To my readers south of the border, a Happy Fourth of July!
On one of the concourses inside the National Arts Centre is this wonderful grand piano with a lot of history. This was one of the pianos belonging to the great Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould, left to the NAC. Photographs of the man himself are on the walls around it, along with video footage and information. The piano remains in tune, and is occasionally played.
I paused to take photographs of portraits on the walls of a number of the top players in the NAC. Heather Moore is the artistic producer and executive director for Canada Scene. Alexander Shelley is music director and principal conductor for the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Cathy Levy is the executive director for Dance at the NAC. Kevin Loring is the artistic director for Indigenous Theatre here.
I came into Southam Hall, the largest of the performance spaces in the building. Orchestra positions and music notes were set out on the stage, though most instruments were not in place. I'll show you things from there tomorrow.
Coming up onto the stage, I paused to photograph these facts about the hall.
Here we have the notes on display for one of the items in the evening concert. You try making sense of music notes, because I can't. Regardless, I'd have enjoyed the overture.