Hamelin charms with a rapturous Mozart

NACO with Marc-André Hamelin | At Southam Hall | Reviewed Wednesday night. Concert repeats Thursday.

John Storgards, the NAC Orchestra’s Finnish principal guest conductor, is known for his intense interpretations of the northern European repertoire, especially his countryman Sibelius. For his last Ottawa concert of the season, Storgards programmed Sibelius’s dramatic, exciting Symphony No. 1.
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Review: NACO’s Life Reflected shares a universal message of hope

Mother Nature is a show-woman at heart. On Thursday — one of those perfect, pink-velvet spring evenings that almost make you forget winter — she hung a rainbow over the NAC. “Courtesy of our special effects department,” joked the guide steering patrons around the construction site. But Spielberg himself couldn’t have devised a better symbol for the performance about to start in Southam Hall.
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Review of Egyptian Concerto: Dazzling virtuosity uplifts a slice of musical exotica

The National Arts Centre Orchestra | Conducted by Nikolaj Znaider | At Southam Hall. Reviewed Wednesday night. Concert repeats Thursday.

Camille Saint-Saëns was a bit of a stuffed shirt. A staunch traditionalist, he railed against more modernist and progressive composers like Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. They returned the favour by openly mocking him.
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Music review: Trudel, OSO bring season to end in spectacular fashion

At Southam Hall | Reviewed Monday

It’s a popular week for Berlioz. The French composer, known as much for his witty, acerbic writing and telenovela-worthy love life as for his music, is appearing on the programs of both the NAC Orchestra and the Ottawa Symphony. The former will perform the overture to his opera Béatrice et Bénédict on Wednesday and Thursday, while the OSO ended its 2015-16 season with Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique. Read more at Ottawa Citizen Arts…