Today the National Arts Centre named Christopher Deacon as the new President and CEO. The former Managing Director of the NAC’s orchestra, and the person instrumental to hiring Alexander Shelley into his role as Music Director, replaces Peter Herrndorf. Montreal-born Deacon, 59, has managed the orchestra for the past 22 years.
Alexander Shelley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra present “Seeking New Horizons” at Cadogan Hall
Alexander Shelley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra present a three-part series in the upcoming 2018/2019 season at Cadogan Hall – Seeking New Horizons. This series explores the music created by composers displaced from their homelands by either war, political turmoil or the desire to discover something new.
The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) are Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in the performing arts. The awards recognize a stellar array of artists and arts volunteers for their outstanding contribution to culture in Canada and abroad.
On Saturday 26th May at 1.30pm and 3.30pm, the NAC Orchestra and Ottawa Youth Orchestra combine forces to perform music celebrating the men and women who’ve inspired historical and fictional legends. The 140-strong orchestra, under the baton of Alexander Shelley, will provide an afternoon of movie and classical favourites, from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade to John Williams’s Superman.
Alexander Shelley concludes the season-long musical exploration of heroes and heroines in a grande finale concert at the NAC, performed May 23rd and 24th at 8pm.
On May 9th the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘Myths and Fairytales’ series at London’s Cadogan Hall concludes with music by Dukas, Chopin and Mussorgsky. The series – curated, conducted and presented by Alexander Shelley – has featured musical masterpieces inspired by great stories, including Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Khachaturian’s Spartacus and Sibelius’s Night Ride and Sunrise, as well as a variety of great young soloists.