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Thursday, May 14, 2009

TD Canada Trust Family Adventures "Dance with the NAC Orchestra

Veronica Tennant and conductor Boris Brott co-host ĺ─˙Dance with the NAC Orchestra!ĺ─¨ the final TD Canada Trust Family Adventures concert on May 23

Ottawa (Canada) ĺ─ý Family audiences will be swept off their feet by a fantastic exploration of dance music in all its glory when former prima ballerina Veronica Tennant co-hosts ĺ─˙Dance with the National Arts Centre Orchestraĺ─¨ led by Principal Youth and Family Conductor Boris Brott in Southam Hall on Saturday, May 23 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon. Waltzes, minuets, tap, step, salsa, tango ĺ─ý youĺ─˘ll hear them all, while an array of dancers from The School of Dance move to the beat of our great NAC Orchestra. These bilingual TD Canada Trust Family Adventures are perfect for kids 5 and up and their grown-up friends.

The concert ticket includes ĺ─˙TuneTownĺ─¨, pre-concert activities in the NAC Foyer organized by Friends of the NAC Orchestra 45 minutes prior to each concert, beginning at 12:45 p.m. for the first concert and 2:45 p.m. for the second concert.

Please note that Ottawa Race Weekend will lead to street closures around the downtown area. See below for the Parking Advisory.

ĺ─˙Dance with the NAC Orchestraĺ─¨ will include musical selections from Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Swan Lake and Nutcracker, Coplandĺ─˘s Rodeo, Johann Strauss Jr.ĺ─˘s On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Bernsteinĺ─˘s West Side Story, Andersonĺ─˘s Blue Tango, and Ginasteraĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Malamboĺ─¨ from Estancio.

The ĺ─˙TuneTownĺ─¨ activities for ĺ─˙Dance with the NAC Orchestraĺ─¨ include The School of Dance providing short contemporary dance performances on the Main Lobby stage as well as stations throughout the lobby to demonstrate the ĺ─˙seven movements of danceĺ─¨; a brass instrumental ĺ─˙petting zooĺ─¨ organized by the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy; an Ottawa Public Library book display on the theme of dance; an activity station by Music for Young Children; a craft station where children can make fans which can be used in dance; and a station where children can look at and try on different types of dance shoes.

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 ĺ─˙Dance with the NAC Orchestraĺ─¨ on Saturday, May 23 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., 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 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Visit the National Arts Centreĺ─˘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

Parking Advisory

Street closures around NAC during the Ottawa Race weekend:

From 9 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2009 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2009:
Queen Elizabeth Dr. northbound (between Somerset and Laurier Bridge) from 09:00 - Traffic exiting NAC parking garage can turn right onto Laurier Ave. West
Laurier Ave. off Ramp closed onto QED

On Saturday, May 23, 2009:
Laurier Ave. (Nicholas St. to Elgin St.) 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Elgin St. (Laurier Ave. to Catherine St.) 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. (cross traffic allowed pre-race)
Elgin St. (Laurier Ave. to Wellington St.) 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. (lane closures)
Rideau St. (Elgin St. to Sussex Dr.) 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (lane closures)
Colonel By Dr. (Daly St. to Bronson Ave.) 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Queen Elizabeth Dr. (Preston St. to NAC) 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. closed from Somerset St. W. to NAC (all weekend)

Traffic exiting NAC parking garage will be redirected to Albert Street exit all-day Sat.
Drive through traffic from the Box Office will be allowed to go into the garage at Canal entrance and to exit at Albert Street.
Traffic will be permitted to cross Elgin St. at Slater and Albert except for a short period of time.
Note that parking at the World Exchange Plaza Garage on Metcalfe is free on weekends.

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