Affairs of the Heart at NAC

November 5, 2020

Alexander Shelley and Canada’s NAC Orchestra this Saturday night continue their new season of livestreams featuring bold programming and showcasing next generation artists.

‘Affairs of the Heart’, which streams live and for free at 8pm on Saturday, November 7th, features works spanning 1957-2018, by composers from Canada, the UK and the US, and will be a performance full of the sounds of contrasting cultures and moods, and pure musical virtuosity.

American composer Jessie Montgomery’s Coincident Dances is a musical snapshot of a walk through New York City, with layers of texture, colours, and cultures.

Following the energetic opening work, the brilliant young trombonist Hillary Simms, from Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, performs music by French composer Henri Tomasi. His “mid-century modern” Trombone Concerto continues the mood of music that evokes city life: bustling, rhythmic, and gently bluesy. Hillary Simms was named one of CBC’s “30 Under 30” Classical musicians in 2020, and we are proud to feature many of the musicians from this group on our livestream series.

We next leap forward to 2018, with the Canadian premiere of UK composer Hannah Kendall’s Verdala. Hannah’s powerful music is a pointed, spare and uncompromising comment on war and sacrifice.

This concert is titled after the next piece by Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich. Known for his accessible and beautiful compositions that combine classical and modern styles, Affairs of the Heart for Violin and String Orchestra is an exquisite masterpiece for violin and string orchestra. Duncan McDougall, also from CBC’s “30 Under 30” Classical list for 2020, will be our violin soloist.

Composer Violet Archer played an important role in 20th century Canadian composition with not only her own brilliant works, but in teaching at least three generations of musicians. We close our concert with her dramatic piece Sinfonietta from 1968. Be sure to listen for the virtuosic clarinet solo towards the end!

We invite you to enjoy this free livestreamed concert from the comfort of your own home! Watch right here at 8pm on Saturday, November 7.