The NAC Gala: An annual event to ensure the future of the performing arts in Canada

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Soprano Renée Fleming

It’s with great excitement that the National Arts Centre is getting ready for its most glamorous fall event. The 25th NAC Gala, featuring world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming with the NAC Orchestra, is Wednesday, November 1, 2023, in Southam Hall. 

From classical opera to beloved Broadway favourites, the programming of this benefit evening in support of the next generation of Canadian artists will delight all audiences! For the first time since 2013, Renée Fleming will share the stage with Alexander Shelley and the NAC Orchestra. She will perform selections from Handel, the iconic musical Carousel, classic French art song by Fauré and Massenet, and not to mention Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire

“We are very proud to present this 25th edition of our gala with guest artist Renée Fleming, an internationally renowned soprano who will no doubt offer a memorable performance, accompanied by our NAC Orchestra”, said Christopher Deacon, President and CEO of the NAC.

The 2023 edition is a musical and celebratory tribute to philanthropists Earle and Janice O’Born, C.M., O.Ont.

Supporting the next generation of Canadian artists

Proceeds raised from this year’s Gala will be directed to the National Youth and Education Trust, which gives Canada’s next generation of artists the chance to grow, master their art, and take their rightful place in the spotlight. It also helps us introduce young people across Canada to the wonder of the performing arts and the incredible difference it can make throughout their lives.

“Thanks to the generosity of donors such as Earle and Janice O’Born, we can raise funds in support of art-learning programs that spark a sense of wonder in youth,” said Christopher Deacon.

Unfailing support

Over the past 15 years, Toronto’s Earle and Janice O’Born have become major champions of the National Arts Centre through their support of Canadian performing artists, creation, touring and orchestral work. Earle and Janice O’Born also made their mark with the largest individual gift in the history of the NAC in support of artistic excellence. They made a major gift to the NAC’s first-ever national fundraising campaign in support of the NAC’s National Creation Fund, which provides risk capital to compelling and ambitious new Canadian works in theatre, dance, music and interdisciplinary arts.

“Canadian performing artists are among the best in the world. Earle and I believe that when youth are exposed to such excellence, a whole new world opens up for them. We are thrilled to be honoured at this year’s NAC Gala in recognition of our philanthropy and encourage the next generation of artists to ‘dream big’,” Janice O’Born said.

Join us on November 1 and contribute to a worthy cause! It will be a wonderful evening and an opportunity to support and participate in the development of Canada's next generation of performing artists.

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