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Billy Bishop Goes to War

Tuesday November 4, 2014 – Sunday November 23, 2014

This classic Canadian musical captures the life of legendary WWI fighter pilot Billy Bishop. Follow one Canada’s greatest flying aces down into the trenches, up to the skies and inside the human spirit as he attempts to reconcile the joys of flying with the horrors of war. Capturing the humor and the hellfire of an extraordinary career, this powerful musical teaches us about the life of a lively and inspiring war hero. Canadian history has rarely sung with such force.

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A Christmas Story

Tuesday November 25, 2014 – Wednesday November 25, 2015

This holiday classic follows ten-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his parents, his teacher and even the big man, Santa Claus himself. The response? “No, you’ll shoot your eye out!” Featuring all of the elements from the beloved film including a pink bunny suit, a triple-dog-dare to lick a frozen pole and the infamous leg lamp. This nostalgic look at a bygone era is perfect holiday treat for the entire family!

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Donizetti's Opera - Don Pasquale

Saturday November 29, 2014 at 7:30pm

Two men, a woman and an inheritance… Who will get the money? Who will win the lady’s heart? Lose yourself in one of the most riveting love-triangle stories of all time. Love, money and deceit create the intrigue in this outrageous tale where the operatic and comedic meet, captivating audiences from start to finish. Will love prevail?   Performed with zest and wit by a cadre of emerging talent, this tuneful masterpiece of comic opera comes with full production including sets, costumes and surtitles. Don't miss this unique product in Canada on its East Coast tour.

East Tour Cast - Fall 2014
Don Pasquale (bass-baritone), Simon Chalifoux
Docteur Malatesta (baritone), Julien Horbatuk
Ernesto (tenor), Jonathan MacArthur
Norina (soprano), Roseline Lambert
Pianist, Valérie Timofeeva

Arts & Entertainment

Seton Choir Seton's Greetings

Sunday December 14, 2014 at 3:00pm

The Seton Cantata Choir's performance of the John Rutter “Gloria” last December was a highlight of the Christmas concert season. We are pleased that they have agreed to partner with Cecilia Concerts to present “Seton's Greetings” this season. Founded in 1983, this forty-five voice choir has earned a solid place in the musical life of Halifax. Under the direction of Garth McPhee, the concert will feature music from three distinct traditions: twentieth century English classical music - Benjamin Britten's “Ceremony of Carols”, and Vaughn Williams “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” - a trio of Israeli folk songs and seasonal music from the American gospel tradition.

Arts & Entertainment

Suzanne Lemieux and Blue Engine String Quartet

Sunday January 11, 2015 at 2:00pm

One of the joys of concert going is the discovery of wonderful music you may not have heard before, written by composers with whom you may not be familiar. When they are introduced by musicians of the caliber of oboist Suzanne Lemieux and the Blue Engine String Quartet, you are guaranteed a rich and pleasurable experience. While their January concert will include works by J.C. Bach and Mozart, old friends to most of us in the audience, they will also share the music of Sir Arnold Bax, whose Quintet was composed in 1946, and 19th Century Swedish-Finnish composer Bernhard Crusell, whose Divertimento in C is a delight to discover. Meet old friends and make new ones.

Food, Wine & Travel

Craft Beer and Local Food Celebration 2015

Thursday January 15, 2015 at 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Local Connections Halifax returns to The Halifax Club on January 15, 2015 for its Second Annual Craft Beer & Local Food Celebration. As is the case with all LCH events, we will again be raising our game.

Tickets for this event are all-inclusive, and you will again get a take-home glass as well, but this time we'll be using a Belgian-style glass, which we think is the best available.

As with all our Halifax Club events, we will be using the entire club, and each of the seven rooms, delivering seven unique experiences in one evening.

Here's what we have in store:

On this fine evening, our friends at Dee Dee's Ice Cream and Scanway will treat you to a world of delicious things. Once again, we'll see beer ice cream return to the club, this time accompanied by some deliciously gourmet donuts made by 'the Sugar Man' himself'.

