Today marks the release of Alexander Shelley’s second album with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, “Encount3rs”, on the Analekta label. It chronicles the three new ballet scores that were at the heart of the recent ambitious collaboration between the NAC Orchestra and NAC Dance.
This landmark NAC commission pairs three of Canada’s outstanding choreographic talents with three of the country’s most exciting composers. Alberta Ballet’s eminent and prolific Jean Grand- Maître joined forces with multiple award-winning new music visionary Andrew Staniland; Ballet BC’s trail-blazing Emily Molnar met her musical match with innovative composer Nicole Lizée; and Guillaume Côté, gifted dancer and choreographic associate with the National Ballet of Canada, was perfectly paired with noted emerging composer Kevin Lau.
The resulting remarkable new one-act ballets and their original orchestral scores were premiered to great acclaim, by dozens of dazzling dancers together with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Alexander Shelley on April 20, 21 and 22, 2017. This unprecedented Creation project, event and recording marks Canada’s 150th anniversary.