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Shelley Conducts Strauss & Felix Klieser Plays Mozart

November 22‑23, 2023 @8:00pm

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Richard Strauss’s tone poems (one-movement symphonic works that tell a story) depict epic tales and ask life’s big questions. Contemporary Canadian composers Kelly-Marie Murphy and Kevin Lau reply with fresh companion pieces to two of Strauss’s best-known tone poems. Concert-level mastery of a work like Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 takes patience, talent, and determination, and guest guest horn player Felix Klieser, a musical prodigy who was born with no arms, has worked since childhood to reach that pinnacle, learning to play the horn with his left foot. Richard Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan follows the legendary and heartless womanizer through days and nights of wicked promiscuity and debauchery, through romance after ardent romance, until the infamous philanderer succumbs to a fiery and mournful end. For her first NACO commission, Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy has written a companion piece to Don Juan that makes its world premiere here.


Shelley Conducts Strauss & Felix Klieser Plays Mozart



National Arts Centre
1 Elgin Street
Southam Hall


Event Date: November 22‑23, 2023 @8:00pm

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