Lots to do on kids-free Ottawa dates

This panel, from Canadian pilot Eric Ohman’s story, shows the moment when he was forced down by five German airplanes.

This panel, from Canadian pilot Eric Ohman’s story, shows the moment when he was forced down by five German airplanes.

Deadly Skies – Air War, 1914–1918 at the Canadian War Museum

Have you seen Deadly Skies – Air War, 1914–1918? It’s an innovative and intriguing exhibition at the Canadian War Museum. This show goes beyond the dogfights and uses a large-scale graphic novel format to immerse visitors in the compelling, true experiences of nine individuals, both military and civilian, from both sides of the conflict.
“The First World War represented the first large-scale use of aircraft in warfare,” says Stephen Quick, director general of the Canadian War Museum. “Each side tried to control the skies to ensure victory on the ground, and by the end of the war, it had become an integral part of any military strategy, particularly aerial reconnaissance.
Deadly Skies reveals some surprising insights into what was a brand new form of warfare through nine dynamic, fascinating stories.”
These stories are divided into four themes: training, observation, bombing, and aerial combat. They’re also complemented by more than 80 artifacts. The show runs to January 29.

Brooke Johnson stars in Trudeau Stories. Photo by R. Kelly Clipperton

Brooke Johnson stars in Trudeau Stories. Photo by R. Kelly Clipperton

GCTC presents Trudeau Stories

Back in 1985, when Brooke Johnson was a student at the National Theatre School in Montreal, she made friends with a politician, one who had served as prime minister for about 15 years. He was none other than Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

Fast forward three decades, to a time when there’s another Trudeau in the PMO, and Trudeau Senior remains an unforgettable Canadian figure. And Brook Johnson’s Trudeau Stories, “a remarkable play about a surprising friendship…” promises to be a compelling live show. It’s onstage at the Great Canadian Theatre Company through January 29.

Via recollection, correspondence and journal entries, the playwright-performer presents a personal look at a man who, for a time, had a celebrity-style impact that was dubbed Trudeaumania. Since it premiered in Toronto in 2007, Trudeau Stories has beguiled audiences and wowed critics across the Canada. GCTC performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, with Saturday performances at 4 and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. See gctc.ca.

Sister-City Orchestras in Unique Concert

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Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, February 12, there’s a unique musical celebration for Canada’s 150th anniversary. Select musicians from the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra will join the internationally acclaimed Beijing Symphony Orchestra for this special concert at 3 p.m. at the NAC’s Southam Hall. Program selections include Brahms’ timeless Violin Concerto, the grandeur of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel), as wells as an original contemporary composition by Chinese composers Lu Zheng and Hongye Ma.

This event marks the first partnership between the Ottawa Symphony and Beijing Symphony. It’s the latest in a series of cultural, educational and administrative exchanges that have built upon the sister-city connection between Ottawa and Beijing established in 1999.

The Ottawa Symphony musicians who’ve been invited to play represent some of Ottawa’s top homegrown talent. They’ll be present in all sections of the orchestra including strings, winds and brass.

Founded in 1977, Beijing Symphony Orchestra is one of China’s preeminent performance ensembles. Its Ottawa performance will be under the baton of internationally recognized Chinese guest conductor Muhai Tang, who has made recent guest appearances with Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony.

Performing more than 80 concerts each season, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra’s extensive repertoire and unique Chinese style have helped make it one of China’s cultural institutions.

At the same time, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra’s roots date back 115 years, almost as far as Confederation. Led by artistic director Alain Trudel, the OSO is known for performing contemporary Canadian music and placing particular focus on Ontario composers. The Ottawa Symphony also often collaborates with other local organizations, such as the Ottawa Choral Society, the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, and the University of Ottawa.

Tickets for the February 12 performance start at $29 and are available now at the NAC Satellite Box Office (54 Elgin St; Mon-Fri 9-9, Sat 10-9), by phone with Ticketmaster 1-888-991-2787 or online at ticketmaster.ca.

Chinese guest conductor Muhai Tang.

Chinese guest conductor Muhai Tang.

 

 

 

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