Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra to highlight “Heroes” and “Ideas of the North” in 2017-18

Posted on: March 8, 2017

“For the first time, the upcoming season of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, dance and English theatre departments” at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre “are being unveiled at once, bringing an avalanche of arts … including more than 50 orchestra concerts at the newly renovated arts center over the next year,” writes Lynn Saxberg in Saturday’s (3/4) Ottawa Citizen (Canada). “Some of the most ambitious works include the orchestra’s 12-day Ideas of the North Canada-Finland festival … and a new dance piece based on the music of Leonard Cohen.” The Heroes theme “will be illustrated in pieces such as Korngold’s Robin Hood, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Ravel’s Pavane, Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony…. Ideas of North … grew out of a brainstorming session inspired by Glenn Gould’s fascination with northern culture, combined with a desire to celebrate the milestone birthdays of Canada and Finland…. Highlights of the Oct. 3-14 festival include a visit by Finnish conductor John Storgards and his Lapland Chamber Orchestra … and the premiere of a newly commissioned symphonic version of Gould’s only string quartet…. Former [NACO] conductor Pinchas Zukerman is also scheduled to return in November to conduct and perform a program that includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 25.”

Posted March 8, 2017

Pictured: Music Director Alexander Shelley leading the National Arts Centre Orchestra