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  1. NAC Orchestra Music Director Alexander Shelley Contract Extended to 2025-2026 Season

    September 8, 2022

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) is pleased to announce a three-year contract extension for Alexander Shelley as Music Director of the NAC Orchestra, from September 1, 2023, to August 31, 2026. Since taking on the role of Music Director in 2015, Alexander Shelley has led the NAC Orchestra through transformational initiatives and major tours, highlighting the ensemble’s national role and... Read more

  2. STARWALKER: A CELEBRATION OF THE SONGS, MUSIC AND LIFE OF BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE

    September 7, 2022

    Tribute performances by Canadian artists in a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience produced and presented by the National Arts Centre, for a later CBC and CBC Gem broadcast special on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.   September 6, 2022 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The National Arts Centre (NAC) welcomes pathfinder and creative force, Buffy Sainte-Marie, for a special... Read more

  3. STATEMENT: NAC Flags Fly at Half-Mast in Honour of Renowned Choreographer, performer and Mentor Tedd Robinson

    August 31, 2022

    It was with great sadness that the National Arts Centre (NAC) learned of the death of Tedd Robinson, a beloved figure in Canada's dance community, creative innovator in the performing arts, treasured mentor, and artistic consultant to innumerable dance artists in Canada and abroad.  A MAVERICK Tedd Robinson’s enduring legacy is the extraordinary body of work he created over his... Read more

  4. BACK TO SCHOOL WITH ARTS ALIVE: IGNITING CREATIVE SPIRITS ON STAGE, IN SCHOOLS AND ONLINE

    August 25, 2022

    The NAC offers a wide range of new – many free – virtual arts learning resources on a revamped website, in addition to exciting in-person programming August 25, 2022 – OTTAWA (Canada) – In 2022-2023, we welcome educators, parents, and kids of all ages to check out our workshops for students, performances for families and schools, professional development events, resources... Read more

  5. PASSING OF DR. DAVID LEIGHTON, FORMER BOARD CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE

    August 17, 2022

    The NAC lowers flag at half-mast to honour his memory and legacy August 17, 2022 – OTTAWA (Canada) – It is with much sadness that the National Arts Centre (NAC) learns of the passing of Dr. David S. R. Leighton, O.C., who served as Chairperson of the NAC’s Board of Trustees for seven years (1999–2006). The NAC will lower its flag at half-mast this week to honour the memory... Read more

  6. NAC Flags Fly at Half-mast in Honour of Renowned Conductor and Composer Bramwell Tovey

    July 13, 2022

    It was with great sadness the National Arts Centre (NAC) learned of the death of Bramwell Tovey, a towering figure in Canada’s classical music world and an influential arts leader worldwide. Maestro Tovey was a conductor and prolific composer with a body of work spanning more than 40 years.  The charismatic Tovey was known for his easy connections with audiences and musicians alike. He... Read more

  7. NAC FALL GALA IS BACK WITH JANN ARDEN AND THE NAC ORCHESTRA

    July 13, 2022

    First NAC Gala since 2019 will celebrate women leading in the arts  JULY 13, 2022, OTTAWA – Jann Arden, the multi-platinum, award-winning singer, songwriter, actor and author, will headline the NAC Gala on Saturday November 5, 2022, performing with the NAC Orchestra in Southam Hall as part of a spectacular evening in celebration of women who are leading in the arts. After the concert,... Read more

  8. THE NAC ORCHESTRA PRESENTS SPHERE: LISTENING TO THE EARTH, COMING THIS FALL

    July 12, 2022

    July 12, 2022 – OTTAWA – From September 22-25, the NAC Orchestra presents SPHERE: Listening to the Earth. Co-curated by NACO Music Director Alexander Shelley and Canadian-Icelandic interdisciplinary artist Dr. Angela Rawlings, this festival focuses on a positive way forward on an ever-changing planet.    In SPHERE’s concerts, NACO will bring Earth and the climate... Read more

  9. SPEND YOUR CANADA DAY WITH US: FREE ACTIVITIES ARE BACK IN-PERSON AT THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE

    June 27, 2022

    June 27, 2022 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Ottawa residents and visitors are invited to mark Canada Day at the NAC on Friday July 1st, with a vast range of free activities including music, dance, and a sound and kinetic textile installation. You can start your day at the Glass Thorsteinson Staircase with a Movement in Meditation class at 10 am and keep moving throughout the day at Peter A.... Read more

  10. INDIGENOUS THEATRE CELEBRATES AND HONOURS NATIONAL INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH AND BEYOND

    May 30, 2022

    Indigenous Theatre offers a mix of virtual and in-person programming starting June 1st May 30th, 2022– OTTAWA (Canada) – NAC Indigenous Theatre is presenting a full month of programming this June for National Indigenous History Month (NIHM). Here are some program highlights: For the first time since 2019, the Indigenous Art Market will be in-person, Sunday June 12th from 10am to 5pm!... Read more

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