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Canadian Orchestras on the International Stage

Canadian Orchestras on the International Stage

Earlier this week, the National Arts Centre Orchestra announced details of its first-ever tour to China, billed as the most extensive ever done by a Canadian orchestra. The tour, led by NACO music director Pinchas Zukerman, will run from October 4-20, 2013, and-as has become the norm for this orchestra-will include educational events, formal concerts, and a significant use of technology to extend the reach and impact of the orchestra’s presence.

Seventy musicians from the orchestra will perform 8 major concerts, 80 education and outreach activities, and five international broadband videoconference events linking young musicians in Canada and China. Tour venues include Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Fuling, Tianjin, Beijing, and Shanghai. Tour repertoire includes works by Canadians Alexina Louie and John Estacio, Bruch, Brahms, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky, and artistic and educational partners include the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (aka “The Egg”, an iconic new structure in Beijing). The tour will coincide with the annual general meeting of the Canada China Business Council in Beijing with a major concert on October 17, 2013 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts hosted by Canadian Ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques.

The tour has not only its own website, Facebook page, and Twitter hashtag (#NACOChina2013), but also a presence on Sina Weibo, Facebook’s Chinese equivalent.

From April 23 to May 3, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (led by music director Kent Nagano) undertake a 5-city, 4-country South American tour, with stops in major cities in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and Colombia. The most recent visit by the OSM to Brazil and Argentina took place in 1998, while the concerts in Colombia and Uruguay will be the Orchestra’s first in these countries. As we have come to expect, the orchestra’s adventures on the road will be chronicled in a tour blog. Soloists are pianist Serihy Salov and violinist (and OSM concertmaster) Andrew Wan, and tour repertoire includes works by Wagner, Liszt, Brahms, Berlioz, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Stravinsky.

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New Seasons

New Seasons

The Calgary Philharmonic has launched its 2012-13 season, its seventh under the leadership of music director Roberto Minczuk. It’s a big season, and here are some high points: a two-week genre-crossing festival entitled War and Peace that includes a massive new work, “Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation”, by Jeffrey Ryan with poet Suzanne Steele; Holst’s The Planets, with images from NASA; a performance by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta; the second season of the CPO’s Rush Hour series; and a Pops series dance extravaganza featuring stars from the hit TV series Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.

The Oakville Symphony, led by music director Roberto de Clara, has announced its 2012-13 season, a four-concert subscription program (featuring repertoire by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Mozart and Dvorak) with two additional family-oriented programs. The OSO is almost always sold out on subscription – and we can see why from their program plans!

The Sudbury Symphony (under Dr. Victor Sawa) has launched its 2012-13 season, a six concert series that includes a family concert, light classics, operatic repertoire, a world premiere (by composer Jason Noble) and classical masterworks. The series showcases the talents of the SSO’s own musicians, along with guests, and will also welcome pops conductor Brian Jackson to the SSO’s podium for certain programs.

The Ontario Philharmonic, under Music Director Marco Parisotto, continues its growth with an intriguing 2012-13 season that sees two performances of each program – one at home in Oshawa, and the second in Toronto. Soloists include such greats as violinist Shlomo Mintz, pianist Anton Kuerti and Angela Meade. As well, the OP will present Handel’s Messiah with Amadeus Choir and brilliant young soloists. Featured orchestral works include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Brahms’s Symphony No. 4, Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4.

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