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					National
Arts Centre
Orchestra
Up close and personal
PINCHAS ZUKERMAN Music Director




                                                                        2008-2009 SEASON

       Subscribe today 613-947-7000 ext. 620 www.nac-cna.ca/subscribe            1
    Welcome to the 2008-2009 Season!
    The 2008-09 season of the National Arts Centre Orchestra is rich in concerts
    that will satisfy the classical aficionado and the casual listener alike. It offers a
    variety of themes; it will take you on a journey, and it will provide more than
    a few delightful surprises along the way!

    We look forward to the coming season as an opportunity to enhance and expand
    your musical experience – and ours, too! This brochure offers you close-up
    encounters with members of the NAC Orchestra explaining what music means
    to them. The season in turn offers you more ways than ever to get close to
    the music: podcasts, pre- and post-concert Musically Speaking talks, advance
    bulletins, and emailed programme notes.

    We hope you are as excited as we are, because there is a great deal to look
    forward to this year. And there truly is something for everyone to enjoy –
    from classical to contemporary; from familiar to new-found;
    for every passion and personality.

    Take a moment or two to browse through this brochure
    and imagine the possibilities. And then take this
    wonderful opportunity to add music to your life
    with your National Arts Centre Orchestra!




                                                                                           Photo: Christian Ducasse
                                                                                           Tokyo String Quartet




    NAC Orchestra performing at Roy Thomson Hall
    Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann




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        I love making music – my life is music-making!
    Music is a powerful force that provides a way to enrich our
busy lives. And for me as a musician, it’s all about the listening
 process. Performing isn’t so much about you as an individual.
It is about how you fit into the whole. When the NAC Orchestra
performs, the musicians and the audience create a work of art
           together – a new one at each performance.
      The programmes we’ve designed for you – from our
    season-opening Festival to Brahms’ sublime Requiem –
        hold the promise of a transforming experience.




                      Pinchas Zukerman,
                        Music Director




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Your 2008-2009 Series: Packaged to Perfection
How to find your way through the 2008-09 subscription brochure
This brochure presents dozens of concerts built around a variety of themes, musical genres, and audiences.
You may find one or more perfect series, or choose to create your own. Then you have the option of adding
on more concerts at a discount.


MOZART BRAHMS FESTIVAL                                                  CTV POPS AND BOMBARDIER GREAT PERFORMERS
For ten magnificent days two classical titans meet face-to-face          The CTV Pops Series – six concerts designed to bring you the
on our stages in a special season-opening festival. In this brilliant   best in popular entertainment chosen for you by Principal Pops
pairing of Mozart and Brahms you’ll hear how one illuminates the        Conductor Jack Everly.
other – rendered with subtlety and power by the NAC Orchestra           The Bombardier Great Performers Series presents four
and guest artists including Itzhak Perlman and Zubin Mehta.             superstar recitals.
MASTERWORKS                                                             CREATE YOUR OWN
The 17 Masterworks concerts are divided into the traditional            The name says it all! You can design a custom-made musical
Mark Motors Audi Signature, Ovation and Bostonian Bravo                 experience by picking six or five concerts from among the
Series. Select one or more, or take all three to enjoy the full         Masterworks, CTV Pops, Bombardier Great Performers and
sweep of the season.                                                    Visiting Orchestras to suit your own taste and schedule.
Alternatively we have packaged the same 17 concerts into
themed packages under the headings Romantic Concerto                    AND MORE!
(six beloved piano concertos with stellar headliners), Discovery        Don’t forget to look for TD Canada Trust Family Adventures
(the perfect introduction to classical music), and National Stage       with the NAC Orchestra, Music for a Sunday Afternoon
(a celebration of Canadian artists).                                    chamber music series, and Special Concerts including
                                                                        Holiday Traditions performances.



                                                                        Once you’ve made your choice, call, visit,
                                                                        or go online to complete your subscription.




Table of Contents
Mozart Brahms Festival               4-5         Bombardier Great Performers Series 14            Subscription Pricing Charts        25
Mark Motors Audi Signature Series      6         CTV Pops Series                   16-17          Add-on Pricing Charts              26
Ovation Series                         7         TD Canada Trust Family Adventures    18          Season Calendar                    27
Bostonian Bravo Series                 9         Music for a Sunday Afternoon         20          Up Close and Personal
Romantic Concerto Package            10          eXpressions 2009                     20          Pinchas Zukerman                    1
                                                                                                  Yosuke Kawasaki                     8
Discovery Package                    11          Special Concerts                     22
                                                                                                  Amanda Forsyth                     15
National Stage Package               12          NAC Gala                             23          Christopher Millard                19
Musically Speaking                   13          Subscriber Payment Information       24          Karen Donnelly                     21
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                                                                   Jack Everly and Boris Brott.
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                                             BRAHMS
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                                                                    ITZHAK AND PINCHAS                                       MOZART’S TRANSCENDENT REQUIEM
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                                                                    Itzhak Perlman, violin                                   Arianna Zukerman, soprano
                                                                                                                             Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano
                                                                    MOZART Duo for violin and viola                          Wesley Rogers, tenor
                                                                    MOZART Sinfonia concertante                              John Fanning, bass-baritone
                                                                    BRAHMS Symphony No. 1                                    Cantata Singers of Ottawa
                                                                    Be part of a magnificent occasion: best friends           Ottawa Choral Society
                        September 23 – October 2, 2008              and musical partners Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas          Ottawa Festival Chorus
                                                                    Zukerman together in exquisite Mozart masterpieces       Duain Wolfe, chorus master
                        A face-off of two musical titans:           – an intimate chamber work and a “double concerto”
                                                                    for violin, viola and orchestra. Plus Brahms’ gripping   MOZART Requiem
                        Mozart – young and precociously
                                                                    first symphonic creation.                                 A concert to engage you in life’s most profound
                        brilliant, captured the full gamut of       Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English                      questions. Requiem, Mozart’s transcendent last work,
                        human emotions in the light, airy                                                                    becomes unforgettable when Maestro Zukerman is
                                                                    A Mark Motors Audi Signature Series concert              joined by daughter Arianna and massed Ottawa choirs
                        musical language of the 18 century;
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                                                                                                                             in the sublime prayer for eternal light and rest.
                                                                    ITZHAK AND PINCHAS ENCORE
                        and Brahms a century later – mature                                                                  Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English
                                                                    Wed., Sept. 24 at 8 pm                                   Post-Concert NACOcast
                        and painstaking, laboured to hew dense
                                                                    Pinchas Zukerman, conductor, viola
                        musical material from stone. Yet in spite   Itzhak Perlman, violin
                        of their differences, both share a deep-    MOZART Duo for violin and viola                          “Here was all we want in Brahms: a plush,
                                                                    MOZART Sinfonia concertante                              glowing string sound with warm winds to
                        rooted classicism. Mozart foreshadows                                                                match and a lyrical spirit that seemed piped
                                                                    BRAHMS Symphony No. 4
                        Brahms and Brahms echoes Mozart. Each                                                                in from central Europe….The entire brass
                                                                    Another opportunity during our Mozart Brahms Festival    section sounded weaned on Brahms.”
                        illuminates the other, and this Festival    to enjoy the inspired artistic collaboration between
                                                                                                                             – Montreal Gazette
                                                                    Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman showcasing
                        illuminates both with orchestral, vocal,    Mozart’s genius. Plus the intensity of Brahms’ final
                                                                                                                             “It must be stated that NACO is an excellent
                        chamber and family concerts and pre-        symphony – all burnished gold and autumnal passion.
                                                                                                                             orchestra. The performance of Mozart’s
                        concert talks. And the NAC Orchestra        Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in French                       Symphony No. 40 had enormous cohesion
                                                                    A Mark Motors Audi Signature Series concert              and force…The concert became a celebration,
                        has the range and suppleness to do
                                                                                                                             a true musical event.” – Le Soleil
                        full justice to these titans.

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MEHTA, ZUKERMAN AND BRAHMS
Wed., Oct. 1 at 8 pm
Zubin Mehta, conductor
Pinchas Zukerman, violin




                                                                                                                  Photo: Tristan Cook
                                                                                                                  Escher String Quartet
BRAHMS Violin Concerto                                          CHAMBER MUSIC
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2
A night you’ll treasure always: internationally
acclaimed conductor Zubin Mehta and our own
                                                         THE TOKYO STRING QUARTET
Pinchas Zukerman together for the first time in           National Gallery of Canada Auditorium
Ottawa performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto – soaring,     The legendary Tokyo String Quartet adds its voice
virtuosic, and of unparalleled beauty. Plus, feel the    to our Mozart Brahms Festival. Enjoy one of the
softer side of Brahms in his pastoral Second Symphony.   supreme chamber ensembles in the world in two
                                                         splendid programmes, including one that also features
Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in French
                                                         members of the NAC Orchestra and friends.
An Ovation Series concert
                                                         Fri., Sept. 26 at 8 pm                                   THE ESCHER STRING QUARTET
THE PASSION OF MOZART AND BRAHMS                                                                                  National Gallery of Canada
                                                         HAYDN String Quartet No. 60 in G major                   Rideau Chapel
Thurs., Oct. 2 at 8 pm                                   MOZART String Quartet No. 22 in B-flat major
                                                                                                                  Hot…hot…hot – that’s the only way to describe
Pinchas Zukerman, conductor                              BRAHMS String Quartet No. 1 in C minor
                                                                                                                  the Escher String Quartet – an ensemble of young
Janina Fialkowska, piano                                 Sun., Sept. 28 at 2 pm                                   musicians who are turning the music world on its ear
                                                                                                                  wherever they perform their magic. Don’t miss this
MOZART Overture to Così fan tutte                        with members of the NAC Orchestra                        dynamite quartet during the Mozart Brahms Festival
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24                             MOZART and BRAHMS Quartets and Sextet                    as they dazzle you in two different programmes!
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3
                                                         A Music for a Sunday Afternoon concert                   Wed., Oct. 1 at 12 noon
After a charmer of a curtain-raiser, Canadian virtuoso
Janina Fialkowska reveals the powerful passions of
                                                                                                                  Quartets by MOZART and BRAHMS
                                                         Photo: Peter Checchia
                                                         Tokyo String Quartet




