Eric Friesen Presents

How did the National Art Centre Orchestra become the world class organization it is today? In this podcast series, veteran broadcaster and writer Eric Friesen chronicles the unfolding drama ofthe NAC Orchestra from its earliest days in 1969 to the present time. With his charming personality and a host of probing questions, he interviews conductors, orchestral musicians, guest artists and administrators about the Orchestra’s beginnings, the challenges it faced, the tours it made all over Canada and to many foreign lands, and the kind of individuals it took to mold the Orchestra into what it is today.

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Latest Episodes

  • Programme 09 - The 2009 NAC Award Winners: Up Close and Personal

    December 14, 2010 - Duration: 1:04:26

    Meet the second group of three Canadian composers given the prestigious NAC Awards: Peter Paul Kaprowski, Anna Sokolovic and John Estacio. Two are immigrants to Canada from Eastern Europe and the third a first generation Portuguese Canadian. They have just…

  • Programme 08 - The Post War Years: Canadian Composers Come of Age

    December 13, 2010 - Duration: 1:08:42

    This is the story of the composers from the last two decades of the 20th century. These are men and women who are confident of their place in Canadian culture and yet looked out to the world and embraced minimalism,…

  • Programme 07 - The Post War Years: Canadian Composers Come of Age

    December 12, 2010 - Duration: 1:11:44

    As World War 2 ended, there was a great flowering in contemporary music making in Canada. For the first time, men and women declared themselves professional composers. Listen to the stories, the voices and the music of these magnificent pioneers:…

  • Programme 06 - Beyond Ottawa: NACO and the World!

    July 1, 2009 - Duration: 1:06:47

    The NAC Orchestra has from its very early years been known outside the boundaries of Canada. In its third year of life, it made a triumphant debut in New York City. From there touring to Asia, Europe, the rest of…

  • Programme 05 - Beyond Ottawa: The National Mandate of NACO

    July 1, 2009 - Duration: 1:05:22

    The National Arts Centre Orchestra has, from its conception, had a mandate beyond Ottawa, a mandate to serve all Canadians from coast to coast to coast. The key national stages for the NAC Orchestra have been broadcasting, recording and touring,…

  • Programme 04 - The Golden Years with Pinchas Zukerman

    July 1, 2009 - Duration: 56:45

    The return of the NAC Orchestra to stability and health coincides with the arrival of a superstar violinist/conductor, and a man with a huge vision for expansion and education. Pinchas Zukerman pushes the organization to a larger greatness and a…

  • Programme 03 - The Pinnock Years and a Memorable Principal Guest Conductor

    July 1, 2009 - Duration: 57:02

    Through much of the 1990’s, the NAC Orchestra was led by the baroque and classical specialist from England, Trevor Pinnock. This was a time of continued financial challenges for the NAC, but Trevor Pinnock was not only a superb musician,…

  • Programme 02 - The Eighties: Mannino and Chmura

    July 1, 2009 - Duration: 57:37

    After 13 years under Bernardi, the NAC Orchestra’s new leader was another Italian: Franco Mannino. Where Bernardi had been all northern Italy - cold blue light, Mannino was all southern Italy - red hot light. Listen to the smiles that…

  • Programme 01 - An Orchestra is born: The Bernardi Years

    July 1, 2009 - Duration: 1:00:01

    The National Arts Centre Orchestra was born in the cultural euphoria of the 1960’s, an off shoot of a bold Centennial Year project for our nation’s capital. Not only did Ottawa get its first arts centre complex, it acquired a…