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.
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.
Heaven and Earth join in harmony in this evening of music fit for kings and angels. Celestial voices sing the universe into existence in the glorious Ode to St. Cecelia’s Day. Handel’s secular anthem The King Shall Rejoice, which has been performed at coronations of British monarchs since 1727, crowns the evening with regal splendour. With an international roster of vocal stars, the Juno-winning Chapelle de Quebec brings the pomp and passion of the Baroque era to the concert halls of the 21st century.
“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.
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!