Molly Johnson at the NAC Studio. ©Brett Delmage, 2013
Molly Johnson at the NAC Studio. ©Brett Delmage, 2013

The National Arts Centre Orchestra will host Canadian crooner Matt Dusk for Christmas.

On December 19, Dusk and the orchestra will present a concert of well-known holiday tunes, including "Silent Night", "Little Drummer Boy", and "Winter Wonderland". They will be joined by Juno-award-winning jazz vocalist Molly Johnson, who was last at NAC in 2013, and by the Ottawa Choral Society.

Dusk is up for a Juno this year for his album, My Funny Valentine – The Chet Baker Songbook, which features an eighty-piece orchestra and special guests Arturo Sandoval, Guido Basso, and Emilie-Claire Barlow. He has released four albums, one of which, Two Shots, went gold in Canada. Dusk is an alumnus of the St. Michael’s Choir School and studied under jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson at York University.

Johnson has released five jazz albums; she was nominated for four Junos for best Vocal Jazz Album, and won for Lucky in 2009, She also received the 2009 National Jazz Award for Best Female Vocalist.

She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, recognized both for her music and her charitable work raising funds for people living with HIV/AIDS. She also hosts the weekend early morning program on CBC Radio 2.

The concert is part of the orchestra's 2014-15 season, which it announced today. This season, the orchestra performed three nights with Canadian jazz vocalist Denzal Sinclaire in a tribute to Nat King Cole. Local jazz singer Kellylee Evans also presented a Christmas show.

The NAC will also continue its Casual Fridays program next season, with three classical concerts being preceded by hour-long sets by local jazz artists. The jazz groups include:

  • the Zakari Frantz Quartet (January 30, 2015)
  • the Craig Pedersen Quartet (March 13, 2015)
  • the Clayton Connell Trio (May 15, 2015)

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