Create Your Own Series

Karen Gomyo

Gabrielle Revere

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Mix and match five or more concerts from across many of our curated series to create the musical experience that is just right for you. More than 50 performances to choose from!

    • R. Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
    • Ravel La valse
    • Itzhak Perlman “Cinema Serenade”

    In 2006, virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman performed live at the Academy Awards, showcasing the soundtracks of Oscar-nominated films including Brokeback Mountain and Memoirs of a Geisha. Now, the winner of 15 Grammy Awards serenades us with his favourite music from 50 years of cinematic history. From the heart-breaking theme of Schindler’s List, to the heart-melting love song As Time Goes By, savour the sweeping emotional range of Perlman’s 1714 Stradivarius violin in the hands of an undisputed master.

    • Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
    • Copland Appalachian Spring
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, “Choral”

    A hymn to our common humanity in times of war and ethnic strife, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy remains as relevant today as the day it was first performed. After struggling for years to compose his masterpiece, Beethoven never heard it — he was completely deaf by the time it premiered in 1824.  Now, nearly two centuries later, the hope expressed in the chorus still resonates: that joy shall bind us together, though customs tear us apart. In an uncertain world, feel the uplifting power of Beethoven’s immortal Ninth Symphony.

  1. Sibelius’s First Symphony

    Ideas of North Festival

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Sibelius Tapiola
    • Alexina Louie Concerto for three violins*
    • Sibelius Symphony No. 1

    The Symphony that Inspired a Nation

    As the Russian Empire tightened its colonial grip on Finland, Jean Sibelius wrote the music that expressed his people's desire for freedom.  Touring Europe to rave reviews in 1900, Sibelius’ First Symphony brought worldwide attention to the composer -- and to the cause of Finnish independence.  Hear the symphony that inspired a nation in the opening concert of our Ideas of North festival.

    *Sesquicentennial co-commission for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, NAC Orchestra, and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

  2. Lintu and Hewitt

    Ideas of North Festival

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Sibelius The Océanides
    • Matthew Whittall Nameless Seas*
    • Sibelius Symphony No. 2

    Waves of Sound and Sea

    Surrender to the siren-song of the sea in this evening of music inspired by the ocean. Special guest Hannu Lintu, Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, summons naiads with every note of Sibelius’ symphonic poem The Oceanides. Juno-award winning pianist Angela Hewitt carries us across Nameless Seas* in a new composition written especially for her.  Close your eyes and let the soundwaves sweep you away.

    *NAC co-commission with PianoEspoo; world premiere

    Thursday Bravo series subscribers attend this concert.

  3. Finnish Legends

    Ideas of North Festival

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Sibelius Pojohla’s Daughter
    • Sibelius Luonnotar
    • Sibelius The Bard
    • Sibelius Lemminkäinen Legends

    Songs of Goddesses and Heroes

    Lose yourself in a world of legends with the incantatory music of Jean Sibelius. Swirling with primal energy, this series of symphonic poems evokes the Finnish creation-goddess Luonnotar, the celestial Maiden of Pojohla who spins golden threads in the sky, and the hero Lemminkainen, who meets death and resurrection in the netherworld of Tuonela. Resonant of ancient Scandinavian ballads, these works express Sibelius’ belief that “music begins where the possibilities of language end.”

    Wednesday night Signature subscribers attend this concert.

  4. 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

  5. Shelley and Storgårds

    Ideas of North Festival

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Sibelius Symphony No. 5
    • KAIJA SAARIAHO Graal théâtre
    • Sibelius Symphony No. 7

    Ideas of North Grande Finale

    In 1997, solo violinist John Storgards dazzled audiences in the chamber orchestra premiere of Graal Theatre. NAC Orchestra principal guest conductor once again takes up his bow in an authoritative performance of this contemporary concerto, inspired by legends of King Arthur and the search for the Holy Grail. Jean Sibelius’ final symphony, considered by many his greatest achievement, crowns the grande finale concert of our Ideas of North festival.

    Thursday night Signature subscribers attend this concert.

