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.
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.