OTTAWA, July 14, 2010 — Rising pop/jazz star Nikki Yanovsky, opera superstars Michael Schade and Isabel Bayrakdarian, pianist Stewart Goodyear, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre de la Francophonie, and many other exciting Canadian artists headline Orchestras in the Park 2010.
Now in its fourth successful summer, Orchestras in the Park – presented by the National Arts Centre and the National Capital Commission – features the biggest names in pop, opera, and classical music. No matter what your taste in music, Orchestras in the Park offers something for everyone. All the concerts are at LeBreton Flats Park at 7:30 p.m. -- and they’re absolutely free. Come join us – rain or shine!
Before the concerts begin, a brass trio roaming the park will set the mood for an evening of wonderful music. Also available 90 minutes prior to each concert is the child-friendly Kids Zone. Keep the youngsters occupied blowing bubbles, colouring and drawing, checking out “Street Dancing” by The School of Dance and enjoying an instrument petting zoo provided by the Ottawa Folklore Centre. Face-painting and other musical activities are sure to keep young music lovers amused and in the mood to have fun.
“The NCC is proud to work with the NAC to present this series of outdoor orchestral concerts and to showcase Canadian musicians,” said Marie Lemay, Chief Executive Officer at the NCC. “Orchestras in the Park offer residents and visitors a great opportunity to discover Canadian musicians in a spectacular outdoor setting in the heart of the Capital.”
Christopher Deacon, Managing Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, says “Orchestras in the Park is one of the highlights of the season for the NAC Orchestra. It can be challenging to play instruments outdoors, but it is so rewarding to bring such enjoyable music to such an appreciative crowd – of all ages. We’re delighted that the crowds increase in size each year – and 2010 is going to be our best year yet. The quality of the performers is absolutely outstanding.”
The four Orchestras in the Park concerts include:
Thursday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Orchestre de la Francophonie
Jean-Philippe Tremblay, conductor
Tristan Green, host
Justine Pelletier, piano
Geneviève Couillard-Després, soprano
ANDREW STANILAND Only Darkness, an Orchestre de la Francophonie commission
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op. 58
SCHUMANN Symphony No.3 “Rhenish”
Under the baton of award-winning founding conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay, Orchestre de la Francophonie promotes Canada’s linguistic duality and forges strong cultural links between Anglophones and Francophones. But most important, the orchestra is known for simply making beautiful music. Equally at home with classical and pop repertoire, Orchestre de la Francophonie has released an album, performed with internationally known soloists and vocalists, and has given acclaimed concerts across Canada and on a hugely successful 11-city tour of China.
Friday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Opera Under the Stars
The National Arts Centre Orchestra
Edwin Outwater, conductor
Adrian Harewood, host
Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano
Lauren Segal, mezzo-soprano
Michael Schade, tenor
Phillip Addis, baritone
Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus
Thrill to some of opera’s most gorgeous and popular melodies! Sung by a spectacular all-Canadian cast, this evening features Isabel Bayrakdarian and Michael Schade, two of opera’s most blazingly popular singers. Powered by the full NAC Orchestra, this evening will transform you into an opera fan even if you don’t know Figaro from Rigoletto. Enjoy selections from Mozart’s Le nozze de Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), Bizet’s Carmen and Les pêcheurs de perles, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, and Strauss’s Die Fledermaus.
Saturday July 24, 7:30 p.m.
Nikki Yanofsky with the National Arts Centre Orchestra
Edwin Outwater, conductor
Nikki Yanofsky, vocalist
Katie Malloch, host
Time for Three, guest artists
Zachary De Pue, violin
Nicolas Kendall, violin
Ranaan Meyer, double bass
Current Canadian music 'It Girl', 16-year-old singer-songwriter Nikki Yanofsky, sells out concerts around the world – and is perfectly at home with pop, jazz, standards, and soul. Best known for her Olympic Games theme (and chart-topping pop hit) I Believe, Nikki recently released a self-titled album which demonstrates her incredible musical chops, showcasing an incredible range and stunning vocal power. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy her performing live with the NAC Orchestra!