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

  • Special Edition: Sean Rice, 2nd clarinetist with the NAC orchestra, interviews Bryce Dessner

    November 19, 2015 - Duration: 16:14

    WolfGANG is back! He’s got a new bowtie, and he’s ready to get his groove on. Come to the Mercury Lounge to hear works by the great Philip Glass, Montrealer Analia Llugdar, and Bryce Dessner (you might know him…

  • Sound the Trumpet

    November 16, 2015 - Duration: 50:31

    Nick asks: What does it take to play in an orchestral trumpet section? NACO trumpeters Karen Donnelly and Steven Van Gulik explain.

  • Canadian Voices

    October 13, 2015 - Duration: 1:08:31

    Canadian voices. Nick takes a look at three iconic Canadian singers from the past: Lois Marshall, Leopold Simoneau and James Milligan, all of whom deserve a place in the pantheon of vocal art.


  • Who’s Afraid of Anton Bruckner?

    June 8, 2015 - Duration: 41:15

    Nick, Carissa Klopoushak and Sean Rice discuss the music of this frequently under-appreciated composer, as the NAC Orchestra prepares a performance of Bruckner's Ninth Symphony.

  • Green and Pleasant Land

    March 23, 2015 - Duration: 1:05:19

    Nick presents some of his favourite pieces of music inspired by the English countryside. Music by Vaughan-Williams, Britten, Stanford and others, including a performance by Pinchas Zukerman of The Lark Ascending.

  • Eric Friesen Presents his talk “Orchestral Schmorgesborg”

    March 10, 2015 - Duration: 39:55

    Eric Friesen presents "Orchestral Schmorgesborg", a preconcert talk about the February 19 - 20, 2015 NAC Orchestra Concert "Søndergård Conducts Sibelius".

    Major works by Sibelius and Beethoven anchor this concert: Thomas Søndergård’s interpretation of Sibelius’s symphonic masterpiece will enthrall you…

  • Alexander Shelley and the 2015/2016 NAC Orchestra Season

    February 24, 2015 - Duration: 43:57

    Nick speaks with Alexander Shelley, Music Director, about the 2015/2016 NAC Orchestra Season.

    Alexander Shelley was appointed Music Director-designate of Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra in October 2013 and will take up the position of Music Director in September…

  • WolfGANG: Ryan Lott (Son Lux)

    February 13, 2015 - Duration: 22:48

    In this Special Edition of the NACOcast, guest host Sean Rice interviews Ryan Lott (Son Lux) for the February 14, 2015 WolfGANG show at the Mercury lounge.

  • Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: A retrospective view

    January 19, 2015 - Duration: 54:53

    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: A retrospective view. Nick traces the career of one of his favourite singers, born a hundred years ago, in works by Mozart, Schubert, Strauss and others.

  • Handel’s Messiah with Christopher Millard

    December 16, 2014 - Duration: 32:30

    The NACOcast's perennial holiday favourite is back! Curl up by the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate and enjoy Christopher Millard's thirty minute guided tour of Handel's Messiah.

    Read more about Handel at and listen to entire pieces…