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September 2017

Order in the House

September 28 - September 30
Pond Playhouse

For 3 nights only: A staged reading of Order in the House by Nick Jupp. Centering on a fictitious Nova Scotia Minister of Finance and his wife: Successful, wealthy and highly respected, they are close to perfect in every way except, shall we say, even the best of people have the occasional skeleton in the cupboard. How it gets dealt with leads us to a terrifying and unexpected conclusion.

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Matt Andersen

September 29 - September 30
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

New Brunswick bluesman Matt Andersen is a multi-award-winning, bona fide international star. With his commanding stage presence, deft multi-instrumental prowess, and signature soul-filled voice, he's built a formidable following around the world, earning more than 10 million YouTube views, international media accolades, and a spectacular string of sold-out shows. Now, Matt combines his powerful sound with bold new arrangements in an electrifying, soul-stirring collaboration with Symphony Nova Scotia.

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October 2017

Hasta Dónde, All Ways

October 5 - October 7
Dalhousie Arts Centre

Hasta Dónde, All Ways features Compañía Sharon Fridman, a contact-dance based company from Madrid showcasing seven dancers and a live musician. Award-winning Israeli choreographer Sharon Fridman leads the ensemble. See them at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

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Innovation Festival: Halifax

October 10 - October 15
Discovery Centre

The Innovation Festival: Halifax is one of many provincial celebrations that have been held across Canada set to inspire curiosity and discovery through a wide range of exciting activities. The Discovery Centre in Halifax will be hosting an incredible line of events throughout the week. This festival amplifies the excitement of Canada 150 and aspires to engage entire communities in the incredible power of Canadian innovation and ideas.

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Giora Schmidt Plays Brahms

October 12
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Symphony Nova Scotia kicks off Maestro Gueller’s final season as Music Director with a joyous concert of bright, beautiful masterworks. Hear the internationally acclaimed Giora Schmidt, one of Gueller’s favourite violinists, performing Brahms’ soulful, expressive, and fiendishly difficult Violin Concerto. Then, Symphony Nova Scotia’s expanded orchestra performs Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony, a merry, radiant work that’s an audience favourite around the world.

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Nocturne

October 12 - October 14

A feast for the senses, this annual celebration of art after dark brings exhibitions, performances, and special projects to galleries and public spaces around the city from 6pm to midnight on Oct. 12 and 14. Free bike-valet and shuttle-bus service.

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Nova Scotia Forest Festival

October 14 - October 15
Memory Lane Heritage Village

Discover everything the forest means to Nova Scotians: livelihood, housing, recreation, food, heritage, and spirituality. Memory Lane Heritage Village in Lake Charlotte hosts the festival, which includes lumberjack events, canoeing, educational sessions on wilderness survival and forest ecology, maple syrup tasting, campfires, stories, and songs.

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Snake in the Grass

October 17 - November 5
Neptune Theatre

Ghosts from the past arise to deliver a story of shocking twists and supernatural turns sure to leave you questioning even those closest to you. (Playing on our Scotiabank Stage).

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Halifax Pop Explosion

October 18 - October 21

Showcasing new and innovative music from around the world, this indie festival includes some 150 artists, comedians, and speakers at 15 venues around the city. The lineup includes Yukon Blonde, Japandroids, Clairmont the Second, Charlotte Day Wilson, Ria Mae (with Symphony Nova Scotia), and many others.

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Ria Mae

October 20
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Halifax’s own Ria Mae is one of Nova Scotia’s hottest breakout artists, with an international record deal, an ECMA win, and a platinum-certified, millions-viewed, Juno-nominated single, Clothes Off. She’s been touted by Spotify as a 2016 Spotlight Artist, by CBC Music as a “Next Big Thing”, and by media outlets as “a captivating performer” (Ottawa Citizen) and a “tremendous East Coast talent” (CBC). Don’t miss this rising phenomenon’s catchy songs, warm voice, and brand-new orchestral arrangements in her debut concert…

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Dartmouth Community Concert Association

October 21
Woodlawn United Church

Back for another season, this beloved community concert series hosts the Juno- and Grammy-nominated all-professional Elora Singers choir, showcasing their mastery of diverse styles in an intimate concert at Woodlawn United Church.

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Diwali—Festival of Lights

October 21
Halifax Exhibition Centre

Celebrate the rollicking Hindu festival of lights with live music, traditional Indian cuisine, fireworks, and family-friendly fun aplenty. Halifax Exhibition Centre hosts.

