Special concerts

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  1. Sibelius’s First Symphony

    Ideas of North Festival

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Sibelius Tapiola
    • Alexina Louie Concerto for three violins*
    • Sibelius Symphony No. 1

    Alexander Shelley presents three outstanding violin virtuosi in a new work by celebrated Canadian composer Alexina Louie. Sibelius’s first symphony, evoking brooding Nordic landscapes, opens our festival.

    *Sesquicentennial co-commission for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, NAC Orchestra, and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

  2. Finland’s Rajaton In Concert

    Ideas of North Festival

    NAC Southam Hall

    Finland's iconic a capella sextet returns to Ottawa for a special performance. The ensemble’s name means “boundless,” indicating their phenomenally varied repertoire, from sacred and classical music to animated Europop. Energy, entertainment, and inspiration – Rajaton!

    Included in the 7-concert Ideas of North series

  3. Lapland Chamber Orchestra

    Ideas of North Festival

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Somers North Country Suite
    • Debussy (Orch. Birch) Two Preludes
    • Vivier Zipangu*
    • Sibelius Suite for Violin and Strings
    • KALEVI AHO Symphony No. 14 “Rituals”

    John Storgårds brings his Lapland Chamber Orchestra to North America for the first time, performing as conductor and soloist. Renowned for brilliant ensemble work, they give the world premiere of acclaimed Canadian artist Michael Greyeyes’s re-imagining of Claude Vivier’s iconic work.

    Included in the 7-concert Ideas of North series

    • Conductor

      John Storgårds

    • Lapland Chamber Orchestra

    • Choreographer*

      Michael Greyeyes

  4. Joshua Bell’s Christmas

    with the NAC Orchestra

    NAC Southam Hall

    A holiday concert for the whole family. Kathy Stinson and Dušan Petričić’s celebrated children’s book The Man with the Violin* is transformed by composer Anne Dudley and Normal Studio into a multi-media musical work. The Cathedral Choirs illuminate the magic of the season.

    *Canadian premiere; NAC Orchestra co-commission with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    Based on The Man with the Violin © 2013 Kathy Stinson (text); Dusan Petricic (illustrations); Joshua Bell (postscript); published by Annick Press Ltd.

    • Handel (Orch. MOZART) Messiah

    Messiah is an undisputed holiday favourite. Join Alexander Shelley and the NAC Orchestra as you make it the high point of your Christmas season.

    • Brahms Violin Concerto
    • Elgar Enigma Variations
    • Bramwell Tovey Time Tracks

    Canadian virtuoso James Ehnes is acclaimed worldwide for technical prowess and insightful musicianship. He returns to Ottawa, this time with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. With Elgar’s mysterious and hugely popular Enigma Variations.

    • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

    • Conductor

      Bramwell Tovey

    • Violin

      James Ehnes

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