In this weekend’s edition of Montreal’s Le Devoir, Alexander Shelley speaks in depth with Christophe Huss about the current Covvid-19 crisis and its implications for the classical music industry.
That same week, on May 8th, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra is set to release a new album as part of a recording cycle themed “Clara, Robert, Johannes” under label Analekta. The release comes a day after the anniversary of Johannes Brahms’ birthday and follows a September 2019 digital-only teaser that marked the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birthday. The album is the first of four to be released over the next two years as part of a cycle that explores the closely intertwined personal and artistic connections between three musical giants: Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. This release includes Clara’s Piano Concerto, played by Venezuelan virtuoso Gabriela Montero, and Robert and Johannes’ first symphonies. The album is linked together with brilliant solo improvisations by Gabriela, based on themes by Clara. Excerpts from the recording will be shared on May 6th to listeners of NACO’s Home Delivery concerts, a new digital performance format launched recently in times of physical distancing. Anyone can sign-up to receive these free concert recordings in their inbox.
Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra today launch ‘Musically Speaking’, a new series of live bi-weekly interviews with leading Canadian musicians which will be hosted on the NAC’s Canada Performs platform as well as on Alexander’s Facebook Page.
The National Arts Centre Orchestra and the National Arts Centre have created several new digital platforms in order that their audiences can continue to enjoy music, conversation and the Arts from their homes during the Covid-19 crisis. Visit the NAC website to find out what’s on offer, or follow Alexander’s updates on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
It is with great regret that the upcoming concerts in Christchurch and Dunedin have been cancelled in response to the measures in place to tackle the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Alexander Shelley and the New Zealand Symphony had been greatly looking forward to presenting these programmes of music by Poulenc and Beethoven with soloist Cameron Carpenter and hope to reschedule for a future season.
Having opened the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Masters Series season last week with world premiere performances of Gordon Hamilton’s Antarctic-inspired ‘Far South’ and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, Alexander this week led performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Town Hall.