Coming events

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09/07/2022 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – There’s something about the summer that conjures up memories of summers past. Take a sonic journey through the warm nostalgia of the season, with the NAC Orchestra led by Canadian conductor/composer Dinuk Wijeratne and featuring Canadian rising star soprano Jonelle Sills. Past and present collide in music by composers who were inspired by old tunes, […]

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08/07/2022 – 09/07/2022 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – There’s something about the summer that conjures up memories of summers past. Take a sonic journey through the warm nostalgia of the season, with the NAC Orchestra led by Canadian conductor/composer Dinuk Wijeratne and featuring Canadian rising star soprano Jonelle Sills. Past and present collide in music by composers who were inspired by old tunes, […]

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23/07/2022 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Let us provide the soundtrack as you walk, run, bike or rollerblade along the canal. Every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon, members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra or a popular band will play aboard our showboat as it cruises the Rideau.

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14/07/2022 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Let us provide the soundtrack as you walk, run, bike or rollerblade along the canal. Every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon, members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra or a popular band will play aboard our showboat as it cruises the Rideau.

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09/07/2022 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Let us provide the soundtrack as you walk, run, bike or rollerblade along the canal. Every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon, members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra or a popular band will play aboard our showboat as it cruises the Rideau.

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02/07/2022 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Let us provide the soundtrack as you walk, run, bike or rollerblade along the canal. Every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon, members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra or a popular band will play aboard our showboat as it cruises the Rideau.

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24/06/2022 – 25/06/2022 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – Conductor: Jack Everly  Guest artists: Ashley Brown, vocalist Ron Remke, vocalist Richard Todd Adams, vocalist Ewashko Singers Laurence Ewashko, director In a perfectly stylish conclusion to the season, Jack Everly and the NAC Orchestra perform a selection of delightful and sophisticated music from the best of twentieth-century theatre and screen, written by one of the most celebrated […]

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16/06/2022 – 17/06/2022 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – NACO Spring Offer: Bring a friend to a NACO concert in the 2021-2022 season and receive 50% off both of your tickets – that’s two seats for the price of one! Offer valid until May 31 2022 and only for select NACO performances. Discount available on regular priced tickets only and cannot be combined with other […]

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13/06/2022 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – In this chat Alexander Shelley, Music Director of the NAC orchestra, and Venezuela economist Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg discuss NACO’s 2022 tour theme Truth In Our Time. Together, they will tackle 3 major questions: What is truth? Why do we seek to find the truth? Why do we lie? Alexander Shelley signed on as Music Director of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in September 2015.  The […]

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09/06/2022 – 10/06/2022 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – NACO Spring Offer: Bring a friend to a NACO concert in the 2021-2022 season and receive 50% off both of your tickets – that’s two seats for the price of one! Offer valid until May 31 2022 and only for select NACO performances. Discount available on regular priced tickets only and cannot be combined with other […]

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06/06/2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Join NACO principal bassoonist Christopher Millard as he engages with Gabriela Montero and Stewart Goodyear in conversation about their common passions: composition, improvisation, piano-playing, and balancing performing the great works versus their own works. Gabriela Montero made her formal debut as a composer with Ex Patria, a tone poem designed to illustrate and protest Venezuela’s descent into lawlessness, corruption, and violence. A […]

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04/06/2022 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – WORLD PREMIERE NACO Spring Offer: Bring a friend to a NACO concert in the 2021-2022 season and receive 50% off both of your tickets – that’s two seats for the price of one! Offer valid until May 31 2022 and only for select NACO performances. Discount available on regular priced tickets only and cannot be combined […]

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02/06/2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Professor Maverick Throws the Dice: A Wager on Diversity, Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship in the Arts. Join Adrian Anantawan and Aaron Dworkin in a live conversation about diversity, innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in the arts. This talk is part of the 2022 NACO Mentorship Program. Violinist, advocate, and educator Adrian Anantawan is the 2022 NACO Mentorship Participant Advisor. Aaron Dworkin is a […]

