“I do remember some children walking by, not to say they had some greater sense of art, but at least they seemed to wonder what the heck was going on.”
Mozart’s orchestration has a German text and has since been performed hundreds of times, especially in Germany, but never before at the National Arts Centre of Canada, says Alexander Shelley, who will direct the oratorio this week. This marks the Messiah’s return to Southam Hall after a brief hiatus. It’s also the first time Shelley has done it here.
Who could have predicted that an experiment in aesthetics by The Washington Post would inspire a Pulitzer Prize, a picture book and, most recently, an orchestral suite?
After receiving its world premiere at the Kennedy Center in February 2017, with none other than Joshua Bell as soloist, Alexander Shelley will conduct the NAC Orchestra in the Canadian premiere of The Man With The Violin at the NAC in Ottawa on December 20, 2017.
In preparation for the NAC Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s Messiah on December 22, 2017, Alexander invites you to listen to two NACOcast episodes to inspire you this season.