A report Tuesday (6/30) on the CBC News site states, “Dozens of performances by the National Arts Centre Orchestra will be available on the internet for free, starting Canada Day [July 1]. The NACO has chosen more than 150 recordings from its own past for an online project it calls NACO Musicbox. It gives listeners a chance to hear how the orchestra has evolved from its days under Mario Bernardi through to current conductor Pinchas Zukerman. … There are excerpts from the first NACO concert under Bernardi’s baton on Oct. 7, 1969 as well as Franco Mannino conducting the NACO in a performance of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Other significant performances include R. Murray Shafer’s East, Madama Butterfly with Leona Mitchell and Richard Margison, Itzhak Perlman performing the Brahms Violin Concerto and Maureen Forrester performing Harry Somers’s Five Songs for Dark Voice. Two six-part podcasts, one in English and one in French, give a history of the orchestra. Renowned writer-broadcaster Eric Friesen, a former CBC host, introduces the English programs, joined by special guests and music superstars Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Yefim Bronfman, Angela Hewitt, Jon Kimura Parker and Anton Kuerti.”

Photo: Mario Bernardi

Posted July 1, 2009