NAC Orchestra thanks community with free concert

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The National Arts Centre Orchestra thanked their fans for support of charity with a free concert at city hall Sunday.

The concert, called FanFair, is held every year in honour of the orchestra’s favourite charities, the Snowsuit Fund and the Ottawa Food Bank.

Hundreds turned out for the concert, which included a variety of holiday-themed tunes and carols.

Also featured was Jaeyoung Chong, a young cellist who recieved the NAC Orchestra’s 2016 bursary, as well as their Sturdevant Orchestral Excerpts Prize.

Chong, 22, immigrated to Canada from South Korea when he was eight and has played the cello ever since.

“It was a funny story, my mom was a classical music fan and she especially loved cello,” he told

“As a kid it just spoke to me,” he said.

He now studies undergrad music performance at the University of Ottawa and is in his fourth year.

Chong played a special performance for the crowd Sunday, to thunderous applause. He said he loved working with the NAC Orchestra, even just for one piece. Someday, he’d love to play with them permanently.

“That would be great, they’re such a high level,” he said. “Working together was just fantastic!”

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Jaeyoung Chong with his encased cello.



Devyn Barrie

Devyn Barrie is the editor of and its sister site He has a journalism diploma from Algonquin College and has lived in Ottawa most of his life. Twitter: @DevynBarrieNews.


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