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Midsummer Night's Dream at the NAC

Returning to the Canadian capital for the first time since he was announced as Music Director Designate of the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO), Alexander Shelley this weeks conducts two Shakespeare themed concerts in Ottawa. Central to the evening’s proceedings will be Mendelssohn’s complete Midsummer Night's Dream, for which Shelley and the NACO will be joined by the combined young female voices from four of the city’s choirs, as well soprano Maghan McPhee and mezzo Wallis Giunta. The role of narrator will be taken by one of Canada’s leading stage and film actors, Colm Feore, who,...

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Shakespeare in Salzburg and Linz

Celebrating the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and Alexander Shelley this week tour to Salzburg and Linz for three concerts dedicated to the Bard of Avon’s music. Legendary German actress Senta Berger will host the evening and introduce the repertoire, which ranges from William Walton, Dvorak and Berlioz, through to Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. Two concerts will be performed in Salzburg’s Festspielhaus on Thursday and Friday respectively, plus a further matinee performance in Linz on Sunday. Please follow this link for tickets.

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24 years reunification celebrated with Beethoven 9

Alexander Shelley conducts a star-studded line up of soloists in a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony this October 3rd - German Unity Day - as a celebration of 24 years since East and West Germany were combined as a Federal Republic. The concert, at the abbey in Münsterschwarzach, will feature the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the combined voices of the Nuremberg Philharmonic Choir and the Monteverdi Choir Würzburg as well as soloists Mojca Erdmann, Katharina Peetz, Robert Künzli and Jochen Kupfer. Erik Schumann, with whom Shelley regularly collaborates, will be perform Mendelssohn’s...

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