My wife and I have purchased season tickets in the past to the NAC Pops series, and it can get a tad expensive once you add in 6 shows, babysitter, sometimes dinner, sometimes parking, etc. Plus, honestly, it’s a heavy commitment at times. You don’t “pop” out for quick listen, it’s a full evening, requires planning etc. Fun, but not like going to a movie on the spur of the moment.
This year we opted for a smaller subscription, just four shows, and we aren’t in the same seats for every show. Which may turn out to be fun since we’ll get to try all different kinds of seating across the newly renovated NAC.
Saturday night was our first outing, and it was an 80s night. Basically the orchestra plus two singers working their way through the hits. It sometimes seems odd, since if you love the orchestra, you miss out on some of the performance because the singers are over-riding it. » Read the rest
As mentioned before, my wife and I have tickets for the Pops series at the National Arts Centre. Six times a year, we head out to listen to the brilliant NAC orchestra play everything from Big Band to Broadway, from golden oldies to current pop, and from classic cinema to modern soundtracks. It’s an eclectic group of shows, and it keeps it a bit more lively than two or three pieces by Mozart in the Classic series (which we also enjoy, just different). The Pops series is a little lighter fare.
Now, note that orchestral treatments of some of the material is sometimes challenging. Not musically, that’s relatively straightforward. But first they have the challenge of an orchestral treatment adding anything to the performance — often times it’s good music, but you end up just hearing the singer, not the amazing musicians behind them, unless there is a special solo or instrumental section. » Read the rest
Do you know the classic cliché that says, “I don’t know art but I know what I like”? That’s me attending an orchestra performance. I have never taken music (except things like ukelele or the recorder in school), I play no instruments, I can’t read sheet music. I’m not even well versed in Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, and if truth be told, my favorite classical piece is Beethoven’s 5th, which dooms me to the dustbin of the pop-version of classical music, not “real” classical according to the experts. For me, it has to be accessible, and so my wife and I have tickets to the Canadian National Arts Centre orchestra “Pops” series.
It’s not a cheap investment, generally running about $65 a ticket for six shows for two people (I’ll let you do the math). Add in a babysitter, and it makes for six date night outings that we plan for and generally use as our formal outings for the year i.e. » Read the rest