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

    The Symphony that Inspired a Nation

    As the Russian Empire tightened its colonial grip on Finland, Jean Sibelius wrote the music that expressed his people's desire for freedom.  Touring Europe to rave reviews in 1900, Sibelius’ First Symphony brought worldwide attention to the composer -- and to the cause of Finnish independence.  Hear the symphony that inspired a nation in the opening concert of our Ideas of North 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

    Boundless and Breathtaking

    Feel the power of the human voice with Finland’s double-platinum a capella sensation Rajaton. With close harmonies honed by razor-fine pitch, this genre-defying sextet flaunts its vocal chops in an eclectic performance of pop, jazz, classical and folk tunes. Energetic, creative and inspiring, these singers truly live up to their moniker: ‘Rajaton’ — Finnish for ‘Boundless.’

    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”

    Polar Premiere

    Discover great Canadian and Finnish composers at the Lapland Chamber Orchestra’s first-ever North American concert. Hailing from Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle, the 18-member orchestra boldly brings contemporary Nordic music to listeners in Finland, and the world.  This concert juxtaposes work by Toronto’s Harry Somers — who composed major scores for stage, film and orchestra during a life that spanned most of the 20th century — with that of Montreal’s Claude Vivier, whose search for spirituality in his short, lonely, bohemian life found poignant expression in his music. The evening culminates with Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s Rituals, whose 2009 recording won the orchestra The Finnish Broadcasting Company Record of the Year award.

    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! After a sold-out premiere at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC, the spectacular multi-media show The Man with the Violin* comes to Ottawa for its Canadian debut. Adapted from the award-winning picture book, written by Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Dusan Petricic, the show tells the true story of how world famous violinist Joshua Bell performed as a street musician for an hour in a bustling subway in Washington, D.C.. While more than a thousand people passed, only seven stopped to listen to him play. Bell noticed that children often wanted to stop and listen, but parents pulled them away as they rushed to their destination. Experience what Joshua Bell’s concert in the subway might have felt like, through the eyes of a curious child. With colourful video animation and a star performance by Bell himself, The Man with the Violin works its magic on audiences both young and old.

    *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.

  5. Handel's Messiah

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Handel (Orch. MOZART) Messiah

    Handel’s Messiah is one of the most cherished and performed of all choral works.  That wasn’t always the case though.  In 1742, it enjoyed a hugely successful premiere in Dublin, but when Handel presented the work to London audiences the following year, it was denounced as sacrilegious. The composer had presented the “sacred oratorio” in the decidedly secular Covent Garden Theatre. It wasn’t until 1750 that Messiah became a runaway success, with a standing-room only performance to raise funds for the new Foundling Hospital, an event that became an annual favorite.

    • 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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