February 11, 2018

In the coming days Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra will work alongside hundreds of children and amateur musicians from the National Capital Region as part of the “NACO in the Community Week”.

The events begin on Monday with what is now the third annual ‘NACO Remix’ at Woodroffe High School in Ottawa’s West End. Young musicians from four local schools (D Roy Kennedy, JH Putman, Ragina and Woodroffe) will perform side-by-side with NACO musicians, conducted by Alexander in a festive and fun programme of works for youth orchestras.

On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Alexander leads open rehearsals with musicians of Canada Amateur Musicians Association (CAMMAC) again sitting side-by-side with NACO’s musicians. They will be working on Rimsky-Korsakov’s virtuosic orchestral show-piece “Scheherazade”. Find out more about the times and venues for each of these open rehearsals here.

On Wednesday NACO in the Community week returns to work with students from two of the top arts schools in the district: Canterbury High School and Ecole secondary publique De La Salle. The collaboration will involve detailed work on three works: Wagner’s ‘Siegfried Idyll’, Tchaikovsky’s ‘String Serenade’ and Sibelius’s ‘Romance in C’. The young musicians, also working for the third year in a row alongside Alexander and the NACO instrumentalists, will perform these three romantic works in a public concert at 8pm on February 14th – Valentines Day!