Classic film scenes and classic film scores highlight the first CTV Pops concert of the season! The National Arts Centre Orchestra performs marvelous musical excerpts in Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies on October 20, 21, and 22 in Southam Hall

In the first CTV Pops concert of the NAC Orchestra’s 2011-12 season, Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly leads the National Arts Centre Orchestra in the spectacular Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies. Featuring film clips and excerpts from the scores of half a dozen classic musical films, this vibrant treat for the eyes and ears takes place in Southam Hall on Thursday October 20, Friday October 21, and Saturday October 22, 2011 at 8 p.m.

During these concerts, audiences will thrill to digitally remastered full-colour film clips from Oklahoma! (1955) and Carousel (1956) both starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, South Pacific (1958) starring Rossano Brazzi and Mitzi Gaynor, The King and I (1956) starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner, The Sound of Music (1965) starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, and two film treatments of State Fair – the first from 1945 starring Jeanne Crain and Dana Andrews, and the second from 1962 starring Ann-Margret, Bobby Darin, and Pat Boone.

The NAC Orchestra will perform the music accompanying each film clip. Intriguingly, the clips include the original vocal tracks recorded by the films’ stars more than fifty years ago.

Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) created a string of popular Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s during what is considered Broadway’s golden age. Their work was extraordinarily innovative for the period, thoroughly integrating all aspects of musical theatre, with songs and dances arising out of and further developing the plot and characters. With Rodgers composing the music and Hammerstein writing the lyrics, five of their shows, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music, were outstanding successes – and all five were made into films. State Fair was the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical written directly for film; it was based on a non-musical 1933 film of the same name. The 1945 version won an Academy Award for Best Song for “It Might As Well Be Spring.” Among the many accolades for the shows -- and the film versions – of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals were fifteen Academy Awards, thirty-four Tony Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for South Pacific (1950), and two Grammy Awards.

Attention Teachers!

Student Matinee performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies will be performed on October 20 and 21 at 11 a.m.

logon to (see Education & Training, Teachers & Schools, NAC Orchestra Student Matinees) for further details

The Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies NAC Orchestra Student Matinee Teacher Study Guide is also available for free download on the NAC website at the following location:

The NAC Orchestra, under conductor Jack Everly, performs Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre on Thursday Octobber 20, Friday October 21, and Saturday October 22, 2011 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.45, $31.21, $42.51, $53.81, $64.57, $75.33, and $94.17 for adults and $11.73, $17.11, $22.76, $28.41, $33.79, $39.17, and $48.59 for students (upon presentation of a valid student ID card). Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office (in person) and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111; Ticketmaster may also be accessed through

Subject to availability, full-time students (aged 13-29) with valid Live Rush™ membership (free registration at may buy up to 2 tickets per performance at the discount price of $12 per ticket. Tickets are available online ( or at the NAC box office from 10 a.m. on the day before the performance until 6 p.m. on the day of the show or 2 hours before a matinee. Groups of 10 or more save 15% to 20% off regular ticket prices to all NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances; to reserve your seats, call 613-947-7000, ext. 634 or e-mail

Discover the new NACmusicbox TIMELINE: 200 orchestral works, 80 Canadian compositions, 1 interactive TIMELINE that provides a visual representation of our rare online archival collection and encourages the exploration of music connections. The NACmusicbox TIMELINE has been specifically designed to showcase the works of Canadian composers within the history of orchestral music and offers cross-curricular content with classroom-ready activities and lesson plans developed by teachers for teachers. Visit today.

The National Arts Centre gratefully acknowledges the financial investment by the Department of Canadian Heritage in the creation of this online presentation for the Virtual Museum of Canada. We also thank our partner CBC Radio 2 for generously providing broadcast-quality recordings of the NAC Orchestra’s archival performances.

For additional information, visit the NAC website at

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Gerald Morris
Communications Officer, NAC Music
613-947-7000, ext. 335

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