Preserving and sharing the beauty of music

Pinchas Zukerman and the NAC Orchestra © Fred Cattroll

How do we preserve beauty?

We take photographs of perfect moments; we use video to memorialize baby’s first hesitant steps; and we write carefully chosen words to describe an event or a feeling. We do these things so that we can revisit and share the emotions we first felt upon experiencing the event over and over again, and in the process, discover new ones.

In June 2013, when Harvey and Louise Glatt heard Pinchas Zukerman and the NAC Orchestra performed Telemann in Southam Hall, they knew that they had to preserve the extraordinary beauty of Maestro Zukerman’s sound and share it with the world. And what better way to share live music than to record it?

So moved by what they heard that night, Harvey and Louise discussed the possibility of a recording immediately. What resulted is a special gift made by the Glatts to enable two recordings by the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Pinchas Zukerman. The first recording will be of Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 and Brahms’ Double Concerto, for violin and cello (November 2014 and February 2015), the latter of which will preserve the gorgeous sound of perfect partners Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth.

The second recording, which will occur in a future season, will be of the music that inspired the Glatt’s remarkable gift: the Telemann’s Viola Concerto in G Minor performed by Pinchas Zukerman, along with other Baroque repertoire.

These new recordings represent an important opportunity to add to the Orchestra’s rich discography and are an incredible tribute to Pinchas Zukerman in his ultimate season as Music Director of the Orchestra. From his arrival Mr. Zukerman has had a profound impact on the NAC Orchestra, transforming it into an even greater ensemble.  This recording leaves a superb legacy of showing the Orchestra and Pinchas in finest form. Please watch for these recordings at a later date when they will be available for purchase. In the meantime, enjoy the many NACO records on CD, online and also archival concerts available for free at

The National Arts Centre Foundation is deeply grateful for the Glatts’ generous donation. We thank them for preserving the beauty of music, and for sharing it with Canada and the world.

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