Street closures around NAC during the Ottawa International Jazz Festival

Shelley & Stravinsky’s Firebird

Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra

Benjamin Grosvenor

Benjamin Grosvenor

Benjamin Grosvenor

  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1945)

This night at the symphony promises a spectacular experience as you savour music by two remarkable geniuses, who put their names on the musical map in unique ways. Beethoven built his reputation as a composer and piano virtuoso soloing in his own brilliant concertos; Igor Stravinsky gained international fame from his Firebird ballet, which stirs the imagination with an exotic fairy tale painted in dazzling orchestral colours. 

Music Director Designate Alexander Shelley conducts the orchestra—and you—in this musical adventure. 

Enjoy our unique Casual Fridays experience! Come early, dress casually, relax and unwind with a drink in the NAC lobby while listening to live jazz. Pre-concert tapas is available for purchase in advance online, in person at the box office or over the phone, the cost is $20, but buy early as quantities are limited. If you do not purchase in advance you will still be able to buy tapas, a la carte only at the event, for a cost of $8 per tapas item. Stick around after the concert for music by a DJ. For more details visit the bottom of the page.

Doors open at 5:00pm

The concert starts at 7:00pm


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Casual Fridays Wine Sponsors

5:30 PM • Pre-concert Reception

A glass of wine or nonalcoholic beverage • Culinary Overture - Tapas prepared by the NAC culinary team • Live jazz

7:00 PM • Concert with the NAC Orchestra

A 90-minute performance – early start, early finish (no intermission) • An on-stage introduction to exceptional music and guest artists

8:30 PM • Post-concert reception

Mingle with fellow music lovers and NAC Orchestra musicians • Cash bar

Start your Casual Fridays with live music by some of Ottawa’s hottest jazz artists while enjoying a variety of delectable small plates.

To start enjoying tantalizing tapas as soon as you arrive, we encourage you to purchase your Culinary Overture tickets in advance. Enjoy them all for just $20 per person per concert.

*Existing Subscribers can purchase their Culinary Overture tickets through My Account. Single ticket holders may purchase their Culinary Overture tickets in person at the NAC Box Office or by telephone at 613 947-7000 x620.

See the Culinary Overture menu.