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Ottawa Symphony Orchestra to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 9

4:44 pm in Festival News, News Release

Ottawa, October 25, 2012 – On Monday, November 26, 2012, David Currie will conduct the 100-member Ottawa Symphony Orchestra in a concert at 8:00 p.m. in Southam Hall at the National Arts Centre.

For the second concert of its 2012-2013 season, the OSO will perform Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, honouring the centennial of its premiere in Vienna, Austria, in 1912. Mahler’s Ninth set a new mark in illuminating the human condition, and is considered by some to have been the true beginning of a new century of music.

“Mahler’s personal farewell to the world, his Symphony No.9, bid adieu to Romanticism and began the Modern era,” says David Currie, Music Director for the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. “There could not have been a Schoenberg without Mahler.”

Tickets are available from the NAC Box Office and through Ticketmaster. Prices range from $26 to $71 for regular tickets, from $22 to $65 for seniors, and from $14 to $29.50 for students. A backstage tour, guided by one of the orchestra’s musicians, and a pre-concert chat will also be available to audience members before the concert. Read the rest of this entry →

Autumn Melody Collective presents Peking Opera Soirée l\’opéra de Pékin

9:25 am in Festival News, News Release

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Ottawa, ON – William Lau, an acclaimed Chinese-Canadian artist who specializes in the art of Peking Opera, will perform two renowned excerpts from the classical repertoire at the National Arts Centre 4th Stage on Thursday, October 25th at 7:30 pm. With William will be guest artists from Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and China. The program showcases magnificent costumes, extraordinary make-up, and refined performance with powerful drama. English translation and a lively introduction will further facilitate the audience’s appreciation of this unique art form rarely seen in the Capital Region.

Peking Opera is recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage. Its chief characteristic is often expressed as total theatre achieved through the complete synthesis and harmonization of singing, acting, recitation and dancing. In performance, the artist adheres to basic conventions while flexibly adapting technique to highlight artistic talent. The unique combination of realism and abstraction creates a set of sophisticated formulae embodying rich theatrical meaning. Peking Opera has had an extensive influence on modern European theatre, from Stanislavsky and Brecht amongst others.

The program on October 25th will feature two repertoires that were, at one time, banned by the Chinese government due to their content. Read the rest of this entry →

NAC names associate artistic director of English Theatre

1:59 pm in Industry News, Ottawa News

By Peter Robb, The Ottawa Citizen

The National Arts Centre has appointed Sarah Garton Stanley as an associate artistic director for its English Theatre.

Stanley has developed a reputation for development of Canadian theatre, the NAC says in a news release. She has been dramaturg on several projects with the new NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley, including her recent production of Oil and Water and the Governor General Award-winning Afterimage both from Artistic Fraud theatre company of Newfoundland.

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Handel’s Water Music live, on a pirate boat, on the canal, with video

11:56 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Peter Simpson, The Big Beat, The Ottawa Citizen

On July 17, 1717, King George I sat on a barge on the Thames and listened to the new entertainment he’d ordered up for the occasion – Handel’s Water Music, which musicians performed on an adjacent barge. The king liked his royal-command treat so much, he ordered it to be played three times. The musicians who performed Water Music while floating down the Rideau Canal on Sunday morning likely know the feeling.

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Brahms, Handel and Heavy Metal

1:33 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

What’s new and notable at Music and Beyond

By Steven Mazey, The Ottawa Citizen

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Photo courtesy of The Ottawa Citizen

A chance to hear Handel’s Water Music actually performed on water does not come along every day, so if you’re near the Rideau Canal July 8, keep your ears tuned and watch for the floating musicians.

As part of this year’s Music and Beyond festival, running Wednesday to July 15, musicians will perform the piece as Handel meant it to be heard — on a boat, starting at 9:30 a.m. and travelling from Dow’s Lake to the National Arts Centre and back over two hours.

A journey of a different kind happens at Saint Brigid’s Centre July 13, when music lovers can hear all four Brahms symphonies in one night.

Read more: Brahms, Handel and Heavy Metal

Winterlude opening to move to Ottawa from Gatineau next year

8:17 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Neco Cockburn and Chloé Fedio, The Ottawa Citizen

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Photograph by: Ashley Fraser, The Ottawa Citizen

Opening festivities at Winterlude will be moved to Ottawa from Gatineau next year as the National Capital Commission tries to cut its costs and “renew” the annual event.

Areas between the Ottawa Convention Centre, the Rideau Canal Skateway, the National Arts Centre, Confederation Park and Festival Plaza outside City Hall are to play host to the opening, which was held for the past three years at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau and featured fireworks and lighting effects over the Ottawa River.

The move comes as the NCC looks to use less of its own money for the annual festival and rely more on public and private partners to provide new activities and services that it can then promote.

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Mosaika June presentations cancelled, begin again July 6

1:05 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

Hello,

The National Capital Commission wishes to inform the public that, due to unscheduled evening sessions of the House of Commons, the June 11, 12 and 13 presentations of the sound and light show on Parliament Hill are cancelled. The summer presentation schedule for Mosaika will begin July 6.

Bonjour,

La Commission de la capitale nationale tient à informer le public qu’en raison des séances non-prévues en soirée à la Chambre des communes, les présentations du spectacle son et lumière sur la colline du Parlement du 11, 12 et 13 juin sont annulées. Le calendrier estival des présentations de Mosaika débutera le 6 juillet.

Thank you / Merci,

Denise LeBlanc
Communications Officer / Agente de communications
National Capital Commission / Commission de la capitale nationale
613-239-5750 (office/bureau)
[email protected]

Winnipeg’s “matriarch of dance\” Rachel Brown passes away

1:32 pm in Industry News

By the Ottawa Citizen

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Rachel Browne, the founder of the longest standing contemporary dance company in the country, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD), has passed away.

Known as the matriarch of the Winnipeg dance community, Browne was attending the Canada Dance Festival when she died suddenly.

She was in Ottawa to oversee a performance of students from The School of Contemporary Dancers of Winnipeg on Tuesday and to attend the performance of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers in Brent Lott’s 97 Positions of the Heart on Wednesday. Lott is the current Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (or WCD).

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Tonight and tomorrow night’s presentations of Mosaika cancelled

1:50 pm in Festival News, News Release

Canada’s Capital Region ─ The National Capital Commission (NCC) wishes to inform the public that, due to unscheduled evening sessions of the House of Commons, the June 5 and June 6 presentations of the sound and light show on Parliament Hill are cancelled. The spring presentation schedule for Mosaika is expected to resume Thursday night.

The Info-Tent, located on Parliament Hill to the right of the Centre Block and behind the East Block, remains open for visitors.

Public Information
For more information on Mosaika or other NCC programs, the public can contact the NCC at 613-239-5000 or 1-800-465-1867, TTY: 613-239-5090 or 1-866-661-3530, or visit the NCC’s website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca.

Denise LeBlanc
NCC Media Relations
613-239-5750 (office)
613-851-9465 (cellular)
[email protected]

Charles Cardinal
NCC Media Relations
613-239-5227 (office)
613-851-6924 (cellular)
[email protected]

Glenn Gould’s Steinway CD 318 to join National Arts Centre’s permanent collection

12:08 pm in Industry News

The National Post

\"GlennOne of ’s beloved pianos is set to go on permanent display at the National Arts Centre later this month.

The centre has announced that Gould’s Steinway CD 318 will be unveiled to the public on June 20.

A permanent exhibition about Gould’s career will also include the prize-winning film Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould.

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