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Canadian recorder player Matthias Maute has a “rare virtuosity” that ranks him among “the finest of today’s players” (Washington Post). Matthias joins Symphony Nova Scotia for an energetic display of virtuoso agility in Vivaldi’s Recorder Concerto, alongside a performance of Telemann from our orchestra’s own virtuoso Renaud Lapierre. Plus, hear Matthias lead the orchestra in highlights from Handel’s beloved Water Music and Bach’s Suite no. 3, including the achingly beautiful Air (transcribed as Air on the G String), one of the most famous pieces of baroque music ever written.

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THE MUSIC OF QUEEN

Friday February 12, 2016 – Sunday February 14, 2016

We Are the Champions. Another One Bites the Dust. Who Wants to Live Forever. Bohemian Rhapsody. Somebody to Love. We Will Rock You. Seven years after our first sold-out Queen concerts, Symphony Nova Scotia once again teams up with the Jeans ‘n Classics band and the Soundtrax choir to host a show-stopping, spine-tingling salute to one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

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2 Pianos 4 Hands

Tuesday February 16, 2016 – Sunday March 6, 2016

Two men. Two pianos. One dream. Two men tickle the ivories and strive for greatness in this comic musical memoir. Childhood friends Ted and Richard spend years chasing the same goal: concert pianist stardom. Featuring music from Bach and Beethoven, to Janis Joplin and Billy Joel, two actors, two pianos, and dozens of characters grace the stage in this hilarious story about the triumphs and tortures of chasing your dreams.

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Big Day Downtown

Wednesday February 17, 2016

Once per month, Downtown Halifax businesses will be buzzing with exciting specials, events, and promotions.

Post or tweet a photo of how you're spending YOUR #BigDayDowntown and you will be entered in ONE of TWO draws for a $200 Downtown Halifax Pre-Paid Visa gift card!

(Draws will take place 3pm on the day of Big Day Downtown, and one will be drawn the following morning). Find a list of all participating businesses below. Be sure to check back for updates and new additions.

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ANDRÉ LAPLANTE PERFORMS TCHAIKOVSKY

Thursday February 18, 2016

André Laplante is one of Canada’s great piano virtuosos – a multi-award-winning, internationally acclaimed “tour de force” who ranks “among the master pianists” (The Globe and Mail). Now, André makes his first-ever Symphony Nova Scotia appearance with Tchaikovsky’s sensational Piano Concerto. By turns grandiose, tender, stormy, graceful, and explosive, this masterwork remains one of the best-known and best-loved piano concertos of all time.

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Our orchestra travels to Wolfville for our annual performance at Acadia University’s Performing Arts Series. This time, we present the Four Seasons – Vivaldi’s most famous creation, and one of the most beloved works from the entire Baroque period. Symphony Nova Scotia’s former Concertmaster Robert Uchida, currently with the Edmonton Symphony, leads the orchestra on a musical journey through Vivaldi’s glorious Spring, tempestuous Summer, meandering Autumn, and stormy, sparkling Winter. Plus: hear Baroque powerhouses from Purcell, Bach, and Pachelbel – including the iconic Canon, one of the most recognizable pieces of music in the world.

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Join us Friday, Febuary 26th from 6-9pm for Propeller Brewing Company's Prop'r Cask Night. We have partnered with The Other Bean & Rinaldo's Italian American Specialties for a Mash Up of culinary delights.

Prop’r Cask Nights are casual and intimate events that allows our brewers to get creative and celebrate traditional brewing methods. They're also chance for us to share a glass of our latest creation with our friends, supporters, local community and fellow beer lovers.

One of our brewers will unveil and lead the ceremonious tapping of the cask at approximately 6:30pm and will be around to answer all your questions about unfiltered, unpasteurized cask-conditioned beer.

For those who have not been to the brewery before, this is a great chance to meet the folks behind the scenes and enjoy some great Nova Scotia Craft Beer.

** Cask Night includes a sampling our brands, a taste of the Cask and an appetizer selection from a great local restaurant.

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THE FOUR SEASONS WITH ROBERT UCHIDA

Saturday February 27, 2016 – Sunday February 28, 2016

The Four Seasons is Vivaldi’s most famous creation, and one of the most beloved works from the entire Baroque period. Symphony Nova Scotia’s former Concertmaster Robert Uchida, currently with the Edmonton Symphony, returns “home” to lead the orchestra on a musical journey through Vivaldi’s glorious Spring, tempestuous Summer, meandering Autumn, and stormy, sparkling Winter. Plus: hear Baroque powerhouses from Purcell, Bach, and Pachelbel – including the iconic Canon, one of the most recognizable pieces of music in the world.

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Luc Therrien, piano

Sunday February 28, 2016 at 2:00pm

Jean-Luc Therrien, a young pianist in his early twenties and third-prize winner at the Canadian Music Competition’s Stepping Stone 2014, will present audiences with a diverse array of preludes. With a range of styles and sounds – from preludes of bygone days, such as those of Rameau and Debussy, to those of more contemporary composers, such as Nino Rota – these brief pieces are sure to delight. Performed with skill and sensitivity by one of Canada’s most promising young pianists, this concert presents a cavalcade of concise yet expressive works.

