Singing Messiah: Keeping it fresh, with help from Woody WoodpeckerDecember 11, 2014
I have the great pleasure to prepare the chorus for the National Arts Centre Orchestra's production of Handel's Messiah, an event I have enjoyed for over 27 years. My job is to keep the chorus on their toes, rehearsing the movements in a variety of tempi, articulation and dynamics. Add…
Share the Spirit with the Ottawa Food BankDecember 27, 2013
Since 2007 the National Arts Centre has been providing free tickets to deserving families through Share the Spirit. The Ottawa Food Bank is just one of the partners that distributes NAC performance tickets to their clients. Ottawa Food Bank Agency Relations Manager Michael Howard took us…
Let is Snow!December 24, 2013
Emilie-Claire Barlow speaks about performing shows during the holidays and how so many holiday songs are in fact jazz tunes. As a special treat Emilie-Claire sings a verse from Let is Snow!
2013 Christmas Cheer CampaignDecember 20, 2013
On December 20th NAC employees were up very early to gather in the NAC parking garage at 6 am (!) in order to pack their cars with groceries and gifts for local families. It was the culmination of the NAC Christmas Cheer Campaign. Throughout the year staff have organized numerous bake…
Philippe Sly in Handel’s MessiahDecember 18, 2013
Bass baritone Philippe Sly grew up in Ottawa and has returned to the NAC stage as a featured soloist in the NAC Orchestra's performance of Handel's Messiah. Philippe took a moment to talk about Messiah and his training as a singer.
Join us for FanfairDecember 11, 2013
Come share in the spirit of Christmas with the NAC Orchestra musicians at Fanfair on December 15th at 12 p.m. Pre-concert activities start at 10:45 a.m. with a bake sale and a silent auction which includes the chance to win a percussion instrument called a whip, signed by Pinchas Zukerman.…
The Gift of SharingDecember 10, 2013
The 2013 Share the Spirit campaign kicked off with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's beautiful performance of the Nutcracker. The holidays are an especially important time for many families and being able to share the magic of the season with those less fortunate is a true part of the Christmas…
Sharing the Spirit at the NAC Box OfficeDecember 5, 2013
For a second year generous National Arts Centre ticket buyers are giving the magic of the performing arts to deserving children and their families by donating to the Share the Spirit program at the NAC Box Office during the holiday season. Members of the NAC Box Office team are championing…