Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra With Jan Lisiecki, Piano
ANA SOKOLOVIC: Golden slumbers kiss your eyes
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2
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Alexander Shelley, conductor
Jan Lisiecki, piano
David DQ Lee, countertenor
Canadas National Arts Centre Orchestra kicks off its 50th Anniversary European Tour in the UK led by renowned British Music Director Alexander Shelley. London audiences will recognize Maestro Shelley as the Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Since becoming Music Director of the NAC Orchestra, Shelley has been credited with turning the orchestra almost overnight into one of the more audacious orchestras in North America (Macleans).
The NAC Orchestra offers a dazzling programme: Serbian-Canadian Ana Sokolovis 2015 composition was inspired by music from imagined immigrant childhoods. Commissioned by the NAC, Golden slumbers kiss your eyes sets folk songs and lullabies in seven languages, all brought vividly to life by Korean-Canadian countertenor David DQ Lee and London Voices.
Next, brilliant Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki takes to the stage to perform Ravels dazzling, jazz-influenced Concerto in G deftly navigating its textures and harmonies with his virtuosic technique. Audiences will quickly hear why BBC Music Magazine calls this Deutsche Grammophon recording artist perhaps the most complete pianist of his age.
The evening ends on a bucolic note with Brahms optimistic, forthright Second Symphony.
Part of the Zurich International Orchestra Series 2018-19 at London's Cadogan Hall: www.cadoganhall.com/zios
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