Experience the flavours of the South Shore, as Lincoln Street Food and the Grand Banker take you on an epicurean journey. And no voyage is complete without delicious craft beer to match. This room will also feature craft beer from Boxing Rock from Shelburne and Hell Bay from Liverpool. Giddyup!

This room will be a lead up to Sausage Fest 2015, where our friends at Pete's, Meadowbrook Farm, Ace Burger, Big Spruce, and Uncle Leo's will tantalize your tastebuds with sausage madness, and tasty brews to wash it all down.

Fancy Feast will be a play on the fine dining experience, and will feature Brooklyn Warehouse, Agricola Street Brasserie, Saege Bistro, the Harbourstone Sea Grill + Pourhouse, Garrison Brewing, Propeller, Granite Brewery, and North Brewing. We'll also have the Mike Cowie Trio on board for the ride, making this evening one to remember.

Details TBA, but rest assured our friends at Devour! The Film Food Fest will have something special in store. For local beverages, guests will be able to enjoy Nova Scotian cider from Bulwark and Stutz.

This year our friends will have a little more space to go wild! On top of this, The Stubborn Goat and Durty Nelly's will be serving up delicious goodness, accompanied by three other local craft brewers: the Tatamagouche Brewing Company, Rockbottom Brewpub, and Wrought Iron Brewing Company.

Everyone loves good take-out, and this room will feature two of Halifax's top take-out spots, Indochine Bahn Mi and Boneheads BBQ along with the craft beer pride of Port Williams, Sea Level Brewing.

We have yet to assign which room they'll be in, but rest assured our friends at Select Nova Scotia will be up inda club on January 15.

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Family Fun

The 39 Steps

Tuesday January 20, 2015 – Sunday February 15, 2015

Hitchcock meets hilarious in this comedy thriller based on the 1935 classic espionage movie. Follow the incredible adventures of handsome hero Richard Hannay as he encounters devious murders, double crossing secret agents and devastatingly beautiful women. This suspenseful whodunit is brought to life by four fearless actors, playing 130 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced silliness!

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What A Young Wife Ought To Know

Tuesday January 27, 2015 – Sunday February 8, 2015

Before my sister died, she cursed me, she said: 'Jonny's a twelve-dollar-man and if you marry him it'll be misery.' I’m trying to prove her wrong but I’m starting to despair. I'm starting to think that love is just a strange sort of madness that makes the future go dark, so you don’t think of how all the babies are to be fed on twelve dollars and twenty-five weekly.

Set in 1920s Canada, What a Young Wife Ought to Know tells the story of Sophie, a young working-class wife who has a lot to learn about love, sex, and birth control.

Arts & Entertainment

Valerie Milot (harp) and Andre Bareil (violin)

Sunday February 8, 2015 at 2:00pm

Valerie Milot and Antoine Bareil are two young musicians with an international reputation and a trunk load of awards. Ms. Milot was the first harpist in almost 100 years to win the prestigious Prix d'Europe. Mr. Bareil, a violinist, has performed the works of Philip Glass and Karlheinz Stockhausen in front of the composers. Violin and harp form an elegant combination of instruments. It is also a rare one; however, this duo have been playing, recording and touring together for over five years, and now, thanks to Debut Atlantic, they are touring Eastern Canada with stops in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. Their crowd pleasing repertoire includes classical works, contemporary Canadian pieces and arrangements of popular composers such as Paul Simon.

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“A Tribute to Fritz Kreisler”

Sunday February 22, 2015 at 2:00pm

When you think about the greatest violinists of the 20th century, the name Fritz Kreisler immediately comes to mind. He was a remarkably versatile artist who won audiences over with his breathtaking virtuosity, undeniable charisma and exceptional talent. This renowned musician, who was both a performer and a composer, could not have found better ambassadors than our young artists to keep his musical mastery alive. Beethoven's “Kreutzer” Sonata, as well as sonatas by Gaetano Pugnani and Eugene Ysaye, music that inspired Kreisler, will also be on the program. Experience the legend! Experience Fritz Kreisler! Close friends Ewald Cheung and Philip Chiu will team up this season in a breathtaking concert. Discover two artists ready to set off fireworks in a repertoire as wild as it is impassioned. A must-see!

