May 30, 2019

Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra this week completed its three week tour of Europe under the leadership of Music Director Alexander Shelley, having garnered rave reviews in the journey from London through Paris, Utrecht, Copenhagen and Stockholm to Gothenburg.

The orchestra toured with works by an unprecedented six Canadian composers (five of them living) and some of Canada’s finest soloists, including Jan Lisiecki, James Ehnes, Erin Wall and David D Q Lee, as well as actress Monique Mojica.

Of the tour Le Devoir’s Christophe Huss remarked that it brought a ‘noble, new and enriched meaning to the word cultural diplomacy’, adding that the programming and implementation exhibited ‘merit, creativity, vigour, generosity, altruism and courage’. (Full article here).

Journalist Lynn Saxberg who travelled with the tour from start to finish wrote an extended article on the experience for the Ottawa Citizen and which excellently captures the spirit on stage and behind the scenes.