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Oh So Opera
Sunday 26 May 2019
5:30-7:30 pm

South Terrace and Sky Lounge | OAG - Ottawa Art Gallery | 50 Mackenzie King Bridge

Oh So Opera – a fundraising cocktail to benefit the Ottawa Symphony

We think music makes the world a better place. That’s why, for over 50 years, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra has been nurturing rising musical stars while bringing together passionate music lovers to collectively enjoy the best of the music world, at home. By attending this styling cocktail event, you are supporting our city’s own professional orchestra that brings you soaring opera arias, grand romantic repertoire, and the gathering of like-minded music lovers.

Guests will receive a charity tax receipt from the Ottawa Symphony for a portion of their ticket price. See below for more.

Oh So … Draw!

Guests who have purchased a ticket to Oh So Opera will be entered into draws* to win:

  • Two tickets to Opéra de Montréal’s season opener, Eugene Onegin (September 2019), plus complimentary drinks in the Donor’s Circle. Step out and experience opera, Montréal style! (a $325 value)

  • One three-month subscription to Savvy Company Cool Curds – Canadian Artisan cheese-of-the-month club featuring cheeses selected by Savvy’s Cheese Sommelier. These cheeses are not generally available at retail. Fromage, delivered straight to your door! (a $250 value)

  •  A complimentary wine tasting for up to 8 people at Hinterland Wine Company, producers of premium sparkling wine in Prince Edward County. Sip, sip hurrah! ($100 value)

  •  Plus, tickets to Ottawa Symphony concerts in the 2019-20 season (a $120 value per pair)

    *one prize per ticket

Oh So … Photos!

Guests will have the opportunity to be in a group photo taken professionally by Richard Tardiff with our very special guest, Measha Brueggergosman. Smile for the camera and make it an evening to talk about!

Oh So … Etiquette!

  • Don’t be intimidated, masks are not de-rigeur, just for fun! We’ll have masks on-hand if you want to try, or if you’re shy, have a glass of Hinterland sparkling wine, relax, and watch the drama unfold!

  • This is your chance to put on your best gown, if that’s your thing. Frank Sukkoo of Sukkoo Sukkoo and Madeleine of Les Chapeaux de Madeleine will ensure there’s some serious stylin’ goin’ on.

  • Cocktails, wine, and hors d’oeuvres from the OAG’s Jackson Restaurant will keep you busy between photos, the silent auction, and more.

 More musical surprises await – grab a ticket, and don’t be late!

Oh So … Auction!

Guests can also bid on fabulous prizes in our silent auction of coveted items and unique experiences generously donated by local businesses and individuals, including:

  • Tea and scones for you and 5 friends, after a tour of Earnscliffe, the Official Residence of the British High Commissioner to Canada.

  • Tickets for two to La Bohème, in a Renaissance piazza in Pienza, deep in the Tuscan countryside, head south of Siena…and enjoy drinks on a private terrazza while there, too!

  • Enjoy a weekend for two in a private retreat in fashionable Yorkville (Toronto).

  • Who doesn’t love ice cream? You and 3 friends will work with an ice cream professional at Merry Dairy, invent your own symphonic flavour and take some home. Puccini Peach? Raspberry Rachmaninoff?

  • Learn to cook…like a Cordon Bleu chef! Grab your toque and a friend and enjoy a weekend cooking course. By Sunday, dinner’s on you.

  • Cin cin! Two superlative bottles of vino Toscano. Si, grazie!

  • Get that just-coiffed look with a blow-dry from Salon 130.

  • Jacobson’s Gourmet Concepts will fill a gift basket with only the finest products for you to enjoy. Make it a picnic outside, or in your own home. No rain date needed.  

  • Delight in a sumptuous five-course dinner for 10 with cocktails and wine at the heritage home of Gerry Ariel and Peter Frayne.

  • 4 tickets to Savvy Company’s 2nd Annual Craft Cider Celebration (July 18, 2019, Canadian Food and Agricultural Museum). It’ll be cider-ific!

  • Enjoy Champagne cocktails and front row seats for you and 9 friends at your own fashion show, with Sukhoo Sukhoo, Ottawa.

  • A stunning artwork can be yours, from Greek-Canadian artist, Susie Mouroukas, whose fearless use of colour and detail bring cheer and happiness to all those who admire her work. 

  • Work off that Champagne with a 6-month membership at True Form Fitness.

  • Enjoy a personalized tour of the National Gallery of Canada for 10 of your best Canadian art fiends!

  • Be inspired to throw your own dinner party: Enjoy a signed copy of a cookbook by Margaret Dickenson, Ottawa’s own maven of fine food and entertaining.

  • Chez Gauthier? Pourquoi-pas! Join host François Gauthier for his Sunday morning radio show on 94.5 UniqueFM. Share what inspires you in the world of classical music.

* Silent auction items are subject to change.


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Note: a partial tax receipt will be issued within 1 month of the event. We anticipate the amount to be approximately $100 per regular ticket and $75 per early bird ticket.

* News will be shared through our special mailing list, regular mailing list, and through social media. Make sure you’re subscribed to one of these channels!