Four Canadian women. Four different life experiences. But what they had in common was a struggle and determination to find their voices, despite extremely difficult circumstances.
These women are the inspiration behind Life Reflected, the work commissioned by Alexander Shelley, Music Director of the NAC Orchestra which premiered in 2016.
Alexander and the Royal Philharmonic tonight continue their exploration of the impact of immigration, exile and new cultures on some of Classical Music’s greatest creative artists.
Following a busy week of performances, recording and community outreach work in Ottawa, Alexander and the National Arts Centre Orchestra this weekend travel to Toronto for a concert at Roy Thomson Hall, presented by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Having made his debut in Valencia, Spain last week, Alexander continues on to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for another debut this weekend. Performing music by Mendelssohn, Bruch and Walton, he will be working with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for the first time in two concerts on February 8th and 9th at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
Alexander Shelley and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra have been nominated for a JUNO award in the category of Classical Album of the Year for ‘New Worlds’, their recent release on the Analekta label.
Alexander returns to Luxembourg’s Orchestre Philharmonique (OPL) this week for a programme entitled “Helsinki to California’. The concert pays tribute to fabulous Finnish composers past and present, with music not only by Jean Sibelius, but also by contemporary voices Esa-Pekka Salonen, California based for a long time, and Kalevi Aho, whose work is performed here by star percussionist Martin Grubinger.