Mozart’s 24th Piano Concerto. It’s the perfect partner
for Brahms’ Third Symphony which paints from an                                                                   Thurs., Oct. 2 at 12 noon
emotional palette in colours of yearning, reflection,
and serene resignation.                                                                                           Quartets by MOZART and BRAHMS
Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English
An Ovation Series concert                                                                                         “[The Escher’s] sound is golden-ripe, and
                                                                                                                  its performance was technically almost
                                                                                                                  infallible, cool-edged, yet pulsing like the
                                                                                                                  engine of a luxury car... the night’s biggest
                                                                                                                  pleasure.” San Jose Mercury News
  Zubin Mehta




                                                                FOR FAMILIES
                                                         THE SHOESTRING MAGIC FLUTE                               EXPLORE THE FLENTROP ORGAN
                                                         Panorama Room                                            Southam Hall backstage
                                                         For ages 5-8                                             For ages 8-15
                                                         Sat., Sept. 27 at 11 am (In English)                     Sat., Sept. 27 at 3 pm (bilingual)
                                                         Based on Mozart’s famous opera, Shoestring Opera         Thomas Annand, organ
                                                         presents the story of Allegra, lost in a dark forest
                                                                                                                  Ian MacKay, Royal Canadian College of Organists
                                                         on her way home from school. Enter Papageno, a
Musically Speaking                                       feathered birdcatcher pursued by a Dragon – and the      Ever wonder why the organ is called “the king of
To enhance your experience with Mozart                   fun, adventure, and glorious singing begin! Featuring    instruments”? Find out in this exciting interactive
                                                         two singer-actors, a cellist, a pianist, and Mozart’s    workshop held backstage in Southam Hall especially
and Brahms, all five NAC Orchestra Festival
                                                         beautiful music, this is an ideal child’s introduction   for families. Hear the music of Mozart, Brahms and
concerts include free Pre-Concert Talks with
                                                         to the joy of opera.                                     Bach as your children explore the unique Flentrop
CBC personalities and renowned music critics,                                                                     organs, a thank-you gift to the NAC from the Dutch
plus one live post-concert NACOcast.                     Mats for children and chairs for grown-ups.
                                                                                                                  community in Canada. (Capacity is limited to 75.)
For details of Musically Speaking events, see
page 13.




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                                                                                                                                                                                 EHNES AND ELGAR
    Mark Motors Audi
                                                                                 Six concerts on Wednesdays and Thursdays (except
                                                                                 where noted) at 8 pm in Southam Hall.                                                           Wed., Feb. 18 and Thurs., Feb. 19, 2009
                                                                                 If you love the Russian masters, the Signature Series                                           David Lockington, conductor
                                                                                 is for you! Two Tchaikovsky symphonies, two beloved                                             James Ehnes, violin
                                                                                 romantic piano concertos, and the glittering showpiece,                                         SCOTT GOOD World Premiere of
                                                                                 Scheherazade. Also included: a Brahms symphony                                                  NAC Commission
                                                                                 and a very special treat: Itzhak Perlman and Maestro                                            KORNGOLD Violin Concerto
                                                                                 Zukerman as co-soloists in two Mozart classics.                                                 ELGAR Enigma Variations
                                                                                                                                                                                 James Ehnes won a 2008 Grammy Award for his
                                                                                                                                                                                 recording of Korngold’s Violin Concerto; now come feel
                                                                                                                                                                                 its beauty live. Fourteen charming portraits of Elgar
                                                                                                                                                                                 and Friends populate the composer’s musical Enigma,
                                                                                                                                                                                 whose real mystery has never been solved.
                                                                                                                     THE PASSION OF TCHAIKOVSKY
                       Wednesday Signature subscribers will attend the                                               Tues. Oct. 21 and Wed. Oct. 22, 2008
                       Wed., Sept. 24 Mozart Brahms Festival concert                                                                                                             BRONFMAN AND RACH 3
                                                                                                                     Thursday subscribers will attend on Tuesday.
                       and Thursday Signature subscribers will attend the                                                                                                        Wed., Mar. 25 and Thurs., Mar. 26, 2009
                       Tues., Sept. 23 Festival concert.                                                             Pinchas Zukerman, conductor                                 Pinchas Zukerman, conductor
Signature Series



                       ITZHAK AND PINCHAS                                                                            *Jon Kimura Parker, piano                                   Yefim Bronfman, piano
                       Tues., Sept. 23, 2008                                                                         TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1                            RACHMANINOV Prelude for solo piano
                       Pinchas Zukerman, conductor, viola                                                            TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5                                  R. STRAUSS Le bourgeois gentilhomme Suite
                       Itzhak Perlman, violin                                                                        Feel the power and passion of Tchaikovsky! Jon Kimura       RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 3
                                                                                                                     Parker guarantees a definitive interpretation of an
                       MOZART Duo for violin and viola                                                                                                                           Smile along with Strauss’s clever musical adaptation
                                                                                                                     iconic piano concerto in all its romantic ardour. And the
                       MOZART Sinfonia concertante                                                                                                                               of Molière’s classic comedy. Then… you won’t believe
                                                                                                                     soaring melodies of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth will have you
                                                                                                                                                                                 your eyes and ears when Yefim Bronfman solos
                       BRAHMS Symphony No. 1                                                                         on your feet and cheering!
                                                                                                                                                                                 in Rachmaninov’s knuckle-busting concerto – an
                       Be part of a magnificent occasion: best friends                                                Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English                         incredible unleashing of notes from beginning to
                       and musical partners Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas                                               Post-Concert Talkback                                       jaw-dropping end. Guaranteed to thrill!
                       Zukerman together in exquisite Mozart masterpieces
                                                                                                                     * 2008-09 Portrait of an Artist: see details on page 14     Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in French
                       – an intimate chamber work and a “double concerto”
                       for violin, viola and orchestra. Plus Brahms’ gripping                                                                                                    Post-Concert Talkback
                       first symphonic creation.                                                                      TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY NO. 4
                       Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English                                                           Wed., Jan. 14 and Thurs., Jan. 15, 2009                     SCHEHERAZADE!
                                                                                                                     **                                                          Wed., June 10 and Thurs., June 11, 2009
                       ITZHAK AND PINCHAS ENCORE                                                                                                                                 Pinchas Zukerman, conductor
                       Wed., Sept. 24, 2008                                                                                                                                      Kirill Gerstein, piano
                       Pinchas Zukerman, conductor, viola                                                            Edward Gardner, conductor                                   COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
                       Itzhak Perlman, violin                                                                        Bill Richardson, host                                       RAVEL Piano Concerto in G
                       MOZART Duo for violin and viola                                                                                                                           RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade
                       MOZART Sinfonia concertante                                                                   TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4
                                                                                                                                                                                 Feel the majesty of Copland’s Fanfare, followed by
                       BRAHMS Symphony No. 4                                                                         An intensely involving way to get inside a musical          a bit of jazz à la français in Ravel’s sophisticated,
                                                                                                                     masterpiece! A multi-media presentation of                  sultry concerto. Then linger awhile in the perfumed
                       Another opportunity during our Mozart Brahms Festival
                                                                                                                     Tchaikovsky’s dramatic score – with CBC’s Bill              realm of The Arabian Nights conjured by the glittering
                       to enjoy the inspired artistic collaboration between
                                                                                                                     Richardson, an actor, images, and musical examples          Scheherazade.
                       Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman showcasing
                                                                                                                     – illuminates the music, opens your ears, and enlivens
                       Mozart’s genius. Plus the intensity of Brahms’ final                                                                                                       This concert is made possible in part through the Friends of
                                                                                                                     your understanding of this breathtaking symphony.
                       symphony – all burnished gold and autumnal passion.                                                                                                       the NAC Orchestra Kilpatrick Fund.
                                                                                                                     Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in French
                       Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in French                                                                                                                        Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English
                                                                                                                     ** Beyond the Score is produced by the Chicago Symphony
                                                                                                                                                                                 Post-concert Jazz Café in NAC’s Fourth Stage
                                                                                                                     Orchestra
                                                                                                                                                                                 Join us for an intimate Jazz Café hosted by Alan Neal
                                                                                                                                                                                 and Andrew Craig featuring bassist John Geggie with
                                                                                                                                                                                 a stellar jazz ensemble. Tickets $15.




