September 11, 2019

Alexander Shelley and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra open their 50th anniversary season tonight with the first of three performances of Verdi’s Requiem.

Opening his 5th season as Music Director, Alexander will lead a stellar cast in tonight’s Verdi: American Soprano Felicia Moore, Canadian mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, New Zealand tenor Amitai Pati and American bass-baritone Dashon Burton are soloists alongside the combined voices of Ottawa Choral Society and Ottawa’s Cantata Singers.

In 1969 the orchestra gave its first concert in the then newly opened National Arts Centre (NAC) directly opposite the parliament building in downtown Ottawa. In the coming month the orchestra will celebrate this important milestone, but will also contribute to the celebrations surrounding the opening of the world’s first national indigenous theatre at the NAC.

Beginning next week, the orchestra will present several concerts featuring music by Indigenous composers and performances by Indigenous artists. Alexander will conduct the world premiere of Ian Cusson’s ‘Dodo, mon tout petit‘, an aria created to replace the Kuyas song in Harry Somers opera ‘Louis Riel’, as well as music by Barbara Croall and Andrew Balfour. To find out more about the NAC’s Indigenous Theatre, click here.