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 of 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.
The Silflay String Quartet will explore how prominent composers like Beethoven and Debussy used various forms of imitation in their music. Through singing and a fun-filled improvisation competition, these four members of the string quartet (and the audience!) will uncover the most widely-used elements that have been imitated in popular music from the Baroque to modern day times, such as a zesty Tango for String Quartet and the brilliant triumphant finale of Beethoven’s Eroica Quartet!
Travel through centuries of music and around the world with the colourful sounds of strings! From Baroque to jazz (including works by Purcell, Haydn, Mozart, and Mancini), you’ll be amazed by what you’ll learn about string instruments and the music they can make.
Kindergarten to Grade 12
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!
Join three prominent members of the brass family on a musical journey through storytelling that will entertain and empower children with its inspirational messages. This uplifting adventure which features Beethoven’s infamous Ode to Joy, Mozart’s delightful Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and the energetic La Cucaracha will keep you singing long after the concert!
From traditional classics to well-loved movie themes, the Rideau Lakes 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 members of the brass section of the NAC Orchestra. The performance is certain to be a magnificent feast for the ears!
From the witty Beethoven’s Fifth Bossa Nova – as Beethoven was thankfully deceased when this arrangement was done and would not have smiled if he heard it – these five versatile wind players along with percussionist Kenneth Simpson will showcase popular dance styles throughout the ages from ancient Hungarian dances to the tango. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!
Kindergarten to Grade 12
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.
Kindergarten to Grade 8
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.
Grade 3 to Grade 12
Travel back in time to early 20th century New Orleans and uncover the bright and jazzy music of ragtime, dixieland and swing! The Ragtime Brass Sextet will also explore traditional brass repertoire from the classical and Baroque periods with many of the arrangements designed specifically for young listeners.
Language: English only
One 50-minute performance: $360 + HST
Two 35-minute performances: $580 + HST
Grade 4 to Grade 12
Location: School auditorium, gym, or classroom.
Duration: One 50-minute performance or two 35-minute performances.
*Note: Two performances must be scheduled within a two-hour period.
Group size: Suggested maximum audience is 200.
Please suggest a minimum of three possible performance dates on your order form; once your order has been received by the NAC, the musician(s) will contact you directly to arrange a mutually convenient date and time for the performance(s)
Note: Two performances must be scheduled within a two-hour period. Limitations may exist on the availability of dates and the performances of some groups. Subject to continued subsidies, the number of performances may be limited.