Street closures around NAC during the Ottawa International Jazz Festival

The Warmest Snowstorm in February

Cameron Carpenter

Cameron Carpenter

Heiko Laschitzki

Attending intermission chats and open rehearsals are one of the many benefits donors receive when they support performance, creation and learning across Canada through the National Arts Centre Foundation.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, February 15, NAC Foundation supporters braved less-than-favorable weather conditions to attend an NAC Orchestra open rehearsal for that night’s Imagined Italy program.

Their efforts to attend the rehearsal were much appreciated by NAC Music Director Alexander Shelley. He thanked the audience for their support and revealed that they were very much on his mind while he and the Orchestra rehearsed. Alexander shared that their presence provides a real sense of community and team.

The rehearsal featured organist-extraordinaire Cameron Carpenter who performed from Rachmaninoff’s melodic and widely popular Rhapsody on a Theme from Paganini. The music, accompanied by works by Edward Elgar and Richard Strauss provided a stunning preview of the evening’s program.

During the intermission chat, NAC Foundation supporters were once again reminded how much they are valued, this time by Cameron Carpenter who asked to speak to them. Cameron said that generous people make it possible for him to have a career and that he wouldn’t be performing on stages like Southam Hall without their support. Cameron shared that he was happy to have the opportunity to talk to NAC donors so that he could thank them for recognizing how important it is to support the performing arts.

That afternoon, the music, Alexander Shelley, and Cameron Carpenter provided the warmth that made the snow squalls outside a distant memory.

 A special thank you to our Open Rehearsal and Preview Sponsor, Rob Marland, Royal LePage Performance Realty who makes these sessions possible for NAC Foundation donors.

NAC Foundation / Fondation du CNA

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