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  1. Discover the vibrant North with JUNO Award-winning Inuk recording artist Susan Aglukark as she leads an evening of song, storytelling and throat singing. Presented in collaboration with the NAC Indigenous Theatre, the NAC Orchestra and NAC Presents.

    • Conductor

      Mélanie Léonard

    • Singer

      Susan Aglukark

  2. Play Lise de la Salle © Lynn Goldsmith

    Romance is in the air as French piano sensation Lise de la Salle and guest conductor Andrey Boreyko present an evening of passionate music by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and Grieg.

    • Conductor

      Andrey Boreyko

    • Piano

      Lise de la Salle

  3. The musical forces will be with you for this spectacular evening of enduring favourites from John Williams, composer of such unforgettable film scores as Schindler’s List, ET, Jaws, Harry Potter, and of course, Star Wars!

  4. Play Timothy Chooi © Dan Sweeney

    A passionate evening of Tchaikovsky features guest violinist Timothy Chooi, student and protégé of NAC Orchestra former conductor Pinchas Zukerman, under the direction of guest conductor Dalia Stasevska

    • Conductor

      Dalia Stasevska

    • Violin

      Timothy Chooi

  5. Play Jonathan Biss © Benjamin Ealovega

    Experience the sounds of victory as Jonathan Biss performs Beethoven’s regal “Emperor” Piano Concerto No. 5 under the baton of former esteemed director Pinchas Zukerman.

  6. Play

    80s Mix Tape

    January 9 - 11, 2020

    Southam Hall

    Don’t miss this return engagement of the 1980s music you love to love, featuring an all new playlist of the greatest synth-pop charter-toppers that had you on the dance floor for a decade!

    • Conductor

      Stuart Chafetz

    • Vocalist

      Nicole Parker

    • Vocalist

      Aaron Finley

  7. Play Joshua Bell  © Shervin Lainez

    Joshua Bell Performs Mendelssohn

    Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 8:00 pm

    Southam Hall

    This spellbinding evening of passionate music features composers Lili Boulanger and Jocelyn Morlock, followed by the reunion of brilliant violinist Joshua Bell with Alexander Shelley and the NAC Orchestra.

  8. Play Yannick Nézet-Séguin  © Hans Van Der Woerd

    Don’t miss Quebec superstar Yannick Nézet-Séguin, one of the world’s most sought-after conductors, as he leads Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain through a spellbinding evening of music from Jacques Hétu and Mozart.

  9. Play

    Double Dutch

    Saturday, March 21, 2020, 7:00 pm

    Southam Hall

    In anticipation of the 75th anniversary of VE Day and honouring the deep, abiding friendship between Canada and the Netherlands, the NAC Orchestra offers an evening of music celebrating Dutch creativity, from the contemporary to the Baroque.

    • Conductor

      Jessica Cottis

    • Violin

      Simone Lamsma

    • Cello

      Harriet Krijgh

  10. Play Wu Man © Stephen Kahn

    Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso, Wu Man performs Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun’s Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa. Don’t miss the chance to hear this enchanting four-stringed instrument come to life.

  11. Join Her Majesty’s Secret Service for an unparalleled evening of music that brings the world’s favourite secret agent to Southam Hall. Guest conductor John Morris Russell and the NAC Orchestra celebrate the suave and sexy superspy and the music that is as timeless as the man himself – with classics like Live and Let DieFor Your Eyes Only, Goldfinger, and Skyfall.

    • Conductor

      John Morris Russell

    • Singer

      Capathia Jenkins

  12. Play Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood © Giants Are Small

    Peter And The Wolf In Hollywood

    By Giants Are Small

    Saturday, June 27, 2020, 2:30 pm

    Southam Hall

    Out-of-the-box New York production company Giants Are Small presents Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood, a magical, funny, and touching reimagining of Prokofiev’s 1936 masterpiece.

  13. Peter And The Wolf In Hollywood

    By Giants Are Small

    Friday, June 26, 2020, 7:00 pm

    Southam Hall

    Out-of-the-box New York production company Giants Are Small presents Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood, a magical, funny, and touching reimagining of Prokofiev’s 1936 masterpiece.