                                                                                                                                                                                 Musically Speaking
                                                                                                                                                                                 For details of Musically Speaking Pre-Concert
                                                                                                                                                                                 Talks and Post-Concert Talkbacks, see page 13
                                                              Photo: Fred Cattroll
                                                              Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman

                                                                                                 Photo: Bezno
                                                                                                 Jon Kimura Parker




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Ovation Series
                                                             Five concerts on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm in Southam Hall.
                                                             There’s so much for you to love on this series that it’s hard to know where to begin!
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                                                             To kick off your season, enjoy a captivating installment of our Mozart Brahms
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                                                             Festival. Prepare for your jaw to drop when the amazing percussionist Evelyn Glennie
                                                             takes the stage. Plus plenty of music for Beethoven and Haydn aficionados, and the
                                                             captivating Sarah Chang in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. And that’s just for starters!
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                                                         THE AMAZING EVELYN GLENNIE
                                                         Wed., Nov. 26 and Thurs., Nov. 27, 2008                   A MENDELSSOHN TREASURE
                                                         Andrew Grams, conductor
                                                                                                                   Wed., Feb. 11 and Thurs., Feb. 12, 2009
                                                         Evelyn Glennie, percussion                                Roberto Minczuk, conductor
                                                                                                                   Sarah Chang, violin
                                                         SIBELIUS Valse triste
Wednesday Ovation subscribers will attend the            JOHN CORIGLIANO *TriplePlay for Percussion                MENDELSSOHN Suite from A Midsummer
Wed., Oct. 1 Mozart Brahms Festival concert and          and Strings                                               Night’s Dream
Thursday Ovation subscribers will attend the             TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake: Suite                              MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
Thurs., Oct. 2 Festival concert.                         TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker: Suite                         BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4
                                                         You must be there when Evelyn Glennie – the world’s       You’ll treasure Mendelssohn’s concerto, once called
MEHTA, ZUKERMAN AND BRAHMS                               most exciting percussionist – conjures choreographed      “the heart’s jewel” of violin concertos – especially as
Wed., Oct. 1, 2008                                       magic in this electrifying concerto created especially    played by virtuoso Sarah Chang. And be captivated by
                                                         for her. Highlights from enchanting Tchaikovsky ballets   Beethoven in a jovial and whimsical mood with his
Zubin Mehta, conductor
                                                         are sure to put you in a holiday mood.                    fresh, energetic Fourth Symphony.
Pinchas Zukerman, violin
                                                         Post-Concert Talkback                                     Post-Concert Talkback
BRAHMS Violin Concerto                                   * NAC Orchestra co-commission
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2                                                                                              “[Sarah Chang’s] playing was technically
A night you’ll treasure always: internationally          A HAYDN CELEBRATION                                       brilliant, lively and characterful, imbued
acclaimed conductor Zubin Mehta and our own              Wed., Jan. 28 and Thurs., Jan. 29, 2009                   with a sense of mastery and commitment.”
Pinchas Zukerman together for the first time in                                                                     The New York Times
Ottawa performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto – soaring,     Pinchas Zukerman, conductor, violin
virtuosic, and of unparalleled beauty. Plus, feel        Donna Brown, soprano
the softer side of Brahms in his pastoral Second
                                                                                                                   UNDER THE SPELL OF BEETHOVEN
                                                         Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano                            Wed., May 20 and Thurs., May 21, 2009
Symphony.                                                Lawrence Wiliford, tenor
Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in French                       Robert Pomakov, bass-baritone                             Patrick Summers, conductor
                                                         Cantata Singers of Ottawa                                 Angela Hewitt, piano
THE PASSION OF MOZART AND BRAHMS                         Seventeen Voyces
                                                                                                                   R. MURRAY SCHAFER World premiere of
Thurs., Oct. 2, 2008                                     Duain Wolfe, chorus master
                                                                                                                   NAC commission
Pinchas Zukerman, conductor                              HAYDN Violin Concerto in C major                          BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
Janina Fialkowska, piano                                 HAYDN Lord Nelson Mass                                    MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 5,
                                                         Join our 200 year memorial celebration of Haydn,          “Reformation”
MOZART Overture to Così fan tutte                                                                                  BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
                                                         showcasing his amazing contributions to the
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24                             symphonic, concerto, and vocal repertoire. You’ll         You’ll feel like celebrating when you hear this artful
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3                                    experience Pinchas Zukerman’s mastery of a classical      combination of classic and new music: Beethoven’s
After a charmer of a curtain-raiser, Canadian virtuoso   concerto and sense the triumph of a mass in honour        spellbinding concerto starring Ottawa’s own Angela
Janina Fialkowska reveals the powerful passions of       of Lord Nelson’s stunning victory at sea.                 Hewitt, paired with a brand-new work by R. Murray
Mozart’s 24th Piano Concerto. It’s the perfect partner   Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in French                        Schafer, Canada’s iconic composer.
for Brahms’ Third Symphony which paints from an
                                                         Post-Concert Talkback                                     Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English
emotional palette in colours of yearning, reflection,
and serene resignation.
Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English
                                                         Musically Speaking
                                                         For details of Musically Speaking Pre-Concert
                                                         Talks and Post-Concert Talkbacks, see page 13
                                                                                                                                                                              Sarah Chang • Photo: Cliff Watts
                                                                                                                                       Angela Hewitt • Photo: Peter Hundert




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       There’s something rather formal about the start to an
       evening at the concert hall: musicians and soloists in
       white tie and gowns and the audience falling silent in
    anticipation. The opening downbeat is not only a cue for
     the musicians to start playing but a signal for a change
      in atmosphere. Once the music begins we are stripped
       to our souls and that is what makes the music come
       alive. My desire is to extend to you, the audience, an
     invitation: the chance to be stripped of your formalities
           and thus open to be moved by the experience.




                       Yosuke Kawasaki,
                        Concertmaster




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                                                                                                                                                                                     Bostonian
                                                                                         Six concerts on Thursdays and Fridays (except where noted)
                                                                                         at 8 pm in Southam Hall.
                                                                                         Beethoven buffs will delight in the Bostonian Bravo Series:
                                                                                         hear his First and Fifth symphonies and the revolutionary Third
                                                                                         Piano Concerto; other highlights include Brahms’ Requiem,
                                                                                         Saint-Saëns’ thrilling “Organ” Symphony, and vibrant soprano
                                                                                         Measha Brueggergosman singing Berlioz songs.
   Vivian




                                                                                                                                                                                  Bravo Series
         e Hagner




                                                          BEETHOVEN’S MIGHTY FIFTH                                      AMANDA PLAYS VICTOR HERBERT
                                                          Thurs., Jan. 8 and Fri., Jan. 9, 2009                         Thurs., May 14 and Fri., May 15, 2009
                                                          Pinchas Zukerman, conductor                                   Pinchas Zukerman, conductor
                                                          Jonathan Biss, piano                                          Yosuke Kawasaki, violin
                                                                                                                        Joanna G’froerer, flute
                                                          BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
                                                                                                                        Emily Smethurst, flute
                                                          BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
                                                                                                                        Amanda Forsyth, cello
                                                          Beethoven’s Piano Concerto demands prodigious
                                                          abilities… like those of piano phenom Jonathan Biss,          STRAVINSKY Concerto in D for String
BRUEGGERGOSMAN                                            whose sensational playing is a guaranteed knock-              Orchestra
SINGS OF LOVE                                             out. And four instantly recognizable notes (“ba-ba-           J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
                                                          ba-BAH”) start you on a magnificent journey called             HERBERT Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor
Thurs., Oct. 9 and Fri., Oct. 10, 2008                    Beethoven’s Fifth.
                                                                                                                        See and hear Amanda Forsyth shine in a rare jewel:
James Gaffigan, conductor                                                                                                Victor Herbert’s appealing Cello Concerto No. 2. Plus
Measha Brueggergosman, soprano                            SONIC SPLENDOUR:                                              a delicious sampling of concertos from two centuries:

ROSSINI Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers           THE “ORGAN” SYMPHONY                                          a sparkler by Bach featuring NAC Orchestra violin and
                                                                                                                        flute soloists and Stravinsky’s brilliant, Bach-inspired
BERLIOZ Les nuits d’été                                   Wed., Mar. 18 and Thurs., Mar. 19, 2009
                                                                                                                        Concerto in D for strings.
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1                                  (Friday subscribers will attend on Wednesday)
Star power to spare! Canada’s singing sensation           Pinchas Zukerman, conductor                                   BRAHMS’ SUBLIME REQUIEM
Measha Brueggergosman lends her luminous voice            Viviane Hagner, violin                                        Thurs., June 18 and Fri., June 19, 2009
to Berlioz’s exquisite song cycle and sings to you of
                                                          Orion Weiss, piano                                            Pinchas Zukerman, conductor
love’s sorrow and joy. Beethoven and Rossini leave
you energized and refreshed.
                                                          Yosuke Kawasaki, violin                                       Erin Wall, soprano
                                                          Jessica Linnebach, violin                                     Nathan Berg, bass-baritone
                                                          Jethro Marks, viola
LORTIE AND THE POETRY OF CHOPIN                           Amanda Forsyth, cello
                                                                                                                        Cantata Singers of Ottawa
Thurs., Dec. 11 and Fri., Dec. 12, 2008                                                                                 Ottawa Choral Society
                                                          CHAUSSON Concerto for Violin, Piano,                          Ottawa Festival Chorus
Thomas Søndergård, conductor                                                                                            Duain Wolfe, chorus master
                                                          and String Quartet
Louis Lortie, piano
                                                          SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3, “Organ”                           BRAHMS, SCHÜTZ and BACH Works for chorus,
ANA SOKOLOVIC Concerto for Orchestra                      Enjoy the best of both music-making worlds in one             brass, and harp
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1                               concert: the intimacy of a small chamber ensemble             BRAHMS A German Requiem
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5                                   playing just for you, and the sonic splendour of a
                                                          full orchestra joined by our mighty pipe organ in a           Audiences love to hear and choruses love to sing
Chopin immerses you in the intimate – quietly                                                                           the sublime German Requiem, Brahms’ crowning
                                                          Top 40 classical hit.
impassioned – side of the Romantic concerto, perfectly                                                                  achievement. Its sonorities – from radiant to dramatic
interpreted by Ottawa favourite Louis Lortie. Round out   Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English                           – envelop you, leaving you comforted and at peace.
your night at the symphony with a fresh creation by       Post-Concert Talkback                                         Music from earlier times makes for a spectacular
a celebrated Canadian composer, and the lyric                                                                           prologue.
intensity of Sibelius.
Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in French                                                                                      “[Erin Wall is] platinum-class.”
                                                                                                                        The Times, London

                                                                                                                        “Berg boasts a first-class bass voice, both
                                                                                                                        plush and resonant.” The Boston Globe

Musically Speaking
                                                                                                                                                    Louis Lortie • Photo: Elias




For details of Musically Speaking Pre-Concert
Talks and Post-Concert Talkbacks, see page 13
                                                                                                Photo: Paul Elledge
                                                                                                Measha Brueggergosman




                                                                                                                                                                                            9
 Romantic Concerto Package
                                                                                                                                                       RECOMMENDED ADD-ON CONCERTS
                                Indulge your love of the piano and the rich repertoire it has inspired among
                                composers with six concerts featuring sublime piano concertos (with three suggested                                    TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY NO. 4
                                add-ons): Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Ravel – performed by                                        Wed., Jan. 14 and Thurs., Jan. 15, 2009
                                Yefim Bronfman, Jonathan Biss, Jon Kimura Parker, Louis Lortie, Angela Hewitt, and
                                Kirill Gerstein. Pre- and Post-Concert Chats enhance your concerto experience.
                                All concerts in Southam Hall at 8 pm.

