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July 2017

Folk/Funk Art Exhibit at AGNS

July 22, 2017 - July 15, 2018
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

This exhibit focuses on the work of professional and folk ceramists who use clay as a form of storytelling. This one’s sticking around for awhile, so if you can’t fit it in over the summer, there will still be plenty of time later.

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November 2017

It’s A Wonderful Life

November 21 - December 31
Neptune Theatre

Get into the Christmas spirit with the stage adaptation of one of the most iconic films ever made. Make a visit to Bedford Falls for the timeless message that faith, hope and family make life truly wonderful. (Playing on our Fountain Hall Stage). Showtimes: Tuesday to Friday at 7:30pm Saturday at 2:00pm & 7:30pm Sunday at 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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Lullaby: Inside the Halifax Explosion

November 23 - December 10
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

A dramatic, educational and emotive experience that explores little-told stories of the events of Dec. 6, 1917. It is a day that has become synonymous with tales of heroism, survival and of how a community fought against the disaster and the elements. It is a tale of how Canadians emerged from under terrible condidions to help each other. It is exactly one hundred years after the two ships collided, causing a gigantic and devastating explosion. As the characters share their…

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Tchaikovsky’s Fourth

November 23 @ 7:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony is a mighty, emotional powerhouse, blending soaring melodies, dark turmoil, and deep joy in its explorations of life, loss, and fate. Don’t miss Symphony Nova Scotia’s expanded orchestra in its first performance of this great work in over a decade. Plus, our own trumpeter extraordinaire Richard Simoneau shows off his virtuoso chops in a brand-new Trumpet Concerto, co-commissioned by 17 Canadian orchestras in honour of Canada’s 150th.

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Basketball World Cup Qualifier

November 24
Scotiabank Centre

Team Canada takes on The Bahamas in international men’s basketball action, as the teams battle for slots in the 2019 World Cup in Beijing. Canada is ranked 24th in the world; The Bahamas is 82nd.  Games: StFX vs Acadia at 6:00pm Canada vs Bahamas at 8:00pm

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Halifax Christmas Tree Lighting

November 25
Grand Parade

The big Christmas tree in Grand Parade square comes to life in a special family-friendly ceremony, featuring live entertainment, fireworks, and a visit from Santa Claus. The action starts at 6 p.m.

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Tafelmusik: The Circle of Creation

November 26 @ 2:00 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Symphony Nova Scotia once again presents “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” (Gramophone) right here in Halifax! Led by its exciting new Music Director Designate, Tafelmusik takes over the Rebecca Cohn with its latest multimedia concert experience – J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation. Performed entirely from memory, this immersive, all-Bach production combines text, music, and stunning projected video and images to explore the world of the artisans who helped Bach realize his musical genius.

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Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

November 28 - December 24
Neptune Theatre

The classic family holiday show is brought lovingly to life in this very special holiday experience. Hilarious & sometimes spooky, Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been lovingly recreated for the whole family. (Playing on our Scotiabank Stage). Showtimes: Tuesday to Friday at 7:30pm Saturday at 2:00pm & 7:30pm Sunday at 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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December 2017

Ben Caplan’s Holiday Classics

December 1 - December 2
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Ben Caplan’s 2015 appearance with Symphony Nova Scotia was a no-holds-barred, barn-burner of a show, thanks to Ben’s bold style, brilliant songs, and blustery orchestral arrangements. Now, Halifax’s favourite big-bearded bard returns to Symphony Nova Scotia for yet another massive orchestral mash-up – and this time, Ben will reinvent your favourite songs of the season. Hear old favourites in the tradition of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, and new classics arranged with daring and deft in this can’t-miss concert…

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100 Years of Community: Art Exhibition & Sale

December 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
14 Bells Fine Art Gallery

The opening reception of "100 Years of Community", an art exhibition and sale featuring art from gallery and community artists, will be taking place at 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery on Saturday, December 2nd from 1pm to 4pm. Refreshments will be served. The artists were asked to create pieces that celebrate the history and vitality of North End Halifax and take on the task of balancing remembrance, tragedy, celebration and hope. We can’t wait to see what they create. Participating gallery…

