NAC Orchestra / Ottawa Youth Orchestra

Close Encounters

NAC Southam Hall

NAC Southam Hall

Alexander Shelley, Music Director, NAC Orchestra

Fred Cattroll

Close Encounters explores how we engage with dance, literature, nature and each other through music, with the most exciting encounter being between two orchestras – joining forces for the first time – the NAC Orchestra and Ottawa Youth Orchestra.

For one hour, listen to 125 musicians perform selections from Beethoven, Borodin, Kabalevsky and Faure in the newly renovated Southam Hall stage with NAC Orchestra Music Director Alexander Shelley conducting.



Tickets available at the following locations:

  • NAC Satellite Box Office: 54 Elgin Street (at Queen Street)
  • Ottawa Technical High School: 485 Donald Street (Saturdays only between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.)


Donations towards the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust and the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Bursary Program will be gratefully accepted at the door.


Always dreamed of conducting an orchestra? Here’s your chance!

Tell us about your first encounter listening to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony by October 21 and have the chance to conduct an excerpt from this iconic piece at this special concert! Email:


  • NAC Orchestra
  • Ottawa Youth Orchestra
  • Alexander Shelley conductor
  • Lucy van Oldenbarneveld co-host
  • Peter Perez clarinet
  • Xander Sen dancer
  • Dancers from Canterbury High School