50th Anniversary NAC Orchestra Concert

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The first performance at the NAC took place in Southam Hall on June 2, 1969.  Join us exactly 50 years later as we celebrate with a free concert by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Music Director Alexander Shelley, and some close friends of the NAC Orchestra, including pianist Alain Lefèvre, violinist Blake Pouliot, and Kelley McKinlay and Mariko Kondo from Alberta Ballet, and more.

The program will highlights from the Orchestra’s 50-year history – from its beginning as a classical-sized orchestra through touring, recording, education and commissioning works by Canadian composers.

Free concert, general admission seating.  Advance tickets required. 


Arrive early and enjoy chamber music played by student ensembles prior to the NAC Orchestra’s 50th anniversary concert:

19:00-19:20 │ Quartet from Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy Canal Lobby Stage

19:25-19:45 │ Ensemble from OrKidstraCanal Lobby Stage

20:00 │ 50th Anniversary NAC Orchestra Concert │ Southam Hall


Thank you to our partners
The NAC’s 50th anniversary events and programs are made possible with support from

Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D. & Michael Paterson
Bonnie & John Buhler
Alice & Grant Burton
Margaret Fountain, C.M., DFA (h) & David Fountain, C.M.
Elinor Gill Ratcliffe, C.M., O.N.L., LL.D. (hc)
Janice & Earle O’Born
Gail O’Brien, LL.D. & David O’Brien, O.C.
Dasha Shenkman, OBE, Hon RCM.

Performance is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

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