Beijing and Ottawa Symphony Orchestras Sign a Memorandum of Understanding in time Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary
If you’ve neverOn Sunday, February 12th, 3pm, invited musicians of The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, will join the internationally acclaimed Beijing Symphony Orchestra for a musical celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The event will take place in the Canada’s National Arts Centre within the newly renovated Southam Hall. Program selections include Brahms’ timeless Violin Concerto, the grandeur of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel), as wells as an original contemporary composition by Chinese composers Lu Zheng and Hongye Ma.
heard of the Southam Club before, then it’s your lucky day! Aimed at a new generation who want to come together through arts and culture, the Southam Club is a diverse group of some of the most dynamic individuals in the National Capital Region. Now, you are all quite aware of my affinity for the National Arts Centre as our main source of arts, culture and music in the city therefore, having a group like The Southam Club is like a cherry on a sundae!
WhoOn Sunday, February 12th, a very special musical celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary will be taking place. His Worship Mayor Watson has called it a “cultural jewel!” The Beijing Symphony Orchestra will be performing in Ottawa and they will be joined by invited members of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra for this once in a lifetime event. The special programme will feature Brahms’ majestic Violin Concerto, the splendour of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, as wells as an original contemporary composition by Chinese composers Lu Zheng and Hongye Ma.
The Ottawa performance will be under the baton of internationally renowned Chinese guest conductor Muhai Tang, Chief Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tianjin Opera and Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Shanghai Philharmonic and Zhenjiang Symphony Orchestras in China; Muhai Tang is also Conductor Laureate of the China National Symphony Orchestra and he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra since 2009. He has made many guest appearances with celebrated orchestras around the world including the Berlin Philharmonic – by invitation from Herbert von Karajan in 1983 no less – and many times since.
wouldn’t want to be a cool cat and beBerlin-based, Chinese born violinist Feng Ning, who has acquired an international reputation as a brilliant soloist with exceptional diction and expressive eloquence, will also be performing; he will be performing on a 1721 Stradivari violin, known as the ‘MacMillan’.
Here’s 3 THINGS YOU MUST ABSOLUTELY KNOW ABOUT THE SOUTHAM CLUB AND THE COLONY OF UNREQUITED DREAMS:
BEING A MEMBER OF THE SOUTHAM CLUB GIVES YOU MORE THAN JUST FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
To be precise, being a member of The Southam Club gives you get a looot of perks and benefits. Chief amongst them is the privilege to enjoy something a little bit more. Members can learn about the performing arts by interacting with the performers and creators of National Arts Centre performances at unique backstage events. The club hosts a number of speaker nights that feature leading thinkers from the worlds of politics, business, academia and more. In fact, the Southam Club calendar is regularly updated to reflect upcoming culinary events, social events and more.
Aside from these eviThis event marks the first partnership between the Ottawa Symphony and Beijing Symphony. This relationship builds on a series of cultural, educational and administrative exchanges that have built upon the sister-city connection between Ottawa and Beijing established in 1999.The musicians invited from the Ottawa Symphony to play in the February 12th event represent some of Ottawa’s top home-grown talent. Ottawa Symphony musicians will be present in all sections of the orchestra including strings, winds and brass.Founded in 1977, Beijing Symphony Orchestra is one of China’s preeminent performance ensembles. With support from the municipal government of Beijing, the Orchestra garners international acclaim. The Ottawa performance will be under the baton of internationally recognized Chinese guest conductor Muhai Tang, who currently holds the post of Artistic Director of The Tianjin Grand Opera as well as the Shanghai Philharmonic, and who has made recent guest appearances with Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, among many others. Performing more than 80 concerts each season, the Orchestra’s extensive repertoire and unique Chinese style have helped to make the Beijing Symphony Orchestra one of China’s cultural institutions. The ensemble is a leading promoter of new music, and each year, the Orchestra commissions at least one major work from a Chinese composer. The BSO is also dedicated to mounting artistically outstanding performances of the core orchestral repertoire and have presented Chinese premieres of works such as Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6 and Symphony no. 7, and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5.
