Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra China Tour

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

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  • Pinchas Zukerman, the NACa��s brilliant conductor and internationally acclaimed violist,A�violinist and teacher will perform as a soloist during the tour and will teach many youngA�students in China.
  • TheA�worksA�ofA�CanadianA�composersA�AlexinaA�LouieA�andA�JohnA�Estacio,A�a�?BringingA�TheA�TigerA�DownA�FromA�TheA�MountainA�IIa�?A�andA�a�?Brio:A�ToccataA�AndA�FantasyA�ForA�Orchestraa�?A�willA�beA�featuredA�prominentlyA�inA�theA�concertA�repertoire.A�BothA�composersA�willA�takeA�partA�inA�manyA�concertsA�andA�outreachA�eventsA�duringA�theA�tour.A�TheA�tourA�hasA�specialA�significanceA�toA�AlexinaA�Louie,A�whoseA�familyA�isA�originallyA�fromA�China.
  • Amanda Forsyth, the principal cellist of the NAC Orchestra will perform a�?Bringing TheA�Tiger Down From The Mountain IIa�? by Chinese-Canadian composer, Alexina Louie at aA�joint concert with the combined forces of the NAC Orchestra and the Hong KongA�Sinfonietta in Hong Kong.
  • As a direct result of the NACa��s world-leading expertise in the use of broadbandA�internet technology, three permanent broadband videoconference connections willA�be established at – leading conservatories across China and at the National Centre forA�Performing Arts in Beijing. This legacy project will enable young musicians in China toA�learn from the best international teachers at their home institutions.
a�?At the National Arts Centre, we see our role as promoting Canadian artists to the world,A�building bridges of international cooperation and understanding between countries,a�? said PeterA�A. Herrndorf, President and CEO of the NAC. a�?Through presenting new Canadian orchestralA�music, and our pioneering work in technology and education, this tour promises to deepen theA�ties that bind Canada and China.a�?
a�?At Aimia, we take great pride in celebrating Canadian achievements on the world stage. As theA�global leader in loyalty, we understand the commitment, focus and determination that it takes toA�achieve excellence. That is why we are so proud to be partnering with the National Arts CentreA�Orchestra to share outstanding performances and musical education with the worlda�?, said RupertA�Duchesne, CEO of Aimia. a�?Aimia is pleased to lead such an impressive group of CanadianA�companies in supporting this historic tour. We believe in the power of the arts to open doors andA�inspire an exchange of culture and ideas that will strengthen the relationship between two greatA�countries.a�?
This tour is built around a long-term relationship between Canadaa��s National Arts Centre andA�Chinaa��s National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), which recently signed a three-yearA�Memorandum of Understanding for cultural exchange and collaboration. Under this agreement,A�the NAC will host the NCPA Orchestra in the fall of 2014 for a concert in Southam Hall.A�Furthermore, discussions are underway for both creative and educational collaborations in futureA�years.
a�?We see the arts and culture as another important way to express and represent our country onA�the world stage. Through this agreement, the NCPA and the NAC are strengthening relationsA�between China and Canada,a�? said NCPA President Chen Ping.
A key tour highlight will certainly be the opening concert in Hong Kong, which will bring twoA�great orchestras together a�� the NAC Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta a�� for the firstA�time. More than 130 musicians will be on stage creating a powerful symbol our our two culturesA�working together.
When internationally acclaimed violinist and violist Pinchas Zukerman came to the National ArtsA�Centre 14 years ago he wanted to accomplish two things: to build an international reputation forA�the Orchestra and to choose musicians that were not only great performers but also greatA�teachers. The NAC Orchestra is now known as Canadaa��s greatest teaching Orchestra and as anA�international leader in distance learning through broadband videoconference technology.
China is experiencing extraordinary growth in music: ita��s estimated that 100 million children inA�China are currently studying the piano or the violin. This tour will showcase both the incredibleA�sound of Canadaa��s National Arts Centre Orchestra and the lasting legacy of teaching the nextA�generation of great musicians in China.
a�?We are hoping to share what we do best. I know how to play the fiddle, and I was fortunate toA�have some wonderful teachers. I look forward to sharing what Ia��ve learned in sessions withA�talented young students from China. I come to China with an open heart,a�? said PinchasA�Zukerman the Music Director of the NAC Orchestra. a�?I am so proud of how great this orchestraA�sounds and I cana��t wait to bring their music to the Chinese audiences.a�?
Zukerman was mentored by American violinist Isaac Stern in the 1960s. In many ways duringA�this tour, Zukerman and members of the NAC Orchestra will be following in Sterna��s footsteps.
Virtuoso violinist Isaac Stern spent more than a month in China in 1978. His visit resulted in aA�documentary entitled a�?From Mao to Mozarta�? about an extraordinary teacher and his ChineseA�students. The documentary won an academy award in 1980.
The tour will expose international audiences to the creative work of two of Canadaa��s mostA�distinguished composers, both recipients of the prestigious National Arts Centre Award forA�Canadian Composers, John Estacio and Alexina Louie.
