Friday, October 31, 2008

National orchestra heads north for the first time

The National Arts Centre Orchestra played the Yukon for the first time Wednesday.

The sold-out concert took place at the Yukon Arts Centre, a venue with a capacity of 428, in Whitehorse.

"[The musicians] strained to see out the plane as we were flying over the mountains into Whitehorse," said Claire Speed, the orchestra's education manager. "I would say it's just an absolute thrill."

NACO's performance was the first concert by a major orchestra since 1985. The Toronto Symphony played in a high school auditorium since the Yukon Arts Centre, which opened in 1992, did not exist at the time.

Selections from Mozart, Beethoven and Alexina Louie, a composer for the National Arts Centre was played at the concert.

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