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Alain Trudel, Music Director | Directeur artistique

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An update for spring

Dear Friends,

With the end of our 54th season on the horizon, we’re gearing up for an incredible fundraising event and our last concert which will feature the extraordinary Measha Brueggergosman. We’d like to share some good news regarding new sponsors throughout the month of May (starting with our school program today!) and keep you up to date Orchestra happenings. Read on…

Gowling WLG & the Ottawa Symphony @ School

Education is the lifeblood of the Ottawa Symphony. For many years, the city’s orchestra has prided itself on providing opportunities for young Ottawa talent to play in our orchestra, either as a member of other community organisations like the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy, or as part of the Ottawa Symphony – University of Ottawa School of Music mentorship program.

And for many years, the Ottawa symphony has also delivered music education to kids in Ottawa-area elementary schools. Previously, the orchestra’s education program invited schools to come to tailor-made concerts for young audiences. These performances focused on explaining the various roles of orchestra instruments and ensembles and seeing them “in action”. Recently, however, the foundation that has provided the principle support for the program sharpened its focus on providing opportunities to target populations with fewer prospects for cultural programming.  And with the help of the Ottawa office of law firm Gowling WLG, the Ottawa Symphony has partnered with area schools to deliver music programming customised to each school’s needs, free of charge.

This Spring, various ensembles of Ottawa Symphony musicians have been visiting underserved schools with a view to telling the story of the orchestra and how musical sections within the orchestra support and complement each other. Ensembles—made up of string, brass, wind and percussion players—play for and teach kids in grades 5-7, and visit others classes when possible.

In addition, families from Bayshore Public School were able to take advantage of the opportunity to attend our April 1st – Mahler concert; while kids from Centennial and Pinecrest Public Schools were able to attend the daytime dress rehearsal for this concert. For many kids, this was their first chance to attend a live orchestral performance.

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“I love how all of you were playing at the same time, and making music together”

- Aya, grade 5 student, Pinecrest Public School


The kids were greatly impressed by the lightning-fast playing of violin soloist Kerson Leong, and that the orchestra “played a lot of instruments”. In the notes we received, many kids stated they’d like to come back. Mission accomplished: it only takes a spark!

“Without community partners like Gowling WLG, the Ottawa Symphony simply could not continue this legacy of elementary school music education. Teachers are increasingly challenged to deliver curriculum with limited resources—including musical expertise of their own. We are proud to be able to step up—with Gowling WLG and the Anonymous Foundation—to provide music education and programming for these schools this year,” said Bob Peck, President of the Board of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.

Gowling WLG’s Ottawa Managing Partner, Wayne Warren, was responsive to the Ottawa Symphony’s call, “Our firm is proud of its connection to the local community, and we are especially enthusiastic about initiatives where we can help make a tangible impact.The OSO asked for our help to deliver an important program – a program that makes a difference in our city, and which honours the Orchestra’s history of community service in arts education. We are delighted to support the Ottawa Symphony and its continued contribution to our city’s cultural fabric.”

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27 May, 2019

We hope you’re just as excited as we are for our opera concert on May 27th. We’ll be welcoming vocalists from all over the region to join Measha Brueggergosman for a fantastic programme:

Giuseppe Verdi
La forza del destino, Overture (Sinfonia)
Il Trovatore, Act II “Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie”
La Traviata, Prelude
La Traviata, Act II "Noi siamo zingarelle" / "Di Madride noi siam mattadori"
Alfredo Catalani, La Wally, "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana"
Kurt Weill, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Moon of Alabama
John Estacio *, Bootlegger's tarantella


Giuseppe Verdi, Aida, Act II “Gloria all'Egitto” (Full version)
Georges Bizet, Carmen
Les voici! Voici la quadrille!
Jacques Offenbach, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Barcarolle
Giuseppe Verdi, Nabucco, Act III “Va, pensiero”

If you still haven’t purchased your tickets for our last concert of the season, you can do so here:

or by calling us at 613-231-7802 and pressing 1 for Box Office

We’re finishing our season this year with a bang.

Not only does our final concert of the season promise to be sublime— filled with songs about fate, self-sacrifice, and themes that still resonate even with modern audiences— we’re also hosting a fundraising event at the gorgeous OAG on May 26th.

Wondering what to expect from Oh So Opera?

We’re inviting attendees to dress up or dress down and join us for an evening of special cocktails, wine, and hors d’oeuvres provided by Jackson on the glamorous South Terrace of the new Ottawa Art Gallery.

All guests are invited to bring their own mask and participate in the fun (which will include a contest for best mask!)— but if you don't have a mask of your own, we've got you covered thanks to the generosity of SukhooSukhoo and Chapeaux de Madeleine!

The evening will include a silent auction. We don’t want to give too much away but here's a sneak peek: One lucky person could walk away with seats for la Bohème in the piazza of one of Italy’s most beautiful towns!

We will be giving away tickets to this event next week (May 6) on social media! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to participate!

Jaime Douglas