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“Hack the symphony” with audacious new explorations of sound and symphonic classics through science and technology. Arrive early for a special Maker Faire Ottawa edition of TUNETOWN and tinker with unique inventions and instruments featured in the concert! Brought to you by the creative engines of the NAC Orchestra, Canada Science and Technology Museum, pHacktory, and Artengine.

PROGRAM (subject to change):

In this concert, you will hear excerpts from:

  • R. STRAUSS Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Fanfare (Opening)
  • J. STRAUSS Music of the Spheres: Waltzes, Op. 235
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral": IV. Thunderstorm/Tempest
  • STEWART Mud Lake Symphony
  • J.S. BACH Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041: I. Allegro moderato
  • STEWART From Bach to Blach
  • MESSIAEN Les Offrandes Oubliées
  • ANDERSON The Typewriter
  • HERRERA Bicycle Beats (excerpt from "Ideas, Not Theories")
  • JÄRVLEPP Garbage Concerto for Recycled Percussion and Orchestra: I. Dance of the Wind

Read Andrew Pelling’s blog entry, a “How to” create the light cubes that are featured in the concerts.  

From ARTSFILE: Hacking the symphony with Andrew Pelling to create a unique mash-up of technology and music

University of Ottawa physicist, biologist, all-around technology hacker and Ted talker Andrew Pelling knows all about the power of music.

He went to an arts intensive school. He also played the flute. And his partner is a violin maker who plays in community orchestras in the area.

But that’s not why he was asked to take part in a unique experimental process and classical music concert called the Symphony Hack Lab put together by the National Arts Centre.

Read more at:

TUNETOWN Maker Faire Ottawa Edition

Come early! Join us 45 minutes prior to the concert for a fun and interactive TUNETOWN Maker Faire. Activities will include a 3D pringin demonstration of musical instruments with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, hands-on demos of the LITTLEBITS music modules and the MakeyMakey platform, an interactive musical sculpture, Johann Sebastian “Box”, an interactive sound station, a create-your-own tin can percussion activity and much more! 

The Lotus Centre for Special Music Education is organizing sensory activities in the Atelier Belle Shenkman and Desmond Smith from 2:30pm to 3:15pm for persons with special needs

TUNETOWN pre-concert activities organized by the Friends of the NAC Orchestra.  

If your child would like to learn about science, great scientists and do a science craft at home, the resources below are available from the Ottawa Public Library to help you prepare for the Symphony Hack Lab TD Family Adventures concert with the NAC Orchestra:



Wow in the World is a podcast series for families to connect, look up and discover the wonders in the world around them. Through a combination of careful scientific research and fun, we'll go inside our brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology! - 3D Printing the Future! (Dec 18, 2017)

At home craft

Create your own pan flute with plastic straws!

Create a Chicken-in-cup (noise maker)!


The light installation featured in the NAC Orchestra’s Symphony Hack Lab performances designed and created by pHacktory, with generous support from Ecotonos Design + Manufacturing

NACOtron presented in collaboration with Rogers TV

Rogers TV is very pleased to present NACOtron, in partnership with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. We hope you enjoy the giant images on the NACOtron screen as they capture and magnify the magic of these fabulous concerts.

Performance is approximately 1 hour with no intermission.


  • Featuring NAC Orchestra
  • Conductor Alain Trudel
  • Co-host/director of pHacktory and TED Senior Fellow Dr. Andrew Pelling
  • Co-host/Education And Interpretation Officer, Canada Science and Technology Museum Catherine Emond
  • Violin Adrian Anantawan
  • Composer/Percussion Jesse Stewart
  • Percussion Reynaliz Herrera
  • Percussion Kenneth Simpson
  • Percussion Jonathan Wade
  • Percussion Kristofer Maddigan
  • Percussion Andrew Harris
  • Featuring Students from Regina Street Alternative School
  • Playwright Janet Irwin
  • Stage Manager Tobi Hunt McCoy