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  1. Opening Night with Beethoven

    Southam Hall

    • Beethoven Symphony No. 1
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 2
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

    Alexander Shelley describes the 9 Beethoven symphonies as one of the great musical wonders of the world.  Immerse yourself in the complete symphony cycle with a deep dive on opening night.

  2. Beethoven’s Fifth

    Southam Hall

    • Beethoven Symphony No. 5

    The NAC Orchestra brings to life Beethoven’s electrifying and tempestuous Symphony No. 5. Groundbreaking when it debuted in 1808, one would be hard-pressed to find anyone who does not immediately recognize the signature opening “ta-ta-ta-tum” of this, the world’s most famous symphony.

  3. Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

    Southam Hall

    • Beethoven Symphony No. 4
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”

    “A Titan, wrestling with the gods”, was how Richard Wagner aptly described Beethoven and his music. Symphony No. 4 bears the unmistakable stylistic fingerprint of the bold composer: strength, spirited manipulations of harmony and key, and structure shaped by innovation and ingenuity.

  4. Beethoven Symphony No. 7

    Southam Hall

    • Beethoven Symphony No. 7
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 8

    Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 exudes a cheerful exuberance of celestial proportion. Composed at the same time as the celebrated “Immortal Beloved” letters of 1812, the mysterious 10-page note was penned by the lovelorn composer over the course of two days. Found only after his death, its addressee remains unknown and hotly debated to this day.

  5. Beethoven’s Ninth

    Southam Hall

    • Beethoven Symphony No. 9 “Choral”

    Alexander Shelley conducts Beethoven’s timeless ninth symphony, the ground-breaking work for orchestra and chorus, as the culmination of the NAC Orchestra’s Beethoven Festival. The hope
    expressed in Ode to Joy still resonates – that friendship can bind us together though our customs tear us apart.

  6. Renée Fleming in Recital

    Southam Hall

    Award winning soprano, Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice and consummate artistry and on this intimate recital. From art song to Baroque opera to jazz Fleming’s spectacular voice and compelling stage presence will leave you breathless. 

    • soprano

      Renée Fleming

    • Schubert Symphony No. 9, “Great”
    • J.S. Bach - Stokowski “Preludio” from Partita No. 3 in E major
    • Berg Violin Concerto

    Audiences will be moved to tears when violinist Christian Tetzlaff applies his brilliant technique to Berg’s heart wrenching Violin Concerto; then journey through joy and sorrow when the NAC Orchestra performs Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, his last and greatest masterpiece.

    • conductor

      John Storgårds

    • violin

      Christian Tetzlaff

  7. Be dazzled by music from musical showstoppers like  Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, and South Pacific performed live by celebrated Broadway stars and conducted by Jack Everly. 

  8. Get ready for scream-worthy fun when Samara the Witch and dancers bring to life orchestral favourites like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in a performance that will put you in high gear for Halloween.

    • Conductor

      Andy Einhorn

    • Actor

      Annie Lefebvre

    • The School of Dance

    • Ian Cusson New work / World premiere for soprano, flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola and double bass
    • Beethoven Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20

    Enjoy this intimate chamber music concert at the National Gallery of Canada – a perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon! 

  9. ECM+ Generation 2018

    Fourth Stage

    • Featuring

      La Veronal

    • Featuring

      James Caswell

    • A co-presentation with

      Ottawa Chamberfest

    • Conductor

      Véronique Lacroix

  10. Britten War Requiem

    Southam Hall

    • Britten War Requiem

    Alexander Shelley conducts Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, honoring the 100th anniversary of the end of the “war to end all wars”.  Two orchestras, three soloists, and multiple choirs take the stage for this powerful warning to the world, as compelling in these uncertain times as it was at its premiere half a century ago. 

    • Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, “Italian”
    • Marjan Mozetich Cello Concerto

    JUNO Award winning cellist Amanda Forsyth applies her intense tone and exceptional musicality to Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich’s Cello Concerto, blending post-modern romantic with modern sensibilities. Hong Kong-born Elim Chan promises to deliver a dynamic performance when she conducts works by Mozart and Haydn.

  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

    • Mozart Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola
    • Elgar Enigma Variations
    • Chausson Poème for Violin and Orchestra

    Expect fireworks with elegant violinist Viviane Hagner performing Mozart’s sinfonia concertante with conductor emeritus and violist Pinchas Zukerman.  Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” depict a lifetime of friendships -- a beloved work by the English musical genius.

  12. Holiday Swing

    Southam Hall

    Heat up your holidays with the sizzling sounds of trumpet virtuoso and jazz legend Byron Stripling.  Joyfully inspired seasonal favorites will have you singing and swinging in the aisles!

  13. From Russia to South America, with stops in Africa, Syria, France, the Ukraine, England, and, to be sure, Canada, get into the holiday spirit on a trip fueled by traditional music from around the world.

