CHOPIN’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2
National Arts Centre
1, rue Elgin, Ottawa, (Québec), K1P 5W1
David Fray makes his highly-anticipated debut on the NAC stage. The pianist is making waves for his ability to contrast explosive, muscular moments on the keyboard with sweet and fading sentimentality. Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 serves as the perfect introduction to Fray’s polished finesse and panache: Chopin composed it as a piece intended to showcase his talents wherever he went as a traveling virtuoso. The evening begins with Yosuke Kawasaki and Jessica Linnebach, our NAC Orchestra concertmaster and associate concertmaster, playing a piece by the exciting Canadian composer Jocelyn Morlock. A previous NAC commission, Cobalt, for two violins and orchestra, is inspired by the night sky just before it becomes dark. With Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony, you’ll be swept away by a breath of fresh air.Robert Schumann’s 1st Symphony was inspired by a poem about Spring and love. Newlywed at the time and in a state of exuberant joy, Schumann created for the musicians the sensation of living wi...