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Superheroes abound!

On Saturday 26th May at 1.30pm and 3.30pm, the NAC Orchestra and Ottawa Youth Orchestra combine forces to perform music celebrating the men and women who’ve inspired historical and fictional legends. The 140-strong orchestra, under the baton of Alexander Shelley, will provide an afternoon of movie and classical favourites, from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade to John Williams’s Superman.

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Emanuel Ax’s Emperor Concerto at the NAC

Alexander Shelley concludes the season-long musical exploration of heroes and heroines in a grande finale concert at the NAC, performed May 23rd and 24th at 8pm.

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‘Myths and Fairytales’ in London

On May 9th the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘Myths and Fairytales’ series at London’s Cadogan Hall concludes with music by Dukas, Chopin and Mussorgsky. The series – curated, conducted and presented by Alexander Shelley – has featured musical masterpieces inspired by great stories, including Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Khachaturian’s Spartacus and Sibelius’s Night Ride and Sunrise, as well as a variety of great young soloists.

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Brazil Debut

Alexander Shelley this week makes his debut in Brazil, giving three concerts with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Estada de São Paulo (OSESP) at the Sala São Paulo. He will be joined by pianist and regular collaborator Gabriela Montero for a programme that features music by Rossini, Mozart and Beethoven.

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Romantique, contemporain – L’Orchestre du CNA à la Maison symphonique

Pour la première fois depuis la nomination de son nouveau directeur musical, Alexander Shelley, l’Orchestre du Centre national des arts est l’invité de l’OSM.

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Review: NACO gives Earworms a fast, funny and meaty performance

Vivian Fung’s Earworms received its world premiere. Next came Boris Giltburg’s fast-talking rendition of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2. After the intermission, Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 provided a more serious, expansive contrast to the lively chatter of the first half.

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