    • Albert Roussel Divertissement, Op. 6 for wind quintet and piano

    Enjoy this intimate chamber music concert at the National Gallery of Canada – a perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon!  

    • Handel Messiah

    Celebrate the holiday season with Handel’s Messiah, one of the world’s most cherished choral works. Its signature “Hallelujah” chorus exudes humanity and joy from start to finish, and celebrates our relationship to the divine. Conductor George Petrou leads international soloists, stellar Ottawa choristers and the NAC Orchestra in this Baroque masterpiece.

    • conductor

      George Petrou

    • soprano

      Lauren Snouffer

    • countertenor

      David D.Q. Lee

  14. Women Rock

    Southam Hall

    Forget winter, let’s turn up the heat with hits from powerful female singers and songwriters who changed music forever.  Get ready to rock with three acclaimed vocalists singing the music of Carole King, Joan Jett, Holly Knight, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar and Heart accompanied live by the NAC Orchestra.

    • conductor

      Bob Bernhardt

    • vocalist

      Cassidy Catanzaro

    • vocalist

      Katrina Dideriksen

    • J.S. Bach St. Matthew Passion

    Bach’s setting of St Matthew’s retelling Christ’s Passion is most sublime music ever written. Trevor Pinnock – a master interprester of baroque music --  and a cast of internationally renowned soloists and choristers will create the emotional highlight of the Orchestra’s season. 

  15. A super-powered, all-terrain, hybrid vehicle runs out of gas, causing Captain Kit Crash, and his  clumsy driver  Whiplash, to swerve off the road.

    • Percussion

      Marton Maderspach

    • Percussion

      Bruno Roy

  16. Music for a Sunday Afternoon

    Featuring John Storgårds

    National Gallery of Canada

    • Saint-Saëns Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano
    • Poulenc Sextet for wind quintet and piano
    • George Enescu String Octet, Op. 7

    Enjoy this intimate chamber music concert at the National Gallery of Canada – a perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon! 

    • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4
    • Arvo Pärt Trisagion
    • Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5

    John Storgårds conducts international piano phenomenon Yefim Bronfman in Beethoven’s exquisite 4th piano concerto, then guides the NAC Orchestra through Vaughan Williams’s poignant and reflective Symphony No. 5, composed as World War II raged.

  17. Rhythms erupt and you’ll want to jump up and dance when this visionary ensemble mesh traditional east Indian styles with music from around the world.

    • Indian Percussions

      Shawn Mativetsky

    • Saxophones, Flutes, Voice

      Linsey Wellman

    • Lead vocals, Indian percussion

      Kuljjit Sodhi

    • Schumann Symphony No. 1, “Spring”
    • Jocelyn Morlock Cobalt
    • Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2

    Musical partnerships at their most intimate: Jessica Linnebach and Yosuke Kawasaki perform a violin duo inspired by the color of the night sky at twilight, pianist David Fray debuts in Chopin’s second piano concerto, and conductor Alexander Shelley brings to brilliant life the “Spring” Symphony by Robert Schumann.

    • Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
    • DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8
    • Weber Overture to Der Freischütz

    Revel in the rich and seductive melody of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, performed with jaw-dropping finesse by Conductor Emeritus Pinchas Zukerman. Immerse yourself in Weber’s dramatic operatic overture, Der Freischütz, and celebrate with Dvořák’s cheery and lyrical Symphony No. 8. inspired by Bohemian folk music. You won’t want this concert to end!

  18. The Beatles come to life in REVOLUTION, the new authorized symphonic tribute to the Fab Four, featuring top vocalists and musicians accompanied by Grammy-winner Jeff Tyzik's arrangements, transcribed and arranged from the original master recordings at Abbey Road.

    • Conductor

      Robert Thompson

  19. Did you know that musical geniuses like Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven freestyled on the keyboard in improv competitions against other composers, fueled by suggestions from the audience?  Join us for an exciting and interactive concert experience that puts together comedy theatre Second City and the NAC Orchestra to demo musical improv and hear some of the classical masterpieces that came out of it!

    *A brand new co-production with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

    • Conductor

      Julian Pellicano

    • Co-host/artistic director, Second City Training Centre

      Kevin Frank

    • Co-host

      Caroline Lavigne

  20. Life Reflected

    Southam Hall

    • Zosha Di Castri Dear Life, based on the short story by Alice Munro (adapted by Merilyn Simonds)
    • Jocelyn Morlock My Name is Amanda Todd
    • Nicole Lizée Bondarsphere
    • John Estacio I Lost My Talk, based on the poem by Rita Joe

    On International Women’s Day, the NAC Orchestra and conductor Alexander Shelley shine a light on four remarkable Canadian women, through Life Reflected, a richly emotional and immersive orchestral experience, featuring soprano Nathalie Paulin, and actor Monique Mojica.

