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.
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.
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 Pohjola 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.
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.
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!
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