Posts Tagged ‘National Arts Centre’
It’s once in awhile that I attend a classical music concert and I’ve forgotten that I did attend a concert done by the NAC Orchestra but it was based on Sci-Fi music (go to back to Season 4′s entry). Thursday night was the first of two nights of the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s final concert of the season. I went because there was also blogger’s night and I got to meet some bloggers. Apologies with the image quality on top as it was taken before the start of the concert and it was used on the iPod touch. What was used unique about last night’s concert was that it started off with a video interview with Malcolm Forsyth telling about the creation of his composition, “A Ballad of Canada.” After the interview was the world premiere of A Ballad of Canada. My thoughts on the 25 minute musical composition brought a lot of raw emotions. There were times where the music felt epic because the themes were based on poems from lands and wars. In Flanders Fields, considered to be the most well-known poem. Overall, it was all in sheer brillance. To top it off, Forsyth was in attendance and was given tremendous applause from the crowd. It’s been in the media that he’s going through cancer and making it to Ottawa made it emotional as her daughter, Amanda Forsyth, being the principal cellist with the NACO having the family connection. After that was an intermission and then finally, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. The worse part at that time being that I shouldn’t have have drank a cold soda because I was getting sleepy but I still persevered for the 71 minutes of pure amazing music brought by the legendary composer. It’s just amazing how Beethoven created this piece as he was deaf and pulling off quite a beautiful composition. The part that finally get me alerted were the soprano and tenors. One of the sopranos being, Arianna Zukerman, Pinchas Zukerman’s daughter. What caught my ears were that they didn’t need microphones. Just beautifully sung along with the Ottawa Festival Chorus. To end it off, both programs were amazing and I never expected to go for this ever. Afterwards, the bloggers were treated with a ten minute session with Arianna Zukerman as she’s big on social media and blogging. It was nice to hear her perspective of the arts and how important to get butts in the seats. Then, we got a tour backstage of the main stage of the NAC. Photos are posted below.
Hats off to the National Arts Centre for giving myself and the bloggers a chance to experience brilliant music. It’s one of those opportunities to go for it. The irony is that I seem to be going to NAC often for 2011. It’s my fourth time. The three were The Genie Awards, Prairie Scene and the fashion show (Rip The Fab Lane 2011).
Lastly, on an unrelated note, due to the delay in posting Wednesday’s radio show on CKCU-FM, it will be provided here as well. It has been posted on my Twitter and Facebook, at least it’s finally got a place here, two days late. If you want to check the playlist while listening, it’s over at this link. To the graduating students, I decided to kick off the show with Graduation (Friends Forever) by Vitamin C.
Radio Show from June 8, 2011, press play to listen.
What I didn’t expect for May 28, 2011 was there to be a lot of activities and events. The photo from above were runners returning from their event at Ottawa Race Weekend. Aside from that, I attended two fashion shows and the worse part being that I overdressed because the weather was warm and thought that it was going to be cool. The first event I went was the I AM FASHION: RIP FAB LANE at the National Arts Centre’s Panoramic Room. I got to see a few recognizable people from the previous fashion show in March. The event got to a slightly late start but I was able to view some of the stylish clothes that the models worn on the runway. Mind you, I got occupied with taking photos and I couldn’t get a good eye on the details. Afterwards, I bolted off to The Canadian War Museum for Angie’s Models & Talent International Showcase 2011. Luckily I arrived as Angie spoke on stage to starting the showcase. I didn’t know the showcase started off with children and not realize well-known clothing brands like Gap were involved in the showcase. It was nice to see the fashion designers and models strutting their talent to impress the agents from around the continental.
Overall, it was a crazy Saturday attending two shows and not knowing the weather would be warm as Summer is approaching.
As June approaches, season six of the blog and season two on CKCU-FM will be winding down. Expect a season finale soon.
If you want to go back from a previous entry, which includes the separate audio interviews with two models from Angie’s Models, it’s at this link.
Don’t forget to browse through the photos. Apologies if I didn’t name the designers from the showcase.
Lastly, shoutouts go out to the fashion bloggers like Sincerely, Sabrina and others as I saw them at the events.
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Apologies on combining Wednesday’s radio show and The Genie Awards all in one entry. I did not want to do back to back blog entries.
March 11 update – Another apology for posting the photos late because I only had the iPad with me and the WordPress app for iOS was not keen on the formatting.
Sort of live blogging over on the iPad but it is slightly failing on me. Using Safari on the iPad to get started. It is 3:35pm and hanging at the blogger zone at The 31 Genie Awards red carpet.
Live Blogging at the Red Carpet for the 31 Genie Awards.
Almost 3:45pm and there’s not much activity happening.
4:08pm. The red carpet has started. Strombo is here.
4:13pm. I finally got to meet George Stroumboulopoulos and had a short chat with him.
4:16pm. Just saw Remy Girard of InSecurity and Alan Hawco from the CBC’s Wednesday show, Republic of Doyle. Here’s the photo with Alan Hawco.
4:30pm. Got to see Shannon Tweed, Brett Wilson (from Dragons’ Den) and Kristin Kreuk. Pictured with Wilson.
4:33pm. Gordon Pinsent just went to the Blogger Zone and said hi.
4:38pm. Gilles Ducceppe and the director of Incendie walked to the red carpet.
4:42pm. It was great to see Elliott Brood on the red carpet (photo shown).
4:50pm. The CBC head brass arrive on the red carpet.
4:54pm. Got to see the 2010 Polaris Music Prize winner, Karkwa and kindly approached us at the Blogger Zone table. Pictured with Karkwa.
4:56pm. Ottawa mayor, Jim Watson is here.
5:03pm. Just saw Roger Cross, from 24. He went through the red carpet.
5:05pm. William Shatner is now here.
5:11pm. Laureen Harper has made it to the red carpet along with the Minister of Heritage.
5:13pm. Actor, Bruce Greenwood arrived to the red carpet.
5:27pm. Looks like the celebrities have all arrived to the red carpet.
5:35pm. Don McKellar has arrived.
Done with the red carpet festivities.
In closing, I had some nerves before going to the Genie Awards but I had great fun being at the Blogger Zone table and some of the celebrities were surprised and astounded with myself and two other people. It brought a unique element as the audience is catering to a tech crowd. The press room was pretty good with Wi-Fi but there were big time glitches with the audio from the awards ceremony, but it was eventually fixed up. The afterparty was a nice setting to see as celebs mingle around and trying out foods. It was a nice experience to attend a film award.
I forgot to put a link of the Genie Award winners from any news source. Feeling a bit clumsy in leaving it out.
We Are The City Interview
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The Aidan Knight Interview
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