Eric Friesen presents the NAC Orchestra

Eric Friesen presents the NAC Orchestra

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Eric Friesen chronicles the unfolding history of the NAC Orchestra from its earliest days in 1969 to the present time as part of the NAC Musicbox project at ArtsAlive.ca


In With the New: a Golden Age of creativity
Oct 4 • 45 min
With a revived commitment to commissioning and performing new music and particularly new Canadian music the NAC Orchestra is more creatively active than ever. All the forces are working in harmony - from the board, the senior administration, the creative…
Beyond Ottawa: Touring, Recording, Broadcasting, Digital Engagement
Oct 3 • 39 min
NAC Administrators and music lovers answer the question “Why is it important to have a national orchestra?” The NAC recognizes people are listening to music outside of the concert hall and away from the radio. And it is by touring, educating, recording…
The players speak: Backstage with the NAC Orchestra musicians
Oct 2 • 43 min
Eric speaks with the players themselves about this decade of transition, the 5th decade of the NAC Orchestra. Musicians share what brought them to Ottawa and why they continue to stay. This orchestra is special, not just for the quality of its…
The fifth decade: A new musical vision for the orchestra
Oct 1 • 45 min
The fifth decade of the NAC Orchestra would see Pinchas Zukerman finish up his 16 year tenure as Music Director and give way to a new leader, Alexander Shelley. The Pinchas legacy continues to be evident in the sound of the NAC Orchestra and now in this…
The 2009 NAC Award Winners: Up Close and Personal
Jul 9, 2009 • 64 min
Meet the second group of three Canadian composers given the prestigious NAC Awards: Peter Paul Kaprowski, Anna Sokolovic and John Estacio. Two are immigrants to Canada from Eastern Europe and the third a first generation Portuguese Canadian. They have…
The Post War Years: Canadian Composers Come of Age
Jul 8, 2009 • 68 min
This is the story of the composers from the last two decades of the 20th century. These are men and women who are confident of their place in Canadian culture and yet looked out to the world and embraced minimalism, the influences of pop and rock music, a…
The Post War Years: Canadian Composers Come of Age
Jul 7, 2009 • 71 min
As World War 2 ended, there was a great flowering in contemporary music making in Canada. For the first time, men and women declared themselves professional composers. Listen to the stories, the voices and the music of these magnificent pioneers: John…
Beyond Ottawa: NACO and the World!
Jul 6, 2009 • 66 min
The NAC Orchestra has from its very early years been known outside the boundaries of Canada. In its third year of life, it made a triumphant debut in New York City. From there touring to Asia, Europe, the rest of the US and South America have won it…
Beyond Ottawa: The National Mandate of NACO
Jul 5, 2009 • 65 min
The National Arts Centre Orchestra has, from its conception, had a mandate beyond Ottawa, a mandate to serve all Canadians from coast to coast to coast. The key national stages for the NAC Orchestra have been broadcasting, recording and touring, to which…
The Golden Years with Pinchas Zukerman
Jul 4, 2009 • 56 min
The return of the NAC Orchestra to stability and health coincides with the arrival of a superstar violinist/conductor, and a man with a huge vision for expansion and education. Pinchas Zukerman pushes the organization to a larger greatness and a new CEO,…
The Pinnock Years and a Memorable Principal Guest Conductor
Jul 3, 2009 • 57 min
Through much of the 1990’s, the NAC Orchestra was led by the baroque and classical specialist from England, Trevor Pinnock. This was a time of continued financial challenges for the NAC, but Trevor Pinnock was not only a superb musician, but a man of…
The Eighties: Mannino and Chmura
Jul 2, 2009 • 57 min
After 13 years under Bernardi, the NAC Orchestra’s new leader was another Italian: Franco Mannino. Where Bernardi had been all northern Italy - cold blue light, Mannino was all southern Italy - red hot light. Listen to the smiles that come into the voices…
An Orchestra is born: The Bernardi Years
Jul 1, 2009 • 60 min
The National Arts Centre Orchestra was born in the cultural euphoria of the 1960’s, an off shoot of a bold Centennial Year project for our nation’s capital. Not only did Ottawa get its first arts centre complex, it acquired a world class orchestra almost…