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Louis Lortie


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This six-concert series with the NAC Orchestra opens with the world-renowned violin master Itzhak Perlman, and features music from the Baroque era to the modern age. Highlights include Québec’s La Chapelle choir with conductor Bernard Labadie, acclaimed pianists Emanuel Ax and Louis Lortie.

Audi Signature concertgoers will experience the first collaboration between Music Director Alexander Shelley and Principal Guest Conductor/Violinist John Storgårds.

    • R. Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
    • Ravel La valse
    • Itzhak Perlman “Cinema Serenade”

    The world's most famous violin virtuoso performs a musical love letter to the movies. Itzhak Perlman brings remarkable artistry, joy, and charisma to the music from Casablanca, Cinema Paradiso, Out of Africa, Sabrina, Schindler’s List – and many more.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    • Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1
    • Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3

    An electrifying program of Russian masterpieces, featuring the NAC debut of violin sensation Alina Ibragimova. Shostakovich’s virtuosic writing for the violin is simply stunning, and Rachmaninoff captures the brooding romance of the Russian soul.

    • Handel Coronation anthem "The King shall rejoice”
    • J.S. Bach Mass in G major
    • Handel Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day

    Visionary master of the Baroque Bernard Labadie brings his superb choir, La Chapelle de Québec, and an international roster of vocal stars. The concert evokes the patron saint of musicians in a majestic setting of English poet John Dryden’s words.

    • Conductor

      Bernard Labadie

    • Soprano

      Lydia Teuscher

    • Countertenor

      Daniel Cabena

    • Rossini Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri
    • Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 7

    An all=star classical line up: Rossini’s charming heroine, Mozart’s piano at its most sublime in the hands of Canadian treasure Louis Lortie, and Beethoven’s dance-like symphony under the baton of renowned conductor Xian Zhang.

    • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"
    • Strauss Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)

    Concertmaster Yosuke Kawasaki is the hero’s voice in Strauss’s reflection on a life well-lived, in this tour de force first performance by the NAC Orchestra. Superstar Emanuel Ax channels the melancholy and majesty of Beethoven’s most popular piano concerto.

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