Musical Adventures in my school

with NAC Orchestra Ensembles

Invite NAC Orchestra musicians along with professionals from the community into your classroom or auditorium for an exciting and entertaining instrumental concert that is sure to create a buzz among your students! Learn about the string, wind, brass, and percussion sections of the NAC Orchestra and ask the musicians about their experience being part of a professional orchestra. Each ensemble performance also includes interactive elements, allowing you and your students to be directly involved in the learning process.

Throughout the performance, students will:

  • Explore the orchestral instruments featured;
  • Discover a variety of musical genres and styles from the past and present through instrumental demonstrations and storytelling;
  • Learn about elements of music (i.e. duration, pitch, harmony/ texture, dynamics and other expressive controls, timbre, and form);
  • Engage in critical listening through suggested activities contained within the pedagogical guide provided;
  • Take part in a question-and-answer period with the musicians;
  • Become familiar with audience etiquette.
  1. Kindergarten to Grade 12

    Kindergarten to Grade 12

    Reserve

    The Silflay String Quartet will explore how composers in different styles of music use various forms of imitation. Through interactive games with the audience, the members of the quartet will uncover the most widely-used elements from Telemann to Beethoven, from Blues to well-known music that the students will have fun recognizing. The focus of this show is audience participation, and the musical games support a heightened state of listening. 

    • Language: English and French
    • Subsidized cost:
      One 50-minute performance: $310 + HST
      Two 35-minute performances: $465 + HST
  2. Kindergarten to Grade 12

    Kindergarten to Grade 12

    Reserve

    Drums, cymbals, timpani, marimbas, xylophones, and an inexhaustible supply of “toys” – these are all part of the percussion section of the orchestra. From J.S. Bach to rock, let Bangers & Smash show you all the sounds and colours percussion instruments can produce!

    • Language: English only
    • Note: Bangers & Smash performs from April to June, based upon availability.
    • Subsidized cost:
      One 50-minute performance: $250+HST
      Two 35-minute performances: $320 + HST
  3. Kindergarten to Grade 6

    Kindergarten to Grade 6

    Reserve

    Join three prominent members of the brass family on exciting and inspirational musical journey through time.  This uplifting adventure which features Beethoven’s famous Ode to Joy, Mozart’s delightful Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and the energetic La Cucaracha will keep you singing long after the concert!

    • Language: English and French
    • Subsidized cost:
      One 50-minute performance: $290 + HST
      Two 35-minute performances: $350 + HST
  4. Kindergarten to Grade 12

    Kindergarten to Grade 12

    Reserve

    From traditional classics to well-loved movie themes, the Brass Quintet will demonstrate the highest technical and musical demands made on today’s brass players! Offenbach’s high-spirited Can Can and John Williams’ triumphant Star Wars theme are among the brilliant works that you’ll hear from the brass section of the NAC Orchestra. The performance is certain to be a magnificent feast for the ears!

    • Language: English and French
    • Subsidized cost:
      One 50-minute performance: $330 + HST
      Two 35-minute performances: $520 + HST
  5. Kindergarten to Grade 12

    • flute

      Pascale Margely

    • oboe

      Susan Morris

    Kindergarten to Grade 12

    Reserve

    Come snap your fingers and tap your toes to the swinging beats of Bel Canto's Rhythm and Dance program! We have an exciting mix of dance music to play for you, from Carmen's Habanera to the Nutcracker's Waltz of the Flowers and much more in between. Bel Canto is a group of five wind musicians with Kenneth Simpson on drums. Students of every age will learn how rhythm is integrated into life: from our own heartbeats, to how we talk, to how we dance and much more! Audience participation adds to the fun of every performance.

    • Language: English and French
    • Subsidized cost:
      One 50-minute performance: $360 + HST
      Two 35-minute performances: $580 + HST
  6. Kindergarten to Grade 8

    Kindergarten to Grade 8

    Reserve

    Animals of every stripe and colour will entertain you when the Ayorama Wind Quintet visits your school! Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Mussorgsky’s Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells are among the musical works that will come to life in our musical zoo. Also explore the fascinating story of How Tiger Made Spider Build a Web with narrator Marjolaine Fournier, a piece by Canadian composer and former NAC Orchestra musician Stewart Grant that was composed especially for the Ayorama Wind Quintet. Audience laughter is an important ingredient in every performance.

    • Language: English and French
    • Subsidized cost:
      One 50-minute performance: $360 + HST
      Two 35-minute performances: $580 + HST
  7. Grade 3 to Grade 12

    • flute

      Pascale Margely

    • oboe

      Susan Morris

    Come with us on a musical journey! The Bel Canto Quintet will take you on a voyage to different countries and periods in history from the 17th to 20th centuries. You will see and hear what life was like for people of other times and places through our captivating music and visual presentation. Your tour will include the music of Beethoven in the French Revolution, Gershwin’s New York during the Roaring Twenties, World War II in Britain, and modern-day Canada. This presentation includes Ontario curriculum material for elementary and secondary music, social studies, and history courses.    

    • Language: English and French
    • Subsidized cost:
      One 50-minute performance: $330 + HST
      Two 35-minute performances: $520 + HST

    Marjocotton, a very lonely double bass, discovers an oddly-shaped ocarina (ancient flute) which suddenly transports her on a magical adventure around the world. As she travels from one continent to another, she discovers some interesting musical friends who help her along the way. Featuring two dynamic string players from Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra who share the same first name (Marjolaine), you’ll hear brilliant works from far-off lands including Austria, Russia, and China that will have you clapping and dancing in your seat!

    Grade: Kindergarten to Grade 3 / Grades 4 – 6

    Language: English and French

    Subsidized cost:
    One 50-minute performance: $ 250 + HST
    Two 35-minute performances: $ 320 + HST

The Musical Adventures In My School program is generously supported by the Friends of the NAC Orchestra and the NAC Foundation.

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