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NAC Orchestra to perform '80s pop tribute in 'gnarly' attire

Expect big hair, neon colours and leg warmers at the orchestra's '80s Mix Tape concerts on Jan. 9, 10 and 11.

Expect big hair, neon colours and leg warmers at the orchestra's '80s Mix Tape concerts on Jan. 9, 10 and 11

Vibrantly attired women do an aerobics workout in the 1980s. (Mike Powell/Allsport/Getty Images)

Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra is inviting the public to "relive the glory days of shoulder pads, pastel suits and big hair" at a series of three pops concerts happening on Jan. 9, 10 and 11.

Stuart Chafetz is the principal pops conductor of the Columbus Symphony. (Pat Johnson)

Guest conductor Stuart Chafetz will lead the members of the NAC Orchestra through a program of '80s pop hits including "The Power of Love," "Wake Me up Before You Go-Go" and "867-5309 (Jenny)," and they're shedding their usual black concert dress for the occasion.

"Fashion was just as quintessential to the eighties as was the music, so, we are dressing up," they explain on their website. "That's right, the Orchestra will sport bodacious throwback threads in lieu of formal black attire."

NAC Orchestra flutist Lara Deutsch is getting into the spirit. "I may not have been alive in the '80s," she posted on Facebook, "but I'm very appreciative of all the great music that came out of them."

The orchestra is also inviting the public to dress in period attire, adding, "ripped knees, mullets and leg warmers are all totally righteous!" Interested? Get more information here.