  1. Toronto Symphony Orchestra

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 8:00 pm

    Southam Hall

    • Mahler Symphony No. 7
    • Franck Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra
    • Chan Ka Nin My New Beautiful, Wonderful, Terrific, Amazing, Fantastic, Magnificent Homeland

    Legendary Sir Andrew Davis and the TSO perform Gustav Mahler’s expertly crafted, big, bold Seventh Symphony; and three-time Juno award winning pianist Louis Lortie marries piano and orchestra in hypnotic harmony as he embraces one of César Franck's most popular works.

  2. Verdi Requiem

    September 11 - 12, 2019

    Southam Hall

    Experience the might and power of the Verdi Requiem, an unforgettable work alive with drama one moment and reverent stillness the next, and rightfully placed among the world’s musical masterpieces.

  3. You’ll be captivated by new works from Indigenous composers Ian Cusson, Barbara Croall, and Andrew Balfour, followed by the wonderful musical romp that is Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt.

  4. Discover the vibrant North with JUNO Award-winning Inuk recording artist Susan Aglukark as she leads an evening of song, storytelling and throat singing. Presented in collaboration with the NAC Indigenous Theatre, the NAC Orchestra and NAC Presents.

    • Conductor

      Mélanie Léonard

    • Vocalist

      Susan Aglukark

  5. Play Pekka Kuusisto © Felix Broede

    Le loup de Lafontaine

    Friday, September 27, 2019, 7:00 pm

    Southam Hall

    Buckle up for an evening of thrilling new music from Métis composer Ian Cusson, followed by Daniel Bjarnason’s dazzling Violin Concerto, performed by Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusista.

  6. 50 Years of Music with the NAC Orchestra

    Conducted by John Storgårds

    Monday, September 30, 2019, 8:00 pm

    Southam Hall

    This spectacular evening of music celebrates the prowess of the NAC Orchestra after 50 remarkable years by shining a light on the singular virtuosity of its members.

    • Conductor

      John Storgårds

    • NAC Orchestra member soloists

  7. Play NAC Orchestra on tour © NAC Archives

    50 Years of Music with the NAC Orchestra

    Conducted by Alexander Shelley

    Thursday, October 3, 2019, 8:00 pm

    Southam Hall

    This spectacular program shines a light on the NAC Orchestra at 50 years young, showcasing entire sections of instruments as well as the singular talent of principal flutist Joanna G’froerer and principal oboist Charles Hamann.

  8. Play Jan Lisiecki © Christoph Kostlin

    Guest artists Jan Liseicki (piano) and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra bring to life the passionate music of composers Felix Mendelssohn and Jessie Montgomery in an evening of musical collaboration and innovation.

    • Piano

      Jan Lisiecki

    • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

  9. aBACHcadabra

    October 19 - 20, 2019

    Southam Hall

    A mysterious musical spell sends Corky tumbling through time back to the ages of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. Will she find the secret musical formula that breaks the spell and gets her home in time for school?

    • Conductor

      Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser

    • Platypus Theatre

  10. Play Diane Dufresne

    Don’t miss this unique musical experience as one of Québec’s artistic luminaries combines her legendary contemporary pop with symphonic orchestration.

    • Vocalist

      Diane Dufresne

    • Conductor

      Simon Leclerc

  11. 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.

  12. Enjoy this intimate chamber music concert at the National Gallery of Canada – it's the perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon!  

  13. Avner Dorman’s Double Concerto

    Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 7:00 pm

    Southam Hall

    Don’t miss the Canadian premiere of Israeli-born composer Avner Dorman’s superb new Double Concerto – a co-commission by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the NAC Orchestra – and the welcome return to Southam Hall of two cherished talents. Dorman wrote the concerto for violin and cello to mark the 70th birthday of Pinchas Zukerman, who will perform with cellist Amanda Forsyth, perfectly showcasing the dynamism of this husband and wife duo.

  14. Holiday Hits

    December 12 - 14, 2019

    Southam Hall

    Hum along with your best-loved Christmas carols in this evening of music from Canada and around the world featuring an exciting lineup of stellar vocalists.

  15. Play Bernard Labadie © Dario Acosta

    Experience the mystery of Messiah with Québec conductor Bernard Labadie and his La Chapelle de Québec, and feel the wonder and joy few other sacred works can express.

    • Conductor

      Bernard Labadie

    • Soprano

      Marie-Sophie Pollak

    • Alto

      Avery Amereau

  16. Play Gabriela Montero © Premiere Performances Hong Kong

    Join us for an intimate evening of romance with music by German composer Emilie Mayer, and by Clara and Robert Schumann, featuring celebrated pianist Gabriela Montero.