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Symphony Meets Bhangra

October 22
Dalhousie Arts Centre

Their joyous dancing on the rocks at Peggy’s Cove made them YouTube sensations, now the Maritime Bhangra Group teams up with Symphony Nova Scotia for a unique and sure-to-be-memorable concert at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

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Denise Djokic

October 26
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Halifax’s own Denise Djokic is one of the top “25 Canadians Who Are Changing Our World” (Maclean’s) and one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” (ELLE). Her spectacular career has included a performance at the Grammy Awards, a top-15 spot on Billboard’s classical charts, and rave reviews for her “arrestingly beautiful tone colour” (The Strad) and “hugely impressive technique” (BBC Music). Now, this famous classical music star returns home to Symphony Nova Scotia for a rare performance of Shostakovich’s passionate, deeply…

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The Music of ABBA with Rajaton

October 27 - October 29
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Seven years after our first sold-out, rave-reviewed ABBA concerts, Symphony Nova Scotia once again joins forces with Finland’s spectacular, multi-platinum vocal ensemble Rajaton for a show-stopping, jaw-dropping salute to one of the greatest pop supergroups of all time. Performance dates: October 27, 2017 at 7:30pm October 28, 2017 at 7:30pm October 29, 2017 at 2:00pm

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November 2017

Christmas at the Forum

November 3 - November 5
The Halifax Forum

Christmas At The Forum has developed a well-earned reputation for presenting the largest, most diverse selection of quality crafts and art in the region, for creating a joyous, festive atmosphere conducive to selling, and for continuing to bring ever-larger crowds of enthusiastic buyers to the show each year. In fact, we’re pleased to report that Christmas At The Forum continues to be the best attended show if its kind in Eastern Canada. The entrance fees are good for the whole weekend…

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True North: Canada’s Greatest Hits

November 4 - November 5
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Multiple ECMA nominee Eleanor McCain joins Symphony Nova Scotia in a rousing, coast-to-coast celebration of Canada’s greatest music. Hear lush, brand-new symphonic arrangements of iconic songs from some of our finest artists, including the Rankin Family’s We Rise Again, Jann Arden’s Good Mother, Bryan Adams’ Run to You, Joni Mitchell’s A Case of You, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, and many more in this rousing tribute to Canada’s people, places, and spirit. Performance dates: November 4, 2017 at 7:30pm November 5, 2017…

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Ninth Annual Concert: For All The Saints 2017

November 5

This year, the University of King's College Chapel Choir and its director, Paul Halley, have programmed two featured pieces to celebrate All Saints and All Souls Day to open their annual King's at the Cathedral concert series. The two pieces have a 400-year span in between them; the first is a requiem, the Missa pro defunctis, or Mass for the dead, written by Cristóbal de Morales in 1544. The second piece will be a completion of their performance cycle of…

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Brahms’ Symphony No. 4

November 11 @ 7:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Brahms’ monumental Symphony No. 4 is a moving, emotional masterpiece, beloved for its deep intensity, majestic grandeur, and compelling, lyrical beauty. Now, for the first time in a decade, Maestro Gueller leads Symphony Nova Scotia’s expanded orchestra in a rich, contemplative performance of this great work. Plus, hear Mahler’s poignant Songs of a Wayfarer, sung by acclaimed Canadian soprano Andrea Ludwig, and Beethoven’s Leonore Overture – a dramatic, powerful work that’s been a popular favourite since its creation.

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Cecilia Concerts

November 12
Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts

Giants of the Piano: With multiple Juno nominations and an Order of Canada, Jane Coop is one of Canada’s giants of the piano. In this matinee show at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing arts, she performs masterpieces by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.

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David Myles

November 17
Casino Nova Scotia

He’s folksy and warm, writes good music, and has a charming stage presence, jams with hip-hop stars like Classified—there are a lot of reasons why David Myles is one of the East Coast’s most-beloved singer/songwriters. He returns to Casino Nova Scotia.

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Symphonic Soul: The Music of Motown

November 17 - November 18
Symphony Nova Scotia

Vocalists Cyndi Cain, Owen Lee, and Dutch Robinson join the Symphony for Symphonic Soul: The Music of Motown. The lineup includes funky favourites from Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and The Supremes; expect hit songs like “Get Ready,” “Let’s Get It On,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and “Dancing in the Street.” Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser conducts. Performance dates: November 17, 2017 at 7:30pm November 18, 2017 at 7:30pm

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Craft Nova Scotia – Designer Craft Show

November 17 - November 19
Cunard Event Centre at Pier 23

The Craft Nova Scotia - Designer Craft Show, now in its 42nd year, will be returning to the Cunard Event Centre this weekend. With over 100 exhibitors, you'll find original, interesting, and contemporary fine craft by Nova Scotian and Atlantic Canadian artisans. There will also be demonstrations taking place by fibre artists, wood turners, printmakers, metal workers, glass artists and many more! Craft Nova Scotia will have its 9th Annual Designer Interiors showcase featuring the finest in locally handcrafted architectural…

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Holiday Parade of Lights

November 18
Downtown Halifax

This giant annual parade marks the unofficial start of the Christmas season in Halifax. Thousands will jam the downtown to see bands, floats, entertainers, and, of course, Santa Claus. It begins at 6 p.m. on Upper Water Street, continuing down Barrington Street to Spring Garden Road, then down South Park Street to University Avenue, ending at the corner of Robie Street.

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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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