Alexander Shelley

September 26, 8:00am - 9:30am EDT. Hosted at National Arts Centre

part of a series on Compassion

About the speaker

This month we are extremely excited to invite our CreativeMornings Ottawa community to the beautiful new NAC for a talk on compassion with Alexander Shelley, Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra!

As a music director and established conductor, Alexander understands that to connect, we must have compassion. For him, this means compassion for the stories being told through music. Whether it’s Romeo and Juliet (with the Royal Danish Opera) or Louis Riel (with the Canadian Opera Company and the NAC Orchestra) or symphonic music like Sibelius’ symphonies and Handel’s Messiah (which will be featured at the NAC this season), Alexander has mastered a compassionate connection with each composer, enabling him to tell the stories within.

Compassion was also a driving force in Alexander to not only becoming the Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, but being involved in many other incredible musical experiences, such as conducting the Royal Philharmonic and the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestras. Alexander Shelley’s ability to connect through compassion has led him to do great things in his career and his craft, and we are excited to hear from him on Tuesday, September 26!

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Additional details

CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community with chapters in 170 cities around the world. Each month we host an event that is always on a Friday, always in the morning, and always free. We provide coffee, a light breakfast, and a 20-30 minute presentation from a local creative person on the global CreativeMornings theme for that month.

Event Schedule:
8:00AM - Doors open
8:00 - 8:30 AM - Check in, enjoy breakfast
8:30 AM - Talk begins
9:00AM - Q&A with speaker
9:15 AM - Open pitch (have something to share with us? Now’s the time!)
9:30 AM - Off to work!

About the theme:
Compassion is a pause button that reminds us of a fundamental truth: we’re all stumbling and nobody has it figured out. The best part about compassion is that it’s a learned trait—unlike your height or eye color—and the more we practice accepting others the sooner the easier it becomes to accept ourselves.

When this is at the forefront of our minds, we give people a chance to show up and be seen. When in doubt, the answer is compassion.

This month’s theme was chosen by the Helsinki chapter and illustrated by Helsinki-based illustrator Sami Viljanto. Our September COMPASSION theme is presented globally by our partner Shutterstock across 173 chapters! Shutterstock is CreativeMornings’ Global Partner for Visual Inspiration. Morning people like you can get 20% off Shutterstock’s 125million image assets at!