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2016 Garrison Home Brew-Off

Thursday March 3, 2016 at 7:00pm

Home brewers, start your kettles... Our 6th Annual Home Brew-Off is right around the corner!

Once again Garrison has partnered with the gang at The Noble Grape to showcase the talents of our local home brewers. Selected by BJCP Certified Judges, the Gold Medal winner will be invited to join our brewmaster Daniel Girard in brewing a full-sized batch of their recipe for packaging and release as a limited edition seasonal beer.

The 2016 style is Experimental American IPA, the American IPA character should come through in aroma and flavour; however there should be an experimental aspect use of herbs, teas, etc. It should not be a speciality IPA.

The public can attend the Gala & Award Ceremony on March 3 at 7pm.

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German virtuoso pianist Leonie Rettig is “an extremely talented, wonderful player,” says Maestro Gueller, with an “overwhelming sonic aura” and a “golden sound” (Der Teckbote). Leonie makes her Canadian debut with Ravel’s breathtaking Piano Concerto in G, a fantastically colourful work famed for its brilliant melodies and heartbreaking slow movement. Then, the orchestra performs Beethoven’s Second Symphony, brimming with energy and temperament.

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THE CELTIC TENORS

Friday March 11, 2016 – Sunday March 13, 2016

With more than a million albums sold worldwide and a tireless international touring schedule, The Celtic Tenors are a global singing phenomenon. Blending Irish roots with classical training, operatic expertise, and a polished, harmonious sound, these three virtuoso tenors present an exhilarating concert experience that melds together classical, opera, folk, Celtic, and pop. Don’t miss these star entertainers in their first-ever performance with Symphony Nova Scotia.

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Seven Strings A Secret

Sunday March 13, 2016 at 7:00pm

"One string sorrow, two stings joy ... " Explore the emotional and tonal range of classical stringed instruments starting with Bach and building to a moving climax.

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Big Day Downtown

Wednesday March 23, 2016

Once per month, Downtown Halifax businesses will be buzzing with exciting specials, events, and promotions.

Post or tweet a photo of how you're spending YOUR #BigDayDowntown and you will be entered in ONE of TWO draws for a $200 Downtown Halifax Pre-Paid Visa gift card!

(Draws will take place 3pm on the day of Big Day Downtown, and one will be drawn the following morning). Find a list of all participating businesses below. Be sure to check back for updates and new additions.

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Shrek the Musical

Tuesday March 29, 2016 – Sunday May 29, 2016

Beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre. Based on the film that started it all, this Tony Award-winning musical brings everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage! In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, an unlikely hero shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Add in a chatterbox donkey, a spunky cookie, a short prince with a short temper, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got a twisted fairy tale full of laughs. Featuring all-new songs and amazing dance numbers, Shrek -The Musical is fun for the entire family!

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La Otra Orilla

Wednesday March 30, 2016 at 7:00pm

In the world of flamenco, La Otra Orilla is at the vanguard of a movement that’s introducing a resolutely contemporary edge to this time-tested form. Dancer/Choreographer, Myriam Allard, and singer/director, Hedi “El Moro” Graja, have developed a style that seamlessly marries dance, music, voice, theatre, and humour into work that resonates with fresh, poetic charm while delivering all of the form’s trademark fiery passion. Impeccable dance & music with delightfully refined visuals; Moi & Les Autres will thrill both contemporary dance and flamenco fans alike.

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Classical music and the Cinema

Sunday April 10, 2016 at 2:00pm

Olivier De Spegelier, piano With his “commentary recitals”, the remarkable Belgian pianist interprets the solos of some of the most unforgettable movie soundtracks.

Co-presented with Alliance Française Halifax

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The Drowning Girls

Tuesday April 19, 2016 – Wednesday May 11, 2016

This award-winning Canadian play will take your breath away. Bessie, Alice and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith, and they are dead. A tale of three murders based on the real-life crimes of English serial killer George Joseph Smith – three women tell their story from the bathtubs they were drowned in. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, The Drowning Girls is a haunting story that will leave you breathless.

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Big Day Downtown

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Once per month, Downtown Halifax businesses will be buzzing with exciting specials, events, and promotions.

Post or tweet a photo of how you're spending YOUR #BigDayDowntown and you will be entered in ONE of TWO draws for a $200 Downtown Halifax Pre-Paid Visa gift card!

(Draws will take place 3pm on the day of Big Day Downtown, and one will be drawn the following morning). Find a list of all participating businesses below. Be sure to check back for updates and new additions.

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SiNS + Lydia Zimmer

Thursday April 21, 2016 – Saturday April 23, 2016

Live Art Dance wraps up its 33rd season with a pair of works by two of our region’s most exciting dance makers. Sometimes in Nova Scotia (SiNS) alumni Jacinte Armstrong and Elise Vanderborght bring their formidable skills to bear on a gorgeous new duet created for them by Denise Fujiwara. Joining them is Lydia Zimmer, whose superbly crafted quintet serves notice that a new generation of Halifax choreographers is ready to share the spotlight. Thoroughly captivating performances by established and emerging stars, SiNS and Zimmer are ones to watch!