Violins, drums, clarinets, trumpets and other orchestral instruments may not always be the most common musical sounds our kids hear or even ask us to listen to, but live orchestral music evokes emotion and a love for music, and there are ways to introduce your kids to the sounds of orchestra music in a family-friendly environment.
Ottawa is fortunate enough to have an amazing popular orchestra that works to provide accessible and current performances to audiences. The Ottawa Pops Orchestra is a community orchestra and has multiple performances throughout the year that we know families will love. These musical shows will thrill audiences with live music and video projections to accompany the music, enticing the music lovers to feel even more connected.
Upcoming Shows & Dates
You’ll want to mark your calendars and even click out to buy tickets ASAP. Some of these are going to sell fast!
First up is Harry’s Musical World! This evening performance on November 8 (and a matinee performance on November 9) will be most intriguing for all of the Harry Potter fans in the city as music from the Wizarding World is featured!
Next up will be another hugely popular, kid-centric (and young at heart) performance. Your gamer child will love listening to the music featured in the Video Game Symphony. Everyone who recognizes the popular music of Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and more will want to head out on this journey. Will Super Mario make an appearance? Mark your calendars for March 21 at 7 pm (note: This is at the very end of March Break!)
Finally, the last event of the season will be Pops on Broadway! on May 16th. During a 2:30 pm matinee performance, you’ll all be tapping your toes and wanting to sing along to some popular Broadway tunes performed by the orchestra. This one has a twist because not only will there be the orchestra music but soloists will join in to sing your favourite Broadway tunes. There’s a variety of shows covered like Les Miserables, Hamilton, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and more!
A few things to note about Ottawa Pops Orchestra
The performances are hosted in French and English, and all of them take place at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe Theatres (near Ben Franklin Place). Parking is free at Centrepointe Theatres and there is a cash bar/drink area for refreshments during intermission. Ticket prices range from $25 to $50. The shows are about 2 hours in length.
In addition, if you are interested in seeing all three shows, you can purchase a subscription for added savings. These can be purchased easily online.
Don’t miss out on any of these live shows featuring talented orchestral music, pop culture tie ins, and an evening, or afternoon, of fun for the entire family! Visit the Ottawa Pops Orchestra website or Facebook page for more information about upcoming events or to purchase your tickets.