It’s once in awhile that I attend a classical music concert and I’ve forgotten that I did attend a concert done by the NAC Orchestra but it was based on Sci-Fi music (go to back to Season 4’s entry). Thursday night was the first of two nights of the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s final concert of the season. I went because there was also blogger’s night and I got to meet some bloggers. Apologies with the image quality on top as it was taken before the start of the concert and it was used on the iPod touch. What was used unique about last night’s concert was that it started off with a video interview with Malcolm Forsyth telling about the creation of his composition, “A Ballad of Canada.” After the interview was the world premiere of A Ballad of Canada. My thoughts on the 25 minute musical composition brought a lot of raw emotions. There were times where the music felt epic because the themes were based on poems from lands and wars. In Flanders Fields, considered to be the most well-known poem. Overall, it was all in sheer brillance. To top it off, Forsyth was in attendance and was given tremendous applause from the crowd. It’s been in the media that he’s going through cancer and making it to Ottawa made it emotional as her daughter, Amanda Forsyth, being the principal cellist with the NACO having the family connection. After that was an intermission and then finally, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. The worse part at that time being that I shouldn’t have have drank a cold soda because I was getting sleepy but I still persevered for the 71 minutes of pure amazing music brought by the legendary composer. It’s just amazing how Beethoven created this piece as he was deaf and pulling off quite a beautiful composition. The part that finally get me alerted were the soprano and tenors. One of the sopranos being, Arianna Zukerman, Pinchas Zukerman’s daughter. What caught my ears were that they didn’t need microphones. Just beautifully sung along with the Ottawa Festival Chorus. To end it off, both programs were amazing and I never expected to go for this ever. Afterwards, the bloggers were treated with a ten minute session with Arianna Zukerman as she’s big on social media and blogging. It was nice to hear her perspective of the arts and how important to get butts in the seats. Then, we got a tour backstage of the main stage of the NAC. Photos are posted below.
Hats off to the National Arts Centre for giving myself and the bloggers a chance to experience brilliant music. It’s one of those opportunities to go for it. The irony is that I seem to be going to NAC often for 2011. It’s my fourth time. The three were The Genie Awards, Prairie Scene and the fashion show (Rip The Fab Lane 2011).
Lastly, on an unrelated note, due to the delay in posting Wednesday’s radio show on CKCU-FM, it will be provided here as well. It has been posted on my Twitter and Facebook, at least it’s finally got a place here, two days late. If you want to check the playlist while listening, it’s over at this link. To the graduating students, I decided to kick off the show with Graduation (Friends Forever) by Vitamin C.
Radio Show from June 8, 2011, press play to listen.