April 29, 2019

In 2016 Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra commissioned Oscar and Grammy-award winning composer Howard Shore to write a new guitar concerto for soloist Miloš Karadaglić. This major new work will be premiered on Wednesday night (May 1st) with a repeat performance on Thursday.

Shore, composer of some of the finest film music of the last few decades, including the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Silence of the Lambs and Seven, has previously written concertos for piano (dedicated to Lang-Lang) and cello. Asked by the Ottawa Citizen about the the initial approach he commented ‘It came about through Miloš and his working with Alexander Shelley. They called me together and proposed this idea. I was delighted to compose a new piece for Miloš, who’s a brilliant guitarist, and working with Alexander and the NAC Orchestra has always been a real interest for me.’ Read the full interview with Lyn Saxberg here.

Surrounding the world premiere, Shelley and the NAC Orchestra will perform Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn’s Overture in C and Brahms’s 1st Symphony, which will also be recorded as part of the ongoing Brahms/Robert Schumann/ Clara Schumann cycle that the orchestra is undertaking.

For full details of the concerts and to find out more about the works, visit the NAC website here.