My First NAC, presented by Astral Radio is a free concert to be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio of the National Arts Centre on May 29

For the second year in a row, My First NAC, presented by Astral Radio shines a spotlight on up-and-coming young performers. The concert features eight musicians who will perform both classical and jazz repertoire. Each participant will be awarded a $1,000 Astral Artist Prize.

Several of the performers are past winners of The NAC Orchestra Bursary, and all the young artists have taken part in one of the NAC’s performance, training or audience engagement programs, such as Manhattan on the Rideau masterclasses, ‘Musically Speaking’ pre-show chats and concerts, Family Adventures with the NAC Orchestra, the Summer Music Institute Young Artists Program, and the Debut Series.

My First NAC, presented by Astral Radio is at 7:30 p.m. in the NAC Studio on Tuesday May 29. The concert is free, but a ticket (general admission) is required, and can be picked up at the NAC Box Office.

The young artists performing in the concert are:
Matthew Chalmers, jazz vibraphone/drums
Timothy Chooi, violin
Lara Deutsch, flute
Aidan Ferguson, mezzo-soprano
Emilie Grimes, viola
Alexander Malikov, piano
Simon Millerd, jazz trumpet
Dan Reynolds, jazz piano

The program for the evening includes:
DEBUSSY   Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
Lara Deutsch/Emilie Grimes with Antoine Malette-Chénier

COREA   “La Fiesta”
Matthew Chalmers/Daniel Reynolds

YSAŸE   Sonata No. 3 in D minor “Georges Enesco”
Timothy Chooi     

MILLERD   “Inward”
Simon Millerd/Matthew Chalmers/Daniel Reynolds/
Conrad Good

RAVEL   “ Scarbo” from Gaspard de la Nuit
Alexander Malikov

STRAUSS   “Sein wir wieder gut” from Ariadne auf Naxos

BIZET    "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Habanera) from Carmen
Aidan Ferguson 
Frédéric Lacroix, piano    

For additional information, visit the NAC website at
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Gerald Morris
Communications Officer, NAC Music
613-947-7000, ext. 335