Local NYO Alumni:
The NYO returns to the National Arts Centre to perform their second concert of their Edges of Canada tour on July 22nd. Built in 1969, the NAC is one of the largest performing arts centres in the entire country at 1,158,000 sq feet that features four dedicated performance halls within the centre. The largest, Southam Hall, is the space where the NYO will perform this summer.
While the NAC has received numerous awards since opening (including being named one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada by the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada in 2000), the centre is currently in the midst of a $220 million renovation with an aim to be ready for the upcoming Canada 150 celebrations. Focal points of the renovation include a 70,000 square foot expansion, a glass exterior to the centres atrium, and extensive improvements to Southam Hall.
In order to make the hall more accessible to all Canadians, 250 seats were removed from Southam Hall to accommodate new middle aisles on the ground floor. Additionally, new acoustic materials were added to the hall to provide audience members with a greater sense of intimacy between them and the performers. With these renovations, Southam Hall has been raised up to international contemporary standards and will be regarded as the most presitigous concert hall in the nation.