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John Estacio work commissioned for Right Honourable Joe Clark’s 75th

John Estacio work commissioned for Right Honourable Joe Clark’s 75th

June 6, 2014

It’s not easy to surprise a former Prime Minister, but that’s exactly what the Right Honourable Joe Clark’s family did on June 5 at the National Arts Centre when they announced that their gift to him for his 75th birthday is a new piece of music commissioned for the National Arts Centre Orchestra that will be shared across the country and the world.

Mr. Clark, who served as Canada’s 16th Prime Minister, celebrated his 75th birthday at the NAC and was seated in the audience for a performance with his wife Maureen McTeer, his brother Mr. Justice Peter Clark and several family friends, when his daughter Catherine Clark emerged on the Southam Hall stage.

“Dad, you have dedicated your life to this nation, to its purpose and potential. So we’ve commissioned a piece by one of Canada’s most celebrated composers written specifically for you for your 75th birthday.”

The work will be written by Edmonton-based composer John Estacio, and will be premiered by the NAC Orchestra in the 2015-2016 season. Mr. Estacio recently toured with the NAC Orchestra to China where his beautiful work, Brio: Toccata and Fantasy for Orchestra, was chosen by NAC Music Director Pinchas Zukerman as one of the signature pieces during the NAC’s Performance and Education Tour in that country.

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