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December 2017

Mozart’s Messiah

December 21, 2017 - December 22, 2017
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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New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2017
Grande Parade Square

Ring in 2018 at Atlantic Canada's biggest New Year's Eve party. Starting at 10:30pm, Grande Parade Square in front of Halifax City Hall hosts the celebration. Highlights include a performance by indie rockers The Strumbellas and local singer/songwriter Ria Mae, and the East Coast's biggest fireworks show at midnight.

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Tom Cochrane with Red Rider

December 31, 2017
Casino Nova Scotia

Life is a highway and you're going to ride it all night long, as Tom Cochrane welcomes 2018 with two performances in the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia. Shows: 7pm (seated) 11pm (standing room only) Tickets: $75+tax Available by phone at the Ticket Atlantic box office (902-451-1221); all participating Superstores & Casino Nova Scotia; or online at ticketatlantic.com

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January 2018

Kepe’kek from the Narrows of the Great Harbour

January 1 - January 14
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Until January 14, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia hosts Kepe'kek from the Narrows of the Great Harbour. The photo exhibition explores an early Mi'kmaq settlement destroyed in the Halifax Explosion. In addition to photographs, the exhibition includes paintings, beadwork, maps, drawings, sculptural installations, and literary responses.

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The Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival

January 5 - January 6
Cathedral Church of All Saints

This Twelfth Night celebration, ranging from the rowdy to the reverent, is a centuries old Christmas tradition of theatre, music and dance, comprising a huge cast of revellers, that brings the medieval and the modern together in a spectacle for all ages. World-class performers from Ireland and the U.S. join forces with our own local talent to create an event that brings the Christmas season to a resounding and heart-warming grand finale. Performance dates: January 5, 2018 at 7:30pm January 6,…

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Live Art Dance Productions

January 11 - January 14
Dalhousie Arts Centre

Live Art Dance Productions brings two unique contemporary-dance performances to the Dalhousie Arts Centre this winter. From January 11 to 13, Toronto Dance Theatre marks its 50th season with a showcase of Christopher House's work, while on February 14 Compagnie Marie Chouinard offers 24 Preludes by Chopin and Le Cri du Monde. Performance dates: House Mix Toronto Dance Theatre January 11 to 13 at 8pm Sir James Dunn Theatre Tickets: $30 Adults, $25 Seniors, $20 Students (general seating) 24 Preludes by…

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Bahamas

January 12 @ 8:00 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

The acclaimed Toronto folk artist and guitarist performs material from his new album Earthtones at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

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The Vesuvius Ensemble

January 13 - January 14
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 - February 11
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 @ 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 - January 21
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 - January 20
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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Matt Mays

January 20 @ 8:00 pm
Scotiabank Centre

A favourite on the Halifax music scene since his days as an open-mic mainstay, rocker Matt Mays—best known for hits like "Cocaine Cowgirl" and "Take It on Faith"—returns with July Talk to perform at the Scotiabank Centre on Duke Street. The Beaches open the show.

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Halifax Hurricanes

January 21
Scotiabank Centre

The city's minor-pro basketball team hosts the London Lightning at the Scotiabank Centre. The Lightning are the reigning National Basketball League champs, having beaten Halifax in the finals last spring.

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Brides 2018

January 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Halifax Convention Centre

A one-stop-shop for the soon to be married, Brides 2018 at the newly opened Halifax Convention Centre on Argyle Street features some 135 wedding-related exhibitors: florists, photographers, jewelers, bridal fashions, wedding planners, wedding decorators, tuxedos, catering services, wedding cakes, travel planners, financial services, and more.

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Cecilia Concert Series: Jennifer King

January 21 @ 2:00 pm
Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts

Pianist Jennifer King performs music inspired by the night in a matinee show at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts: selections from her new album O Mistress Moon.

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Magnificent Mozart

January 25 - January 28
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 - February 18
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 - February 4
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 @ 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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The Jim Cuddy Band

February 9 @ 8:00 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

In between Blue Rodeo tours, a Canadian folk-rock legend tours his solo project—The Jim Cuddy Band visits the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

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Black is Beautiful

February 10 - February 11
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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VC2 Cello Duo

February 10 @ 7:30 pm
Woodlawn United Church

VC² spotlights the works of Beethoven. Comprised of cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt, the Toronto-based duo presents artistically challenging yet accessible programs and has performed in venues ranging from intimate pubs to Roy Thompson Hall.

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Gord Bamford

February 10 @ 8:00 pm
Casino Nova Scotia

Country favourite Gord Bamford takes the stage in the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia with special guest Aaron Goodvin. Tickets: $40 (standing room only).

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Port Cities

February 16 - February 17
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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