NACOcast with Sean Rice

Join host Sean Rice (Second Clarinet, NAC Orchestra) as he explores the world of classical music and its great composers. In this series of audio programmes you can look forward to hearing insightful commentary about upcoming NAC Orchestra programmes as well as musical excerpts and interviews with NACO musicians and guest artists.

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Latest Episodes

  • Beethoven’s Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Symphonies

    Oct 02, 2018 - Duration: 1:06:51

    Sean Rice, NAC Orchestra’s 2nd clarinetist, and NAC Music Director Alexander Shelley complete their three-episode series on Beethoven’s nine symphonies for the 2018 Beethoven Focus Festival. The seventh symphony’s funeral march starts off the conversation. The 1813 premiere of the…

  • Beethoven’s Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Symphonies

    Sep 19, 2018 - Duration: 50:32

    Sean Rice and Alexander Shelley continue their three-episode series about the Beethoven Symphonies on the occasion of the NAC Orchestra’s Festival Focus 2018.
    Symphonies 4, 5 and 6 were running in Beethoven’s head concurrently. He was a master…

  • Beethoven’s First Three Symphonies

    Sep 11, 2018 - Duration: 54:42

    Sean Rice, 2nd clarinetist of the NAC Orchestra, and Alexander Shelley, NAC Music Director, discuss Ludwig van Beethoven’s first three symphonies, putting them in context with Mozart’s and Haydn’s large volume of works. Why are Beethoven’s symphonies so significant and…

  • Summer Special Episode 9 - The 2009 NAC Award Winners: Up Close and Personal

    Aug 31, 2018 - 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…

  • Summer Special Episode 8 - The Post War Years: Canadian Composers Come of Age

    Aug 24, 2018 - 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,…

  • Summer Special Episode 7 - The Post War Years: Canadian Composers Come of Age

    Aug 17, 2018 - 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:…

  • Summer Special Episode 6 - Beyond Ottawa: NACO and the World!

    Aug 10, 2018 - 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…

  • Summer Special Episode 5 - Beyond Ottawa: The National Mandate of NACO

    Aug 03, 2018 - 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,…

  • Summer Special Episode 4 - The Golden Years with Pinchas Zukerman

    Jul 27, 2018 - 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…

  • Summer Special Episode 3 - The Pinnock Years and a Memorable Principal Guest Conductor

    Jul 20, 2018 - 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,…