Casual Fridays Series

with the NAC Orchestra

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Unwind in Canada's living room

Unwind at the end of your week with drinks, tapas and live music. And that’s all before the concert even begins! Once in the hall, sit back, relax, and soak up these one-of-a-kind musical experiences with the NAC Orchestra. With tapas created by top-notch chefs, music featuring some of Ottawa and Gatineau’s finest, and a 90 minute world-class orchestral concert, whether you attend with friends, family or with a date, you can count on a truly unique fun night out.

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  1. Glenn Gould’s String Quartet

    Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Sibelius Violin Concerto
    • GOULD (orch. Di Castri) String Quartet*

    Gould as Never Before

    Never before has Glenn Gould’s Opus No. 1 been performed by a full symphonic orchestra. That will change when NACO takes the stage in this world premiere orchestration of Gould’s String Quartet. Arranged by internationally-renowned composer Zosha Di Castri, this concert offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the work of the Canadian classical music genius, interpreted in full symphonic glory. For Gould fans, it’s an event not to be missed.

    *World premiere; NAC Orchestra commission

  2. Classical Marsalis

    Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra

    NAC Southam Hall

    • GLAZUNOV Saxophone Concerto
    • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1, “Winter Dreams”

    When a Russian conductor teams up with an American jazzman to perform classical music, the result is saxophone as you’ve never heard it before. Composed in 1934 when Alexander Glazunov was living in self-imposed exile in Paris, the Saxophone Concerto brims with homesickness, yet flows with a musical freedom impermissable in Soviet-era Russia. After performing to rave reviews with the New York Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, three-time Grammy award winner Branford Marsalis pairs up once again with internationally-renowned conductor Andrey Boreyko for a concert hailed by critics as an “unmitigated delight.”

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    • Conductor

      Andrey Boreyko

    • Saxaphone

      Branford Marsalis

    • NAC Orchestra

  3. Mozart à la Haydn

    Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra

    NAC Southam Hall

    • SCHNITTKE Moz-Art à la Haydn
    • Haydn Cello Concerto in C major
    • Mozart Symphony No. 39

    Discover a long-lost musical treasure with Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C. Written in the 1760s for the private orchestra of Prince Eszterhazy of Austria, the concerto disappeared for 200 years — until a young musicologist found a hand-written copy in the Czech National Library in 1961. Shining in the solo role, 25-year-old cellist Harriet Krijgh brings tender lyricism to her performance, living up to her promise as a 2015/16 “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organization.

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Tapas tickets can be purchased in advance at a price of 3 for $20, or the night of the concert at a price of $8 per tapa. Tickets are valid for any Casual Fridays performance during the 2017/18 season.

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