In late January, the National Arts Centre tabled its annual report, entitled A World of Performance, in Parliament. It’s a positive report from this keystone institution, portraying a high level of international activity (including the NAC Orchestra’s three-week China Tour that included eight concerts and 80 education events in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Fuling, Tianjin, Beijing and Shanghai) and the most successful year to date for the NAC Foundation, which raised more than $8.9 million to support performance, creation and learning. That figure includes $1.3 million to support the China Tour – an extraordinary amount for a Canadian orchestral tour.
Digital media played a major role in the orchestra’s national and international dissemination efforts, too, with NAC-produced podcasts delivering particularly strong results: in August, Explore the Symphony/L’Univers symphonique hosted by Jean Jacques Van Vlasselaer and NAC Orchestra bassist Marjolaine Fournier surpassed 1 million downloads from music lovers around the world. To date, more than 4.5 million NAC podcasts have been downloaded, with approximately 2,700 podcasts downloaded every day from around the world.