Italian Ambassador in Ottawa, Gian Lorenzo Cornado, provided an exceptional setting for a charity concert, hosting a fundraiser for the initiatives of the Ottawa National Arts Centre (NAC) Orchestra at his residence. The orchestra gave a performance for the occasion. Tenor Fraser Rubens and baritone Gary Dahl were accompanied by pianist Judith Ginsburg and by the piano-cello duo of Silvie and Bryan Cheng. They performed music inspired by the city of Venice, including compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Antonio Lotti, Gabriel Faure', Manuel de Falla, Niccolo' Paganini,and Roberto Lovera. The funds gathered will be used to support the orchestra's initiatives, grant scholarships to young musicians, and promote musical education programmes in schools.
The charity concert is part of the cultural activities promoted by the Italian Embassy in Ottawa. More than 400 guests attended the event, including the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, Supreme Court Judge Michael Moldaver, Ottawa's Mayor, Jim Watson, representatives from Canada's diplomatic corps and from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Office.