Starting in November, 2011, the National Arts Centre will again present five jazz masterclasses connecting leading jazz faculty at the Manhattan School of Music with music students in Ottawa and New York City. The sessions, in partnership with the Manhattan School of Music, will use broadband videoconference technology to connect teachers and students in real time with high fidelity audio and video.

This is the seventh season of Manhattan on the Rideau. This year's artists will be:

An audience observes the NAC's Manhattan on the Rideau Series masterclass at the NAC's Fourth Stage . Photo ©Brett Delmage, 2010
An audience observes the NAC's Manhattan on the Rideau Series masterclass at the NAC's Fourth Stage . Photo ©Brett Delmage, 2010

The sessions will be held at the NAC Fourth Stage (Elgin at Queen) from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Seating is limited, and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

A masterclass is a one-on-one lesson in which a master musician teaches a selected student or ensemble under the watchful eyes of fellow students and members of the public. The audience can learn from the master along with the talented student in the spotlight. Each masterclass involves 2 to 3 students in succession followed by questions-and-answers.

Listen to a previous Manhattan masterclass: Theo Bleckmann with local singer Renée Yoxon.


updated 2011.09.09: corrected date to Tue. Dec 6