  17. Play Bryan Cheng © Swanhild Kruckelmann

    The TSO’s esteemed conductor emeritus Peter Oundjian leads this evening of beautiful music featuring the extraordinary guest cellist Bryan Cheng performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, as well as music by Dvorak.

    • Conductor

      Peter Oundjian

    • Cello

      Bryan Cheng

  18. Enjoy this intimate chamber music concert at the National Gallery of Canada – it's the perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon!  

  19. Find your groove as Colores Andinos (Andean Colours) brings Latin-Andean fusion to life in this energetic and authentic concert featuring more than 20 instruments – from bamboo flutes to string and percussion instruments and everything in between!

    • Bamboo pan flutes, vocals, guitar

      Luis Abanto

    • Guitar, vocals

      Rudy Rivera

    • Latin percussion, congas, marimba, vocals

      Alvaro de Minaya

  20. Goodyear Cello Concerto

    Friday, February 14, 2020, 7:00 pm

    Southam Hall

    In an exhilarating meeting of musical minds, NAC Orchestra principal cellist Rachel Mercer performs Stewart Goodyear’s Cello Concerto, written especially for her. Then Aaron Copland’s exuberant Rodeo will lasso your heart and gallop away!

  21. Join Alexander Shelley and the NAC Orchestra for a concert sure to surprise and delight your entire  family. The BIG BANG Festival, one of the world’s most successful children’s festivals, is back at the National Arts Centre with even more “musicolourful” adventures in sound!

  22. Let your inner child return to the enchanted world of Mary Poppins in this cinematic event for the whole family, and experience Walt Disney’s classic movie on the big screen in Southam Hall!

  23. Play George Li © Simon Fowler

    Marvellous Mozart

    February 26 - 27, 2020

    Southam Hall

    Be prepared for fireworks when guest soloist George Li performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 under the joyful direction of powerhouse guest conductor Xian Zhang.

    • Conductor

      Xian Zhang

    • Piano

      George Li

  24. Enjoy this intimate chamber music concert at the National Gallery of Canada – it's the perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon!  

  25. Come with us to the Big Top to meet the Buzz Brass quintet as they prepare to perform the soundtrack for the circus. But wait! Where are the circus performers? Jugglers, magicians, tightrope walkers, sword swallowers, lion tamers, and human cannonballs are sure to bedazzle one and all, but they’re nowhere in sight! They’ve deserted the circus, leaving our puzzled musicians to their fate!

    • Trumpet

      Sylvain Lapointe

    • Trumpet

      Frédéric Gagnon

    • French Horn

      Pascal Lafrenière

  26. Play Yosuke Kawasaki © Remi Thériault

    Revere the old with music by Haydn and Nielsen, and celebrate the new with Peter Paul Koprowski’s Violin Concerto, written especially for the NAC Orchestra’s esteemed Concertmaster Yosuke Kawasaki.

  27. Play Evelyn Glennie © kopie

    Virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie performs Ottawa-born composer Vincent Ho’s percussion concerto The Shaman, following Johannes Brahms’s romantic and lyrical Symphony No. 3.

  28. Enjoy this intimate chamber music concert at the National Gallery of Canada – it's the perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon!  

  29. Prohibition

    April 30 - May 2, 2020

    Southam Hall

    Travel through time, back to the dark cabarets and speakeasies of New York, Paris, and Berlin, and experience the 1920s in all their decadence: Prohibition, gangsters, ingénues, and intrigue.

  30. Experience the thrill of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and sing along to his famously catchy “Ode to Joy” as we celebrate the great composer’s 250th birthday!

    • Conductor

      Nicolas Ellis

    • Actor

      Paul Rainville

  31. Angela Hewitt shares the passion and technique that have placed her among the world’s chief interpreters of J.S. Bach’s piano music. Presented in partnership with Ottawa Chamberfest.

  32. A thing of beauty is a joy forever with tonight’s program of passionate music from Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius, and Sauli Zinovjev, under the baton of preeminent guest conductor Klaus Mäkelä. Featuring guest pianist Javier Perianes.

    • Conductor

      Klaus Mäkelä

    • Piano

      Javier Perianes

  33. Let Junkyard Symphony help you find the beat of your own drum with Rhythm Explosion, a fantastic percussive performance on recycled instruments, with plenty of participation!

    • Junkyard Jonny

    • Awesome Alex

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