NAC Orchestra Week has wrapped up for another year, and this edition – the sixth – was a great success. The week started out with a bang – the proclamation of NAC Orchestra Week by Mayor Jim Watson, a performance by the NAC Rideau Lakes Brass Quintet, and three lovely songs performed by a 500-voice childrens’ choir – all… Continue Reading
For local shoppers, thirsty cyclists, and music lovers alike, the brick walls of the atrium at Fifth Avenue Court in the Glebe were filled with an assortment of high-end musical pickings. Following the Capital BrassWorks’ finger snapping rendition of the Pink Panther and the Can-Can, I had the opportunity to give a repeat performance of Dvorak’s Terzetto for string… Continue Reading
Our quintet has just returned from performing Schubert's great C major string quintet, usually referred to as "the cello quintet". Our two cellists were Margaret Tobolowska and Leah Wyber, the other violinist my husband Mark, and the violist Paul Casey ( who was the 2011 NACO Bursary winner). Schubert died when he was only 31, and he wrote this… Continue Reading
Today (Wednesday) showed a dramatically different side to NAC Orchestra Week. There have been a number of concerts this week – as well as three student matinees in the last two days – but this afternoon’s event was quite different. Sean Rice and Vincent Parizeau appeared at Centre Communautaire Richelieu-Vanier for a very enthusiastic group called ‘Retraite en action’.… Continue Reading
For the eight aspiring orchestral musicians who were selected (from 30 candidates) by the jury, Monday’s final round was an opportunity to show off their skills and compete for a total of $19,000 – with a top prize of $7,000.
Earlier this week, 30 musicians between the ages of 16 and 24 auditioned for a jury consisting primarily… Continue Reading
My name is Meiko Taylor and I have the privilege of working for the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Most days you’ll find me running around the backstage of Southam Hall, but this week I’m running all over Ottawa and Gatineau with various members of the orchestra. We’re celebrating NAC Orchestra Week in the Nation’s Capital and this is the… Continue Reading
Music filled the air in Canada’s National Capital Region this afternoon when approximately 500 elementary students along with the NAC Orchestra’s Rideau Lakes Brass Quintet performed a special 20-minute concert at Ottawa City Hall in celebration of Music Monday.
Music Monday, celebrated on the first Monday in May each year, is an annual event spearheaded by the… Continue Reading