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28/06/2022 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – As part of our SESSIONS series, we welcome Esperanza Spalding for a truly special, one-night performance with the NAC Orchestra. Esperanza Emily Spalding is an American jazz bassist, singer, songwriter, and composer. Her accolades include four Grammy Awards, a Boston Music Award, and a Soul Train Music Award. Bass, piano, composition, performance, voice and lyrics are […]

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13/01/2018 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – The internationally-acclaimed Enchantment Theatre Company makes its NAC debut! An enchanted tree with golden apples. An evil magician conjuring a terrible storm. A beautiful princess and her magical unicorn. See and hear the captivating Russian tale of Prince Ivan and the majestic Firebird as Stravinsky’s famous music comes to life, complete with life-sized puppets, masks and magic. […]

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21/06/2017 @ 8:00 pm – Canada’s internationally acclaimed vocal group mixes operatic classics with soaring versions of pop songs in a concert that’s sure to make audiences swoon. NOTE: Saturday Pops subscribers attend on Wednesday. In collaboration with Canada Scene. Le groupe vocal canadien de renommée internationale enchaîne les plus grands airs d’opéra et des versions irrésistibles de succès pop dans […]

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15/06/2017 @ 8:00 pm – A co-production with the Canadian Opera Company With surtitles in English and French  Hero, martyr, or traitor? The story of the polarizing Métis leader and Canada’s westward expansion is told in this landmark work. Composed by Harry Somers for our nation’s centennial in 1967, this uniquely Canadian contribution to the opera world is returning on the work’s 50th anniversary, and will […]

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25/05/2017 @ 8:00 pm – Fauré Pelléas et Mélisande Suite  Schubert Symphony No. 6  Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 Esteemed Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker plays perhaps the grandest of all piano concertos, operatic in scale, composed at the peak of Brahms’s popularity and powers. Post-concert talkback with the artists hosted by Paul Wells.  Fauré Suite Pelléas et Mélisande  Schubert Symphonie […]

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17/05/2017 @ 8:00 pm – DENISOV Hommage à Mozart Mozart Concert aria TBA Silvestrov The Messenger  Mozart Requiem (ed. Beyer) Mozart’s timeless Requiem is the centerpiece for an evening of glorious choral singing led by Principal Guest Conductor John Storgårds. DENISOV Hommage à Mozart Mozart Air de concert à communiquer Silvestrov The Messenger Mozart Requiem (éd. Beyer) L’immortel Requiem de […]

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20/04/2017 – 22/04/2017 @ 8:00 pm – World Premiere NAC Commission This landmark NAC Commission pairs three of Canada’s outstanding choreographic talents with three of the country’s most exciting composers. Ballet BC’s trail-blazing Emily Molnar meets her musical match with innovative composer Nicole Lizée. Alberta Ballet’s eminent and prolific Jean Grand-Maître joins forces with multiple award-winning new music visionary Andrew Staniland; and Guillaume Côté, gifted dancer and choreographic associate with the National Ballet of […]

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08/07/2017 @ 9:00 pm – WolfGANG is ready to celebrate Canada’s 150th at the Mercury Lounge! Featured as part of the NAC’s Canada Scene, it celebrates music by Canada’s hottest composers. Bonus points for people wearing a maple leaf or bowtie! Program details to come. WolfGANG célèbre le 150e du Canada au Mercury Lounge! Présentée dans le cadre de la […]

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12/07/2017 @ 7:30 pm – Praised by The New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. Raised in Montreal, the singer-songwriter is part of Canada’s musical McGarrigle-Wainwright aristocracy, and is a multiple JUNO Award winner and GRAMMY® nominee. He has collaborated with the likes […]

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18/06/2017 @ 8:00 pm – J.S. Bach THE CIRCLE OF CREATION  J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3  J.S Bach Goldberg Variations (excerpts)  J.S Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1  J.S. Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3 With elegant visual storytelling and timeless music, world-renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra explores the craft of baroque performance and celebrates those who helped J.S. Bach realize his […]

