On the heels of Ottawa Bluesfest, a different kind of music will be showcased at LeBreton Flats starting tonight.
The third annual Orchestras in the Park — a four-concert outdoor festival — will allow orchestra buffs, families and newbies alike the opportunity to check out the National Arts Centre Orchestra at an unbeatable price: Free.
The festival features three NAC Orchestra concerts and one by the Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne starting at 7:30 p.m. through Sunday.
Concerts, which run 90 minutes, feature the NAC Orchestra performing Classics and Kuertis tonight, Opera Under the Stars tomorrow, Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster with the NAC orchestra on Saturday and Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne’s performance of Beethoven’s Fifths on Sunday.
“The concerts have been really successful,” said National Arts Centre Orchestra spokeswoman Jane Morris. “We had 22,000 people last year and we’re hoping to break that this year. I think this is our strongest lineup ever.”
The event not only gets the NAC Orchestra out into the community, it introduces music lovers to a new genre of music in a relaxed setting, Morris said.
LeBreton Flats is a “fantastic venue,” she added.