Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra China Tour

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Linking Canada and China through Performance, Education and Technology 
Ottawa (Canada)—Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra led by renowned Music Director Pinchas Zukerman will tour China for the first time in its 43-year history from October 4-20, 2013. At the official media launch in Ottawa today, the National Arts Centre (NAC) announced that 70 musicians from Canada’s National Orchestra will travel to 7 cities including: Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Fuling, Tianjin, Beijing, and Shanghai. With the support of Honourary Patron Richard Li and Presenting Partner Aimia, the NAC Orchestra will perform 8 major concerts with more than 80 education and outreach activities and 5 international broadband videoconference events linking young musicians in Canada and China. The tour will showcase works by Canadian composers John Estacio and Alexina Louie, as part of the NAC’s commitment to Canadian creative artists. This tour will be an exceptional educational experience for the NAC’s musicians and talented young students in China.
Touring comes naturally to the NAC Orchestra which has visited every region of Canada and played the role of cultural ambassador in past international tours in various parts of the world. In February 2012, during Prime Minister Harper’s visit to China, Canada and China committed to a series of initiatives that would strengthen their bilateral relationship, including holding cultural events in each other’s countries in 2013–2014. The tour supports this objective.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada , I would like to congratulate the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on this partnership and on making this tour possible,” said the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. “Two great national institutions are working side by side and demonstrating the strong relationship between our countries. I know music lovers in both countries and children who will take part in education activities will be delighted by this tour.”
The tour will coincide with the annual general meeting of the Canada China Business Council in Beijing with a major concert on October 17, 2013 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts hosted by Canadian Ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques.
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