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Warner Bros. presents-Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II. Photo by Chris Lee Photography.

Pops at the NAC takes popular music and backs it with the NAC orchestra

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier on March 11, 2019

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier. Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever).

We crowded into a full Southam Hall theatre with thousands of other Beatles fans to experience the most recent concert in the National Arts Centre’s Pop Series, Revolution: the Beatles Symphonic Experience.

We spent two hours listening to a selection of more than 30 Beatles songs including hits like Hey Jude, Let it Be and Ticket to Ride; as well as some cult favourites like Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, Flying and You Won’t See Me. Sung mostly by three vocalists–Paul Loren, Kelly McIntyre and Colin Smith–with supporting vocals by drummer Zach Jones, and backed by Ottawa’s own NAC Orchestra, the concert took the songs you know and love and makes you hear them in a whole new way.

This is not the first time we have attended a Pop Series orchestration. The series takes popular music and backs it with the NAC orchestra. Previously we have seen shows with music from classic Disney movies, Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway musicals, and a Women Who Rock series including songs from Carole King, Janis Joplin and more. We have come to know this series as a great way to hear songs you love in an experience that totally envelopes you and introduces you to songs you may have not known before.

On average, each show runs over three consecutive nights. With three shows left in the 2018/2019 season, we highly recommend fitting one of these upcoming shows into your calendar. They are great shows, especially if you have never been to one before, or if you have kids and want a fun way to introduce them to the world of orchestra music.

We have come to know this series as a great way to hear songs you love in an experience that totally envelopes you and introduces you to songs you may have not known before.

Coming up at the end of March from the 28-30 is The Wizard of Oz with Live Orchestra. You can join Dorothy’s adventure in Oz to celebrate the 80th anniversary as the NAC screens this classic film with backing from the NAC orchestra.

From June 20-22 is Cirque Goes Broadway – what is a better way to listen to your favourite Broadway hits then with it being accompanied by aerialists flying through the air! Probably the most unique part of the 2018/2019 Pop Series – it will be one you don’t want to miss.

Finishing of the season from July 5-6 is Warner Bros. Presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II where you can watch some of your favourite Looney Tunes characters in classic cartoon fun, while the original score is played live by the NAC orchestra. Can you think of a better way to introduce your kids to orchestral music or even to just let your inner child out for an evening?

Love all these options but still looking for more? Mark your calendars because on March 16 the NAC will announce the 2019/2020 season with more than 300 new performances! “Create Your Own Packages” sales (where you are able to choose four or more shows at a discounted bulk purchase rate) open to the public on May 24th, and tickets for individual show sales start on June 20th.


Tickets for the remaining season of the Pop Series shows are available online. Tickets for The Wizard of Oz with Live Orchestra range from $50.25 to $110.25. Tickets for Cirque Goes Broadway range between $58.25 to $99.25 and Warner Bros. Presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II range from $31 – $104.


 

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