Beethoven’s Seventh and Dinuk’s Clarinet

Concert Information

Performance dates
Jean-Claude Picard, conductor
Kinan Azmeh, clarinet
Symphony Nova Scotia
On the program

György Ligeti: Concert Românesc
Dinuk Wijeratne: Clarinet Concerto*
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Nova Scotia’s own Dinuk Wijeratne is a JUNO-winning dynamo. He’s “exuberantly creative” (New York Times). “Internationally respected for his virtuosity and sensitivity” (CBC). “An artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future” (Toronto Star). Now, Symphony Nova Scotia proudly presents Dinuk’s newest work – the middle-Eastern-influenced Clarinet Concerto, written specifically for Dinuk’s close friend and longtime collaborator, the Syrian-born clarinetist Kinan Azmeh. Plus, we perform Ligeti’s Concert Românesc, who was brought to fame from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and finally, Beethoven’s stunning Symphony No. 7 – a beautiful, unforgettable masterpiece, and one of the most popular symphonies of all time.

This concert will also be performed at St. John’s Anglican Church in Lunenburg and at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth.

* Commissioned by Symphony Nova Scotia

Kinan Azmeh, clarinet
Saturday, March 23, 2019 • 10:30 am – 12 noon
Dalhousie Arts Centre, Room 406

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About the Artists

Jean-Claude Picard, conductor

Jean-Claude Picard is widely described as a communicative and engaging conductor by fellow artists, critics, and audiences alike. An appreciated collaborator, he regularly returns to many of the orchestras he has conducted so far on both sides of the Atlantic.

In his native Canada, he conducts some of the finest orchestras, such as the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Québec Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and I Musici. Jean-Claude was also recently announced as the new Music Director of L’Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières.

In Europe and the United Kingdom, Jean-Claude enjoyed successful return visits to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet, the Manchester Camerata, a critically acclaimed debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Red Note Ensemble, the Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música, the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, the Pärnu City Orchestra, and will soon debut with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and conduct at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival.

In 2015, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra announced that it was promoting Jean-Claude to the position of Associate Conductor, a first in the modern history of the organisation, reflecting the detailed quality of his work and the meaningful relationship he built with the members of the orchestra during his tenure as Assistant Conductor. He led the orchestra in nearly 90 performances, from critically acclaimed full-season concerts to prize-winning outreach events.

Over the last few years, he formed a close relationship with the Scottish Ballet, where he will now return for a fifth time to conduct several productions, including Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” (Hampson). Previously, the Company and Jean-Claude obtained great success and critical acclaim touring a Stravinsky double bill featuring Hampson’s Le Sacre du Printemps and MacMillan’s Le Baiser de la Fée. In Canada, Jean-Claude will debut and tour with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Adam’s Giselle (Cavallari) next April.

Jean-Claude was also the co-winner of the prestigious Mendelssohn Scholarship 2013, which was awarded by revered conductor Kurt Masur, with whom he was subsequently invited to study privately in Leipzig and assist at the Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Initially trained as a flutist in Montréal and Geneva, Jean-Claude was a sought-after orchestra player, and performed with numerous orchestras in Canada and Europe, such as the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Les Violons du Roy, l’Orchestre Métropolitain, and l’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, with performances in illustrious venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York), the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), and the Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam).

Ticket info

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