                                                                                                                                                       Edward Gardner, conductor
                                                                                                                                                       Bill Richardson, host
                             THE PASSION OF TCHAIKOVSKY                                       BRONFMAN AND RACH 3
                             Tues., Oct. 21 and Wed., Oct. 22, 2008                           Wed., Mar. 25 and Thurs., Mar. 26, 2009                  TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4
                                                                                                                                                       (for description see Mark Motors Audi Signature
                             Pinchas Zukerman, conductor                                      Pinchas Zukerman, conductor                              Series page 6)
                             Jon Kimura Parker, piano                                         Yefim Bronfman, piano
                                                                                                                                                       Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in French
                             TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1                                 RACHMANINOV Prelude for solo piano
                             TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5                                       R. STRAUSS Le bourgeois gentilhomme Suite                SARAH CHANG AND
                             (for description see Mark Motors Audi Signature                  RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 3                         A MENDELSSOHN TREASURE
                             Series page 6)                                                   (for description see Mark Motors Audi Signature          Wed., Feb. 11 and Thurs., Feb. 12, 2009
                             Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English                              Series page 6)
                                                                                                                                                       Roberto Minczuk, conductor
                             Post-Concert Talkback                                            Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in French
                                                                                                                                                       Sarah Chang, violin
                                                                                              Post-Concert Talkback
                             LORTIE AND THE POETRY OF CHOPIN                                                                                           MENDELSSOHN Suite from A Midsummer
                             Thurs., Dec. 11 and Fri., Dec. 12, 2008                          UNDER THE SPELL OF BEETHOVEN                             Night’s Dream
                                                                                              Wed., May 20 and Thurs., May 21, 2009                    MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
                             Thomas Søndergård, conductor                                                                                              BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4
                             Louis Lortie, piano                                              Patrick Summers, conductor
                                                                                                                                                       (for description see Ovation Series page 7)
                                                                                              Angela Hewitt, piano
                             ANA SOKOLOVIC Concerto for Orchestra                                                                                      Post-Concert Talkback
                             CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1                                      R. MURRAY SCHAFER World premiere of
                             SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5                                          NAC commission                                           SONIC SPLENDOUR:
                                                                                              BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
                             (for description see Bostonian Bravo Series page 9)
                                                                                              MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 5,                              THE “ORGAN” SYMPHONY
                             Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in French                               “Reformation”                                            Wed., Mar. 18 and Thurs., Mar. 19, 2009
                                                                                              BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3                         Pinchas Zukerman, conductor
                             BEETHOVEN’S MIGHTY FIFTH                                         (for description see Ovation Series page 7)              Viviane Hagner, violin
                             Thurs., Jan. 8 and Fri., Jan. 9, 2009                                                                                     Orion Weiss, piano
                                                                                              Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English
                             Pinchas Zukerman, conductor                                                                                               Yosuke Kawasaki, violin
                             Jonathan Biss, piano                                             SCHEHERAZADE!                                            Jessica Linnebach, violin
                                                                                              Wed., June 10 and Thurs. June 11, 2009                   Jethro Marks, viola
                             BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3                                                                                            Amanda Forsyth, cello
                             BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5                                         Pinchas Zukerman, conductor
                             (for description see Bostonian Bravo Series page 9)              Kirill Gerstein, piano                                   CHAUSSON Concerto for Violin, Piano,
                                                                                                                                                       and String Quartet
                                                                                              COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man                       SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3, “Organ”
                                                                                              RAVEL Piano Concerto in G                                (for description see Bostonian Bravo Series page 9)
                                                                                              RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade
                                                                                                                                                       Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English
                             Musically Speaking                                               (for description see Mark Motors Audi Signature          Post-Concert Talkback
                             For details of Musically Speaking Pre-Concert                    Series page 6)
                             Talks and Post-Concert Talkbacks, see page 13                    Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English
                                                                                              Post-Concert Jazz Cafe in the Fourth Stage
Photo: Simon Fowler
Angela Hewitt




                                                                                              Join us for an intimate Jazz Café hosted by Alan Neal
                                                                                              and Andrew Craig featuring bassist John Geggie with
                                                                                              a stellar jazz ensemble. Tickets $15.
                                                                   Photo: Jillian Edelstein
                                                                   Jonathan Biss




                                                                                                                                                      The Romantic Concerto Package is enhanced by a series
                                                                                                                                                      of downloadable “Explore the Symphony” NACOcasts.
                                                                                                                                                      The six piano concertos in this package will be discussed
                                                                                                                                                      in podcasts posted on the NAC website prior to each
                                                                                                                                                      concert: www.nac-cna.ca/nacocasts.
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THE AMAZING EVELYN GLENNIE




                                                                                                                                                                          Discovery Package
Wed., Nov. 26 and Thurs., Nov. 27, 2008
Andrew Grams, conductor                                Have you always wanted to know a little more about the classics but
Evelyn Glennie, percussion
                                                       didn’t know where to start? Our new Discovery package of six concerts
SIBELIUS Valse triste                                  (with three suggested add-ons) shows you the way. You’ll not only hear
JOHN CORIGLIANO *TriplePlay for                        some of the greatest masterpieces, but also learn more about them at special
Percussion and Strings                                 pre- and post-concert chats hosted by CBC arts personalities and music experts.
TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake: Suite                           Meet exceptional performers, experience a multi-media “Beyond the ScoreTM,”
TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker: Suite                      and more. Discovery subscribers will receive a free CD of the Mendelssohn
(for description see Ovation Series page 7)            Concerto episode of CBC’s highly acclaimed “The Concerto according to
Post-Concert Talkback                                  Pinchas.” All concerts at 8 pm in Southam Hall.
* NAC Orchestra co-commission


TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY NO. 4
Wed., Jan. 14 and Thurs., Jan. 15, 2009           VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
                                                  Fri., May 1, 2009                                                 RECOMMENDED ADD-ON CONCERTS

                                                                                                                    BRUEGGERGOSMAN SINGS OF LOVE
                                                                                                                    Thurs., Oct. 9 and Fri., Oct. 10, 2008
Edward Gardner, conductor                         Bramwell Tovey, conductor                                         James Gaffigan, conductor
Bill Richardson, host                             Avan Yu, piano                                                    Measha Brueggergosman, soprano
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4                        DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune                         ROSSINI Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers
(for description see Mark Motors Audi Signature   JEFFREY RYAN The Linearity of Light                               BERLIOZ Les nuits d’été
Series page 6)                                    RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme                                   BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1
                                                  by Paganini
Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in French                                                                                  (for description see Bostonian Bravo Series page 9)
                                                  STRAVINSKY Petrouchka (1947)
SARAH CHANG AND                                   (for description see Special Concerts page 22)
                                                                                                                    BEETHOVEN’S MIGHTY FIFTH
A MENDELSSOHN TREASURE                            Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English                               Thurs., Jan. 8 and Fri., Jan. 9, 2009
Wed., Feb. 11 and Thurs., Feb. 12, 2009                                                                             Pinchas Zukerman, conductor
                                                  SCHEHERAZADE!
Roberto Minczuk, conductor                                                                                          Jonathan Biss, piano
                                                  Wed., June 10 and Thurs. June 11, 2009
Sarah Chang, violin                                                                                                 BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
                                                  Pinchas Zukerman, conductor
MENDELSSOHN Suite from                                                                                              BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
                                                  Kirill Gerstein, piano
A Midsummer Night’s Dream                                                                                           (for description see Bostonian Bravo Series page 9)
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto                       COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4                          RAVEL Piano Concerto in G                                         BRAHMS’ SUBLIME REQUIEM
                                                  RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade
(for description see Ovation Series page 7)                                                                         Thurs., June 18 and Fri., June 19, 2009
                                                  (for description see Mark Motors Audi Signature
Post-Concert Talkback                                                                                               Pinchas Zukerman, conductor
                                                  Series page 6)
                                                                                                                    Erin Wall, soprano
                                                  Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English
BRONFMAN AND RACH 3                                                                                                 Nathan Berg, bass-baritone
                                                  Post-Concert Jazz Cafe in the Fourth Stage
Wed., Mar. 25 and Thurs., Mar. 26, 2009                                                                             Cantata Singers of Ottawa
                                                  Join us for an intimate Jazz Café hosted by Alan Neal
                                                                                                                    Ottawa Choral Society
Pinchas Zukerman, conductor                       and Andrew Craig featuring bassist John Geggie with
                                                                                                                    Ottawa Festival Chorus
Yefim Bronfman, piano                              a stellar jazz ensemble. Tickets $15.
                                                                                                                    Duain Wolfe, chorus master
RACHMANINOV Prelude for solo piano
                                                                                                                    BRAHMS, SCHÜTZ and BACH Works for chorus,
R. STRAUSS Le bourgeois gentilhomme Suite
                                                                                                                    brass, and harp
RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 3
                                                                                                                    BRAHMS A German Requiem
(for description see Mark Motors Audi Signature
                                                  Musically Speaking                                                (for description see Bostonian Bravo Series page 9)
Series page 6)
Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in French                For details of Musically Speaking Pre-Concert
Post-Concert Talkback                             Talks and Post-Concert Talkbacks, see page 13
                                                                                                                                                  Photo: Carol Friedman
                                                                                                                                                  Yefim Bronfman
                                                                                                   Evelyn Glennie




