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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

J.S. Bach Meets the Great Glenn Gould at the next TD Canada Trust Family Adventures with the NAC Orchestra conducted by Boris Brott on February 9

Ottawa (Canada) - The TD Canada Trust Family Adventures with the National Arts Centre Orchestra series continues on Saturday, February 9 with J.S. Bach Meets the Great Glenn Gould at 13:30 and 15:30 in the afternoon with pre-concert activities in TuneTown beginning 45 minutes prior to each concert. Principal Youth and Family Conductor Boris Brott returns to the podium for the bilingual concerts which are perfect for kids 5 and up, and their grown-up friends. He is joined by the brilliant young Calgary pianist Jan Lisiecki, Ottawa's fiddling sensation Sarah Burnell and the Sarah Burnell Band, Stellae Boreales (SuzukiMusic senior string ensemble), organist Thomas Annand, and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys.

Johann Sebastian Bach (performed by actor Luc Thą©riault) visits the NAC Orchestra to tell you about his life and times, and of course his music. Audiences will hear musical excerpts from Bach's Magnificat, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring and the B-Minor Mass performed by the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys; the Suite No. 2 featuring flutist Camille Churchfield; as well as the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.and Concerto for Two Violins in D minor featuring Stellae Boreales. Star fiddler Sarah Burnell and her ensemble improvise on the Orchestral Suite No. 3. Jan Lisiecki, the 12-year-old piano prodigy who studies at Calgary's Mount Royal College Conservatory and has participated in the NAC Young Artists Programme, has already performed three times with the NAC Orchestra including this series, Canada Day celebrations, and the prestigious 2006 NAC Gala. He will perform Bach's Goldberg Variations as well as the Keyboard Concerto in B-flat major by Bach's son Johann Christian Bach. The concert includes a special appearance on the giant NACOtron screen by Glenn Gould, the legendary Canadian pianist and Bach specialist.

The concert ticket includes "TuneTown", pre-concert activities in the NAC Foyer organized by Friends of the NAC Orchestra 45 minutes prior to each concert, beginning at 12:45 for the first concert and 14:45 for the second concert. The activities and community partners for J.S. Bach Meets the Great Glenn Gould include short recitals by students of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association; an Ottawa Public Library book display; a demonstration of how pianos are constructed and tuned with NACO piano tuner Don Cą•tą©; a percussion demo with Music for Young Children; an info booth with the Christ Church Cathedral Men & Boys Choir; a craft station to make Bach and Glenn Gould ID tags; an instrument petting zoo with stringed instruments, and a chance for subscribers to meet "Boris the Explorer". After the concert, the audience also has the chance to meet fiddler Sarah Burnell in the Foyer.

All TD Canada Trust Family Adventures feature NACOtron presented in collaboration with Rogers Television. Five television cameras positioned on stage and in the hall capture live video images of the musicians while they are performing, and these images are projected onto a giant screen above the stage allowing the audience to watch the action in close-up.

The Ottawa Citizen is the media partner of the TD Canada Trust Family Adventures with the NAC Orchestra.

Tickets for J.S. Bach Meets the Great Glenn Gould on Saturday, February 9 at 13:30 and 15:30, including TuneTown Pre-Concert Activities, are $12.00 for children and $20.00 for adults (including GST and Facility Fee where applicable) and are on sale now at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Visit the National Arts Centre's web site at

Groups of 10 and more save 15% to 20% off the regular price of tickets to NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances. To reserve your seats call 613-947-7000 ext. 384 or email

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Jane Morris

Communications Officer/Agente de communication

National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre national des Arts

Telephone/Tą©lą©phone: 613-947-7000 x 335

Fax: 613-996-2828

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