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Hatzis’ Thunder Drum

Co-commissioned by the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia with a grant from the Ontario Arts Council, Thunder Drum is a work for small orchestra and audio playback. (The audio playback is delivered from a MIDI keyboard.) Although the music of the outer movements is reminiscent of Western European 19th Century music and […]

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Discovering Vivaldi in the 20th Century

While the name Vivaldi is a household classical name, its easy to forget that until the early 20th century his music had been completely forgotten. By 1926, nearly all of Vivaldi’s work had been lost. So when Turin University musicologist Alberto Gentili was presented with a box of incomplete, unsorted pages from hundreds of Vivaldi’s […]

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Piazzolla’s Four Seasons

When you hear “Four Seasons” do you think about Buenos Aries and tangos? Well, you should. The great Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla made his mark on the world bringing the distinctly South American sounds and rhythms to composed music.  His tangos set him apart from contemporaries and allowed him to leave a unique footprint on 20th Century […]

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Introducing Pascale Giguere

The SSO is thrilled to bring one of Canada’s finest violinists as soloist and guest concertmaster for our first Baroque Series event of the year – there’s a good reason why her Vivaldi and Piazzolla are not to be missed! Pascale Giguère has been a member of Les Violons du Roy since 1995. She was […]

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Introducing Alexander Shelley

Conductor Alexander Shelley’s impact on the National Arts Centre Orchestra is already being heard.   The 38 year old British conductor took the position of Music Director of Canada’s national orchestra in 2015 and since then the orchestra has embarked on some remarkably ambitious projects.  Shelley’s first move was to commission four new works for […]

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Jan Lisiecki – Artist Profile

Just 22, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has won acclaim for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound, and poetic sensibility. The New York Times has called him “a pianist who makes every note count”. Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age. Jan Lisiecki was […]

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NACO’s I Lost My Talk

I Lost My Talk is based on the poem by Mi’kmaw elder and poet Rita Joe, C.M. Rita Joe penned her poem to express not only the pain and suffering she experienced at Schubenacadie Residential School in Nova Scotia, but also her hope and conviction that her words could guide and inspire indigenous and non-indigenous […]

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Introducing Janna Sailor

Janna Sailor returns home to Saskatchewan to make her conducting debut with the SSO in the opening night of our Pops Series, Stardust – the music of David Bowie. Conductor and violinist Janna Sailor is firmly established as a conductor, violinist, and musical innovator of extraordinary scope and versatility.  Originally from rural Saskatchewan, she began […]

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The Return of James Ehnes

  There has always been something special about the way James Ehnes plays the violin.  The clarity of sound, the elegant phrasing, and his heightened attention to detail have made him a performer in a class unto himself.   James Ehnes was born in 1976 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. He began violin studies at the […]

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