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Musique classique Alexander Shelley : chef, autrement

Alexander Shelley, 35 ans, succède à Pinchas Zukerman et prend les rênes de l’Orchestre du Centre national des arts d’Ottawa. Le personnage, brillant, détonne dans le métier. Il dévoile ses plans au Devoir. …

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Dialogue avec le maestro Alexander Shelley

Allure décontractée, ton chaleureux, regard aussi franc que pétillant d’intelligence : tout, dans l’attitude du nouveau maestro de l’OCNA suggère l’ouverture au dialogue, à la rencontre avec l’autre. Autant avec une œuvre qu’avec les musiciens. Sans oublier le public.

Alexander Shelley incarne totalement ce désir de partager sa passion pour la musique. …

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NACO’s cutting edge: Dear Life leads the way into a new form of musical presentation

In January, the talented young Canadian composer Zosha di Castri was called by the National Arts Centre and offered a commission.

She was pretty darn busy with other commissions, a teaching job at Columbia University in New York and, most important, she was days away from the birth of her first child.

But the fact that the result would be Dear Life, the most ambitious commissioned work undertaken by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, was too good to pass up. …

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Renowned pianist Lang Lang plays NAC on Sept. 19

Superstar pianist Lang Lang and the NAC Orchestra will be visiting Ottawa for this year’s 19th annual National Arts Centre gala Sept. 19.

Lang Lang, who has played sold out concerts around the world and has been included Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” recently, will play some of the widely-known classical works including Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto.

It will also be NAC’s new music director Alexander Shelley’s first collaboration with the NAC’s orchestra. …

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A ‘groundbreaking’ project

An introduction to a new project can present itself in a myriad of ways to an artist.

For writer Merilyn Simonds, the chance to adapt a short story by Alice Munro for a special performance by the National Arts Centre orchestra came in the form of a man on his knees beside her dinner table. …

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