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28/05/2017 @ 2:00 pm – Alexina Louie Scenes from a Jade Terrace  Ravel String Quartet  Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 Enjoy intimate chamber music concerts at the National Gallery of Canada, performed by members of the NAC Orchestra and amazing guest artists on this unique series. Alexina Louie Scenes from a Jade Terrace  Ravel Quatuor à cordes  Brahms Quatuor pour […]

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06/04/2017 @ 8:00 pm – From Parisian music halls to the lights of Broadway, Canada’s first lady of musical theatre takes us on a journey of song developed and produced by Jack Everly. Featuring artists (to be announced) selected by Jack, with favourites by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Leonard Bernstein and more. Des music-halls de Paris aux néons de Broadway, […]

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20/05/2017 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – 1:30 PM 3:30 PM Join the fun with the NAC Orchestra’s Musical Menagerie, including excerpts from Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals and comedian Rick Mercer’s retelling of Prokofiev’s classic tale Peter and the Wolf. TUNETOWN PRE-CONCERT ACTIVITIES Come early! Join up 45 minutes prior to each concert for free learn-and-play activities, organized by the Friends […]

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12/04/2017 @ 8:00 pm – SALIERI Cublai gran kan de’ Tartari Overture Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 Mozart Symphony No. 40 Experience the musical maturity of beloved soloist Jan Lisiecki in his first Chopin performance with the NAC Orchestra, and the brilliance of Mozart in the hands of Alexander Shelley. _______________ The Casual Fridays version of this performance will take place on […]

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01/04/2017 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – 1:30 PM 3:30 PM It’s a disaster! La Diva Malbouffa and Maestro Figaro are expected to perform at the Opera, but Mimi is ill from gorging on junk food. Only the audience can bring her back to health! TUNETOWN PRE-CONCERT ACTIVITIES Come early! Join up 45 minutes prior to each concert for free learn-and-play activities, […]

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29/03/2017 @ 8:00 pm – World Premiere NAC Commission BUSONI Lustspiel Overture Gary Kulesha From the Diary of Virginia Woolf*  Sibelius Symphony No. 2 Sibelius’s 1902 symphony was a major influence on the young Gary Kulesha. Now one of Canada’s most esteemed composers has crafted a showpiece for Krisztina Szabó and the NAC Orchestra. “Krisztina Szabó’s voice is a burnished […]

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16/03/2017 @ 7:30 pm – In The Bach Odyssey, Angela Hewitt will explore J.S. Bach’s complete keyboard works in 12 recitals over the course of four years. The National Arts Centre Orchestra in partnership with Ottawa Chamber Music Society (Chamberfest) will offer these recitals alongside London’s Wigmore Hall, The 92nd Street Y in New York City, and at other locations around […]

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08/03/2017 @ 8:00 pm – Rossini William Tell Overture  Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23  Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique” Fresh from the prestigious Chopin Piano Competition, Quebec’s Charles Richard-Hamelin performs one of Mozart’s most beloved concertos in a concert that ranges from bright and jaunty to deep and soulful. Post-concert talkback with the artists hosted by Vincent Parizeau. Rossini Ouverture […]

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23/02/2017 @ 8:00 pm – Walton Suite from the film Henry V Walton Symphony No. 1 Nicole Lizée Zeiss After Dark* Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra Legendary Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero will perform the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo with Alexander Shelley and the NAC Orchestra. *World premiere _______________ The Casual Fridays version of this performance will take […]

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31/03/2017 @ 8:00 pm –  Chopin The complete Preludes and Etudes “This is Chopin playing of sublime genius, and confirms the landmark status of this ongoing series…” — Fanfare, September/ October 2015 Chopin Intégrale des préludes et études « Tout le génie de Chopin est mis en lumière ici. Voilà qui confirme le statut mythique de cette série… » — Fanfare, septembre/octobre 2015

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26/03/2017 @ 2:00 pm – R. Murray Schafer Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp  Brahms Trio in A minor for Viola, Cello and Piano Enjoy intimate chamber music concerts at the National Gallery of Canada, performed by members of the NAC Orchestra and amazing guest artists on this unique series. R. Murray Schafer Trio pour flûte, alto et harpe Brahms […]