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The Nutcracker

December 8 - December 17
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker is Halifax’s favourite holiday tradition! When a little girl’s toy comes to life, she’s whisked away to an enchanted world where she meets magical creatures, colourful new friends, and the ferocious Mouse Queen. Complete with larger-than-life puppets, spirited dancing, and Tchaikovsky’s hauntingly beautiful music, this tale of magic and wonder is a delightful holiday adventure for all ages. Performance dates: December 8, 2017 at 7:30pm December 9, 2017 at 2:00pm December 10, 2017 at 2:00pm December…

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The Celtic Christmas Show

December 8 @ 7:30 pm
Bella Rose Arts Centre

The Celtic Christmas Show. A Yearly tradition in Halifax! The Celtic Christmas Show returns to Halifax featuring the RCMP Pipes and Drums & Dancers, Acadian Dancers, Diaga Irish Dancers, solo vocalist Karen Myatt, Glenn Coolen, Mark Currie, Shannon & Tony Quinn, and more! tickets: bellaroseartscentre.com

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Halifax Jazz Festival Presents “Swing Into the Holidays” & “Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas”

December 10
Spatz Theatre

The Halifax Jazz Festival presents an annual fundraiser for music education this season with Swing Into the Holidays along with family favourite Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas. Both shows are all ages and will take place December 10, 2017 at the Spatz Theatre, Citadel High School, Halifax. Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas, featuring jazz legend Jerry Granelli, will have a matinee performance at 2pm on the Sunday while the evening show, Swing Into the Holidays, has a performance at 7pm. This new show features…

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Mozart’s Messiah

December 21 - December 22
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

For the first time in over 15 years, Symphony Nova Scotia presents Mozart’s magnificent Messiah! Once a staple of Christmas concerts worldwide, Mozart’s 1789 arrangement of Handel’s great oratorio is now rarely performed – but it remains a rich, dramatic, and nuanced interpretation that showcases both composers’ incredible genius. With added woodwinds, horns, and trombones, and a variety of new classical colours and flourishes, Mozart’s Messiah is a grand, fascinating masterpiece, and a chance to discover this beloved holiday favourite…

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January 2018

The Vesuvius Ensemble

January 13, 2018 - January 14, 2018
St. Andrew’s United Church

Join Symphony Nova Scotia and the highly acclaimed Vesuvius Ensemble for a delightful baroque concert celebrating the rich, vibrant music of southern Italy – all the way from the royal court of Naples to the popular music of the streets. Hear refined concertos and sonatas by Leonardo Leo, Alessandro Scarlatti, and Francesco Durante, performed alongside effervescent tarantellas, earthy street songs, and arias from comic operas. Featuring celebrated Italian tenor Francesco Pellegrino and baroque specialists Marco Cera and Lucas Harris on…

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Jonas & Barry in the Home

January 16, 2018 - February 11, 2018
Neptune Theatre

One of Canada's most celebrated playwrights delivers laughs in this play about two retirees and their quest to find friendship, love and happiness in an assisted living home. (Playing on our Fountain Hall Stage). Showtimes: Tuesday to Friday at 7:30pm Saturday at 4:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday at 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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The Kronos Quartet

January 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet is one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles. With more than 60 recordings, over 900 new commissioned works, and thousands of performances worldwide, Kronos  joins forces with Symphony Nova Scotia for a thrilling and creative multimedia concert experience. Hear a world premiere from international star composer Philip Glass, a brand-new work for quartet and orchestra from Canada’s own “brilliantly gifted” Nicole Lizée (Winnipeg Free Press), and a diverse selection of Kronos’ own commissioned works.…

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Makayla Lynn Brings Nashville to Nova Scotia

January 18, 2018 - January 21, 2018
Neptune Theatre

Poised for country superstardom, rising star Makayla Lynn takes the stage, hot on the heels of the release of her second album On a Dare and a Prayer. Makayla has shared the stage with the biggest names in country music including Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw. She has received recognition from Music Nova Scotia, the ECMAs and IMEAs, and is ranked by Reverbnation as the #1 country artist in Nova Scotia and #3 in Canada. (Playing…

