January 13, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
WOLFGANG © James Whittall
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NAC Presentation

Music with a wild side. Get ready to hear the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s musicians in a whole new way.
Mixing contemporary and indie classical, this popular collective of musicians from Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra pushes classical music right out of its comfort zone. This concert features spectacular players from across Canada playing fantastic music from across the world.


Cinq doigts (2014) Canadian Premiere
Players: Kaili Maimets, flute; Kimball Sykes, clarinet; Lawrence Vine, French horn; Karen Donnelly, trumpet; Yosuke Kawasaki, violin; Rachel Mercer, cello, Sean Rice, conductor

Invention à Deux Voix for flute and clarinet (2008) Canadian Premiere
Players: Joanna G’froerer, flute; Kimball Sykes, clarinet

Humanoid for cello and prerecorded electronics (2017) West Coast Premiere
Players: Rachel Mercer, cello

Clarinet Quintet: The Eternal (2016) Canadian Premiere
Players: Kimball Sykes, clarinet; Yosuke Kawasaki, violin; Noémi Racine Gaudreault, violin; Jethro Marks, viola; Julia MacLaine, cello

WolfGANG is a collective of musicians from Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra who perform regularly in The WolfGANG Sessions, a Saturday late night new music series at the Mercury Lounge nightclub in Ottawa, Ontario, since 2015. Passionate about new music, these musicians show classical music’s wild side performing works composed in the 21st century by startling and innovative composers from Canada and beyond. Under the inspiring leadership of Music Director Alexander Shelley, the NAC Orchestra experiments and breaks boundaries, supporting many new creations such as dance collaboration Encount3rs (2017) and the critically-acclaimed, immersive Life Reflected (2016) which “…reminded us that when we try new things, art regains its primal power” (Globe and Mail, June 2017).

WOLFGANG © James Whittall


  • Flute Joanna G’froerer
  • Flute Kaili Maimets
  • Clarinet Kimball Sykes
  • Trumpet Karen Donnellly
  • Violin Yosuke Kawasaki
  • Violin Noémi Racine Gaudreault
  • Viola Jethro Marks
  • Cello Rachel Mercer
  • Cello Julia MacLaine
  • Cors Lawrence Vine
  • Conductor Sean Rice