The National Arts Centre Orchestra, under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman, played to an appreciative audience at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall tonight.
Leading off the programme was The Boughs of Music, by N.A.C. composer advisor Gary Kulesha, featuring principal trumpet Karn Donnelly. It was predictably modern in style and not my cup of tea, frankly.
Zukerman conducted Beethoven’s Violin Concerto while taking the soloist spot, a feat he handled very ably. In fact the standing ovation he received, as we prepared to leave for intermission, was as stirring a gesture as I have ever seen from a Toronto audience.
Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony was very moving and capped off the evening very well. The N.A.C. Orchestra is something all Canadians can be proud of!
With subscriptions to both the Toronto Symphony and Tafelmusik for the coming months I hope to endure the approaching winter musically well-nourished!