The WolfGANG Sessions: Music with a wild side

The Mercury Lounge is a jewel of a nightclub in Ottawa's Byward Market. It's high ceilings, exposed brick walls and tall windows make it an elegant setting for live music and dancing into the wee hours of the night.

It is not a place one would expect to hear classical music and that's what makes the NAC Orchestra's The WolfGANG Sessions so intriguing. Each of the three concerts features NAC Orchestra musicians performing exciting chamber music by many of today's most interesting and innovative composers. For Julia MacLaine, NAC Orchestra Assistant Principal Cello, the nightclub atmosphere affects how both musicians and audiences experience the music."That’s what I find most interesting." she says "The quality of the listening, among both the audience and the musicians."

During the concert, abstract images were projected on the walls and appeared to dance to the rhythmic patterns of Ryan Lott's composition Beautiful Mechanical. The audience was clearly enchanted by the performance as they sipped their cocktails and let the music wash over them. It was an intimate, interactive concert experience and a completely new way to enjoy classical music.

For session 3 on July 11 the playbill sizzles with an entirely female roster of composers from Canada, the UK and New York’s indie classical scenes.

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