Fresh Beats And Beethoven: The NAC Presents FOCUS Festival, Beethoven Edition + GIVEAWAY

Fresh Beats And Beethoven: The NAC Presents FOCUS Festival, Beethoven Edition + GIVEAWAY | Style Domination by Dominique Baker

My love for the symphony runs deep. Seriously – it’s not just me being bougie. As a kid, I played the violin, clarinet, flute and piano. When in the eighth grade, we had a class trip to the National Arts Centre (NAC) where we all got to experience the symphony. I remember sitting there in awe listening to the huge sounds of Tchaikovsky and wondering how this one person managed to write a symphony…how he managed to write music for so many instruments that sounded so beautiful and complex together.

As an adult, I try to get to the symphony as much as I can as this music really touches the soul and inspires appreciation for the technicality of music.

Fresh Beats And Beethoven: The NAC Presents FOCUS Festival, Beethoven Edition + GIVEAWAY | Style Domination by Dominique Baker

This September, the NAC kicks off its new season with the stylish FOCUS Festival on Thursday, September 13th, which just so happens to be the Beethoven edition. This festival is a cool one that will appeal to a range of people. Why? Because the NAC will be showcasing the talents of DJ Matt Tamblyn who will be spinning tracks infused with hints of Beethoven. Can you think of a better way to get down with Beethoven’s Fifth?

The FOCUS Festival

Fresh Beats And Beethoven: The NAC Presents FOCUS Festival, Beethoven Edition + GIVEAWAY | Style Domination by Dominique BakerFresh Beats And Beethoven: The NAC Presents FOCUS Festival, Beethoven Edition + GIVEAWAY | Style Domination by Dominique Baker

FOCUS Festival is an expansive exploration of classical music with artistic direction and concept by Alexander Shelley. The NAC Orchestra dives deep beneath the surface of the music and its makers through concerts, lectures, chats, podcasts, exhibits and more. Each annual edition of FOCUS presents a unique theme or topic. While the festival has been taking place at the NAC for many years, the 2018 edition marks the first under its new banner “FOCUS”.  Want to learn more about FOCUS? Click here.

Throughout the FOCUS Festival’s full program of events, the NAC Orchestra will perform all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies. In addition, Marjo², a quirky duo of NAC musicians will perform a special program for families.

The Beethoven Series also presents a host of free experiences:

  • Post-concert musical salons reminiscent of those in Beethoven’s time;
  • Noon-hour concerts with a variety of string quartets including the GRAMMY-winning Pacifica Quartet;
  • Musically Speaking pre-concert chats;
  • Community piano marathons; and
  • A pop-up exhibit created by the Beethoven Center at San Jose University.

Fresh Beats And Beethoven: The NAC Presents FOCUS Festival, Beethoven Edition + GIVEAWAY | Style Domination by Dominique Baker

The opening night of the festival will be held on Thursday, September 13th and will take place on the NAC’s brand new terrace which is stunning! Access to the event is free and guests are welcome to purchase drinks and food during this chic 5 à 7 event.

After the 5 à 7, guests are encouraged to stay for a talk with the NAC’s Music Director Alexander Shelley, followed by the NAC’s Opening Night with Beethoven concert at 8pm. Tickets are available here.

All of you should attend – not only is supporting the arts so important, the NAC throws a helluva party! So, I’m going to make it easy. The NAC and I are giving away a pair of tickets to the opening night of the FOCUS Festival and Beethoven concert! Simply follow the contest rules below to enter. Good luck!

CONTEST DETAILS

  1. Follow both the NAC and @dominique.baker on Instagram.
  2. Tag someone in my Instagram comments that you will bring the opening night of the Focus Festival.
  3. A winner will be chosen on Tuesday, September 4th at 11:59am EST.
  4. The winner will be notified via Instagram direct message, so be sure to check your messages!
  5. Good luck and have fun!

See you at the FOCUS Festival! Good luck all!

*In collaboration with the National Arts Centre

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4 Comments

  1. Cheryl
    August 27, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    How lovely! You played all of those? Impressive! In my dreams (literal dreams) I play the piano like a maestro (LOL). I would love to take lessons. I have in the past and need to get back to that. I love the keys and acoustic guitar. On the classical music end – I went to a concert at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra some years ago and it was the most beautiful thing. I also saw Youusou N’Dore (Senegalese singer/musician) infused African concert/symphony with conductor Daniel Barenboim some years ago and wow, that was amazing.

    I am an R&B/Jazz fan mostly but nothing wrong with a little classical.

    • Dominique
      Author
      August 28, 2018 / 10:09 am

      Hi Cheryl! Thank you! Of all of those instruments, I really miss the piano. I wish I never gave it up! I love R&B and jazz too. I also listen to classical in the car too to lessen my road rage! Haha!

  2. August 27, 2018 / 11:30 pm

    This is sooo cool! I loved how you played all those instruments. I learnt the piano but left it alone besides if rather sing. I’m here for it. This is definitely an event that is more than necessary in the city. Crossing my fingers, I hope I win!

    • Dominique
      Author
      August 28, 2018 / 10:08 am

      Hi Sandy! I really miss the piano. That’s the only instrument I wish I kept up with. Good luck with the contest!! xo

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