The World Changed

National Arts Orchestra of Canada

One hundred years after the first Canadian troops arrived in the UK to assist the war effort, Pinchas Zukerman leads a programme remembering the First World War alongside an iconic symphony premiered at a benefit concert for soldiers wounded in battle.

Director Pinchas Zukerman
Violin Pinchas Zukerman

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Estacio Brio
Bruch Violin Concerto
Elgar Sospiri
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

In their Colston Hall debut, the National Arts Orchestra of Canada fly the flag for contemporary Canadian composition with John Estacio’s Brio, a work which conveys a sense of loss for those departed. Elgar’s haunting lament composed on the cusp of the Great War recalls gathering storm clouds in a world on the brink of darkness, and one of the greatest violinists of our time applies his “warm, liquid sound” (New York Times) to perhaps the most impassioned concerto in the repertoire. The programme concludes with Beethoven’s spontaneous and lively 7th Symphony.

Free Foyer Performance, 18:00-19:15

The Victoria Quintet,cellist Jacob Garside and The Erebus Ensemble Choir perform. More details

Pre-concert talk
The Lantern, 6.25pm, free with a concert ticket

Stephen Jonson interviews Canadian Composer John Estacio.

Stephen Johnson Insight
The Lantern, Tue 21 Oct, 7.30pm, free

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