    • Qigang Chen New Commission
    • Brahms Symphony No. 4
    • Lou Harrison Pipa Concerto

    The Pipa can trace its popularity in China to the second century BC.  A four-stringed, lute-like instrument, it is said that its musical name derives from the two basic strumming techniques used to play the instrument: “pi” is the outward stroke, “pa” the inward.  Enormously versatile, in the hands of a master such as Wu Man, this ancient instrument makes remarkable music that honours its history while embracing new challenges, such as lending its distinct tones to the soundtrack for Kung Fu Panda 3!  

    • NCPA Orchestra

    • Conductor

      Lu Jia

    • Pipa

      Wu Man

  6. Winner of 6 Oscars and ranked among the American Film Institute’s 100 greatest American movies of all time, An American in Paris is a glorious, Technicolor paean to the golden age of the Hollywood musical. Inspired by George Gershwin’s musical suite of the same title, the film, set in post-War Paris, is a delightful romantic romp with eye-popping set design paying homage to the great French painters, and a full-scale 17-minute ballet that showcases the dazzling, athletic artistry of dance legend Gene Kelly and the whimsical grace of Leslie Caron.

    Experience its full glory on the big screen with live orchestra. 

    • Beethoven Romance No. 1 for Violin
    • Haydn Violin Concerto
    • Mozart Symphony No. 25

    After touring the concert halls of the world, Pinchas Zukerman returns for a special guest appearance with the orchestra he led to international acclaim. First, the maestro brings Beethoven and Haydn to life with his prodigious violin technique. Then, he steps to the podium to conduct the symphony Mozart wrote at the age of just 17. Pulsating with dark urgency, Mozart’s 25th symphony underscores the dramatic opening sequence of the movie Amadeus, where Mozart’s rival Antonio Salieri is carried, bleeding, through the torchlit streets, while genteel Vienna dances the night away.

  7. No matter how old you are, you can probably hum a few bars of a song from a Disney movie.  How about “When you Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio? Or “The Bare Necessities,” from The Jungle Book? “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King? “Let it Go” from Frozen?  Bet you’re humming! A huge part of what makes Disney films perennial favorites is their glorious, sometimes irreverent, funny, romantic, and always memorable music.  Come and spend some time in a world of soaring melodies and tales as old as time! 

    • SMETANA Overture to The Bartered Bride
    • Bartók Violin Concerto No. 2
    • Dvořák Symphony No. 7

    Embark on an orchestral journey to Central Europe, in this evening dedicated to three composers who brought the music of peasants to the opera houses of the world. Dvořák, the son of a Bohemian innkeeper, wove the rustic melodies of his childhood into romantic symphonies, while Bartók used the ancient scales of Hungarian folk songs to inject new vitality into classical music. Smetana’s frolicsome The Bartered Bride remains one of the world’s most beloved comic operas.

    Friday Bravo series subscribers attend Wednesday performance.

    • Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1
    • Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3

    Few musicians in the world have the skill to master Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The original soloist reportedly begged the composer in rehearsal: “For God’s sake Dmitri, give me eight bars of rest, so that I can wipe the sweat off my neck!” Thrill to the prowess of violin sensation Alina Ibragimova as she matches her mettle to the electrifying works of two Russian masters.

    • Beethoven Egmont Overture
    • Grieg Piano Concerto
    • Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”

    Dazzling pianist Alice Sara Ott, making her awaited NAC Orchestra debut, plays Grieg’s show-stopping piano concerto. With its vivid wild romanticism, Mendelssohn’s third symphony is a stunning vehicle for our virtuoso orchestra.

  8. Be swept away by the magic of Simon & Garfunkel's unique sound, the quintessential soundtrack of the sixties. Singers AJ and Jonathan flawlessly capture the spirit of the legendary duo.

