Audi Signature Series

Louis Lortie


6-concert series starting at $128

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”

    In 2006, virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman performed live at the Academy Awards, showcasing the soundtracks of Oscar-nominated films including Brokeback Mountain and Memoirs of a Geisha. Now, the winner of 15 Grammy Awards serenades us with his favourite music from 50 years of cinematic history. From the heart-breaking theme of Schindler’s List, to the heart-melting love song As Time Goes By, savour the sweeping emotional range of Perlman’s 1714 Stradivarius violin in the hands of an undisputed master.

  1. Finnish Legends

    Ideas of North Festival

    NAC Southam Hall

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

    Songs of Goddesses and Heroes

    Lose yourself in a world of legends with the incantatory music of Jean Sibelius. Swirling with primal energy, this series of symphonic poems evokes the Finnish creation-goddess Luonnotar, the celestial Maiden of Pojohla who spins golden threads in the sky, and the hero Lemminkainen, who meets death and resurrection in the netherworld of Tuonela. Resonant of ancient Scandinavian ballads, these works express Sibelius’ belief that “music begins where the possibilities of language end.”

    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

    Ideas of North Grande Finale

    In 1997, solo violinist John Storgards dazzled audiences in the chamber orchestra premiere of Graal Theatre. NAC Orchestra principal guest conductor once again takes up his bow in an authoritative performance of this contemporary concerto, inspired by legends of King Arthur and the search for the Holy Grail. Jean Sibelius’ final symphony, considered by many his greatest achievement, crowns the grande finale concert of our Ideas of North festival.

    Thursday night Signature subscribers attend this concert.

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

    Few musicians in the world have the skill to master Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The original soloist reportedly begged the composer in rehearsal: “For God’s sake Dmitri, give me eight bars of rest, so that I can wipe the sweat off my neck!” Thrill to the prowess of violin sensation Alina Ibragimova as she matches her mettle to the electrifying works of two Russian masters.

    • 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

    “Ah, we shall never be able to do anything like that!” Beethoven told a friend, when he first heard Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24. Grandly orchestrated, moody, and tumultuous, Mozart’s greatest piano concerto has held audiences spellbound for more than 200 years. Savour the elegant musicianship of three-time Juno award winning soloist Louis Lortie, and discover the concerto that struck awe into the heart of Beethoven.

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

    Our season-long musical exploration of heros and heroines culminates in a grande finale concert, featuring two world-famous soloists and two epic works. Seven-time Grammy Award winning pianist Emanuel Ax brings majesty and melancholy to Beethoven’s most famous piano concerto, in a performance hailed by critics as “pure magic.” Topping off the evening, our concertmaster Yosuke Kawasaki takes on the ‘voice of the hero,’ with his virtuosic solo violin in NAC’s first-ever performance of Richard Strauss’ A Hero’s Life. A triumphant end to a tremendous season!

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