On Saturday February 27th Alexander teams up again with the English Chamber Orchestra for a concert in the Leeds International Concert Season. The performance takes place at the famous Leeds Town Hall, which was also the venue for the finals of the Leeds Conductors Competition that Alexander won in 2005. The competition victory marked the beginning of Alexander’s international career and the venue is close to his heart.
Here are some memories from Alexander’s recent return to Berlin’s Konzerthaus to conduct the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day concerts. An interesting set of photos from the point of view of an orchestral musician in rehearsal, taken by the orchestra’s bass clarinettist Norbert Möller!
“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?