A Landmark Celebration: The NAC Orchestra 50th Anniversary European Tour

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Jeanne d’Arc Sharp (right) with Judith Stollery and Jan Lisiecki toast the successful tour at The Arts Club in London, UK.

This past spring, your NAC Orchestra performed under Music Director Alexander Shelley to captivated audiences across Europe. CROSSINGS featured six Canadian composers and five Canadian soloists and offered more than 60 learning and engagement activities, none of which would have been possible without your generous support.

One of the NAC Foundation’s loyal donors, Jeanne d’Arc Sharp, joined the NAC Orchestra in Europe to cheer them on. Jeanne d’Arc says “The NAC Orchestra is a Canadian treasure. Watching them perform Canadian works on the world stage with Canadian soloists like Jan Lisiecki was an absolutely thrilling experience.”

Always a hallmark of NAC Orchestra tours, life-changing education events took place in cities in the United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden. The Orchestra engaged in masterclasses, clinics, side-by-side performances, school chamber music concerts, career mentoring, and distance learning with more than 3,000 participants throughout the tour.

Geneviève Cimon, the NAC’s Director of Music Education and Community Engagement shares, “Wherever they went, our musicians connected to, inspired, and made music with young musicians, who often came from underprivileged or very diverse backgrounds. To see the smiles and joy coming out from each of our events was worth all the effort we put into them. A big thank you to NAC Foundation donors for the huge role you played bringing this tour to life!”

The NAC Foundation warmly thanks Jeanne d’Arc and all our donors for your generous contributions. You helped to make the NAC Orchestra 50th Anniversary European Tour a grand success!

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