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Beethoven Piano Marathon 2

The music that Beethoven composed for the piano is still such a favourite with young musicians that it is worthy of a marathon! This family-friendly piano marathon will see beginner and intermediate level pianists tickle the ivories to the tune of their favourite Beethoven work. Drop in at your leisure or stay for the entire […]

Beethoven Piano Marathon 1

Did you know that Beethoven started off as a pianist? His deafness prevented him from pursuing a career as a pianist, but as a composer, he wrote 32 beautiful piano sonatas. In fact, they are so beautiful, that we are giving them their own piano marathon! Senior-level music students from the Ottawa-Gatineau Region will deliver […]

Free Family entertainment : Ludwig van Cranky Pants

Looking at a bust of Ludwig van Beethoven, the Marjo² are puzzled by his angry expression and decide to go out on a journey to discover what made him appear so gloomy. Take out your bows and get ready for a most surprising musical investigation! Theatre meets concert in this quirky, comical performance featuring the […]

Free Noon Hour Concerts

Make the most of your noon hour by strolling over to the NAC to take in a relaxing concert of chamber music. The Focus Festival brings you six noon-hour concerts, one for every weekday of the 10-day festival and each one presenting a choice of Beethoven String quartets. Taking place at the Glass Thorsteinson Staircase, the stunning […]

Free Post-concert event : Musical Salons

It’s a time warp back to the 19th century! In Beethoven’s era, folks used to gather ‘round at home, where the flicker of a candle and a musical instrument was all that was need for an evening of merrymaking. Friends and family would play music, laugh and drink into the wee hours. Our post concert musical salons take you back […]

Beethoven Pop-up Exhibit | Exposition contextuelle Beethoven

Our Beethoven Pop-up Exhibit invites you to stroll through our gorgeous public spaces, where you will find pop-up info-stations placed throughout. Each info-station contains facts and images about Beethoven’s life and work. The pop-up exhibit will be on-site for the duration of the FOCUS festival. – Créée par le Beethoven Centre au San Jose State University, notre exposition […]

Concert Review: Trio Grand-Duc

Alex Binkley: “Trio Grand-Duc is a relative newcomer to [the scene] but if their performance at MacKay United Church is any indication of their potential, the three young musicians have a brilliant future ahead.”