Create Your Own NACO Series

Simone Lamsma

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3 or more concerts starting at $69

Mix and match three or more concerts from across many of our curated series to create the musical experience that is just right for you. More than 50 performances to choose from!

    • Bernstein Candide Overture
    • Derek Charke After Chaos, the Earth and Love came into being*
    • Brahms Violin Concerto
    • R. Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra

    World-renowned Joshua Bell kicks off our season with Brahms’s epic violin concerto, paired with orchestral reflections of modern and ancient philosophy. 

    *World premiere; commissioned by Harvey and Louise Glatt for the NAC Orchestra  

  1. Angela Hewitt

    Beethoven and Schumann

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Beethoven Piano Sonata, Op. 79
    • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
    • Schumann Symphony No. 1, “Spring”

    Great Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt performs a work in which nineteen-year-old Beethoven combined his respect for musical tradition with an irrepressible flair for innovation.

  2. Jonathan Biss

    Beethoven and Schumann

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 31, No. 2, “The Tempest”
    • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2
    • Schumann Symphony No. 2

    Alexander Shelley and the NAC Orchestra bring alive the restless, searching spirit of two great composers, with a focus on Jonathan Biss’s fresh approach to music by a young Beethoven.

  3. Conrad Tao

    Beethoven and Schumann

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Schumann Piano Concerto
    • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"

    Schumann — like Beethoven — was a great pianist, and for both composers, the piano held sway. Conrad Tao explores the riches of these two powerhouse works.

    *Note afternoon start time

  4. Saleem Ashkar

    Beethoven and Schumann

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
    • Schumann Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”

    Composed during times of deep emotional crisis, these masterpieces transcend the composers’ personal circumstances to express emotions shared by us all.

  5. Rudolf Buchbinder

    Beethoven and Schumann

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4
    • Schumann Symphony No. 4

    In these great works, we hear superb expressions of Romanticism — virtuosic, intensely subjective, and driven by emotion and intuition rather than reason.

    Canada’s legendary brass quintet joins the National Arts Centre Orchestra for an evening of virtuoso entertainment — from opera to blues and beyond, with a spot light on our own NAC brass players. 

    • Glinka Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture
    • Peter Paul Koprowski Concertante for Double Bass, Strings and Percussion*
    • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

    A world premiere written for the NAC Orchestra’s mega-talented principal double bass perfectly complements Tchaikovsky’s beautiful, almost reckless, fifth symphony.

    *World premiere; commissioned by the NAC Orchestra.

    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.” 

  6. Stravinsky’s Italian Ballet

    NAC Southam Hall

    • 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. 

  7. Stravinsky’s Italian Ballet

    Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra

    NAC Southam Hall

    • 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. 

    • Elgar Chanson de matin
    • Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
    • Elgar Chanson de nuit
    • Haydn Symphony No. 104, “London”
    • Beethoven Romance in F major

    Maestro Zukerman returns, introducing accomplished Japanese soloist Fumiaki Miura to Ottawa audiences for a performance that’s sure to sparkle.

    • Stuart Chafetz

      Conductor

    • Nicole Parker

      Vocalist

    • Aaron Finley

      Vocalist

    • NAC Orchestra

    Elton John. Cyndi Lauper. Lionel Richie. And more. Singers Nicole Parker and Aaron Finley bring back the best of an era. You’ll be dancing in your seat. 

  8. Toronto Symphony Orchestra

    NAC Southam Hall

    • 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. 

    • 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.

    • 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. 

    The classic Oscar-winning film like you’ve never experienced it before — with the lush Max Steiner score  performed live. Here’s looking at you, kid. 

    • 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.

  9. Shelley and MILOŠ

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Walton Suite from the film Henry V
    • Howard Shore Guitar Concerto*
    • Walton Symphony No. 1

    Alexander Shelley and guitar sensation MILOŠ hand-picked Oscar-winning Canadian composer Howard Shore for this NAC commission. Experience music by brilliant composers who embrace both the concert hall and the silver screen. 

  10. Shelley and MILOŠ

    Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Walton Suite from the film Henry V
    • Howard Shore Guitar Concerto*
    • Walton Symphony No. 1 (excerpts)

    Alexander Shelley and guitar sensation MILOŠ hand-picked Oscar-winning Canadian composer Howard Shore for this NAC commission. Experience music by brilliant composers who embrace both the concert hall and the silver screen. 

    • 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.

    • Carlo Rizzi

      Conductor

    • Charles Richard-Hamelin

      Piano

    • NAC Orchestra

    • 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. 

    • 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. 

  11. Louis Lortie in Recital

    NAC Southam Hall

    • 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 

    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. 

  12. Lisiecki Plays Chopin

    NAC Southam Hall

    • 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.

  13. Lisiecki Plays Chopin

    Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra

    NAC Southam Hall

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Somers Louis Riel

    A co-production with the Canadian Opera Company
    With surtitles in English and French 

    Hero, martyr, or traitor? This fully staged, landmark 1967 opera by Harry Somers tells the complex, riveting story of the polarizing Métis leader, with the incomparable Canadian baritone Russell Braun in the title role.

    • Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

    • 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 genius. Presented in English.

    Canada’s internationally acclaimed vocal quartet mixes operatic classics with soaring versions of pop songs in a concert that’s sure to make audiences swoon. 

Please note: While every effort will be made to do so, it may not be possible to offer Create Your Own subscribers the same seats for each concert.

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