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video: Sounds Like Fun!
Sounds Like Fun!

Approx. 55 minutes

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 brings together performers from the comedy troupe Second City and the NAC Orchestra. Together they will demo musical improv and share some of the classical masterpieces that came out of it!

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

Presented in association with Family Adventures with the NAC Orchestra.

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Student : $8 + HST

We will follow up within 5 business days to confirm your order and calculate pricing.


One free adult chaperone ticket for every 15 student admissions purchased. Special Needs Assistants are admitted free of charge. Additional chaperones are allowed at the discretion of the NAC and are charged $8 + HST.

Payment Deadlines

Full payment is required by the payment deadline (approx. 3 weeks before the performance). The NAC Music department reserves the right to cancel any orders submitted but not paid for by the payment deadline.


There are no reserved seats for NAC Orchestra student matinee performances. Instead of tickets you will receive a letter of admission and groups will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis at the performance. A letter of admission will be mailed to you upon receipt of full payment.

Free Study Guide

A pre-concert study guide to help you prepare your students for this concert-going experience will be available for download approximately six weeks before the performance. This guide will provide you with curriculum links, recommended classroom activities and information about the concert program, the performers, and performance etiquette. 

Transportation Assistance

In order to assist school groups to attend the NAC Orchestra student matinee series, the NAC will provide partial financial assistance to a limited number of schools. For more information, please contact the NAC Music Education department. Requests will be evaluated on a needs basis. Limited funds available.

Spend the Day (or half-day) at the NAC!

Enrich your students’ learning experience by taking part in interactive workshops and masterclasses with NAC guest artists, musicians or staff. Enjoy your bagged lunch in one our new public spaces with iconic views of downtown Ottawa. 

For further details, please contact the NAC Music Education department at or 613 947-7000 ext 382.

If you have any questions about your order, please call the NAC Box Office at 613 947-7000, ext 289.

Student Matinee Preparation

Register for a NAC Orchestra Student Matinee and you may receive a complimentary visit from a musician from the NAC Orchestra or a professional from the community, to help prepare your students for the upcoming NAC Orchestra matinee performance. The musician will play musical excerpts and will talk about the repertoire to be featured in the upcoming concert. This visit can be requested once your school has registered to attend a student matinee performance. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups must consist of 30 students or more. Limited number of visits available only to schools located within the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

To request your visit, please contact the NAC Music Education department at or 613 947-7000 ext 382.

Complete a Reservation

You must reserve tickets to attend student matinees.

Once we receive your reservation we will follow up by email or telephone to confirm the details of your order, to calculate pricing, and to confirm any special instructions. We will then send you an invoice.

Please review ticket reservations, payments and policies prior to submitting your order.

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HST will be added to your invoice. Full payment will be due by deadline date. Cancellations will not be accepted after the payment deadline.

Once we receive your ticket order request we will calculate the cost, and the number of free adult chaperone tickets versus adult tickets to be paid, and send you an invoice.