From London, Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Luxembourg, to Sydney, Montreal, Ottawa, Milwaukee and much in between, Alexander will be covering a lot of ground from January to June of 2019.
The year begins with a month of guest conducting, touring to Austria, Luxembourg, Spain and the US in the first few weeks of the year, performing a large range of music, from Haydn, Mozart, Bruch, Mendelssohn and Rossini, through Richard Strauss and William Walton, to contemporary and late 20th Century composers such as Gulda, Aho, Salonen and Coll.
In the second week of February he then returns to Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra for concerts in Ottawa and Toronto, which will include Chopin’s Piano Concerto with David Fray (making his debut with the orchestra), Jocelyn Morlock’s ‘Cobalt’ and the continuation of the Schumann and Brahms Symphony recording cycle. Alexander will also work intensely with youth in the local community, conducting both NACO’s Big Bang concert on February 18th and performing with young string players at Canterbury High School on February 20th.
At the end of February Alexander travels to London to continue his ‘Seeking New Horizons’ series with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Codogan Hall, before returning to Canada for a week of New Music concerts with the NAC Orchestra, which will include a full re-mounting of the orchestra’s ground-breaking ‘Life Reflected’ project.
In the third week of March Alexander travels to Sweden to make his debut with Malmo Symphony Orchestra, followed by a two week tour to Australia, with four concerts at the Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and a return visit to Tasmanian Symphony in Hobart with music by Brahms and Sibelius.
In April Alexander reunites with the NAC Orchestra and soloist Jan Lisiecki for a programme of music by Ravel and Claude Vivier, followed immediately by the continuation of the ‘Seeking New Horizons’ series in London with the Royal Philharmonic.
May is dedicated to work with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. On the 1st of the month, Alexander and guitarist Milos give the premiere of the NAC commissioned Guitar Concerto ‘The Forest’ by Academy Award winning Canadian composer Howard Shore. After this Shelley and the orchestra travel to England to begin their first European Tour together, a celebration of the orchestra’s 50th Anniversary. The tour will see them performing in London, Paris, Copenhagen, Utrecht, Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Summer, fall and winter dates for 2019 will be published during the spring.