    • Conductor & piano

      Michael Krajewski

    • Vocalist

      AJ Swearingen

    • Vocalist

      Jonathan Beedle

    • Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte
    • WALTER BOUDREAU Concerto de l’asile
    • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

    Soar away on a musical magic-carpet ride to the enchanted world of the Arabian Nights. Rimsky-Korsakov’s spellbinding orchestral suite weaves a dreamscape around a sweet, solo violin part that represents the voice of the storyteller Scheherazade, as she recounts ancient tales of love and adventure to her cruel, jealous husband. By turns thrilling, suspenseful, sinister and beautiful, the music of Scheherazade is sure to evoke, in the words of the composer, “an Oriental narrative of some numerous and varied fairy-tale wonders.”

  9. Lang Lang in Recital

    NAC Southam Hall

    A classical musician who wears black and gold Adidas on stage?  A piano prodigy who plays at the Grammy’s with Metallica and Pharrell Williams?  A concert pianist of international renown who improvs with LeBron James?  Lang Lang is all these and much more.  Among the world’s finest and most revered classical musicians with a huge, devoted following of purists and progressives alike, Lang Lang is passionate about bringing classical music to new audiences. A performer of incomparable warmth and generosity, Lang Lang is a unique cultural phenomenon. Lang Lang in Recital is a musical experience you are unlikely ever to forget.

  10. Classical Marsalis

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Saint-Saëns Suite algérienne
    • 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.”

    Thursday Bravo series subscribers attend this concert. 

    • Conductor

      Andrey Boreyko

    • Saxaphone

      Branford Marsalis

    • NAC Orchestra

  11. 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.”

    Friday Bravo Series subscribers attend this concert.

    • Conductor

      Andrey Boreyko

    • Saxaphone

      Branford Marsalis

    • NAC Orchestra

    • Handel Coronation anthem "The King shall rejoice”
    • J.S. Bach Mass in G major
    • Handel Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day

    Visionary master of the Baroque Bernard Labadie brings his superb choir, La Chapelle de Québec, and an international roster of vocal stars. The concert evokes the patron saint of musicians in a majestic setting of English poet John Dryden’s words.

    • Conductor

      Bernard Labadie

    • Soprano

      Lydia Teuscher

    • Countertenor

      Daniel Cabena

  12. Trace the evolution of doo-wop, from classic 1950s five-part harmony to today’s biggest hits. You’ll hear tunes made famous by a multitude of artists, from The Belmonts to Smokey Robinson to Amy Winehouse.

    The Doo Wop Project:
    Dominic Nolfi, vocalist
    Charl Brown, vocalist
    Russell Fischer, vocalist
    Dominic Scaglione, Jr, vocalist
    Dwayne Cooper

    • Conductor

      Jack Everly

    • The Doo Wop Project

    • Music Director

      Sonny Paladino

    • THE BACH ODYSSEY: PART IV  
    • J.S. Bach Partita No. 3 in A minor
    • J.S. Bach Partita No. 5 in G major
    • J.S. Bach Partie in A major
    • J.S. Bach Partita No. 6 in E minor

    Beloved pianist Angela Hewitt performs The Bach Odyssey in recital. Her ambitious exploration of J.S. Bach’s complete solo keyboard works continues with Recital IV. The Bach Odyssey is presented in partnership with the Ottawa Chamber Music Society.

    • Brahms Symphony No. 2
    • Vivian Fung New Work*
    • Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2

    Shake off the end-of-winter doldrums with this evening of sunny melodies and toe-tapping mischief. Hold on to your hats as the nimble fingers of soloist Boris Giltburg dance their way through Shostakovich’s cheeky Piano Concerto No. 2. Giltburg’s 2017 recording of the concerto won rave reviews for its “dashing virtuosity” and “reckless, to-hell-with-it abandon.” End the evening on a bucolic note with Brahms’ Pastoral Symphony, a piece once decribed as “all rippling streams, blue sky, sunshine, and cool green shadows.”

    “…Giltburg has the capacity to identify with and encapsulate the moods of each piece while artlessly crafting them into a shapely span.” –Daily Telegraph

    *World premiere; NAC Orchestra commission. 

