GO Ottawa! MusicFest Canada

Sweet, Sweet Music Everywhere 
as more than 10,000 of Canada’s finest young musicians perform on downtown stages

The city is alive with the sound of music this week, thanks to the 40th annual MusicFest Canada celebration. The national event brings together more than 10,000 of Canada’s top young musicians, at three downtown venues, and you’re welcome to take in a concert – or several. Performers range in age from 12 to 25 and are drawn from the elementary, high school, college and university levels.

Spectators are encouraged to hear them perform. All adjudicated ensemble performances are open to the general public, free of charge.

Highlights include the 40th Anniversary Alumni Jazz Concert with the Nepean All-City Jazz Band and the National Youth Jazz Combo. It’s today, May 14, at 8 p.m. at the National Arts Centre. The  40th Anniversary Celebration Concert  is Friday, May 18. Hosted by former Blood, Sweat and Tears vocalist David Clayton-Thomas, it showcases the Humber College Faculty Band, Horacio Hernandez from Santana, pianist Oliver Jones and jazz vocalist Ranee Lee.

Adjudicated performances take place right through the week. Concert bands and orchestras are slated for the National Arts Centre stage, instrumental jazz is at the Lord Elgin Hotel and choral and vocal jazz performances are at Dominion-Chalmers United Church.

For details, check http://www.musicfest.ca

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