Cultivating Musical Excellence

NYO Canada has been a cornerstone of Canada’s classical music scene for decades. Each summer, it assembles the nation’s most promising young musicians for an intensive training program that culminates in a breathtaking concert tour. But it’s not just about the performances; it’s about nurturing the artists and leaders of tomorrow.

Under the guidance of conductor Sascha Goetzel, principal guest conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic, the 2023 Aurora Tour was nothing short of magical. From July 14 to August 2, the NYOC performed at seven locations: Kingston, Mont Laurier, Quebec City, Charlottetown, Halifax, Saint John, and the grand finale in Toronto.

Toronto’s Koerner Hall: A Stage for Brilliance

The tour’s culmination took place at Toronto’s prestigious Koerner Hall. This iconic venue, known for its exceptional acoustics and intimate atmosphere, provided the perfect backdrop for NYO Canada’s performance.

CBC Music was there to capture the musical brilliance, ensuring that audiences near and far could experience the magic. The full concert is available for streaming, allowing music enthusiasts to immerse themselves in classical music once more. READ THE FULL STORY BY CBC AND WATCH THE CONCERT HERE

A Diverse Musical Palette

The program for the evening was a tapestry of musical brilliance:

  1. Modest Mussorgsky, arr. Maurice Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: A vivid and dynamic journey through an art exhibition, brought to life through music.
  2. Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major: Featuring the talented Canada Council Michael Measures first prize violin soloist Tiffany Yeung, this piece showcased virtuosity and emotion.
  3. Kalen Smith: Glacial Titan: A world premiere commissioned by NYO Canada and supported by the SOCAN Foundation, this composition introduced audiences to new horizons in classical music.

Mark Your Calendars

If you missed the live performance, fear not! You have a chance to hear the magic. CBC Music will be broadcasting the concert on Sunday, September 10, during CBC Music’s In Concert with Paolo Pietropaolo. 

NYO Canada’s 2023 Aurora Tour was not just a musical journey; it was an exploration of passion, dedication, and sheer talent. It showcased the incredible potential of our young musicians and reminded us all of the beauty that can be created when the arts are nurtured and celebrated.

So, mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and join us as we relive the harmonies, melodies, and symphonies that define the National Youth Orchestra of Canada’s 2023 Aurora Tour. It’s a celebration of music that transcends time and leaves an indelible mark on the heart.