  21. Brussels Philharmonic

    Southam Hall

    • Beethoven Violin Concerto
    • Guillaume Connesson Flammenschrift
    • PROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet

    Stéphane Denève conducts the acclaimed Brussels Philarmonic and popular violinist Nikolaj Znaider in an evening that includes the first “Romantic” concerto, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D, with Prokofiev’s masterful musical narrative, Romeo and Juliet.

    • Bramwell Tovey Violin Concerto
    • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 3, "Polish"

    The brilliant James Ehnes performs a violin concerto written for him by multitalented composer / conductor Bramwell Tovey, who leads the NAC Orchestra in his own work and the vivid, melodious third symphony by Russia’s most famous composer, Tchaikovsky.

  22. Music for a Sunday Afternoon

    Featuring James Ehnes

    National Gallery of Canada

    • DVOŘÁK String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 77
    • PROKOFIEV Sonata for Two Violins, Op. 56

    Enjoy this intimate chamber music concert at the National Gallery of Canada – a perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon! 

  23. Kodo

    Kodo One Earth Tour 2019: Evolution

    Southam Hall

    Kodo brings the pulse and power to Evolution, an intense and innovative musical production created to mark the internationally renowned drum group’s 35th anniversary. 

  24. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

    Tales of Two Cities: the Leipzig–Damascus Coffeehouse

    Southam Hall

    Be swept away by this unique multimedia concert that will transport you to the year 1740 and two coffeehouses, 3,500 kilometres apart. In one coffeehouse, J.S. Bach directs the city’s best artists, in the other, classical Arabic musicians and storytellers tell tales of adventure.

    • Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

    • Music Director

      Elisa Citterio

  25. We’re off to see the Wizard!  Experience this brilliant techicolour movie classic live with the NAC Orchestra and Jack Everly. The brilliant music of Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg combined with Judy Garland’s iconic Dorothy will have you singing and dancing down the Yellow Brick Road and Over The Rainbow.

  26. An unwitting conductor only wants to trace the influences of the New World on European orchestral tradition when two aliens descend on Southam Hall with ideas of their own! With ideas and inventions for influencing "Earth Music" these mischievous extra terrestrials turn what should have been a straight forward orchestra program into a sci-fi musical thriller.

    • Magic Circle Mime Company

    • conductor

      Nicolas Ellis

  27. These music olympians are ready for a musical marathon that will take your breath away!

    • Recorder

      Vincent Lauzer

    • Recorder

      Marie-Laurence Primeau

    • Recorder

      Alexa Raine-Wright

    • Recorder

      Caroline Tremblay

    • Presented in association with

      Jeunesses Musicales Canada

    • Ravel Mother Goose Suite
    • Vivier Lonely Child
    • Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
    • Ravel Boléro

    Alexander Shelley and the NAC Orchestra offer a French-inspired program featuring contrasting works by jazz-influenced French composer Maurice Ravel and Quebec’s doomed visionary Claude Vivier.

    • Brahms Symphony No. 1
    • Howard Shore The Forest: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra

    Get swept away in an evening of adventurous classical music when world renowned composer of the Lord of the Rings, Howard Shore, debuts his wistful Guitar Concerto “The Forest”, performed by superstar Miloš, and Alexander Shelley conducts Brahms’s tempestuous, serene, and triumphant first symphony.

  28. Shelley’s Brahms

    Southam Hall

    • DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”
    • Brahms Symphony No. 2

    Brahms’ admiration of Beethoven was so great, that he toiled over his first symphony for 14 years before releasing it and daring to step out from under the shadow of success and popularity of his predecessor.

  29. Toronto Symphony Orchestra

    Southam Hall

    • Mahler Symphony No. 7
    • Franck Variations concertantes pour piano et orchestre
    • 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.

  30. 21st Century Violin

    Southam Hall

    You’ll listen with conviction when bold and inventive violinist Leila Josefowicz partners with conductor Joana Carneiro and the NAC Orchestra to perform music by Thomas Ades, Stravinsky and more.

  31. Leila Josefowicz’s Violin

    Southam Hall

    Inventive and bold, Canadian violinist and McArthur “Genius” grant recipient Leila Josefowicz defies sterotypes and challenges us to listen with conviction. With conductor Joana Carneiro, she and the NAC Orchestra perform music by Stravinsky and more.

  32. Mozart’s Figaro in Concert

    Opera in concert

    Southam Hall

    • Mozart The Marriage of Figaro

    Alexander Shelley and a stellar cast of singers bring to life Mozart’s inspired comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro, with its interwoven stories of love, jealousy and disguise expressed in music of undeniable grace and beauty.

  33. Acrobats soar through the air, contortionists bend to the beat and balancers resist writhing to the rhythm of anthemic hits from Wicked, West Side Story, Chicago and more, in this cirque spectacular with Jack Everly and star vocalists. It’ll have you on the edge of your seat!

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