah Ott

Jonas Becker

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Beethoven’s iconic Ninth symphony – Rachminoff’s lush second symphony – Rimsky-Korsakov’s glittering Scheherazade… This five-concert series with the NAC Orchestra features some of the most popular and beautiful symphonic music ever written. In addition, Music director Alexander Shelley has invited some of today’s most exciting pianists to perform with the Orchestra, including Alain Léfevre, Alice Sara Ott, Beatrice Rana and Stephen Hough.

    • Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
    • Copland Appalachian Spring
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, “Choral”

    Beethoven's monumental Ninth has been the soundtrack to social change and the triumph of the human spirit for over 200 years. Experience the joy anew under the baton of Alexander Shelley.

    • Beethoven Egmont Overture
    • Grieg Piano Concerto
    • Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”

    Dazzling pianist Alice Sara Ott, making her awaited NAC Orchestra debut, plays Grieg’s show-stopping piano concerto. With its vivid wild romanticism, Mendelssohn’s third symphony is a stunning vehicle for our virtuoso orchestra.

    • Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte
    • WALTER BOUDREAU Concerto de l’asile
    • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

    The heroine of the tales of the Arabian Nights comes alive in Rimsky-Korsakov’s glittering, colourful Scheherazade. Alain Lefèvre brings a personal passion and fire to the concerto written for him by Quebec’s masterful Walter Boudreau.

    • Brahms, Johannes Piano Concerto No. 1
    • SCHUMANN (Orch. RAVEL) Selections from Carnaval
    • Schumann Symphony No. 2

    Italian piano prodigy Beatrice Rana – the youngest winner ever of the Montreal International Piano Competition – was specially invited to make her NAC debut by Alexander Shelley. She dazzles with Brahms’s thrilling, luminous first piano concerto.

    Thursday Ovation series subscribers attend Friday performance.

    • Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1
    • Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
    • Mussorgsky Prelude to Khovanshchina

    Young Finnish conducting sensation Klaus Mäkelä makes his Canadian debut. Pianist Stephen Hough is known for both power and refinement. 

    “Hough is simply one of the most interesting musicians around.” —Boston Globe​

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