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January 2018

Savour Food & Wine Festival

January 15 - March 15
Multiple Venues

A festival of unique events celebrating Nova Scotia's culinary scene including the Imbibe cocktail tasting (February 1), Decadence food and wine pairing event (February 8), Rare Food & Wine Show (February 16), Savour Food & Wine Show (February 22), and Craft Beer Cottage Party (March 3).

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February 2018

Folk/Funk

February 1 - July 15
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Continuing through the new year, 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 winter, there will still be plenty of time later.

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Tristan Legg & The Mad Dogs

February 1 - March 10
Multiple Venues

Tristan Legg & The Mad Dogs are a fun and energetic band based in Halifax. Performing throughout the Maritimes these dogs know how to put on a show to remember! Concert Dates: February 1-3, 2018 at 11:30pm Halifax Alehouse, Halifax February 15-17, 2018 at 9:30pm Split Crow Pub, Halifax March 7-10, 2018 at 9:00pm The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse, Halifax

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Prime Suspects

February 1 - April 1
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Continuing until April 1, Prime Suspects at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Hollis Street features caricatures of Canadian prime ministers by local artist Bruce MacKinnon. Included are examples of works-on-paper and paintings created by MacKinnon between 1993 and 2017 that together depict all 23 prime ministers, from Sir John A. Macdonald to Justin Trudeau.

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Charles Richard-Hamelin Plays Chopin

February 22 @ 7:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin recently won the Silver Medal at the famed Chopin International Piano Competition – a phenomenal coup that instantly launched him into the top stratosphere of Canadian pianists. With his “cultivated playing” (The Telegraph), Charles is “every inch an artist, an extraordinarily mature musician who focuses on the beauty of Chopin’s works” (Polish Radio 2). Don’t miss this rising star live with Symphony Nova Scotia, performing his signature Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2.

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Hedley

February 23 @ 7:00 pm
Scotiabank Centre

Pop-rockers Hedley return to Scotiabank Centre, performing work from their new album Cageless. With special guests Shawn Hook and Neon Dreams.

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Atlantic GOLFEXPO

February 24 - February 25
Cunard Event Centre at Pier 23

The National Golf Course Owners Association Of Canada (NGCOA), in partnership with the Mesh Media Network, is happy to present the Atlantic GOLFEXPO on February 24th and 25th at the Cunard Centre in Halifax. This event provides an interactive golf experience for thousands of eastern Canadian golfers and the golf industry. There will be demos, exhibitors, seminars and a daily auction at 1pm. Visit www.atlantic.golfexpos.ca/ for more information and to purchase tickets.

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The Mountaintop

February 27 - March 18
Neptune Theatre

In this moving production by playwright Katori Hall, Dr. King's final hours are re-imagined as he confronts his destiny and legacy as a leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement. (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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Letterkenny Live

February 27 - February 28
Dalhousie Arts Centre

Absurd, crass, and hilarious, the Crave TV show Letterkenny has become a Canadian cult comedy hit. Letterkenny Live brings the show to the Dalhousie Arts Centre for an evening of sketches and stand-up comedy. Starring Jared Keeso (Wayne), Nathan Dales (Daryl), K. Trevor Wilson (Dan), and Mark Forward (Coach). Performance dates: February 27, 2018 at 6:30pm February 28, 2018 at 6:30pm

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March 2018

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

March 3 - March 4
St. Andrew’s United Church

The Four Seasons is Vivaldi’s most famous creation, and one of the most popular works from the entire Baroque era. Join Symphony Nova Scotia and local violinist extraordinaire David Greenberg for a delightful journey through this beloved masterpiece, with its glorious Spring, tempestuous Summer, meandering Autumn, and stormy, sparkling Winter. Plus, hear one of Handel’s rarely heard but remarkably virtuosic Organ Concertos, full of dark, exuberant, and dramatic power. Performance dates: March 3, 2018 at 7:30pm March 4, 2018 at…

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Beethoven’s Eighth and Copland’s Clarinet

March 8 @ 7:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Symphony Nova Scotia’s own virtuoso clarinetist Dominic Desautels is a local celebrity, with his brilliant, enthusiastic playing and extraordinary technical prowess. Now, hear Dominic in his element with Symphony Nova Scotia’s first-ever performance of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto – a rhythmic, jazz-inspired gem originally written for legendary swing musician Benny Goodman. Plus, Symphony Nova Scotia performs a brand-new work from Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy, alongside Beethoven’s witty and playful Eighth Symphony.

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Half-Cracked: The Legend of Sugar Mary

March 13 - April 1
Neptune Theatre

What do you have when you pair a questing folklorist in search of discovery and two spinster sisters with a knack for weaving fact and fantasy into an impossible blend of truth, fiction and gossip? A unique, quirky and hilarious comedy written by Nova Scotia playwright Mary-Colin Chisholm. (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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Evans & Doherty with Heather Rankin

March 16 - March 17
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Evans & Doherty are two of Nova Scotia’s favourite entertainers, with their polished harmonies, merry storytelling, and timeless, toe-tapping Irish tunes. And Heather Rankin is an East Coast musical icon, famed for her soaring voice, heartfelt songwriting, and lengthy international career as part of the multi-award-winning Cape Breton supergroup The Rankins. Now, these two musical forces team up with Symphony Nova Scotia for a lush, lilting, and lively concert of down-home, East Coast, and Irish favourites – just in time…

