7:15PM PRE-SHOW / 7:30PM CONCERT | ONLINE from ST. JOHN’S, ARTS AND CULTURE CENTRE | OCTOBER 2, 2020

Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves – Duo Concertante, join the NSO to open our 2020 Fall Season. Nancy and Tim will delight you with their performance of Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Piano.

The concert also includes Warlock’s Capriol Suite and an explosive performance of Handel’s Royal Fireworks

JOIN US EARLY FOR A WHOLE EVENING OF FUN

Join us before the concert at 7:15pm for our digital pre-show featuring Listen Up! hosted by Dale Jarvis. Listen as we go behind the scenes with interviews of the artists, musicians and composers behind our concerts. This week’s guests include Marc David, conductor; Duo Concertante; and, Katie Sullivan, principal trumpet.

Get ready to unwind with a pre show cocktail – this week’s feature is the Firefly. Our friends at Piatto will show you how to channel your own internal mixologist here.

CONCERT DETAILS

About Duo Concertante Duo Concertante is one of Canada’s leading piano and violin ensembles. Based at Memorial University, Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves have toured across North America, Europe and China and released eleven CD’s. The duo was awarded the Juno for Classical Composition of the Year in 2011 and has been presented EMCA for Classical Composition of the Year for the past three years. The NSO is thrilled to welcome Duo Concertante to the first Masterworks of the Reimagine Series to perform Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Piano. 

About Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Piano Mendelssohn was just fourteen years old when he composed his Double Concerto. He looked up to other composers such as Bach and Mozart in hopes of mastering compositional techniques of the time such as counterpoint and Classical Sonata form. It took Mendelssohn only a few short years to achieve this mastery, and is remembered today as one of the greats of the romantic period. Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Piano features a taste of his teenage independence with surprises sprinkled throughout the otherwise traditional three-movement work. 

About Warlock’s Capriol Suite Peter Warlock originally composed his Capriol Suite for two pianos, and later orchestrated the full suite. The Suite is a set of dances in French Renaissance style, including the Basse Danse, Pavane, Tordion, Branseles and finally the Mattachins. 

About Handel’s Royal Fireworks Handel composed his Royal Fireworks at the request of King George II, in celebration of the end of the war of Austrian Succession. Royal Fireworks is one of Handel’s most beloved pieces, a baroque dance suite, including a french overture, a sicilian dance, and finally an epic pomp and circumstance.

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