Symphony Nova Scotia’s first summer season will feature 13 free concerts and events throughout Halifax from July 17 to July 31.
The festivities will feature symphony musicians giving performances at various venues, including Alderney Landing Theatre, the Keshen Goodman Public Library and the Halifax Central Library’s O’Regan Hall.
Highlights include the Tall Ships Regatta Celebration on the waterfront with Natalie MacMaster, full-orchestra performances celebrating Nova Scotia with singer Reeny Smith and Mi'kmaq drummer Trevor Gould in Halifax and Dartmouth, and an afternoon tea dance with Halifax Pride at the Halifax Citadel.
The full-orchestra concerts will be conducted by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, Symphony Nova Scotia’s artist in residence and community ambassador.
“These concerts will be great summer fun for the whole family, and a chance to come together and celebrate some of Nova Scotia’s incredible music,” Bartholomew-Poyser said in a news release.
Seating is first-come, first-served.
The concert lineup includes:
Celebrate Nova Scotia
Featuring Symphony Nova Scotia, Smith and Gould, this full-orchestra event brings together Mi’kmaq chants and drumming, African-Nova Scotian songs, Acadian fiddling and new symphonic music, as well as favourites like Stan Rogers’ The Bluenose and Farewell to Nova Scotia.
July 19, 12:30 and 2 p.m. Pier 21, Rowe Hall, Halifax
July 22, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Alderney Landing Theatre, Dartmouth
July 25 and 26, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Halifax Central Library O'Regan Hall, Halifax
Schubert’s Unfinished Trout
Hear how composer Franz Schubert came to be fascinated by a trout. The Gatto Dolce Duo will perform.
July 17, noon: Keshen Goodman Public Library, Halifax
Halifax Pride Tea Dance
An afternoon of waltzes, polkas and light classics followed by disco tunes.
July 23, 1 p.m.: Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel
The Library Players Go For Baroque
Symphony musicians Max Kasper, Yi Lee and Anita Gao Lee will play trio sonatas by Corelli, Bach, Handel, Telemann and more.
July 24, noon: Woodlawn Public Library, Dartmouth
Tall Ships Regatta Celebration
Cape Breton fiddler MacMaster joins forces with Symphony Nova Scotia for a performance of down-home jigs, reels and strathspeys.
Plus, the symphony and the Elmer Iseler Singers perform a tribute to Canada 150 featuring some of the nation’s most popular songs, topped off by a finale with cannons and fireworks.
July 29, 8 p.m.: Salter Street block, Halifax Waterfront
The National Youth Orchestra (No tickets currently available)
The orchestra returns to Halifax for the first time in over a decade as part of its Edges of Canada tour. Hear 92 young musicians perform alongside indigenous Canadian artists. The program features Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and The Unsilent Project, a youth-oriented response to Truth and Reconciliation.
July 31, 7:30 p.m.: Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax