In May, the National Arts Centre is hosting the Ontario Scene Festival, the seventh in a series of biennial festivals celebrating the vibrant culture of various Canadian provinces or regions. As with a number of this Scene’s predecessors, orchestras and classical music are prominently featured.
Orchestral highlights this year include:
A performance on May 3 by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (led by Music Director Edwin Outwater) of its acclaimed collaboration with the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing, exploring the parallels between music and science in a fully-scripted program that includes music by Mozart, Webern, Xenakis, Brant, Ives and Cage coupled with a scientific storyline accompanied by narration and video that “carries us from the “falling apples” of Newtonian physics to the amazing and counterintuitive phenomena of the quantum realm.”
A number of programs featuring the National Arts Centre Orchestra with Ontario-based guest soloists: ace fiddler (and the pride of Lakefield, ON) Donnell Leahy and Family, April 23-25; seven-time Grammy winner (and proud Hamiltonian) producer and songwriter Daniel Lanois (with arrangements by David Martin), and Toronto-based singer/multi-instrumentalist Basia Bulat (with orchestral arrangements by Owen Pallett) on April 30; Toronto’s Gryphon Trio with NACO in Jordan Pal’s Starling for piano trio and orchestra, on May 6 and 7.
A concert by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, led by Peter Oundjian, that features Treeship (2013) by TSO Composer in Residence Kevin Lau, on May 8.
For more information on the Ontario Scene’s music component, please visit nac-cna.ca.