The Nationwide Arts Centre 2024-25 Season Celebrates The Range And Depth Of Canadian Creativity

Alexander Shelley conducts the NAC Orchestra (Photo: Dwayne Johnson)
Alexander Shelley conducts the NAC Orchestra (Photograph: Dwayne Johnson)

The variety of Canadian expertise, and worldwide stars, make for a profitable mixture that The Nationwide Arts Centre is aiming to repeat for its 2024-25 season. The lineup was just lately introduced for all disciplines housed on the NAC, together with NAC Dance, the NAC Orchestra and conductor Alexander Shelley, NAC Indigenous, English and French Theatre sections, Standard Music and Selection, and 1 Elgin Culinary Arts.

“The performing arts are important to the human expertise, inviting us to attach with magnificence and surprise, laughter and tears,” says NAC President and CEO Christopher Deacon. “By means of efficiency and story, the humanities carry us collectively and allow us to be taught from each other. We invite everybody to return and expertise our extraordinary 2024-2025 season, that includes great performances and sensible artists from throughout Canada and around the globe. We tremendously sit up for welcoming you to the NAC.”

New works and conventional favourites are juxtaposed and blended into the brand new season, which kicks off in September 2024 with a multi-disciplinary competition.

SPHERE | September 1 – 20

The entire NAC disciplines, together with dance, theatre, and music in all configurations, in addition to culinary arts, take part within the competition that launches the brand new season. This yr, the competition expands on the environmental themes first explored within the inaugural SPHERE competition in 2022, together with humanity’ relationship to Earth, and a highlight on water, watersheds, and rivers.

Produced by the NAC Orchestra and curated by competition Inventive Director Alexander Shelley, highlights embrace the premiere of a dance fee, choreographed by Andrea Peña with pictures by images of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, together with a wide range of orchestral concert events, together with performances by Jeremy Dutcher and soprano Renée Fleming.

NAC Orchestra

“As we proceed to discover new horizons and push the boundaries of the symphonic expertise, I invite audiences to affix us for what guarantees to be an unforgettable season of music and inspiration. This season marks a particular milestone for me as I have a good time my tenth anniversary with my beloved NAC Orchestra and our great viewers. Whether or not you’re a seasoned concertgoer or attending your very first efficiency, thanks to your continued help, and I sit up for sharing these exceptional applications. Our upcoming season is brimming with alternatives for connection,” feedback Alexander Shelley, Music Director, NAC Orchestra.

This season will see Maesto Shelley premiere works by composers Ian Cusson, Alexina Louie, and John Escatio. The three items might be included in a brand new recording venture alongside the music of Richard Strauss.

Visitor soloists embrace Jeremy Dutcher, violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn, Branford Marsalis, Renée Fleming, pianists Angela Hewitt, Gabriela Montero, Yeol Eum Son, Jonathan Biss, and Marc-André Hamelin, and Broadway star Norm Lewis.

Live performance Highlights

  • Principal Visitor Conductor John Storgårds’s interpretation of Carl Nielsen and Kaija Saariaho;
  • A cornucopia of Beethoven, together with the Fifth and Seventh Symphonies and two piano concertos;
  • Baroque specialist Trevor Pinnock, former Music Director of the NAC Orchestra (1991-1997), returns to guide the Orchestra in performances of Handel’s Messiah;
  • Barbara Hannigan and NOBU (a.ok.a. Nobuyuki Tsujii) lead the checklist of recitalists in Southam Corridor.

Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu’s music for the FINAL FANTASY video games might be featured within the NAC Orchestra’s first online game soundtrack live performance. Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser curates an evening of Calypso music that includes a steelpan soloist in Steelpan Symphony, and continues to guide the Orchestra’s extremely common Household Adventures sequence for all ages.

Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly curates a sequence of concert events showcasing the very best of Broadway, jazz, and cinema, with the NAC Orchestra performing reside soundtracks to Spielberg’s E.T. the Additional-Terrestrial and Will Ferrell’s Christmas comedy, Elf. Jazz trumpeter and conductor Byron Stripling presents Harlem Nights: From Ella to Ellington.


“Dance is important to everybody. From ballet to up to date, and all the things in between, our 2024-2025 season is stuffed with thought-provoking items that discover themes anchored in our time and provide reflections on societal points whereas bringing mild and sweetness,” says Caroline Ohrt, Government Producer, NAC Dance.

Within the Dance program, visiting firms provide a variety of ballet performances, together with:

  • Ballet BC with their spectacular Bolero X, that includes 50 dancers on stage, in a blended program;
  • The Nationwide Ballet of Canada and Giselle;
  • The Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs Jekyll & Hyde, a brand new story ballet primarily based on the novella;
  • Les Grands Ballets Canadiens returns for the vacation favorite The Nutcracker.

Worldwide firms:

  • Far From The Norm (UK);
  • Peeping Tom (Belgium);
  • Maud Le Pladec (France);
  • Serge Aimé Coulibaly together with his firm Faso Dance Theatre (Burkina Faso)’
  • MOMIX (USA).

4 co-productions between NAC DANCE and Canadian artists:

  • Compagnie Catherine Gaudet’s Les jolies choses;
  • Compagnie Virginie Brunelle’s Fables;
  • Le Patin Libre’s Murmuration;
  • Dancers of Damelahamid’s Raven Mom, co-presented with Indigenous Theatre.

NAC Presents

“We consider that Our Tales Are Drugs. We proceed to share Indigenous tales as a result of they’re the tales of this land. And they’re our tales informed in our voices. They’re a celebration of our ancestors, our communities, and future generations. We’re so excited to share these moments with you,” says Kevin Loring, Inventive Director, NAC Indigenous Theatre.

Along with dance and orchestral music, NAC presents works below a number of different umbrellas:

  • NAC INDIGENOUS THEATRE returns for a fifth season below Inventive Director Kevin Loring.
  • NAC ENGLISH THEATRE is led by Inventive Director Nina Lee Aquino, contemporary off the success of Aquino’s inaugural season in 2023-24;
  • NAC FRENCH THEATRE led by Mani Soleymanlou in his third season as Inventive Director
  • NAC POPULAR MUSIC AND VARIETY programming consists of Canadian R&B sensation Jully Black, Japanese taiko drum group Kodo, Graham Nash, Susan Aglukark, and plenty of extra.

Renewing season subscribers can e-book as of Might 10; new subscribers and particular person present tickets on sale June 18. Extra info and tickets [HERE].

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