a�?Last year, the NAC Orchestra took me and my work to audiences in Atlantic Canada for theA�first time. This coming fall, I am delighted to be joining them on this odyssey which will bringA�my music to China,a�? said John Estacio.
For Chinese-Canadian composer, Alexina Louie, the tour will be a return to her ancestral roots.A�Louie is a 3rd generation Canadian and has traced her family history through 27 generations. SheA�has only visited China once in 1973, on a family visit. Her music will be performed in HongA�Kong.
a�?To have my music performed in China is remarkable, because my family is originally fromA�China,a�? said Alexina Louie. a�?Bringing The Tiger Down From The Mountain II is inspired by theA�name of a Tai Chi movea�� to me it evokes an image of power and lyricism from China.a�?
The National Arts Centre and our partners in China believe music belongs in the most publicA�places, to be shared with all. Pop-up concerts are being planned at iconic sites like the ForbiddenA�City. A variety of concerts for school children from diverse backgrounds will introduce them toA�western instruments and music. For many, this will be the first time they have met anyone fromA�Canada, and they will respond by playing Chinese music on traditional Chinese instrumentsa��truly a cultural exchange.
The NAC is an international leader in distance learning through broadband videoconferenceA�technology. Under the direction of Music Director Pinchas Zukerman and New Media Producer,A�Maurizio Ortolani the NAC will connect its cutting edge multimedia studio in Ottawa to fourA�leading conservatories in China including: the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, theA�Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, the Shanghai Conservatory, the CentralA�Conservatory of Music in Beijing as well as to the National Centre for the Performing Arts inA�Beijing.
Five international distance learning events will be a highlight of the tour, linking youngA�musicians in China to Canada. NAC Musicians will participate, as well as Pinchas ZukermanA�and Canadaa��s Goodwill Ambassador to China Mark Rowswell, known as Dashan in China.A�Rowswell has been called the most famous foreign media personality in China.
John Estacio Brio: Toccata and Fantasy for Orchestra (Canadian composer)
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 (Pinchas Zukerman, violin)
Brahms Symphony No. 2
John Estacio Brio: Toccata and Fantasy for Orchestra (Canadian composer)
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 (Pinchas Zukerman, violin)
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
PROGRAM C (Hong Kong)
Alexina Louie Bringing the Tiger Down from the Mountain II (Amanda Forsyth, cello)
(National Arts Centre Orchestra)
Mozart Violin Concerto No. #3 (Pinchas Zukerman, violin)
(Hong Kong Sinfonietta)
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 (Hong Kong Sinfonietta and NAC Orchestra)
As many as three students from China who have been mentored by Pinchas Zukerman in CanadaA�will join the tour as members of the NAC Orchestra. Two music students from Beijing, ZhangliA�Junyi and Wang Yuehan will travel to Canada in June to be mentored by Pinchas Zukerman andA�members of the NAC Orchestra at the annual Summer Music Institute, a musical bootcamp forA�leading young musicians from Canada and around the world.
The NAC is a leader in new media and has created a website at nacotour.caA�where people can follow this extraordinary tour. Follow us on facebook, twitter, and Sina WeiboA�#NACOChina2013. Daily reports will be posted throughout the tour at these sites.
Date City Venue
Sunday, October 6 Hong Kong Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Tuesday, October 8 Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall
Thursday, October 10 Chongqing Chongqing Grand Theatre
Friday, October 11 Fuling Fuling Grand Theatre
Sunday, October 13 Tianjin Tianjin Grand Theatre
Wednesday, October 16 Beijing Venue TBA
Thursday, October 17 Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts
Saturday, October 19 Shanghai Shanghai Concert Hall
The National Arts Centre would like to thank the Government of Canada for its support of theA�National Arts Centre Orchestraa��s Performance and Education Tour of China.A�An international tour of this magnitude would not be possible without the generous support ofA�individuals and corporations from across Canada. The National Arts Centre and National ArtsA�Centre Foundation gratefully acknowledge the tremendous support of Presenting Partner Aimia,A�Major Partners CN, Enbridge Inc., Plasco Energy Group, Power Corporation of Canada, JamesA�and Emily Ho, and Education Partner RBC Capital Markets. Thank you also to SupportingA�Partners Cameco, Export Development Canada, Husky Energy, Hotel Partner Shangri-la HotelsA�& Resorts, Travel Partner Air Canada and Friends Magna International Inc.A�For his commitment to the performing arts in both Canada and China, the National Arts CentreA�extends a warm thank you to Richard Li, Honourary Patron of the China Tour.
The National Arts Centre believes nation building through the performing arts, by providing aA�home for Canadaa��s most creative artists, by being artistically adventurous and by being a catalystA�for performance, creation and learning in every part of the country and around the world. TheA�NAC is Canadaa��s only bilingual multi-disciplinary performing arts centre and one of the largestA�in the world.
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For more information please contact:
Rosemary Thompson
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
National Arts Centre
(613) 947-7000 ext 260
Andrea Hossack
Communicaitons Officer
National Arts Centre Orchestra
(613) 947-7000 ext 335

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