The LeBreton Flats has seen Opera Under the Stars and Bluesfest so far this year, and now orchestra is moving in.
Orchestras in the Park — a three-year partnership between the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the National Arts Centre (NAC) — is bringing a series of free orchestral musical performances to the flats, starting today and running until July 22.
“The NAC Orchestra is doing two concerts, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra is doing one and l’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne is doing the final one on Sunday,” NAC communications officer Jane Morris said.
“We hope to reach a new public that we may not always get into the concert hall,” Morris said. “We will get some new people out, especially families.”
Guy Laflamme, an NCC executive, said that even if you weren’t an orchestra buff, there would still be something there for you.
Saturday’s show should add some variety to the classical sound, as Spirit of the West — a Vancouver-based folk rock group — will play along with the NAC Orchestra.
To encourage the younger crowd, Telus is sponsoring a Kids Zone, open an hour prior to the concerts, for children to learn about the various instruments and watch young people play.
“It is pretty unique,” Laflamme said. “This quality of concert with our National Orchestra performing on the edge of the Ottawa River next to the War Museum … it is definitely something not to miss.”
This year Ottawa also celebrates its 150th anniversary since being chosen as the capital and to commemorate that, some music being played is from around 1857, for example Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance.”
Admission is free and concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday nights and at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.