NAC orchestra Canada 150 tour

Prairie Provinces

From October 19 –28, the National Arts Centre Orchestra will continue its Canada 150 Tour, beginning in Winnipeg, then travelling to Saskatoon, Calgary and Edmonton. The tour will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation through music, by engaging with audiences, young audiences and young artists.

This is the first tour led by the NAC Orchestra’s highly acclaimed Music Director, Alexander Shelley, and will feature Calgary-based pianist, Jan Lisiecki.

In your classroom and in your community

The tour includes 70 education and community engagement activities in all western provinces that will unite the musicians of the Orchestra with students, educators, community leaders and artists.

Learn more about our Prairie Provinces education activities

Education & Outreach

Celebrating the artists, educators and youth who will shape our future. 

The NAC Orchestra’s Music Director, Alexander Shelley will work with community bands, youth orchestras, students and young artists. Cross-cultural engagement activities will focus on giving students the opportunity for understanding and exchange with a focus on creative expression through the arts. 

Music Alive Program


The NAC’s Music Alive Program has reached over 10,000 students in rural and remote communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nunavut. The program promotes musical and cultural diversity and will be featured throughout the tour as musicians from the NAC Orchestra join forces with MAP teaching artists to present engaging concerts.

Engaging musical education

  • Masterclasses & workshops

    Pianist Jan Lisiecki, our concertmaster Yosuke Kawasaki, composers John Estacio, Nicole Lizée and Jocelyn Morlock, as well as other musicians from the NAC Orchestra will offer masterclasses to exceptional young artists.

  • Musical encounters

    The tour will include student showcasing opportunities, masterclasses, workshops, coaching sessions and school performances. NAC Orchestra musicians will perform in-school concerts for Francophone elementary students in every city.

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