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26/03/2017 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm – 11:00 AM English 1:30 PM English 3:00 PM French Animals of every stripe and colour will entertain you when the Ayorama Wind Quintet unleashes its musical zoo. 11 h 00 Anglais 13 h 30 Anglais 15 h 00 Français Vous en verrez de toutes les couleurs quand le Quintette à vent Ayorama fera parader les […]

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04/03/2017 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – 1:30 PM 3:30 PM What’s it like to have to wear a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater in a hockey-crazed Quebec village where everyone is a Montreal Canadiens fan? Find out with author Roch Carrier and hockey legend Ken Dryden as they celebrate Canada’s winter and favourite winter sport. TUNETOWN PRE-CONCERT ACTIVITIES Come early! Join up […]

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15/02/2017 @ 8:00 pm – Elgar In the South  R. Strauss Aus Italien  Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini Italy’s musical culture and natural beauty have called to foreign musicians since the 1600s. Explore remarkably different impressions from three very different composers. La culture musicale de l’Italie et la beauté de ses paysages attirent les musiciens étrangers depuis le […]

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09/02/2017 @ 8:00 pm – “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Could there be a more iconic line in American cinematic history? Staring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid, Casablanca is a classic romantic drama. Experience the Oscar-winning film like never before. Southam Hall. Big screen. Live orchestral music. With the lush Max Steiner score performed by the NAC Orchestra, […]

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01/03/2017 – 02/03/2017 @ 8:00 pm – GLAZUNOV Concert Waltz No. 1  Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2  Brahms Symphony No. 2 In this roller-coaster ride of a program, conductor Juraj Valčuha returns to Southam Hall with the great Yefim Bronfman to perform the exhilarating Prokofiev second concerto. GLAZOUNOV Valse de concert no 1  Prokofiev Concerto pour piano no 2  Brahms Symphonie no 2 […]

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19/02/2017 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm – 11:00 AM English 1:30 PM English 3:00 PM French Drums, cymbals, timpani, marimbas, xylophones and an inexhaustible supply of “toys”. Come explore the amazing percussion section of an orchestra! 11 h 00 Anglais 13 h 30 Anglais 15 h 00 Français Sous vos yeux : timbales, marimbas, xylophones et une réserve inépuisable de « jouets ». Découvrez l’impressionnante […]

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18/02/2017 @ 9:00 pm – Come celebrate WolfGANG’s 2 year anniversary! Mark this party on your calendar and stay tuned for details. WolfGANG a deux ans! Inscrivez la date à vos calendriers et venez célébrer avec nous! Surveillez les détails de l’événement.

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05/02/2017 @ 2:00 pm – J. STRAUSS JR. (arr. Schoenberg) Roses from the South Waltz  R. Strauss (arr. John Greer) Four Last Songs  Schubert “Die Forelle” Lied, Op. 32  Schubert Piano Quintet, “Trout” Enjoy intimate chamber music concerts at the National Gallery of Canada, performed by members of the NAC Orchestra and amazing guest artists on this unique series. Des […]

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02/02/2017 @ 8:00 pm – Nielsen An Imaginary Trip to the Faroe Islands  Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3  Sibelius Symphony No. 6 Dramatic, expressive music from Denmark, Russia and Finland, featuring the debut of a fiery, young pianist performing Rachmaninoff. Nielsen Un voyage imaginaire aux îles Féroé  Rachmaninov Concerto pour piano no 3  Sibelius Symphonie no 6 Un jeune pianiste flamboyant […]

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28/01/2017 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – This beloved family concert takes audiences on an expedition across continents and through the centuries to help a discouraged bird discover her unique voice. Young audiences laugh and sing along with the Gimquat and her wizard guide as they explore music from Gregorian chant to Beethoven to rap. Volez au secours d’une oiselle en détresse […]

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25/01/2017 @ 8:00 pm – Beethoven Suite from The Creatures of Prometheus  Beethoven Violin Concerto  Beethoven Symphony No. 4 Zacharias explores two towering works composed in 1806 when Beethoven struggled heroically to work despite his increasing deafness. The brilliant, spellbinding Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma makes her Southam Hall debut. Post-concert talkback with the artists hosted by Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer. Christian Zacharias dirige […]

