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Child prodigy and NAC orchestra to perform at two special concerts (+ ticket giveaway)

[youtube][/youtube] At just 19 years of age, Conrad Tao is already a piano master.  With a fluidity over the keyboard that is breathtaking, (see the video clip above), the native of Urbana, Illinois has been wowing audiences the world over with his incredible skill. A child prodigy who started playing the piano at 18 months […]

Massive production of Handel’s Messiah promises to light up the NAC stage

Some Christmas traditions are indispensable.  Dance lovers take an annual pilgrimage each December to see The Nutcracker.   If you are a bookworm, movie buff and/or TV watcher, you likely have celebrated at least one holiday season with A Christmas Carol, whether through the original novel or one of its numerous adaptations. For music lovers, Handel’s Messiah is […]

This Saturday the NAC becomes a musical playground courtesy of Peter and the Wolf

In the annals of children’s music, a special place is reserved for the magical work Peter and the Wolf by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.   Created in 1936 , this timeless classic tells the story of a young boy who ignores his grandfather’s warning about a dangerous wolf lurking outside.  When the stubborn Peter comes face-to-face with the wolf, however, […]

NAC Orchestra and local choirs team up for two special Brahms concerts

Do the gods care about humanity or are we all destined to an ultimate tragic fate?  This timeless question lies at the heart of Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) by renowned German composer Johannes Brahms. Written between 1868 and 1871, this musical masterpiece is based on a poem by Friedrich Hölderlin, which can be found in Hölderlin’s […]

Bluesfest Review: Procol Harum

British progressive/symphonic rock band, Procol Harum, was formed in 1967 by multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter, Gary Brooker, and his friend and lyricist, Keith Reid, who has remained as Brooker’s collaborator to this day. Their first release of “Whiter Shade Of Pale” in the same year, was a number one hit on a global scale. The combination of Brooker’s […]

Lanois with NACO, an incredible evening of sonic exploration

This past Thursday Ottawa ears were treated to an inspiring show of sonic exploration when Daniel Lanois and Basia Bulat joined forces with the NAC orchestra under the baton of David Martin. The exclusive concert jointly produced by Ontario Scene, the NAC orchestra and NAC Presents filled Southam Hall with fans eager to hear what […]

Two concerts for film buffs this week

Chamberfest and the National Arts Centre Orchestra are each presenting special concerts this week. Between the two is a great deal of film music by composers such as Philip Glass, John Williams, plus video game soundtracks by acclaimed composers Maxine Goulet and Gordy Habb.

Gig Review: Jann Arden at the National Arts Centre

Jann Arden brought her Christmas Tour to Ottawa’s National Arts Centre for two back-to-back shows Sunday and Monday evening. The Southam Hall stage was loaded with musicians from the NAC Orchestra, as well as Arden’s core band of five who encircled her up front.