    • Brahms, Johannes Piano Concerto No. 1
    • SCHUMANN (Orch. RAVEL) Selections from Carnaval
    • Schumann Symphony No. 2

    Succumb to the tempestuous emotion of Brahm’s most passionate piano concerto. Conceived after the suicide of Brahm’s friend and mentor Robert Schumann, this stormy piece finds fierce expression at the hands of 23-year-old Italian prodigy Beatrice Rana. The youngest winner ever of the Montreal International Piano Competition in 2011, Rana makes her NAC debut by special invitation of our music director Alexander Shelley. The evening culminates with Schumann’s own Second Symphony, written as the composer attempted to overcome his feelings of depression through music.

    Thursday Ovation series subscribers attend Friday performance.

    • Rossini Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri
    • Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 7

    “Ah, we shall never be able to do anything like that!” Beethoven told a friend, when he first heard Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24. Grandly orchestrated, moody, and tumultuous, Mozart’s greatest piano concerto has held audiences spellbound for more than 200 years. Savour the elegant musicianship of three-time Juno award winning soloist Louis Lortie, and discover the concerto that struck awe into the heart of Beethoven.

  13. Jack Everly, the NAC Orchestra and the brightest Broadway stars perform the lush music arrangements of your favourite show tunes from Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, Evita, Les Misérables, and more. It’s classic Jack!

    • Conductor

      Jack Everly

    • Vocalist

      Kathy Voytko

    • Vocalist

      Ted Keegan

    • Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1
    • Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
    • Mussorgsky Prelude to Khovanshchina

    Thrill to the music of the last great romantic composer, in this evening dedicated to the works of Sergei Rachmaninoff. A son of imperial Russia, Rachmaninoff sought to express his country’s innermost soul, “with its overtones of suffering and unrest, its pastoral but tragic beauty, its ancient and enduring glory.” No pianist captures the music’s essence better than Stephen Hough, named International Artist of the Year in 2016 by Limelight Magazine and one of the 25 “Best Piano Players of All Time” by Classic FM. Hear why Hough’s 2005 live recording of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos became the fastest selling album in the history of Hyperion Records.

    “Hough is simply one of the most interesting musicians around.” —Boston Globe​

    • Mozart Piano Concerto No. 12
    • Bruckner Symphony No. 8 (ed. Hawkshaw)

    Bruckner's radiant eighth symphony unleashes the full power of the TSO and is sure to be a riveting performance, bringing the remarkable Oundjian era to a close.

  14. Mozart à la Haydn

    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.

    Thursday Bravo series subscribers attend this concert. 

  15. 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.

    Friday Bravo Series subscribers attend this concert. 
     

  16. This electrifying dance showcase includes swing, jazz, 1950s bop, ‘Dirty Dancing,’ the waltz, cha-cha, tango, and much more. Incomparable performers, spectacular choreography and the NAC Orchestra: you’ll be dancing in the aisles!

    • Conductor

      Jeff Tyzik

    • Swing dancers

      Stephen Sayer & Chandrea Roettig

    • Tango dancers

      Patricio Touceda & Eva Lucero

    • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"
    • Strauss Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)

    Our season-long musical exploration of heros and heroines culminates in a grande finale concert, featuring two world-famous soloists and two epic works. Seven-time Grammy Award winning pianist Emanuel Ax brings majesty and melancholy to Beethoven’s most famous piano concerto, in a performance hailed by critics as “pure magic.” Topping off the evening, our concertmaster Yosuke Kawasaki takes on the ‘voice of the hero,’ with his virtuosic solo violin in NAC’s first-ever performance of Richard Strauss’ A Hero’s Life. A triumphant end to a tremendous season!

    • Brahms Violin Concerto
    • Elgar Enigma Variations
    • Bramwell Tovey Time Tracks

    Canadian virtuoso James Ehnes is acclaimed worldwide for technical prowess and insightful musicianship. He returns to Ottawa, this time with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. With Elgar’s mysterious and hugely popular Enigma Variations.

    • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

    • Conductor

      Bramwell Tovey

    • Violin

      James Ehnes

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