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Touring History 1969 to 2003

  • Over its 32-year history, NACO has toured 66 times (Canada 38 times, USA 24 times, Europe 5 times, Japan and Israel once each), an average of two tours per year.
  • The Orchestra's most prestigious international tours include the 3 European tours undertaken in 1990, 1995, and 2000, the 1980 performance at the United Nations in New York City, and frequent appearances at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
  • Its longest tour ever was the 32-city, 7-week Canadian Celebration Tour in 1992 for the 125 th anniversary of Canada's confederation.
1969 October NAC Orchestra gives its inaugural concert in Ottawa and makes its first tour to Quebec
1970 May Southern Ontario
  July New Hampshire, U.S.A.
1971 January Northern Ontario
March Western Canada
June Quebec
November Northern Ontario
1972 February Lincoln Center, New York City
  April Southern Ontario
1973 February Atlantic Canada
April Southern Ontario
May/June First European tour: Europe and the USSR. Concerts in London, Bath, Warsaw, Rome, Venice, Versailles, Moscow, Leningrad
November Southern Ontario and North Eastern
U.S.A. including Washington, D.C.
1974 March Alberta and Saskatchewan
  November Quebec
  December North Eastern U.S.A. including Carnegie Hall, New York City
1975 February/
Mid-Western U.S.A. and Mexico, including Mexico City
May/June Atlantic Canada
October Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. in honour of American Bicentennial
1976 March North Eastern U.S.A. including Carnegie Hall, New York City

North Eastern Ontario and North Western Quebec

1977 February Western Canada
1978 April Second European Tour: Italy and West Germany with concerts in Rome, Palermo, Berlin
  November Western Canada
1979 May Atlantic Canada
October North Eastern U.S.A. including Carnegie Hall, New York City
1980 April Western Canada
  October United Nations General Assembly, Carnegie Hall, New York City
  November Quebec
1981 June Detroit, Michigan
October North Eastern U.S.A., including Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center
1982 April/May Western Canada
  December Carnegie Hall, New York City
1983 May Atlantic Canada
1984 April Carnegie Hall, New York City
  May Western Canada
  July Ann Arbor, Michigan for "A Salute to Canada" Arts Festival
  November North Eastern USA including Boston
1985 July Ann Arbor, Michigan
September First Asian Tour to Japan and Hong Kong
1986 February Atlantic Canada
  April/May North Eastern U.S.A. including Boston, Washington, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York (Avery Fisher Hall)
  September Northern Ontario and Quebec
1987 April Kennedy Center, Washington, Carnegie Hall, New York City, Notre Dame Cathedral, Montreal
October Quebec including Drummondville, Chicoutimi and Baie Comeau
1988 January/
Northern Ontario and Western Canada including North Bay, Elliot Lake, Thunder Bay, Winkler, Saskatoon, Lethbridge, Banff, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria
  November Atlantic Canada including Labrador City, St. John's, Gander, Corner Brook, Sydney, Halifax, Wolfville, Sackville, Fredericton, Charlottetown
1989 April Peterborough, Lindsay, Guelph and New York (Carnegie Hall)
June Toronto - Roy Thomson Hall, as part of the 1989 International Choral Festival
1990 January/
United States Tour including Miami, Sarasota, Naples, Palm Beach, St. Petersburg, Daytona and Orlando, Florida; Clemson, South Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center; West Point, New York and New York City at Carnegie Hall.
Third European Tour: Germany, Denmark, Wales and England with concerts in London, Berlin, Leipzig, Bonn, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich, Copenhagen, Swansea and Cardiff.
1991 May Toronto - Roy Thomson Hall
1992 March-May Canadian Celebration Tour 1992 in honour of Canada's 125th birthday: 32 cities from coast to coast - the most extensive tour ever undertaken by a Canadian Orchestra.
  November Carnegie Hall, New York City
1993 March Southern Ontario
June Toronto: Roy Thomson Hall
November Toronto: North York Performing Arts Centre - the first Orchestra to perform in the Recital Hall.
1994 April/May Toronto: North York Performing Arts Centre
1995 February Fourth European Tour: Austria, Germany, March France, Eastern Europe and Great Britain, with concerts in Vienna, Ljubljana, Budapest, Warsaw, Paris, Hamburg, Braunschweig, Bielefeld, Hannover, Stuttgart, Heilbronn, Regensburg, Newcastle, Leeds and London.
October Washington DC: Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater
1996 February Eastern United States Tour: Palm Beach, FLA, March Williamsburg, VA, Greenville, SC, Durham, NC, Fairfax, VA, and New York City at Lincoln Center
1999 October The Canada Tour: Kingston, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Quebec City, Fredericton, Halifax, Toronto (March 2000)
2000 October Tour 2000: Fifth European Tour, and first visit by the Orchestra to the Middle East: Tel Aviv, Amman (postponed), Pistoia, Osnabruck, Cologne, Berlin, Braunschweig, Hanover, Bielefeld, Regensburg, Lucerne, Locarno, Paris, Birmingham, Glasgow.
2002 November Chicago, IL
November Atlantic Canada Tour: St. John's, Halifax, Moncton, Charlottetown, Saint John, Toronto
2003 November United States and Mexico Tour: Monterrey, Guanajuato, Mexico City, New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, Miami, Pholadelphia, Greenville SC, Ithaca NY.
2004 November British Columbia Tour (Canada): Burnaby, Comox, Coquitlam, Kelowna, Kispiox, Nelson, Richmond, Smithers, Terrace, Vancouver, Vernon, Victoria, Winlaw
2005 November Alberta and Sasketchewan (Canada): Regina, Prince Albert, Humboldt, Saskatoon, Medicine Hat, Grande Prairie, Calgary, Red Deer, Banff, Edmonton, Spruce Grove , Stony Plain.