This event ended on: Nov 7, 2020

Affairs of the Heart

with the NAC Orchestra

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  • NAC Orchestra

  Nov 7, 2020 - 8 PM EST   90 minutes with no intermission.

JESSIE MONTGOMERY Coincident Dances for orchestra HENRI TOMASI Trombone Concerto (Hillary Simms, trombone) HANNAH KENDALL Verdala (Canadian premiere) Marjan Mozetich Affairs of the Heart (Duncan McDougall, violin) VIOLET ARCHER Sinfonietta

Original broadcast date: Saturday November 7, 2020

With works spanning 1957-2018, by composers from Canada, the UK and the US, this concert is full of the sounds of contrasting cultures and moods, and pure musical virtuosity.

American composer Jessie Montgomery’s Coincident Dances is a musical snapshot of a walk through New York City, with layers of texture, colours, and cultures. 

Following the energetic opening work, the brilliant young trombonist Hillary Simms, from Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, performs music by French composer Henri Tomasi. His “mid-century modern” Trombone Concerto continues the mood of music that evokes city life: bustling, rhythmic, and gently bluesy. Hillary Simms was named one of CBC’s “30 Under 30” Classical musicians in 2020, and we are proud to feature many of the musicians from this group on our livestream series.

We next leap forward to 2018, with the Canadian premiere of UK composer Hannah Kendall’s Verdala. Hannah’s powerful music is a pointed, spare and uncompromising comment on war and sacrifice.  

This concert is titled after the next piece by Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich. Known for his accessible and beautiful compositions that combine classical and modern styles, Affairs of the Heart for Violin and String Orchestra is an exquisite masterpiece for violin and string orchestra. Duncan McDougall, also from CBC’s “30 Under 30” Classical list for 2020, will be our violin soloist.

Composer Violet Archer played an important role in 20th century Canadian composition with not only her own brilliant works, but in teaching at least three generations of musicians. We close our concert with her dramatic piece Sinfonietta from 1968. Be sure to listen for the virtuosic clarinet solo towards the end!


  • Trombone Hillary Simms
  • montgomery-jessie-copy
    Composer Jessie Montgomery
  • Composer Henri Tomasi
  • Composer Hannah Kendall
  • mozetich-marjan
    Composer Marjan Mozetich
  • mcdougall-duncan
    Violin Duncan McDougall
  • Composer Violet Archer
  • bio-orchestra
    Featuring National Arts Centre Orchestra
  • Conductor Alexander Shelley

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