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The National Arts Centre Kipnes Lantern on Elgin Street. Photo: NAC (Facebook)

NAC Orchestra dedicates thoughtful concerts to Ukraine on March 9-10

By Sonya Gankina on March 7, 2022

The National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) welcomes back Dalia Stasevska, an award-winning Ukrainian-Finnish conductor, to Ottawa. Stasevska will lead two concerts dedicated to the people of Ukraine this week, to send loving thoughts to her own family in Kyiv right now and to express solidarity with all Ukrainians hurt by this war. Both performances, at 8pm on March 9 and 10, will open with the Ukrainian National Anthem, in addition to the National Arts Centre wrapping its Kipnes Lantern in blue and golden yellow colours, creating a powerful display of the Ukrainian flag.

There are also Ukrainian-Canadian members of NACO whose families are affected by the war, so the dedication hits home for many. The concert soloist, Gabriela Montero, is a political activist who often uses her music and stage to shine a light on injustices in her home country of Venezuela, and she’s very well-known for her interpretations of anti-war Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor will fill Southam Hall during these powerful and meaningful concerts.

Conductor Dalia Stasevska. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre Orchestra

The feeling of hopelessness when there is a war across the ocean can be debilitating. Join us in showing support for Ukraine right here in Ottawa by giving space to Ukrainian artists to express their love and pain through music. Be present for 90 minutes. Allow this to be a beautiful display of solidarity, our community coming together, to let the music be medicine. And, keep your eyes peeled on @apt613 social media for an opportunity to win some free tickets to the concerts.

Dalia Stasevska is leading the NAC Orchestra and soloist Gabriela Montero on March 9 and 10 at 8PM in Southam Hall (1 Elgin St). Tickets to the in-person performance (March 9 and 10) and livestream broadcast (March 10 only) are available here starting at $29. A limited number of $15 tickets are available for folks under 30 years old.


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