                                                                                                                                                                                  11
National Stage Package
                              Take pride in Canada’s celebrated classical artists and composers. This six-concert
                              package (with three suggested add-ons) showcases performers like James Ehnes,
                              Measha Brueggergosman, Jon Kimura Parker, Angela Hewitt, Erin Wall, and Nathan
                              Berg; plus fascinating composers R. Murray Schafer, Scott Good, and Ana Sokolovic.
                              All concerts at 8 pm in Southam Hall.
                                                                                                                                           RECOMMENDED ADD-ON CONCERTS

                                                                                                                                           LORTIE AND THE POETRY OF CHOPIN
                           BRUEGGERGOSMAN                                            EHNES AND ELGAR                                       Thurs., Dec. 11 and Fri., Dec. 12, 2008
                           SINGS OF LOVE                                             Wed., Feb. 18 and Thurs., Feb. 19, 2009               Thomas Søndergård, conductor
                           Thurs., Oct. 9 and Fri., Oct. 10, 2008                    David Lockington, conductor                           Louis Lortie, piano
                           James Gaffigan, conductor                                  James Ehnes, violin                                   ANA SOKOLOVIC Concerto for Orchestra
                           Measha Brueggergosman, soprano                            SCOTT GOOD World Premiere of                          CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1
                                                                                     NAC Commission                                        SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5
                           ROSSINI Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers
                           BERLIOZ Les nuits d’été                                   KORNGOLD Violin Concerto                              (for description see Bostonian Bravo Series page 9)
                           BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1                                  ELGAR Enigma Variations                               Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in French
                           (for description see Bostonian Bravo Series page 9)       (for description see Mark Motors Audi Signature
                                                                                     Series page 6)                                        A HAYDN CELEBRATION
                           THE PASSION OF TCHAIKOVSKY                                                                                      Wed., Jan. 28 and Thurs., Jan. 29, 2009
                           Tues. Oct. 21 and Wed. Oct. 22, 2008                      UNDER THE SPELL OF BEETHOVEN
                                                                                     Wed., May 20 and Thurs., May 21, 2009                 Pinchas Zukerman, conductor, violin
                           Pinchas Zukerman, conductor                                                                                     Donna Brown, soprano
                           Jon Kimura Parker, piano                                  Patrick Summers, conductor                            Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
                                                                                     Angela Hewitt, piano                                  Lawrence Wiliford, tenor
                           TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1                                                                                Robert Pomakov, bass-baritone
                           TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5                                R. MURRAY SCHAFER World premiere of
                                                                                                                                           Cantata Singers of Ottawa
                                                                                     NAC commission
                           (for description see Mark Motors Audi Signature                                                                 Seventeen Voyces
                                                                                     BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
                           Series page 6)                                                                                                  Duain Wolfe, chorus master
                                                                                     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 5,
                           Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English                       “Reformation”                                         HAYDN Violin Concerto in C major
                           Post-Concert Talkback                                     BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3                      HAYDN Lord Nelson Mass
                                                                                     (for description see Ovation Series page 7)           (for description see Ovation Series page 7)
                           TORONTO SYMPHONY
                                                                                     Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English                   Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in French
                           ORCHESTRA                                                                                                       Post-Concert Talkback
                           Thurs., Nov. 13, 2008                                     BRAHMS’ SUBLIME REQUIEM
                           Peter Oundjian, conductor                                 Thurs., June 18 and Fri., June 19, 2009               SONIC SPLENDOUR:
                           Christian Tetzlaff, violin
                                                                                     Pinchas Zukerman, conductor                           THE “ORGAN” SYMPHONY
                           R. STRAUSS Don Juan                                       Erin Wall, soprano                                    Wed., Mar. 18 and Thurs., Mar. 19, 2009
                           MARK-ANTHONY TURNAGE Violin Concerto                      Nathan Berg, bass-baritone                            Pinchas Zukerman, conductor
                           (TSO commission)                                          Cantata Singers of Ottawa                             Viviane Hagner, violin
                           VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 5                           Ottawa Choral Society                                 Orion Weiss, piano
                           (for description see Special Concerts page 22)            Ottawa Festival Chorus                                Yosuke Kawasaki, violin
                                                                                     Duain Wolfe, chorus master                            Jessica Linnebach, violin
                                                                                     BRAHMS, SCHÜTZ and BACH Works for chorus,             Jethro Marks, viola
                           Musically Speaking                                        brass, and harp                                       Amanda Forsyth, cello
                           For details of Musically Speaking Pre-Concert             BRAHMS A German Requiem                               CHAUSSON Concerto for Violin, Piano,
                           Talks and Post-Concert Talkbacks, see page 13             (for description see Bostonian Bravo Series page 9)   and String Quartet
                                                                                                                                           SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3, “Organ”
      Photo: Anna Keenan
      James Ehnes




                                                                                                                                           (for description see Bostonian Bravo Series page 9)
                                                                                                                                           Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English
                                                                                                                                           Post-Concert Talkback
                                                             Photo: Paul Elledge
                                                             Measha Brueggergosman




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                                                                                                                                                                      Jill LaForty • Photo: Chung Muldoon




                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Musically Speaking
Eric Friesen




                                                                                          If you just can’t wait for your evening at the NAC Orchestra to start, or don’t
                                                                                          want it to end, the NAC Orchestra is offering more ways than ever to enhance




                                                                                                                                                                                                            Alan Neal
                                                                                          your concert experience. Come at 7 pm for Pre-Concert Chats offered in English or
                                                                                          French and/or stay afterwards for Post-Concert Talkbacks where you can address
                                                                                          your burning questions to conductors, soloists, and other special guests. Speakers
                                                                                          include well-known CBC Radio personalities, artists, and knowledgeable music
                                                                                          lovers and critics.

Pre-Concert Chats:
September 23 (in English) ■ ■                              Mar. 18-19 (in English) ■                                                 Post-Concert Talkbacks:
The Mozart/Brahms Connection                               The Mighty Pipe Organ
with CBC Radio Network Host Eric Friesen
                                                                                                                                     Sept. 27 ■ ■
                                                           Ian MacKay of the Royal Canadian College of Organists                     NACOcast host and principal bassoon Christopher
                                                                                                                                     Millard leads a live podcast with Pinchas Zukerman
September 24 (in French) ■ ■                               Mar. 25-26 (in French) ■ ■ ■                                              and his daughter, soprano Arianna Zukerman
Aimez-vous Brahms? Et Mozart?                              Romantiques égarés au XXe siècle
with music critic Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer              NAC Artistic Attaché Paul Lefebvre leads a discussion                     Oct. 21-22 ■ ■ ■
                                                           with music critic Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer                             Piano soloist Jon Kimura Parker leads a discussion with
                                                                                                                                     members of the NAC’s Institute for Orchestral Studies
September 27 (in English) ■ ■
Eyeing Eternity                                            May 1 ■ ■
                                                                                                                                     Nov. 26-27 ■ ■
CBC Radio host Alan Neal leads a discussion with CBC       Meet the Maestro: Bramwell Tovey                                          CBC Radio host Alan Neal leads a discussion
Radio Music Producer Jill LaForty                          with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Music Director                          with percussionist Evelyn Glennie and composer
                                                           Bramwell Tovey                                                            John Corigliano
October 1 (in French) ■ ■
Après l’art pour l’art, voici la musique                   May 20-21 (in English) ■ ■ ■                                              Jan. 28-29 ■
                                                                                                                                     Music critic Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer leads a
pour la musique                                            Angela’s Beethoven
                                                                                                                                     discussion with Austrian Haydn scholars Peter Revers,
with Montreal music critic and composer François           CBC Radio Music Producer Jill LaForty leads a discussion
                                                                                                                                     Peter-Maria Krakauer and Hartmut Krones
Tousignant                                                 with piano soloist Angela Hewitt


                                                           June 10-11 (in English) ■ ■ ■                                             Feb. 11-12 ■ ■
October 2 (in English) ■ ■                                                                                                           CBC Radio Music Producer Jill LaForty leads a discussion
What Mozart forgot to tell Brahms                          Classical And Jazz: Not Such Strange                                      with violin soloist Sarah Chang
with Ottawa Citizen music critic Richard Todd              Bedfellows
                                                           CBC Radio host Alan Neal leads a discussion with                          Mar. 18-19 ■
Oct. 21-22 (in English) ■ ■ ■                              composer, arranger, musician and CBC Radio                                NAC Artistic Attaché Paul Lefebvre leads a discussion
                                                           personality Andrew Craig                                                  with Pinchas Zukerman and violin soloist Viviane Hagner
Tchaikovsky: The Loved and the Hated
CBC Radio Music Producer Jill LaForty leads a discussion
with Toronto Star music critic William Littler
                                                                                                                                     Mar. 25-26 ■ ■ ■
                                                            Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer




