L’Isola disabitata | At Dominion Chalmers | Reviewed Friday night
Haydn is known as the father of the symphony and the string quartet, but the 15 operas he wrote are orphans. Although they made for pleasant courtly entertainment back in the day, Haydn’s theatrical works are seldom performed anymore. A shame, since they contain such enchanting music.
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.
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.
Justine Pelletier Review | At Southminster United Church | Reviewed Saturday night
“So, are you guys going to the piano concert?” the friendly Lansdowne server asked.
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.
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…