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NAC Orchestra kicks off tour with sold-out concert

NAC Orchestra kicks off tour with sold-out concert

October 8, 2013
National

"...Sunday’s evenings performance began with a hypnotic rendition of Alexina Louie’s Bringing the Tiger Down from the Mountain II, featuring Amanda Forsyth on cello.

Forsyth, who is still recovering from a severely broken ankle sustained about five months ago, was decked out in what she calls her “tiger” dress, and delivered a growling, howling presentation of the tai chi-influenced piece of contemporary music. This is not an easy work to perform, but over the years Forsyth has tamed the beast and now rides the musical big cat with ease and presence. The cello moves up and down the musical spectrum much as a person doing tai chi moves through a particular exercise.

For Tiger’s Chinese-Canadian composer, the performance of her work in China was a moving musical homecoming. Louie’s ancestral home of Dutou is just across the border in Guangdong province. This was the only performance of Tiger on the concert schedule. The other Canadian piece that will be played is by John Estacio..."

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Related Composers: Alexina Louie, John Estacio