                                                                                                                                     NAC Artistic Attaché Paul Lefebvre leads a discussion with
                                                                                                                                     Pinchas Zukerman and piano soloist Yefim Bronfman
Dec. 11-12 (in French) ■ ■
Chopin ou le maître de la petite forme
with music critic Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer                                                                                           ■ Mozart Brahms Festival
                                                                                                                                        ■ Mark Motors Audi Signature Series
                                                                                                                                        ■ Ovation Series
Jan. 14-15 (in French) ■ ■
                                                                                                                                        ■ Bostonian Bravo Series
Au delà de la quatrième symphonie                                                                                                       ■ Romantic Concerto Package
de Tchaïkovski                                                                                                                          ■ Discovery Package
with NAC Artistic Attaché Paul Lefebvre                                                                                                 ■ National Stage Package
                                                                                                                                        ■ Special Concerts
Jan. 28-29 (in French) ■
Haydn : les messes d’un franc-maçon
with music critic Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer
                                                                                                                                                                                Alan Neal
                                                                                                                                                       Jill LaForty




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  13
      Bombardier




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           András Schiff • Photo: Sheila Rock
                            Virtuosic music-making awaits you on this stellar recital series where world-
                            renowned artists perform grand music on a small scale. This season you’ll enjoy
                            three dazzling evenings of solo piano plus Pinchas Zukerman and favourite
                            musical partner Marc Neikrug in one of their celebrated collaborations. All
                            concerts at 8 pm in Southam Hall.                                                                                                                      ANDRÁS SCHIFF
Great Performers Series


                                                                                                                                                                                   Mon., Apr. 13, 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                   András Schiff, piano
                                                                                                                                                                                   BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90
                                                                               Photo: Mary Robert Decca                                                                            BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101
                                                                               Radu Lupu




                                                                                                                                                             Photo: Paul Labelle
                                                                                                                                                             Pinchas Zukerman
                                                                                                                                                                                   BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major,
                                                                                                                                                                                   Op. 106, “Hammerklavier”
                                                                                                                                                                                   András Schiff’s traversal of the complete Beethoven
                                                                                                                                                                                   piano sonatas is legendary. Now hear why.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Masterpieces that the composer wrote to show off his
                                                                                                                                                                                   own considerable skills, these keyboard classics (includ-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ing the daring and formidable “Hammerklavier” sonata)
                                                                                                                                                                                   are in the hands of a consummate keyboard artist who
                                                                                                                                                                                   never fails to involve, engage and enthrall the listener.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Photo: Lev Berenshteyn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Jon Kimura Parker
                          RADU LUPU                                                                       PINCHAS ZUKERMAN AND
                          Tues., Feb. 10, 2009                                                            MARC NEIKRUG
                          Radu Lupu, piano                                                                Mon., Mar. 16, 2009

                          BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14                                       Pinchas Zukerman, violin
                          BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14                                      Marc Neikrug, piano
                          BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13                                       SCHUMANN Fairy Tales for Viola and Piano
                          R. SCHUMANN Fantasie in C major, Op. 17                                         BARTÓK Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano
                          Radu Lupu’s compelling presence speaks volumes                                  MARC NEIKRUG Duo No. 2 (2006)
                          about his flawless interpretive abilities: when he                               BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 10 for Violin and Piano
                          plays the classics, every note is a revelation. You’ll
                          know that you are hearing a unique artist who has
                                                                                                          Pinchas Zukerman and Marc Neikrug first met in 1973;                      JON KIMURA PARKER
                                                                                                          since then they have performed as a duo on every
                          something exciting to communicate.                                                                                                                       Wed., Apr. 29, 2009
                                                                                                          continent (except Antarctica!) and have made nearly
                                                                                                          30 recordings together – a testament to their special                    Jon Kimura Parker, piano
                                                                                                          artistic chemistry. See sparks fly on this special night.



                                                                                                                                                                                   Vancouver’s hometown hero Jon Kimura Parker is
                                                                                                                                                                                   Canada’s own piano star and musical ambassador.
                                                                                                                                                                                   He presents one of his always-fascinating recitals,
                                                                                                                                                                                   guaranteed to arouse your curiosity, amaze you with
                                                                                                                                                                                   its artistry, and, of course, entertain you.

                                                                                                                                                                                   Portrait of an Artist
                                                                                                                                                                                   This season, the NAC Orchestra celebrates
                                                                                                                                                                                   the many talents of acclaimed B.C. pianist
                                                                                                                                                                                   Jon Kimura Parker as our first artist-in-residence.
                                                                                                                                                                                   He will play an integral role in our performances,
                                                                                                                                                                                   education outreach, and both our 2008 Western
                                                                                                                                                                                   Canada Tour and the 2009 BC Scene.




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       I have been playing the cello since I was
three years old. The cello rests against my heart when
 I play and vibrates with the same sort of emotions I
feel so I can express myself in the most intimate way,
without words, transcending language, communicating
 musically with my audience anywhere in the world.
        It’s what I do and have done all my life.




                  Amanda Forsyth,
                   Principal Cello




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     Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly has put
     together another fabulous season for 2008-09.
     The NAC Orchestra presents your favourite musical
     entertainments – played with flair and style in
     grand symphonic pops tradition – Broadway hits,
     movie soundtracks, big band classics, and, of
     course, pop legend Neil Sedaka. These six concerts
     are all about variety, fun, and YOU! Come join us!
     All concerts at 8 pm in Southam Hall.




                                                          Jack Everly • Photo: Michel Dozois




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                                                                                                                                                                           CTV
 Michael Cavanaugh




                                                         Neil Sedaka




                                                                                                                 Symphony Orchestra
                                                                                                                 Jack Everly with the Indianapolis




                                                                                                                                                                          POPS Series
CAVANAUGH SINGS BILLY JOEL                              NEIL SEDAKA                                              SCI-FI SPECTACULAR
Thurs. to Sat., Oct. 16, 17, 18, 2008                   Thurs. to Sat., Feb. 5, 6, 7, 2009                       Thurs. to Sat., Apr. 23, 24, 25, 2009
Jack Everly, conductor                                  Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor                           Jack Everly, conductor
Michael Cavanaugh, piano and vocals                     Neil Sedaka, vocalist                                    George Takei, narrator
                                                                                                                 Kristen Plumley, soprano
Billy Joel hand-picked Michael Cavanaugh to perform     A pop legend comes to Southam Hall! Neil Sedaka,
his music in the Broadway hit musical Movin’ Out.       whose more than 1000 songs have won him a place in
                                                                                                                 Mike Eldred, tenor
Now catch Cavanaugh’s show-stopping performance         the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, joins the NAC Orchestra   The Ewashko Singers
with the NAC Orchestra in Billy Joel hits like “Piano   in an unforgettable multi-media evening that salutes     Laurence Ewashko, director
Man,” “Uptown Girl,” and “Just the Way You Are,” plus   his 50 years as a topnotch musician, extraordinary       Jack Everly and George Takei (aka Star Trek’s
pop classics by Elton John, and others.                 vocalist, and ageless songwriting talent. At this not-   Mr. Sulu) boldly take you to where no orchestra has
                                                        to-be-missed concert you may find yourself growing        gone before – with John Williams’ film music from
                                                        a little nostalgic remembering the chart-topping hits    Star Wars, Superman, E.T., and Harry Potter & the
                                                        that have made him famous: “Calendar Girl,” “Breaking    Sorcerer’s Stone, plus great sci-fi and fantasy movie
                                                        Up Is Hard to Do,” and “Laughter in the Rain.”           soundtracks including the main theme from
                                                                                                                 2001: A Space Odyssey.




                                                                                                                  Dee Daniels
 Cynthia Dale




CYNTHIA DALE’S BROADWAY                                 THE ‘70s!                                                BIG BAND SALUTE
Thurs. to Sat., Nov. 20, 21, 22, 2008                   DISCO DAYS AND BOOGIE NIGHTS                             Thurs. to Sat., June 4, 5, 6, 2009
Jack Everly, music supervisor                           Thurs. to Sat., Mar. 5, 6, 7, 2009                       Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Steve Reineke, conductor                                Jack Everly, conductor                                   Dee Daniels, vocalist
Cynthia Dale, vocalist                                  Guest vocalists including:                               Jeff Tyzik leads the amazing Dee Daniels and the
The Ewashko Singers                                     Chapter 6, vocal ensemble                                NAC Orchestra in a sophisticated big band celebration.
Laurence Ewashko, director                                                                                       You’ll dig this fresh look at great jazz standards of
                                                        Boogie down to the Pops in your white polyester
The amazing Cynthia Dale sparkles, sizzles, and                                                                  the ’30s and ’40s by the legendary Count Basie,
                                                        suit for this show: disco hits by The Bee Gees, ABBA,
enchants you with fabulous show tunes from Broadway                                                              Duke Ellington, and more. And you’ll love the
                                                        Queen, The Village People; music from your favourite
hits like South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Man of La                                                                silky jazz stylings of Dee Daniels whose four-octave
                                                        TV shows; and one of Jack’s legendary medleys of
Mancha, and Camelot. And with the NAC Orchestra                                                                  range never fails to amaze and delight!
                                                        tunes from the ’70s. Add fabulous and flashy staging,
providing the music, you know you’re in for an          singers, and dancers, and you’ll catch Saturday Night
unforgettable night on the Great White Way!             Fever for sure!