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24/01/2017 @ 8:00 pm – Edward Top New Work [TSO/TSYO Sesquicentennial Commission]  Dvořák Symphony No. 7  Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 Peter Oundjian draws out the power of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for this exciting concert featuring Stewart Goodyear in a profoundly romantic Tchaikovsky piano concerto. Peter Oundjian fait ressortir toute la puissance de l’Orchestre symphonique de Toronto dans ce […]

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14/01/2017 @ 8:00 pm – Singers Nicole Parker and Aaron Finley, along with the NAC Orchestra, bring back the best of an era, including Cyndi Lauper’s True Colours, Phil Collins’s In The Air Tonight, Sting’s Every Breath You Take, Lionel Richie’s All Night Long, and much, much more. You’ll be dancing in your seat! The Friends of the NAC Orchestra […]

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08/01/2017 @ 11:00 am – Join three prominent members of the NAC brass family on a musical journey that entertains and empowers children. Kids will keep singing long after the concert ends. Trois membres clés de la famille des cuivres de l’Orchestre du CNA entraînent les enfants dans un divertissant périple musical qui les amène à prendre confiance en eux. […]

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06/01/2017 @ 8:00 pm – Elgar Chanson de matin Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Elgar Chanson de nuit Haydn Symphony No. 104, “London” Beethoven Romance in F major Pinchas Zukerman. Phenomenon. Masterful. Bold. One-of-a-kind. Maestro Pinchas Zukerman is back on the podium conducting the NAC Orchestra. Kick start the new year with Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, also known as the […]

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18/12/2016 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Enesco Légende for trumpet and piano Haydn Piano Trio No.13 in B-flat major EWALD Brass Quintet No. 1 Trad. Suite des Fêtes pour quintette de cuivres Martinů La revue de cuisine Enjoy intimate chamber music concerts at the National Gallery of Canada, performed by members of the NAC Orchestra and amazing guest artists on this […]

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15/12/2016 – 16/12/2016 @ 8:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Mozart La Clemenza di Tito Mozart Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola    Stravinsky Pulcinella (complete), with English and French surtitles The heart of this delightful concert is Stravinsky’s Italian-influenced music for the ballet Pulcinella — revealing the composer at his most charming. _________________ The Casual Fridays version of this performance will take place on […]

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08/12/2016 – 10/12/2016 @ 8:00 pm – “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” “The Force is strong with this one.” You get the idea! Be transported to a galaxy far, far away with John Williams’s iconic music guided by Canadian funnyman Charles Ross, performer of “One Man Star Wars Trilogy”. […]

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20/11/2016 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm – The Silflay String Quartet explores how composers use imitation in their music. Includes singing and a fun-filled improv competition! Le Quatuor à cordes Silflay s’intéresse à l’usage que les compositeurs font de l’imitation dans leur musique, à travers le chant et un concours d’improvisation des plus rigolos.

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16/11/2016 – 17/11/2016 @ 8:00 pm – World Premiere NAC Commission Glinka Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture Peter Paul Koprowski Concertante for Double Bass, Strings and Percussion* Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 Under the baton of Venuzuelan conductor, “on the verge of greatness”, Diego Matheuz, the NAC Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Well crafted and colorfully orchestrated, it is widely considered to be classic […]

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12/11/2016 – 13/11/2016 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Canadian Premiere Ages 6 to 11 What happens at night when the lights go out and the city is plunged into darkness? Projectors whir to life, pianos start to play, and the curtain rises on the world of dreams. It’s Slumberland! Songs and film images take over the night, composing an enchanting universe inhabited by […]

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03/11/2016 – 05/11/2016 @ 8:00 pm – Humour. Eclecticism. Expertise. Canadian Brass. World Renowned Brass Quintet, Canadian Brass, joins the National Arts Centre Orchestra for an unexpected evening of music ranging from classical to blues and beyond. The rich sound of brass comes alive when performed by this zesty quintet. Enjoy the concert in our newly renovated Southam Hall. Better Seats. Better […]