The program is both a celebration of our country and an apology for its worst aspects. What could be more Canadian than that?
Although large-scale orchestral music is expensive in this context, there are two full concerts to sample.
The story of Port Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd, who was driven to suicide in 2012 by cyber bullying, harassment and exploitation, is the inspiration for a National Arts Centre Orchestra work slated for a one-night-only performance in Vancouver Thursday.
Shelley demonstrated the excellent rapport he has developed with his orchestra since taking over from Pinchas Zukerman in 2015.
For Life Reflected, the opening night concert, National Arts Centre Orchestra conductor and artistic director Alexander Shelley tasked four Canadian composers with writing pieces that celebrate an individual woman.
For maestro Alexander Shelley, performing a piece based on the work of Mi’kmaw poet Rita Joe in her Cape Breton community this year with the National Arts Centre Orchestra was a defining moment.