This week sees the start of an extensive three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand in which Alexander returns to the Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras with three exciting programmes of symphonic masterpieces.
This week, Alexander’s ‘Composer360°’ series with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra continues at Cadogan Hall with ‘Wagner360°’. In this latest instalment music by Hans von Bülow, Liszt, Brahms and Wagner will be performed as the series explores the life and times of the creator of the legendary Ring cycle. As always, Alexander conducts and presents the concert, offering insight into the stories behind the music.
Returning to Canada after the Christmas break, Alexander and the National Arts Centre Orchestra continued their exploration of the Brahms and Schumann Symphonies, glued together by the music of Clara Schumann. For the opening concerts of the year they were joined by regular collaborator Gabriela Montero, who received glowing reviews for her interpretation of Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, written when the composer was only 15 years old.
Also on the programme: Emilie Mayer’s Faust Overture, a concert hall rarity, and Schumann’s 3rd Symphony.
Reviewing the first performance, classical music journal Ludwig van Toronto described it as ‘an auspicious TSO debut’ for Shelley ‘…leading the orchestra in a very crisp reading of the score. He’s a fine conductor, and let’s hope he’ll be back.’ Read full review here.
The National Arts Centre (NAC) and the NAC Orchestra are honoured to announce a new commissioned work from Philip Glass, one of the most acclaimed and renowned classical composers of his generation. This new orchestral piece will be developed around the theme of truth in our times, an ode to freedom of the press that will honour the memory of Canadian-born Peter Jennings, one of the most revered and respected journalists, news anchors and broadcasters of his generation.
In this six part video series, topics include how to use the right and left hand, how to rehearse and prepare scores as well as how to collaborate with orchestras. Whether you are a student or amateur conductor these videos will provide you with clear instruction, practice tips and useful advice.