Three programs will be presented during the tour, which stops in Yellowknife (April 16), Vancouver (April 17), Calgary (April 18), Toronto (April 21), Kitchener (April 22), Ottawa (April 24), Quebec City (April 25) and St. John's (April 28).
The first program, featuring contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, includes Rossini's Guillaume Tell Overture plus excerpts from The Barber of Seville, Semiramide, Tancredi and L'italiana in Algeri, plus Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Ana Sokolovic's Concerto for Orchestra, an OSM commission. Sokolovic is a composer of Serbian origin who has lived in Canada for about 15 years.
The second and third programs, both featuring tenor Michael Schade, include the same orchestral repertoire, along with excerpts from Rossini's Otello and Barber of Seville and arias from Mozart's Don Giovanni and La clemenza di Tito. In the third program, the Guillaume Tell Overture will be replaced by the Overture to Beethoven's Fidelio.
The tour is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, which is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary.