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.
From London, Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Luxembourg, to Sydney, Montreal, Ottawa, Milwaukee and much in between, Alexander will be covering a lot of ground from January to June of 2019.
The year begins with a month of guest conducting, touring to Austria, Luxembourg, Spain and the US in the first few weeks of the year, performing a large range of music, from Haydn, Mozart, Bruch, Mendelssohn and Rossini, through Richard Strauss and William Walton, to contemporary and late 20th Century composers such as Gulda, Aho, Salonen and Coll.
Having made a much-lauded debut with Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain last week, Alexander Shelley this week moves on to the National Orchestra of Belgium, performing in Brussel’s BOZAR this coming Friday evening.
Music inspired by the works of Shakespeare are at heart of the programmes this week, as Alexander makes his debut with Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain in five concerts, including at the Maison Symphonique in the Place des Arts on Thursday December 6th. Repertoire favourites, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture and Scherzo, will be heard alongside music by Richard Strauss’s and Anders Hillborg.
On Tuesday November 27th Alexander and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra give the first concert in their latest series at Cadogan Hall. Entitled ‘Seeking New Horizons’ the three concert series, curated by Alexander Shelley, focuses on repertoire by composers who either chose or were compelled to leave their home countries and explores how their journeys effected their music and their lives.