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Circus at the Symphony

March 18
Pier 21

Juggling, aerials, unicycles, acrobatics – and a full symphony orchestra! Join Symphony Nova Scotia and Halifax Circus for a breathtaking mash-up of local circus performers and merry, magical music. Featuring music from Superman, Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, and many more, this is a high-flying show you won’t want to miss. Register early and prepare to be enthralled! We encourage activity and participation at these family concerts! Bring the whole family and have fun enjoying and learning about music together. Registration…

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J.S. Bach & Sons

March 25 @ 2:00 pm
St. Andrew’s United Church

Between his own massive career and his many musical children, Johann Sebastian Bach was the father of classical music’s greatest dynasty. Hear Symphony Nova Scotia perform works from three of Bach’s gifted sons, Johann Christian, Carl Philipp Emanuel, and Wilhelm Friedemann, alongside his own lively, lighthearted Suite No. 4. Plus, in a special treat, Symphony Nova Scotia’s own virtuoso oboist Suzanne Lemieux performs C.P.E. Bach’s gracious, melodious Oboe Concerto.

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April 2018

Video Games Live

April 6 - April 8
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

The #1 touring game concert in the world returns to Halifax with an all-new program! Symphony Nova Scotia proudly presents Video Games Live, an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. This “captivating, proudly bombastic show” (New York Times) combines full orchestra and choir, synchronized video and lighting, state-of-the-art special effects, live action, and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. Performance dates: April 6, 2018 at 7:30pm April 7, 2018…

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Mamma Mia!

April 10 - June 3
Neptune Theatre

The storytelling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this charming tale of love, laughter and friendship. Dance along to pop classics like "Take a Chance on Me," "Dancing Queen" & more in this ultimate feel-good show the New York Times calls "terrific fun!" (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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Anastasia

April 14 - April 15
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Grand balls. Forbidden love. A fateful revolution. Experience the dramatic, gripping tale of the legendary Anastasia with Symphony Nova Scotia and Canada’s Ballet Jörgen. The mystery of Russia’s 17-year-old Grand Duchess has fascinated the world for 100 years, and this passionate retelling brings the myth to life with dazzling choreography, accurate period sets and costumes, and a romantic, evocative score. Performance dates: April 14, 2018 at 7:30pm April 15, 2018 at 2:00pm  

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Echoes of Time: Sagas, Tales, and Myths

April 20 - April 21
Neptune Theatre

Janice Isabel Jackson, soprano, has been performing to captivated audiences around the world for over 30 years. Having performed with contemporary music ensembles and in concert halls in cities such as Beijing, Paris, Berlin, New York and more, she returns home to Nova Scotia. Encompassing four decades of music, most of which was written for her, Echoes of Time brings the world to Neptune with mythological tales from Japan, Greece, Mexico & Denmark. (Playing on our Scotiabank Stage). Showtimes: Friday…

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Rhapsody in Blue and West Side Story

April 20 - April 21
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Symphony Nova Scotia celebrates some of North America’s greatest music in this bright, brassy tribute to two musical giants: George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein. Experience the grand, theatrical bombast of Gershwin’s An American in Paris, alongside a virtuoso performance from Halifax’s own Peter Allen in the much-loved, jazz-inspired, million-selling hit Rhapsody in Blue. Then, hear Bernstein’s crackling Candide Overture, alongside the dramatic, emotional Symphonic Dances from the famed West Side Story musical. Don’t miss this exhilarating concert of massive symphonic…

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Beethoven Lives Upstairs

April 29
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

When a crabby, eccentric old man named Beethoven moves in upstairs, young Christoph’s life gets a whole lot more interesting! Join Symphony Nova Scotia and experience the history, drama, and fun of this hugely popular, multi-award-winning, platinum-selling phenomenon. Told through more than 25 excerpts of Beethoven’s brilliant music, this beloved tale is an informative, imaginative introduction to one of the world’s greatest music masters. Performance dates: April 29, 2018 at 1:30pm April 29, 2018 at 3:00pm

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May 2018

In A World Created by a Drunken God

May 1 - May 20
Neptune Theatre

A compelling drama by Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor that shakes the most fundamental beliefs of two brothers through their respective relationships with the father they share. (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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Gueller’s Grand Finale: Brahms with Marc-Andre Hamelin

May 8 - May 9
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Maestro Gueller’s final Festival launches with two of the greatest classical works ever written – and one of the world’s major superstar pianists. Experience Brahms’ magnificent First Piano Concerto with the one and only Marc-André Hamelin, a “paragon of virtuosic refinement” (Boston Globe), and “a titanic interpreter of late Romantic and 20th-century showstoppers” (Ottawa Citizen). Then, Maestro Gueller conducts Symphony Nova Scotia’s expanded orchestra in Brahms’ brilliant First Symphony, a crowning achievement that – like Maestro Gueller himself – celebrates…

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Gueller’s Grand Finale: Beethoven’s Ninth

May 11 - May 12
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

The Ninth. It’s been called Beethoven’s last grand experiment, the pinnacle of western classical music, and the symphony to end all symphonies. In Maestro Gueller’s final concerts as Music Director of Symphony Nova Scotia, our expanded orchestra proudly performs this colossal magnum opus in his honour. Plus, superstar pianist Marc-André Hamelin returns to perform one of the greatest works in the entire piano repertoire – the beautiful, thrilling “Emperor”. Don’t miss this monumental celebration of our beloved Maestro and some…

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June 2018

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo 2018

June 26 - July 2
Scotiabank Centre

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the Tattoo and this year they will celebrate by honouring our Heroes and Legends, commemorating the end of the First World War, The Battle of the Atlantic and Women in Service and will kick off the celebration with a good old fashioned ceilidh. The show features everything from pipers, drummers, dancers, acrobats, bands, choirs, display teams and more.

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