News Releases

  1. The Mozart Experience -- the second TD Bank Group ‘Family Adventures with the National Arts Centre Orchestra’ concert of the season – celebrates one of the world’s most sublime composers on Saturday January 14

    January 6, 2012

    Beautiful music will be front and centre in the second TD Bank Group ‘Family Adventures with the National Arts Centre Orchestra’ concerts of the 2011-12 season. The Mozart Experience – with the National Arts Centre Orchestra conducted by Richard Lee -- takes place on Saturday January 14, 2012 in Southam Hall of the NAC at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Very limited seating is currently... Read more

  2. The outstanding must-see concert events of the season! The National Arts Centre welcomes London’s internationally acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) in two extraordinary concerts conducted by Pinchas Zukerman January 16: The RPO with violin soloist Pinchas ZukermanJanuary 17: The combined forces of the RPO and the NAC Orchestra, with violin soloist Pinchas Zukerman

    January 6, 2012

    London’s renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) – now celebrating their 65th season – comes to Ottawa on January 16 and 17, 2012. National Arts Centre Orchestra Music Director Pinchas Zukerman is the Principal Guest Conductor of the RPO, and he will conduct both concerts as well as perform as violin soloist both evenings. Both concerts take place at 8 p.m. in the National... Read more

  3. NAC Institute of Orchestral Studies apprentices perform a special chamber concert on January 15 in the Fourth Stage of the National Arts Centre

    January 4, 2012

    Five Institute of Orchestral Studies (IOS) apprentices perform in a special chamber concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday January 15, 2012 in the Fourth Stage of National Arts Centre. Performing music by Mozart, Ravel, and Dvořák are apprentices Emily Nenninger, violin (24, Calgary), Teodora Dimova, violin (21, Vancouver), Chensi Tang, viola (21, China), Jungin “Sunny” Yang, cello... Read more

  4. National Arts Centre Concertmaster Yosuke Kawasaki makes his concerto debut with Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra in Bruch and Beethoven, the fourth Ovation Series concerts of the season at the National Arts Centre on January 11-12

    January 4, 2012

    In the fourth Ovation Series concerts of the NAC’s 2011-2012 season, brilliant NACO concertmaster Yosuke Kawasaki makes his concerto debut with Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra. The program, conducted by Alexander Shelley, also includes Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”. Captivated... Read more

  5. Piano phenomenon Saleem Abboud Ashkar shines in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in Beethoven’s Seventh: Symphony of Dance, the fourth Bostonian Bravo Series concert of the season at the National Arts Centre on January 5-6

    January 4, 2012

    In the fourth Bostonian Bravo Series concert of the 2011-2012 season, Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen leads the National Arts Centre Orchestra and rising star pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar in the music of Haydn and Beethoven. Mr. Ashkar is making his NAC debut and Maestro Inkinen – an alumnus of the NAC’s Summer Music Institute Conductors Program – is also making his NAC... Read more

  6. The National Arts Centre Orchestra Players’ Association welcomes guest conductor Mrs. Laureen Harper and guest artist Julie Nesrallah for the annual free Christmas FanFair concert

    December 1, 2011

    National Arts Centre Orchestra Players Association/News Release The National Arts Centre Orchestra Players’ Association is pleased to welcome special guest conductor Mrs. Laureen Harper and special guest artist mezzo-soprano and CBC radio host Julie Nesrallah for the annual Christmas FanFair Concert and Carol Sing-Along in support of the Ottawa Food Bank and the Snowsuit Fund. Musicians... Read more

  7. Andrew Craig’s Gospel Christmas with the NAC Orchestra will raise the roof in the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall on December 16

    December 1, 2011

    Acclaimed musician and CBC Radio personality Andrew Craig leads an outstanding cast of vocalists (including award winners Jackie Richardson and Ottawa’s own Kellylee Evans) in soulful and high-energy gospel versions of holiday carols and songs sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Andrew Craig’s Gospel Christmas with the NAC Orchestra will be performed at 7 p.m. (please note early... Read more

  8. Acclaimed conductor Trevor Pinnock returns to the National Arts Centre to lead the NAC Orchestra and gifted soloists in Handel’s Messiah on December 13-14 in Southam Hall Maestro Pinnock is also featured on the harpsichord at the sold-out  ‘Music for a Sunday Afternoon’ concert on December 18

    November 30, 2011

    A highlight of the holiday season, Handel’s Messiah will be performed at 7 p.m. (please note early curtain time) in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre on Tuesday December 13 and Wednesday December 14. The NAC Orchestra will be under the baton of conductor Trevor Pinnock. Soloists performing this holiday classic will be soprano Lydia Teuscher; mezzo-soprano Jill Grove; tenor Michael... Read more

  9. Building Community Through Music: National Arts Centre Orchestra Atlantic Canada Tour a Triumphant Success

    November 25, 2011

    OTTAWA—Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra has returned home after a triumphant Atlantic Canadian Tour that featured sellout concerts, rave reviews, standing ovations and meaningful education events that touched 10,000 audience members, students, teachers and young artists in nine cities and 15 communities across Atlantic Canada. The tour, which included nine concerts in all... Read more

  10. REVISED DATES The National Arts Centre presents “Working Together” -- a photo exhibition by NAC Orchestra violinist Lev Berenshteyn

    November 24, 2011

    The National Arts Centre presents a new exhibition – “Working Together: The National Arts Centre Honours Employee Dedication and Excellence, 2011” – of photographic portraits made by longtime NAC Orchestra violinist Lev Berenshteyn. The exhibition is free and will be on display in the main foyer of Southam Hall. Please note that the exhibition will open on November 29, but... Read more