Calypso Magic

Caribbean Rhythms with the NAC Orchestra

© Illustration by Migy Blanco
Music Classical music Pops Global music Children
  • In-person event

  • Bilingual
  • Ages 5-12

  • Approx. 1 hour
Performance options Start time Language Availability
Thursday, February 27, 2025 11:00 am bilingual Seats available

Student Matinee performance

Set sail on a Caribbean adventure with Captain Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser (Principal Youth Conductor and Creative Partner) and special guests for an exhilarating performance of Calypso rhythms and orchestra magic! Dance in your seat, feel the beat, and dive into the vibrant world of island music with the NAC Orchestra.

Featuring steelpan soloists, this brand-new concert celebrates the history of Afro-Caribbean calypso music. Let the music transport you to a place of warm sunshine and salty ocean breezes as we say farewell to February. 

Don’t miss this co-commission with the NAC Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra!

Presented in association with the NAC Orchestra's POPS series.


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!


Calypso Magic Dance Workshop:

Pre- or Post-Concert Offering (in-school)

Enhance your “Calypso Magic” experience with MASC!  

In advance of (or following) the NAC Orchestra student matinee, immerse your students in an Afro-Caribbean dance workshop led by professional dancer and arts educator of Caribbean descent Julianne Lavertu. Students will delve into the fundamentals and traditional movements of Afro-Caribbean dance and integrate them into a short choreography. They will explore the history of Indigenous Caribbean peoples, music, and traditional attire, grounding participants' learning in the rich cultural context from which these dances originate.

Available in English or French throughout the 2024-2025 school year. Additional fee required.

Reservations will be made available as of August 2024.


  • Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser
  • Featuring NAC Orchestra

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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.