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Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra

NACO: Songs for Murdered Sisters

Sat, Feb 11, 2023 Roy Thomson Hall

In a deeply emotional program, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins perform a personal and powerful song cycle—composed by Jake Heggie based on original poetry by Margaret Atwood—that conveys the tragedy of lives needlessly lost. Bookending the concert are a new concerto grosso by Odawa First Nation composer Barbara Assiginaak and Brahms’s furiously passionate Symphony No. 4, which evokes the sounds of the entire universe from start to finish.


Barbara Assiginaak

New Work

NACO Commission

Jake Heggie/text by Margaret Atwood

Songs for Murdered Sisters

NACO Co-commission


Symphony No. 4


National Arts Centre Orchestra Music Director Alexander Shelley

Alexander Shelley

Baritone Joshua Hopkins

Joshua Hopkins


National Arts Centre Orchestra

guest orchestra

Joshua Hopkins photo by Dario Acosta Photography

NACO: Songs for Murdered Sisters is Part of:

Saturday 2

Six Saturday concerts at 8:00pm and one Friday concert at 7:30pm


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