Take a look at what Southam Club members enjoy with their annual membership at the NAC:
SHOWS – Enjoy 10 per cent off NAC productions (some restrictions apply*) and 15 per cent off regular ticket price when you buy in groups of 10 or more. You can also get tickets— and access to the best seats—to certain NAC shows, ahead of the public on-sale date.
LE CAFé – Receive 10 per cent off lunch at le café restaurant. Your bill will go directly to your Southam Club account, for your convenience.
PARKING Members are entitled to a discounted rate with the purchase of a parking card.
You can join The Southam Club here.
LAUNCHING 2017 WITH A NEWFOUNDLAND DINNER AND THE COLONY OF UNREQUITED DREAMS
Speaking of unique backstage events that are held exclusively for Southam Club members, there is going to be a Newfoundland Dinner on February 7th, 2017 hosted by the NAC’s own proud Newfoundlander Jillian Keiley! As the NAC’s Artistic Director of English Theatre, Jillian is one of the most in-demand directors in Canada and with a list of impressive awards, accolades and after seeing one of her recent production, an adaption of Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol, it’s really not hard to see why.
It’s no coincidence of course that the club’s big start to 2017 is kicked off with a Newfoundland dinner, as right after that follows a performance of the much talked about Jillian Keiley’s production of The Colony of Unrequited Dream. An adaptation of the 1998 novel by Wayne Johnston, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams surrounds Newfoundland’s decision to join the Confederation of Canada in 1949. That said, the evening’s specially prepared meal will come straight from the world of the play – an authentic Newfoundland dinner, deliciously adapted by the NAC’s outstanding Executive Sous-Chef Martin Levesque.
As if a private dinner and a show is not enough, Newfoundland MP Seamus O’Regan (St. John’s South−Mount Pearl) will interview Jillian about the show, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Wayne Johnston about Joey Smallwood as he propels the Dominion of Newfoundland into union with Canada in 1949.
RE-LEARN CANADIAN HISTORY (PARTICULARLY THE DOMINION OF NEWFOUNDLAND) THROUGH FRESH EYES WITH THE COLONY OF UNREQUITED DREAMS
A collaboration between the NAC’s English Theatre department and St. John’s Artistic Fraud, this expansive play is superbly directed by Jillian Keiley, who hailed from Newfoundland and had founded the Artistic Fraud more than 20 years ago. A sweeping drama of personal and political ambition follows soon-to-be Premier Joey Smallwood – the self-described “Last Father of Confederation” – as he propels the Dominion of Newfoundland into union with Canada in 1949. Both saint and sinner, the charismatic, controversial Smallwood is hounded every step of the way by witty, booze-soaked reporter Sheilagh Fielding – his intellectual equal and lifelong nemesis.
While it may not hit the heart of many as deeply as it would a Newfoundlander, there essential elements of the play that would resonate to audiences young and old. Aside from the main elements of history and politics, there’s also the romance — or non-romance — between these two characters who really want to kill each other all the time and who wouldn’t want to see that?
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With a crackling narrative, sultry jazz score and a cast of forty characters, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is an ambitious and an almost impossible task of retelling of a defining Canadian story. Find epic plays like this and more at the NAC English Theatre 2016 – 2017 Season. We have tremendously enjoyed many past production by the NAC English Theatre and very much look forward to what’s
THE DETAILS: THE COLONY OF UNREQUITED DREAMS
The NAC engagement marks Colony’s first run outside Newfoundland. You can read more about the production and about Jillian Keiley here.
There may only be one thing left to be said as to why you should join The Southam Club and see The Colony of Unrequited Dreams… it’s because it’s HOT. And we mean that in a sense that themes than run beneath is the same as what’s currently on topic here and everywhere. There are definitely unmissable parallels to be drawn between the present state of affairs in the United States and the events that transpired in Newfoundland in 1949. Like the recent election of the President of the US of A, the Newfoundland referendum was a certain turn of events that changed the course of history. “The world could have gone in such polar opposite directions,” says Keiley.
Now, isn’t that the mot du jour.
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