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Classical Music

Cowan-Cicchillitti Duo

Guitarists Adam Cicchillitti and Steve Cowan form an exciting and unique duo that focuses on expanding the contemporary classical guitar repertoire through commissions and collaborations with living composers. Currently completing doctorates at McGill University with acclaimed guitarist Jérôme Ducharme, Cicchillitti (Dmus., 2022) and Cowan (Dmus., 2019) present daring and virtuosic programs featuring new music for […]

Renée Fleming in Recital

Renée Fleming returns to the NAC for one night only. Don’t miss this intimate recital by one of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time. Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence. Renée Fleming’s ability to interpret a stunning range of music, from art song to […]

Beethoven’s Ninth

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 “Choral” By the time his 9th Symphony premiered in Vienna in 1824, Ludwig van Beethoven – an overtly humanist and political composer – was profoundly deaf, and he heard not a single note of it. As the first choral symphony ever written by a major composer, his 9th broke with the Classical […]

Beethoven Symphony No. 7

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 exudes a cheerful exuberance of celestial proportion. Composed at the same time as the celebrated “Immortal Beloved” letters of 1812, the mysterious 10-page note was penned by the lovelorn composer over the course of two days. Found only after his death, its addressee remains unknown […]

Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral” “A Titan, wrestling with the gods”, was how Richard Wagner aptly described Beethoven and his music. Symphony No. 4 bears the unmistakable stylistic fingerprint of the bold composer: strength, spirited manipulations of harmony and key, and structure shaped by innovation and ingenuity. Beethoven is also to many, the […]

Beethoven’s Fifth

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 The NAC Orchestra brings to life Beethoven’s electrifying and tempestuous Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Groundbreaking when it debuted in 1808, the world’s most famous symphony gives virtually every instrument in the orchestra a solo, each individual voice on a collective journey culminating in powerful triumph. One would be hard-pressed to find anyone […]

Opening Night with Beethoven

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” Beethoven’s first three symphonies are invested with every quality of the human condition, brilliantly illuminating the young composer’s humanist and idealistic beliefs. Lose yourself in this unforgettable evening of music from Ludwig van Beethoven, the musical superstar of the 19th century whose work has inspired, […]

MacKay concert blends traditional with the seldom heard

The MacKay United Church chamber music series wrapped up its 2015-16 season with an intriguing blend of well-known classical music and seldom heard selections. In addition to the Silflay String Quartet, a mainstay of the New Edinburgh music scene, celebrated Canadian guitarist Roddy Ellias played one of his own solo compositions and joined with three […]

Cameron Carpenter: Not your grandmother’s organist

Cameron Carpenter is not your grandmother’s organist.  A far cry from the pious image frequently associated with the “church’s instrument”, the mohawked and diamanté styled Carpenter smashes any attempt to typecast while his virtuoso composer-performer talents dazzle the uninitiated and authorities alike. Inspired at the tender age of 4 by images of silent-movie organ-playing accompanists, […]

The Chamber Players of Canada prepare for holiday cheer bringing

As I watched the Chamber Players of Canada rehearse for Saturday’s Christmas concert, I felt myself overcome by something like holiday spirit. Granted, some of my good cheer may have seeped into me, osmosis-like, from the frankly gigantic Christmas tree that towered to my left. But I think that the vast majority of it was […]