February 15, 2017

Two master instrumentalists will be taking to the stage at Canada’s National Arts Centre during the coming weeks, as the Orchestra presents two virtuosic and richly coloured programmes.

Cameron Carpenter, enfant terrible of the organ, joins Alexander Shelley and the NACO for the second time in three years, to perform his own transcription of Sergei Rachmaninov’s “Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini”. The work is just one of three on this programme, entitled “Italy Imagined,” that are inspired by the sights and sounds of the country. The evening opens with Elgar’s “In the South” and concludes with Richard Strauss’s “Aus Italien”, a work which continues the Orchestra’s exploration of the composer’s tone poems.

In the following week, Spanish guitar legend Pepe Romero performs Rodrigo’s beloved “Concierto de Aranjuez” as the centre piece of an evening that focuses on the music of William Walton, including a suite from his film music to Henry V and his 1st Symphony. This programme will be repeated at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

All details can be found on the NAC website.