[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIAP9-OpG84[/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 […]
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 […]
The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier is an iconic piece of Canadian literature. Based on a real-life experience while Carrier was growing up in Quebec in the 1940s, this wonderful short story tells the tale of a boy who is an avid fan of the Montreal Canadiens and their superstar Maurice Richard. Needing a replacement sweater of […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
On Wednesday morning, the National Arts Centre (NAC) invited their partners, stakeholders, Board Members and the media to its Theatre Salon, and revealed its 2017 performing arts lineup in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
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.
Casual Fridays are back at the National Arts Center, and the first of the 2016–2017 season will be taking place this Friday, December 16th.
The 2017–18 National Arts Centre season is an exciting lineup of dance, theatre, and music, and will feature the NAC’s new performance spaces being unveiled this year.
Jared Davidson: “The concert was very tight, and while Wainwright did three encores, he in no way overstayed his welcome.”
The National Arts Centre wants you to come on in and look around! And as a special treat, if you wander in this week you are going to find things going on from noon to night for the Ideas of the North Festival.
An American in Paris is one of Hollywood’s most spectacular musicals ever produced. The legendary movie will be screened in the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall, accompanied live by the NAC Orchestra, November 16-18.
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.