National Arts Centre Orchestra* May 1, 2017 8 pm Tickets starting at $35Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of music and storytelling! Violin virtuoso, James Ehnes, will dazzle audiences with the Korngold violin concerto followed by the beloved "New World Symphony". This performance is part of the NAC Orchestra Canada 150 Tour.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the NAC Orchestra is embarking on a national tour- the first to be led by the Orchestra's highly acclaimed Music Director Alexander Shelley. The Canada 150 Tour begins in Atlantic Canada from April 26 to May 7, and will feature the internationally renowned Canadian violinist James Ehnes, who will perform Eric Korngold's Violin Concerto. Ehnes is a GRAMMY® Award and 10-time JUNO winning violinist, and is widely considered one of the world's finest living soloists. The concert repertoire will also feature classical masterworks including Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, from the New World.

The concert will close with I Lost My Talk by Edmonton-based composer John Estacio. This lush and powerful new work, which premiered during the NAC Orchestra's 2015‒2016 season, is based on the poem by Mi'kmaw elder and poet Rita Joe, C.M., about her experience at Shubenacadie Residential School in Nova Scotia. Reviewer Christophe Husse from Le Devoir called it one of "Estacio's very best compositions for orchestra ... a truly powerful and overwhelming creation." It will be performed with film presentation and live narration by Guna and Rappahannock actor Monique Mojica.

*This performance does not qualify for discounts offered by Confederation Centre of the Arts.