Benedetti returns to Canada for Ottawa and Vancouver dates

Benedetti returns to Canada for Ottawa and Vancouver dates

(Photo Credit: Rhys Frampton)

May is here! This month Nicola Benedetti comes to North America for back-to-back performances of Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Benedetti has enjoyed collaborations with both orchestras in past seasons and looks forward to bringing the freshness of Mozart to the audiences of Ottawa and Vancouver.

Her National Arts Centre Orchestra performances will feature her first engagement with rising Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare. The Vancouver concerts will showcase Benedetti in a conductor-less collaboration with the VSO and their concertmaster, Dale Barltrop, with whom she will co-direct the performances from the violin.

Here is what Nicola has to say about the distinctiveness of performing Mozart: “Mozart is no doubt one of the most uplifting and joyous composers I’ve had the pleasure of interpreting. I guess one challenge, amongst many, of playing his music is not to be frightened by its purity – but to instead try to capture the wildness and mischievousness of his personality. This concerto, perhaps especially in those moments most heavily influenced by Turkish musical traditions, depends on it! It is fiery and cute and sometimes funny, and intense. The story of Mozart and all he was, and the stories I imagine he was trying to tell in his compositions, have to be unveiled and illuminated.”

Concert information:

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 8pm
National Arts Centre Orchestra
Nicola Benedetti, soloist
Rafael Payare, conductor
NAC Southam Hall
Ottawa, ON
www.nac-cna.ca/en/event/11264

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7pm
National Arts Centre Orchestra
Nicola Benedetti, soloist
Rafael Payare, conductor
NAC Southam Hall
Ottawa, ON
www.nac-cna.ca/en/event/11288

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 8pm
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Nicola Benedetti, soloist
Dale Barltrop, leader
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
Vancouver, BC
Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 in A Major “Turkish”
www.vancouversymphony.ca/concert/15CHAN04

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8pm
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Nicola Benedetti, soloist
Dale Barltrop, leader
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
Vancouver, BC
Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 in A Major “Turkish”
www.vancouversymphony.ca/concert/15CHAN04