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Tuesday March 3, 2015 – Sunday March 22, 2015

Meet one of Canada’s longest serving Prime Ministers, William Lyon Mackenzie King, also known as Rexy to his friends. Beginning with his visit to Germany in 1937 and ending with his death in 1950, the play captures an intriguing and cunning Prime Minister who consorted with spiritualists, ghosts and prostitutes, while holding the country together through the conscription crisis of 1944. With special appearances by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Lester B. Pearson, step back in time inside the fascinating mind of this peculiar politician.

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Thibault Cauvin (guitar)

Sunday March 8, 2015 at 2:00pm

Thibault Cauvin is coming back! He has played Carnegie Hall, Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall, London's Wigmore Hall and the Shanghai Opera, and has received standing ovations around the globe. Now, thanks to Alliance Francaise, this amazing guitarist from Bordeaux is conducting a cross Canada tour that includes a stop in Halifax. One reviewer has equated attending his concert to watching Paganini. The superlatives never seem to stop. Music from his recent Scarlatti CD and his “Cities” project, both available on Sony, will be prominently featured in the Cecilia Concert. This is an opportunity to see and hear one of the world's most outstanding classical guitarists, an opportunity that may not come again.

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Quartet La Corde

Sunday March 15, 2015 at 2:00pm

In March of 2013, at the urging of Shimon Walt, the St. Cecilia Concert Society presented a group of four young Dalhousie music students. They had come back, a short time before, from a national competition with glowing reviews. They wowed us! We invited Quartet La Corde back to play again before they all graduate and go on to their individual careers. Heemin Choi and Artem Kolesov (violins), Warda Limaye (viola) and Benjamin Marmen (cello) demonstrate both technical prowess and a passion which imbues their playing with a tremendous emotional impact. In addition to Beethoven's “Razumovsky Quartet”, Hugo Wolf's “Italian Serenade” and Claude Debussy's String Quartet in G minor, staples of the string quartet repertoire, Quartet La Corde will be presenting “Reel to Reel” by recent Dalhousie graduate, Jackson Fairfax-Perry. Come see the future of Canadian classical music!

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The Addams Family

Tuesday April 7, 2015 – Sunday May 24, 2015

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. The weird and wonderful family we all love are brought to life in this hilarious smash-hit musical! Featuring all of your favourite ghouls – Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch. A grown-up Wednesday Addams falls in love with a sweet young man from a respectable “warm-blooded” family. Will their relationship survive the ultimate test? Dinner with both families at the same table! A devilish delight for all ages, The Addams Family is to die for!

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Willem Blois and Cindy Thong

Sunday April 19, 2015 at 2:00pm

Of the 150 or so concerts the St. Cecilia Concert Society has presented over the past seven years, there have been perhaps two that featured two pianos. So it is a rare treat to be presenting Willem Blois and Cindy Thong in a Piano Duo concert. These are two young musicians who grew up in rural Nova Scotia, met while in high school and later studied together under Marc Durand in Montreal. While there, they often spoke about what they would love to play in a piano duo concert if they ever had the opportunity. Well, here is the opportunity. And they are set to make the most of it! They bring a fresh, dynamic approach to the repertoire. There are standards, like Mozart's Sonata in D Major, as well as more contemporary pieces like John Adam's “Hallelujah Junction” and an arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story”. But be prepared for a few surprises too.

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The Trudeau Stories

Tuesday April 21, 2015 – Tuesday May 5, 2015

In 1985, while a student at the National Theatre School in Montreal, Brooke Johnson formed an unlikely friendship with one of Canada’s most prolific politicians, Pierre Elliott Trudeau. It had been a year and a half since he'd stepped down as Prime Minister. Now he was walking to work, taking care of his children and no longer doing pirouettes behind the Queen. Through reminiscences, journal entries and correspondence, this one-woman show brings to life the true story of a remarkable friendship.