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 TD Canada Trust
                     Your entire family is invited to a season
                     of marvelous, musical discovery!
                     With dazzling performances, fun-
                     filled audience participation, and
                     entertaining storytelling, plus hands-on
                     pre-concert activities in TuneTown, this
                     unique concert series opens the door to
                     a lifetime enriched by music.
                     Nothing surpasses the NAC Orchestra
                     experience for enjoyment, quality,
                     and fun.                                                                                    Boris Brott, Principal Youth and Family Conductor
                     A four-concert series that’s ideal for
                                                                                                                        Saturday afternoons in Southam Hall at
                     ages 5 to 105!
                                                                                                                                1:30 pm and 3:30 pm
Family Adventures



                                                                                                                               60-minute bilingual concerts
                                                                                                                              performed without intermission



                                                                                                                                                                               TUNETOWN:
                                                                                                                                                                     Free learn-and-play activities in the
                                                                                                                                                                     lobbies organized by the Friends of
                                                                                                                                                                    the NAC Orchestra begin 45 minutes
                                                                                                                                                                            prior to each concert.
                    MUSIC UNDER A MIDNIGHT MOON                                            BRAVO BEETHOVEN!
                    Sat., Jan. 17, 2009                                                    Sat., Mar. 28, 2009
                    Alain Trudel, conductor                                                Boris Brott, conductor
                    Platypus Theatre                                                       Peter Duschenes, actor
                    Internationally acclaimed Platypus Theatre shows you                   Nikki Chooi, violin
                    beauty in the most unlikely places. When two tramps
                                                                                           He’s back! Join Ludwig van Beethoven as he rediscovers
                    make a junkyard their night-time resting place, they
                                                                                           the sounds of his music with the help of a 21st century
                    – and your children – will find that music can be made
                                                                                           hearing device. Experience the joy of Beethoven’s
                    in ways you never thought possible, and that it can
                                                                                           Fifth Symphony, his great violin concerto, and the
                    magically transform your life. Originally commissioned by
                                                                                           magnificent “Ode to Joy,” sung by a choir …and you!
                    the NAC for school audiences, this symphonic adventure
                    has since been performed all over the world!
                                               Oliver Jones




                                                                             Daniel Cook




                                                                                                                                                Veronica Tennant




                                                                                                                                                                     View close-up action on the giant
                                                                                                                                                                        NACOtron screen, presented in
                                                                                                                                                                   collaboration with Rogers TV, cable 22.




                    BORIS THE EXPLORER:                                                    DANCE WITH THE NAC ORCHESTRA
                    BE MY VALENTINE                                                        Sat., May 23, 2009
                    Sat., Feb. 14, 2009                                                    Boris Brott, conductor
                    Boris Brott, conductor                                                 Veronica Tennant, co-host
                    Oliver Jones, pianist                                                  Be swept off your feet by this fantastic exploration
                    Daniel Cook, co-explorer                                               of dance music in all its glory! Waltzes, minuets, tap,
                                                                                           step, salsa, tango – you’ll see and hear them all!                      This series is made possible in part by the National
                    “Boris the Explorer” and the NAC Orchestra uncover
                                                                                           Former prima ballerina Veronica Tennant introduces                      Arts Centre Foundation’s National Youth and
                    musical friendships behind great classical and jazz
                                                                                           you to a spectacular array of dancers as they move to                   Education Trust, which is supported by Founding
                    works helped along the way by jazz legend Oliver
                                                                                           the beat of our great NAC Orchestra.                                    Partner TELUS, supporters of the NAC Foundation
                    Jones and kid sensation Daniel Cook from the hit                                                                                               annual Gala, and the NAC Foundation Donors’ Circle.
                    children’s TV show This is Daniel Cook. For extra fun,
                    dress the kids (and yourself!) up in red and send
                    valentines to the Orchestra!




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  For me, the choice of music as a career is
  a manifestation of a deep, intuitive desire
  to sing. For a woodwind artist, expression
  begins with trust in the instrument; I love
 having the technical skills to refine its tone
 and response. This patient attention to the
care of my bassoon ultimately allows me the
  freedom to truly sing out in the orchestra.




            Christopher Millard,
             Principal Bassoon




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     Music for a Sunday Afternoon




                                                                                                                            Photo: Peter Devlin
                                                                                                                            Tokyo String Quartet




                                                                                                                                                                                                      Donna Brown
     Four intimate chamber music concerts
     on Sunday afternoons at 2 pm in the
     congenial Auditorium of the National
     Gallery of Canada. The perfect way to
     crown your weekend!



     Presented in collaboration with                                     Sun., Sept. 28, 2008                                                      Sun., Feb. 1, 2009
                                                                         Tokyo String Quartet                                                      Donna Brown, soprano
                                                                         with members of the NAC Orchestra                                         with members of the NAC Orchestra
                                                                         Works by MOZART and BRAHMS                                                Works by HAYDN and BRAHMS
                                                                         (for description see Mozart Brahms Festival page 5)
                                                                                                                                                   Sun., Apr. 26, 2009
                                                                         Sun., Nov. 16, 2008
                                                                         Pinchas Zukerman, violin
                                                                         with members of the NAC Orchestra
                                                                                                                                                   Jonathan Crow, violin
                                                                         Works by ROSSINI and SCHUBERT                                             James Parker, piano
                                                                                                                                                   with members of the NAC Orchestra
                                                                                                                                                   Programme to include works by B.C. composers




     eXpressions 2009
     MUSIC FROM “SEA TO SKY”                                             NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ORCHESTRA                                            HARD RUBBER ORCHESTRA
                                                                         Thurs., Apr. 30, 2009 at 8 pm in Southam Hall                             Sat., May 2, 2009
     Encounter cutting edge new music
     at the NAC Orchestra’s eXpressions
     2009. Like the expansive landscape
     of British Columbia, the contemporary                               Alain Trudel, conductor                                                   John Korsrud, conductor
     classical music of today’s B.C. composers                           The NAC Orchestra celebrates our West Coast’s                             Experience daring, unpredictable, and high energy
     is exciting, vibrant, and without                                   creativity in a concert of music by B.C. composers                        music when the Hard Rubber Orchestra takes the
     boundaries.                                                         Rodney Sharman, Jocelyn Morlock and Douglas                               stage. Composer, conductor, and trumpeter John
                                                                         Smith, among others, with soloists including violinists                   Korsrud leads the acclaimed post-modern, new music
     Free tickets for eXpressions can be                                 Jonathan Crow and Karl Stobbe.                                            ensemble in wild, eclectic music inspired by John Zorn,
     ordered with your subscription or picked                                                                                                      Krzysztof Penderecki, Public Enemy, John Cage, and
     up at the Box Office after Sept. 2.                                                                                                            Miles Davis. Details to be announced.


                                                                                                                                                   “[the] Godzilla of the Vancouver jazz scene,
                                                                                                                                                   a big, goofy monster that stomps through
                                                                                                                                                   complex charts with the swagger of big
                                                                                                                                                   swing band and the heat of a thermonuclear
                                                                                                                                                   explosion.” The Georgia Straight
                                                   Photo: Oliver Clark
                                                   Alain Trudel
                                   Jonathan Crow




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      One of my favourite aspects of our
      orchestral world is the team effort
    required for a successful performance.
   I love working together on the common
      goal of presenting a good concert.
In the back of the orchestra, we have this
 little family in the brass section that tries
  to present a well-blended and balanced
sound in the ensemble. We are constantly
adapting to the needs of the repertoire or
  the requests of the conductor. I love the
    care and the teamwork that goes into
        each piece we are performing.




              Karen Donnelly,
             Principal Trumpet




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Special
           Mozart Brahms Festival                                 Visiting Orchestras                                                                              Holiday Traditions
           MOZART’S TRANSCENDENT




                                                                                                                    Photo: Peter Devlin
                                                                                                                    Peter Oundjian



                                                                                                                                                                   Photo: Marco Borggreve
                                                                                                                                                                   The King’s Singers
           REQUIEM
           Sat., Sept. 27, 2008 at 8 pm in Southam Hall
           Pinchas Zukerman, conductor
           Arianna Zukerman, soprano
           Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano
           Wesley Rogers, tenor
           John Fanning, bass-baritone
           Cantata Singers of Ottawa
           Ottawa Choral Society                                  TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA                                                                       CHRISTMAS WITH THE NAC ORCHESTRA
           Ottawa Festival Chorus                                 Thurs., Nov. 13, 2008 at 8 pm in Southam Hall                                                    AND THE KING’S SINGERS
           Duain Wolfe, chorus master
Concerts




                                                                  Peter Oundjian, conductor                                                                        Mon., Dec. 15 and Tues., Dec. 16, 2008
           MOZART Requiem                                         Christian Tetzlaff, violin                                                                       at 7 pm in Southam Hall
           A concert to engage you in life’s most profound                                                                                                         Rob Fisher, conductor
                                                                  R. STRAUSS Don Juan
           questions. Requiem, Mozart’s transcendent last work,
                                                                  MARK-ANTHONY TURNAGE Violin Concerto                                                             The King’s Singers
           becomes unforgettable when Maestro Zukerman is
           joined by daughter Arianna and massed Ottawa choirs    (TSO commission)                                                                                 The world-renowned King’s Singers bring you the
           in the sublime prayer for eternal light and rest.      VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 5                                                                  perfect, English-flavoured holiday gift. Their flawless
                                                                                                                                                                   harmonies endow every seasonal carol and song with
           Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English                    Be dazzled by this symphonic showcase with the
                                                                                                                                                                   a beauty whose glow will see you through the darkest
           Post-Concert NACOcast                                  Toronto Symphony Orchestra: a Strauss tone poem that
                                                                                                                                                                   winter hours.
                                                                  demands extraordinary virtuosity from an orchestra;
                                                                  Vaughan Williams’ hauntingly beautiful Fifth




                                                                                                                                                                                                                         James Judd
                                                                  Symphony – acknowledged as his greatest; plus
                                                                  a new concerto by an exciting young Brit.