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The Music of David Bowie

January 19, 2018 - January 20, 2018
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

The late, great David Bowie was a legend, an icon, and one of the greatest trailblazers in music history. With over 140 million albums sold, he inspired legions of fans worldwide with his relentless reinvention, provocative personas, and wildly creative music. Now, Symphony Nova Scotia honours Bowie’s inspirational life and legacy with full symphonic renditions of his all-time greatest hits, including Space Oddity, Starman, Rebel Rebel, Fame, Ashes to Ashes, Let’s Dance, Under Pressure, and many more. Performance dates: January…

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Magnificent Mozart

January 25, 2018 - January 28, 2018
Multiple Venues

Symphony Nova Scotia once again salutes the world’s most iconic composer! Experience a delightful range of Mozart’s most famous works, beginning with the ambitious, inventive “Haffner” Symphony. Then, hear the gracious and intimate Piano Concerto no. 23, performed by Italian rising star Luca Buratto, a pianist of “fiery imagination and finesse” (Musical America) and last year’s winner of the prestigious Honens Piano Competition. And for the grand finale, our orchestra performs one of Mozart’s great last works – the, beautiful…

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Salt-Water Moon

January 30, 2018 - February 18, 2018
Neptune Theatre

Time does not heal all wounds – but is fate written in the stars? Written by Newfoundland playwright David French, Salt-Water Moon is a classic Canadian play that has been performed hundreds of times since its premiere in 1985. (Playing on our Scotiabank Stage). Showtimes: Tuesday to Friday at 7:30pm Saturday at 4:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday at 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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February 2018

Feelin’ Groovy: The Music of Simon and Garfunkel with Jim Witter

February 2, 2018 - February 4, 2018
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

After last season’s hugely popular, sold-out “Piano Men” concerts, the golden-voiced Jim Witter returns to Symphony Nova Scotia! This time, Jim and his four-piece band relive the best of the ‘60s in a thrilling multimedia tribute to the timeless music of Simon and Garfunkel. Hear chart-topping hits like Mrs. Robinson, Scarborough Fair, Cecilia, The Sound of Silence, and many more in this immersive, spine-tingling salute to one of the world’s most beloved musical duos. Performance dates: February 2, 2018 at 7:30pm…

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Rachel Barton Pine Plays Wieniawski

February 8, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Rachel Barton Pine is one of the world’s great violin virtuosos, with multiple competition wins, over 30 commercial recordings, and the lifetime use of a Guarneri dek Gesu violin. Since Rachel’s debut with the Chicago Symphony at age 10, she’s performed regularly with major orchestras all over the world, earning accolades as “an exciting, boundary-defying performer… in the top echelon” (Washington Post). Now, Rachel makes her Symphony Nova Scotia debut appearance with Wieniawski’s fiery Violin Concerto no. 2.

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Black is Beautiful

February 10, 2018 - February 11, 2018
Multiple Venues

From African hymns to jazz, funk, and hip-hop, western Black music is a story of struggle and celebration. Join conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser and Symphony Nova Scotia as we showcase Black performers and composers in a concert that will surprise and engage you! Hear music from icons like Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Beyoncé, and many more. We encourage activity and participation at these family concerts! Bring the whole family and have fun enjoying and learning about music together. Registration is…

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Port Cities

February 16, 2018 - February 17, 2018
Neptune Theatre

One of Canada's next big acts, Halifax-based band Port Cities are a perfect balance of Nashville and Nova Scotia. Comprised of already-established solo musicians Carleton Stone, Dylan Guthro and Breagh MacKinnon, the Port Cities are only just beginning. In February, the former CBC Searchlight semifinalists released their debut album Port Cities, produced by Gordie Sampson, and were chosen as iHeartRadio's Future Star in April for their new single "Back to the Bottom". (Playing in our Fountain Hall Theatre). Showtimes: Friday…

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