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Amazing Planet Earth

NACO Family Adventures

Family programming Music Classical music Masterworks Children
  • In-person event

  • Bilingual
  • Ages 5-12

  • Approx. 1 hour
Performance options Start time Language Availability
Monday, April 22, 2024 10:00 am bilingual sold out
Monday, April 22, 2024 12:30 pm bilingual sold out

From the bottom of the ocean to the top of the highest mountain, from the tiniest insect to the mightiest elephant, from the deepest tree root to the farthest reaches of outer space—our world is full of spine-tingling wonders and incredible secrets. Join the NAC Orchestra and its special guests for a musical exploration of Amazing Planet Earth and the universe beyond!

Presented in association with the NACO Family Adventures series.

The program will include excerpts from:

  • EDVARD GRIEG Suite No. 1 from “Peer Gynt,” Opus 1: I. Morning Mood
  • NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV The Tale of Tsar Saltan: Flight of the Bumblebee
  • AARON COPLAND Music for Movies: Threshing Machines
  • LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Opus 68, “Pastoral”; II. Andante molto mosso
  • EDWARD ELGAR The Wand of Youth, Suite No. 2, Opus 1b
  • SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Reunion from Hiawatha: Suite from the Ballet, Opus 82a
  • FELIX MENDELSSOHN The Hebrides Overture, Opus 26, “Fingal’s Cave”
  • BENJAMIN BRITTEN “Four Sea Interludes” from Peter Grimes, Opus 33a: IV. Storm
  • CLAUDE DEBUSSY “Clair de lune” from the Suite Bergamasque
  • ARTURO MARQUEZ Conga de Fuego Nuevo


Let your students experience one of the most outstanding ensembles of its kind in the world!

The NAC Orchestra boasts many of the finest musicians in the country who enthusiastically share the common goal of bringing music to young people. Perfectly suited to both the novice student and musical apprentice, this weekday matinee is bound to delight students and teachers alike!

We hope you will enjoy the giant images on the NACOtron screen as they capture and magnify the magic of these fabulous concerts!


Free resources for students and teachers

In advance of attending the Amazing Planet Earth student matinee performance, join orchestras, musicians, activists, and scientists from coast to coast on a musical journey: The Great Canadian Orchestra Field Trip is a free video-on-demand learning series that explores the transformative power of music and art in the climate emergency.


  • Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser
  • Featuring NAC Orchestra
  • co-host Marie-Ève Fontaine

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Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. Arts Alive is generously supported by the Azrieli Foundation, the Government of Nunavut, Canadian North, Calm Air, The River Philip Foundation, The Turnbull Family Community Building Foundation, and The Thomas Sill Foundation. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.