The National Arts Centre (NAC) had an open house on the last Sunday in September. Today I'm starting a series on the event, with an interruption or two for other posts. The Centre is home to the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Opera Lyra, companies for English and French theatre, and hosts regular concerts and visiting shows.
A Steinway piano belonging to the late Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould sits on the mezzanine level. It is still used on occasion when a solo pianist comes to perform here.
This sculpture hangs down among one of the staircases from the top floor all the way down.
A view from the top level takes in lower floors. Gould's piano can be seen on the second floor.
This massive door has the look of something out of a science fiction movie, and I wanted to photograph a section of it. There's a room beyond it- I've been inside on occasion to give blood when there's a clinic at the NAC.
This bust is of the founding conductor and music director of the NAC Orchestra, the late Mario Bernardi. It was sculpted by the artist Ruth Abernethy.
Along one of the corridors are portraits of winners of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards, given out each year to Canadians in the arts. Some of these faces will only be known to Canadians, and others much more widely. There are, by now, a lot of these portraits- here are two years worth.