CANADA’S NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ORCHESTRA TOUR BEGINS IN ENGLAND WITH 5 DAYS OF CONCERTS & EVENTS
The London/Saffron-Walden leg of the tour is the 1st of 7 stops and runs from May 10 to 14.
May 10, 2019 – OTTAWA (Canada) – On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary, the National Arts Centre Orchestra under the leadership of Alexander Shelley is embarking on a European tour in May 2019. CROSSINGS: the NAC Orchestra 50th Anniversary European Tour will feature concerts and collaborative community partnership events in 7 cities and 5 countries: London, Paris, Utrecht, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Saffron Walden. On this tour, Alexander Shelley and the NAC Orchestra will break new ground for the orchestral experience with an unprecedented representation of Canadian art, artists and stories and will offer fresh interpretations of classics.
“Crossings is emblematic of what is at the heart of this tour….we are crossing expectations, generations and distances and as we engage with new and diverse audiences, artists and young people to experience music and to make music together.” Alexander Shelley, NAC Music Director.
CELEBRATING THE BEST OF CANADIAN ART AND ARTISTS
The NAC Orchestra is proud to include six Canadian compositions on the CROSSINGS’ program–the most ever taken on an international tour by a Canadian orchestra. The Canadian composer featured in London and Saffron-Walden is Ana Sokolović.
NAC President and CEO, Christopher Deacon says: “An ambitious tour like this is fundamental to who we are. It’s about championing Canadian artists and making connections with audiences overseas as we share Canadian music, culture and stories.” In London and Saffron Walden, Calgary-born Jan Lisiecki will perform Ravel’s piano concerto in G. Also on the program is Korean-Canadian countertenor David DQ Lee singing Montrealer Ana Sokolović’s 2019 Juno award-winning Golden Slumbers kiss your eyes....
COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS CROSS DISTANCES, GENERATIONS & EXPECTATIONS
Beyond the stage and in each city, Alexander Shelley and NAC Orchestra musicians will collaborate with partners to engage in meaningful educational and community events. Each event is an opportunity to spark conversations and exchanges around diverse human experiences, with over 60 events planned, engaging over 3,000 people directly. Highlights include international youth composition projects, NAC Orchestra residencies in major European conservatories, making music with other orchestras such as Catching Cultures Orchestra in Utrecht and Sistema Sodertalje at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.