                                                                                                                              Bramwell Tovey • Photo: Tyler Boye
                                                                                                                                                                   HANDEL’S MESSIAH
                                                                                                                                                                   Thurs., Dec. 18 and Fri., Dec. 19, 2008
                                                                                                                                                                   at 8 pm in Southam Hall
                                                                  VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA                                                                     National Arts Centre Orchestra
                                                                  Fri., May 1, 2009 at 8 pm in Southam Hall                                                        James Judd, conductor
                                                                                                                                                                   Yannick-Muriel Noah, soprano
                                                                                                                                                                   Elizabeth Turnbull, mezzo-soprano
                                                                                                                                                                   Benjamin Butterfield, tenor
                                                                  Bramwell Tovey, conductor
                                                                                                                                                                   Peter McGillivray, baritone
                                                                  Avan Yu, piano
                                                                                                                                                                   Ottawa Choral Society
                                                                  DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune                                                        Matthew Larkin, director
                                                                  JEFFREY RYAN The Linearity of Light
                                                                                                                                                                   HANDEL Messiah
                                                                  RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a
                                                                  Theme by Paganini                                                                                The treasured holiday ritual that classical music lovers
                                                                  STRAVINSKY Petrouchka (1947)                                                                     welcome every year! Handel’s inspired and inspiring
                                                                                                                                                                   settings of Biblical texts feature dazzling arias,
                                                                  The Grammy Award-winning Vancouver Symphony                                                      orchestral fireworks, and memorable choruses, like
                                                                  offers a rare opportunity to hear Stravinsky’s                                                   the consoling “Comfort Ye,” the joyous “Unto us a
                                                                  electrifying Petrouchka. Youth and virtuosity combine                                            Child is Born,” and the stirring “Hallelujah Chorus”
                                                                  in Avan Yu’s brilliant interpretation of Rachmaninov’s                                           with blazing trumpets and regal percussion.
                                                                  beloved Rhapsody.
                                                                  Pre-Concert Chat at 7 pm in English with
                                                                  Bramwell Tovey




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                                              Saturday, October 4, 2008
                                              Tony Bennett, vocalist
                                              Pinchas Zukerman, conductor
                                              NAC Orchestra
                                              5:30 pm Pre-concert reception in the Foyer
                                              6:30 pm Gala concert in Southam Hall.
                                              All 2008-09 NAC Orchestra season subscribers enjoy a special priority purchasing period
                                              from March 28 to April 14 before tickets go on sale to the general public on May 16.

                                              He’s the stuff of legends. His unforgettable voice has touched the heart and moved
                                              the souls of admirers around the globe. For nearly 60 years he has entertained
                                              us, yet has remained forever young and wowed generation after generation of
                                              new fans. He is an international treasure, honoured by the United Nations as a
                                              “Citizen of the World”. The incomparable Tony Bennett and his quartet will give
                                              a one-hour command performance as the special guest at this season’s NAC Gala.
                                              And, to launch your night of glitz and glamour, you’ll enjoy your NAC Orchestra,
                                              led with verve and style by our own Maestro, Pinchas Zukerman. One evening with
                                              twice the enchantment – guaranteed to make you leave your heart at the NAC.
                                              “Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business.” Frank Sinatra
                                               “What accounts for the Bennett magic? Artistry certainly. The repertory is indeed
                                              classic…. But perhaps more important is his ability to convey a sense of joy, of
                                              utter satisfaction, in what he is doing.” The New York Times
                                               “Mr. Bennett has steadfastly remained the embodiment of heart in popular
                                              music. He pours it into every note he sings and every phrase he swings with
                                              a sophistication that deepens his unguarded emotional directness.”
                                              The New York Times




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and Education Trust. Investing in young
Canadians through the performing arts.



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Signature, Bravo, Discovery†, Romantic                adult                         96.00          198.00            249.00           300.00            351.00        438.00
Concerto†, National Stage†, Create Your Own*          senior                        85.50          175.50            220.50           265.50            310.50        387.00
6 concerts                                            student                       64.50          124.50            154.50           184.50            214.50        265.50
Create Your Own* 5 concerts                           adult                         83.00          170.50            214.00           258.00            301.50        376.25
                                                      senior                        72.50          150.00            188.75           227.50            266.25        333.25
                                                      student                       53.75          103.75            128.75           153.75            178.75        221.25
Ovation 5 concerts                                    adult                         80.00          165.00            207.50           250.00            292.50        365.00
                                                      senior                        71.25          146.25            183.75           221.25            258.75        322.50
                                                      student                       53.75          103.75            128.75           153.75            178.75        221.25
Great Performers 4 recitals                           adult                         64.00          132.00            153.00           165.00            200.00        234.00
                                                      senior                        57.00          117.00            135.00           147.00            177.00        207.00
                                                      student                       43.00           83.00             95.00           103.00            123.00        143.00
Pops 6 concerts                                       adult, senior                148.50          198.00            249.00           300.00            351.00        438.00
                                                      student                       94.50          124.50            154.50           184.50            214.50        265.50
Family Adventures with NAC Orchestra 4 concerts       adult, senior                 75.00
                                                      child                         45.00
 Any combination of 4 adults and children             family of 4                  200.00
 Add more people to your Family of 4 package          additional subscriptions      40.00
Music for a Sunday Afternoon 4 concerts               adult, senior                 99.00
                                                      student                       58.00

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                                                      senior               10.50/concert     3.75/concert      4.75/concert     5.75/concert     6.75/concert    8.50/concert
†*It is often not possible to offer Create Your Own, Discovery, Romantic Concerto and National Stage subscribers the same seat for each concert and your first choice of
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                                                      student                      105.75          156.25            180.25           205.25            230.25        271.75
 Mozart Brahms Festival                               adult                         86.15          172.00            212.80           255.30            297.80        368.55
 5 concerts                                           senior                        76.90          152.65            188.65           226.15            263.65        325.90
                                                      student                       56.75          107.25            131.25           156.25            181.25        222.75

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                                                      adult                         16.00           33.00             41.50            50.00             58.50         73.00
                                                      senior                        14.25           29.25             36.75            44.25             51.75         64.50
                                                      student                       10.75           20.75             25.75            30.75             35.75         44.25
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 If you subscribe to this series and also wish to subscribe to the full 9-concert Festival please deduct the following amount from your Festival series total.
                                                      adult                         24.75
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                                                                                                           F                 E           D                   C               B                  A
      Ovation**, Signature**, Bravo                                 adult, senior                         17.10            35.10       44.10            53.10               62.10          77.40
      Great Performers                                              adult, senior                         17.10            35.10       40.50            44.10               53.10          62.10
      Pops                                                          adult, senior                         26.10            35.10       44.10            53.10               62.10          77.40
      Family Adventures with NAC Orchestra                          adult, senior                         18.00
                                                                    child, student                        10.80
      Music for a Sunday Afternoon                                  adult, senior                         26.10
      Itzhak and Pinchas/Itzhak and Pinchas Encore                  adult, senior                         33.50            50.50       59.00            76.00               84.50          98.10
      Mehta, Zukerman and Brahms                                    adult, senior                         22.75            41.65       48.85            57.85               66.85          80.35
      Mozart’s Transcendent Requiem                                 adult, senior                         22.75            41.65       48.85            57.85               66.85          80.35
      Mozart Brahms Festival – Tokyo String Quartet                 adult, senior                         26.10
      Mozart Brahms Festival – Escher String Quartet                adult, senior                         18.00
      Mozart Brahms Family Programs                                 adult, senior                         12.60
                                                                    child, student                         7.20
      Jazz Café (Post-concert event – June 10 and 11)               adult, senior                         15.00
      eXpressions 2009 concerts                                     Tickets free of charge, order with your subscription
      Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Vancouver Symphony Orchestra                                             17.10            35.10       44.10            53.10               62.10          77.40
      Christmas with the NAC Orchestra                              adult, senior                         17.10            36.00       46.80            55.80               61.20          71.10
                                                                    child, student                        10.75            21.25       27.25            32.25               35.25          40.75
      Handel’s Messiah                                              adult, senior                         22.75            41.65       48.85            57.85               66.85          80.35


                                  Orchestra rows C to O, seats 40 to 41 excluded. 3rd level Boxes only.           BALCONY                 AMPHITHEATRE                    ORCHESTRA AND BOXES
      NAC Gala                                                                                                               70                              125                                150

     **Excluding these concerts: Itzhak and Pinchas, Itzhak and Pinchas Encore, and Mehta, Zukerman and Brahms


      CHOOSE YOUR SEAT LOCATION
                              Ovation, Signature, Bravo,
                 Create Your Own, Great Performers, Special Concerts,                                                                            Pops
                    Mozart Brahms Festival NAC Orchestra concerts


                                               BALCONY                                                                                           BALCONY

         BOXES                                                                                BOXES                BOXES                                                                BOXES
                                             AMPHITHEATRE                                                                                       AMPHITHEATRE


                                              MEZZANINE                                                                                          MEZZANINE




                                              ORCHESTRA                                                                                          ORCHESTRA




                                                STAGE
                                                                                                                                                   STAGE


     A Boxes (Mezzanine, Amphitheatre level)                D Orchestra (Rows Q–S)                             A Boxes (Mezzanine, Amphitheatre level)           D Front Orchestra (Rows EE–GG)
     B Orchestra (Rows D–M centre)                          D Front Orchestra (Rows A–C right)                 B Orchestra (Rows A–J centre)                     D Orchestra (Rows Q–S)
     B Mezzanine (Rows A–C left)                            D Boxes (Balcony level)                            B Mezzanine (Rows A–C centre)                     D Boxes (Balcony level)
     C Orchestra (Rows D–P)                                 E Rear Orchestra (Rows T–V)                        C Orchestra (Rows A–P)                            E Rear Orchestra (Rows T–V)
     C Mezzanine (Rows A–F)                                 E Amphitheatre                                     C Mezzanine (Rows A–F)                            E Amphitheatre
     C Front Orchestra (Rows A–C left)                      F Rear Orchestra (Rows W–Y)                                                                          F Rear Orchestra (Rows W–Y)
                                                            F Balcony                                                                                            F Balcony

     FAMILY ADVENTURES WITH NAC ORCHESTRA Reserved seating is the same price throughout Southam Hall. Balcony will only be opened after the other seats are filled.
     MUSIC FOR A SUNDAY AFTERNOON Seating at the National Gallery of Canada is unreserved.


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