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Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra

3 concerts starting at $63

Music. Food. Wine. Friends. 
A Perfect Way to Enjoy it All.

Unwind at the end of your week with our wildly popular casual Fridays!

Kick off the weekend with cocktails, tapas and performances by the NAC Orchestra, plus some of Ottawa’s hottest jazz artists. Launched in 2013 to rave reviews, Casual Fridays invites you to dress casually, whet your appetite with Chef John Morris’ pre-concert Culinary Overture*, and enjoy a relaxed musical experience with the NAC Orchestra.

  1. Tine Thing Helseth

    Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto

    Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra

    January 30, 2015

    • Haydn Symphony No. 83, “The Hen”
    • Hummel Trumpet Concerto
    • Bartók Divertimento for String Orchestra

    This concert will be fun, giving you a taste of fabulous music by big-name composers—from Bartók’s spicy mix of Hungarian flavors to Hummel’s rollicking concerto, starring Norwegian trumpet virtuosa Tine Thing Helseth. Guaranteed to put you in a sunny mood!

  2. Inon Barnatan

    Beethoven’s “Pastorale”

    Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra

    March 13, 2015

    • Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 6, “Pastorale”

    Inon Barnatan’s “firecracker technique” (~Washington Post) is on sizzling display in Ravel’s jazzy Piano Concerto. Then Beethoven’s own fireworks light up the sky with an amazingly realistic storm…howling winds, rolling thunder, and crackling lightning

  3. Benjamin Grosvenor

    Shelley & Stravinsky’s Firebird

    Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra

    May 15, 2015

    • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
    • Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1945)

    Get ready for a spectacular adventure, savouring music by two remarkable geniuses: Beethoven was a composer and piano virtuoso soloing in his own brilliant concertos; and Igor Stravinsky stirred the imagination with his vivid Firebird ballet, painted in dazzling orchestral colours.

Start your Casual Fridays with live music by some of Ottawa’s hottest jazz artists.

Southam Hall Lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m.

“Casual Fridays: a chance to mingle with us, have a drink and hear some wonderful music!”

~ Alexander Shelley, Music Director Designate

5:30 PM • Pre-concert Reception

A glass of wine or nonalcoholic beverage Culinary Overture – Tapas prepared by the NAC culinary team Live jazz

7:00 PM • Concert with the NAC Orchestra

A 90-minute performance – early start, early finish (no intermission) An on-stage introduction to exceptional music and guest artists

8:30 PM • Post-concert reception

mingle with fellow music lovers and NAC Orchestra musicians Complimentary coffee and tea, plus cash bar

Start your Casual Fridays with live music by some of Ottawa’s hottest jazz artists while enjoying a variety of delectable small plates.

To start enjoying tantalizing tapas as soon as you arrive, we encourage you to purchase your Culinary Overture tickets in advance. Enjoy them all for just $20 per person per concert.

*Existing Subscribers can purchase their Culinary Overture tickets through My Account. Single ticket holders may purchase their Culinary Overture tickets in person at the NAC Box Office or by telephone at 613 947-7000 x620.

See the Culinary Overture menu.