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February 2020

Controlled Damage

February 4 - February 23
Neptune Theatre

Disrupting the status quo The world premiere of Controlled Damage explores the life of Viola Desmond and how her act of bravery in a New Glasgow, NS movie theatre started a ripple effect throughout society. The play shines a light on how her courage impacted different cultural groups in the province and the effect it’s had over the past 70 years. By Andrea Scott Show Times: Tuesday to Friday - 7:30 pm Saturday and Sunday - 2 pm & 7:30…

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Viva Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

February 22 - February 23
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

With its glorious Spring, tempestuous Summer, meandering Autumn, and stormy, sparkling Winter, The Four Seasons is Vivaldi’s most famous creation, and one of the most popular works from the entire Baroque era. Experience it live with Symphony Nova Scotia and special guest leader Aisslinn Nosky, an acclaimed former violinist with Tafelmusik, and a “perpetually fabulous” violinist who performs with “sheer virtuosity, dexterity, and communication” (Boston Globe). Plus, Aisslinn leads the orchestra in a complementary feast of Italian Baroque, including radiant highlights from Geminiani, Locatelli, and…

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The Global Centric plays the Ship Victory

February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ship Victory, 400 Windmill Road
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
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The Global Centric 7 piece brass band brings an East Coast spin to New Orleans music, originals and beyond.

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Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto

February 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Ukrainian-born pianist Serhiy Salov is one of Canada’s rising piano virtuosos. He’s a multi-award-winning “powerhouse player” (Winnipeg Free Press) with “glittering technique” (Gramophone), who plays with “fire, imagination, and electricity” (Classical Voice). Hear Serhiy make his Symphony Nova Scotia debut with one of the world’s most beloved piano masterworks – Tchaikovsky’s moving, grandiose, and explosive Piano Concerto No. 1. Our orchestra also performs a beautiful hit from Russian composer Anton Arensky, alongside Beethoven’s first “Grande Simphonie” – the trailblazing, irreverent…

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Letterkenny Live

February 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dalhousie Arts Centre

Jared Keeso stars in the crass Canadian comedy Letterkenny, about the lives and misadventures of a group of rural Ontario drunks and stoners. See him and his castmates in this sidesplitting live show.

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March 2020

Calendar Girls

March 2 - March 29
Neptune Theatre

A story of loss, friendship, determination and hope Following the death of her husband, Annie and her best friend Chris set out on a mission to raise funds for a new settee for a local hospital. With the help of four friends, the six women pose nude for an “alternative” calendar. The story soon captures the media’s attention and Chris and Annie find themselves testing the strength of their friendship. “It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it…

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The Hobbit

March 4 - March 8
Neptune Theatre

Based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien Adapted by Kim Selody. Licenced by Middle Earth Enterprises. This adaptation of Tolkien's classic is a fast paced retelling of the tale of Bilbo Baggins, who positively loathed adventures, but one day found himself embroiled in the greatest adventure in the whole history of middle earth, in a search for dragon guarded gold. This critically acclaimed adaptation uses masks, puppetry and shadow play to create Tolkien's world of dwarves, dragons, trolls, elves, giant…

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Lennie Gallant

March 6 - March 7
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Lennie Gallant is one of Canada’s most beloved songsmiths, a multi-award-winning “class act” (Impact Magazine) who puts on “a powerhouse of a show” (Chronicle Herald). He’s been named the Canadian Folk Artist of the Year, the ECMA’s Entertainer of the Year, and the writer of one of the Top Ten East Coast Songs of All Time. Now, this 18-time ECMA-winner brings his pitch-perfect mix of folk, rock, Celtic, and country to Symphony Nova Scotia for an exceptional symphonic experience. Fri. March 6,…

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Bravura Violin and Dvorak’s Dances

March 12 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Dvořák was the Czechs’ musical champion, and his spirited, fiery Slavonic Dances made him an international star. Experience their enchanting colours and irresistible warmth in Symphony Nova Scotia’s first-ever performance of this exuberant tour de force. Plus, 21-year-old violin prodigy Kerson Leong joins the orchestra for Bartók’s expansive, inventive Violin Concerto, one of the most demanding violin works in the repertoire – and Symphony Nova Scotia presents its first-ever performance of My Name Is Amanda Todd, a moving, poignant work that won the…

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Broadway Tonight!

March 14 - March 15
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Experience the best of Broadway with Symphony Nova Scotia! Star American pops conductor Bob Bernhardt brings his easy style and infectious enthusiasm to a bright, sparkling concert celebrating some of Broadway’s greatest hits. Together with three young singers straight from New York, our orchestra performs a showstopping string of highlights from musicals like My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, The Lion King, Les Misérables, West Side Story, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, and much more! Sat. March 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm Rebecca Cohn, Halifax Sun. March 15, 2020 at…

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Ghost Light

March 17 @ 8:00 am - April 5 @ 5:00 pm
Neptune Theatre

A joyful, powerful tribute to the bond of mother and son In 2014, actor Shawn Wright spent as much time as he could with his dying mother, Regina, a self-described amateur actress “of some renown”, who, Shawn says, taught him everything he knows about theatre. Together they would watch her favourite show, Murder She Wrote, during which there would be no conversation countenanced. But in the commercial breaks, Regina shared some of the most hilarious and poignant moments of her life…

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2020/21 Season Launch

March 18 @ 12:30 pm - March 19 @ 3:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Join Symphony Nova Scotia for our 2020/21 season launch! Our annual free-of-charge launch event features an hour-long performance by Symphony Nova Scotia’s full orchestra, giving sneak peeks of musical highlights from the upcoming 2020/21 season. The launch will be hosted and conducted by Greg Burton. Here’s what else you can expect: Free post-show lunch reception Long & McQuade’s Musical Instrument Fun Zone Door prizes, including a grand prize of two U-Pick 4 packages Live interviews with musicians and guests The first…

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Bach’s Mass in B Minor

March 21 - March 22
St. Andrew’s United Church

It’s a lofty, magnificent masterwork, renowned for its sheer scale, supreme beauty, and blistering choral athleticism. For the first time in a decade, together with the glorious voices of the award-winning Halifax Camerata Singers and four outstanding guest soloists – including star Halifax soprano Jane Archibald – Symphony Nova Scotia proudly presents Bach’s gigantic, deeply moving tour de force: the spectacular Mass in B Minor. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear a true triumph of the Baroque period, and…

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Alderney Encore: Bernhard Gueller and Beethoven’s “Eroica”

March 29 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Alderney Landing Theatre

Symphony Nova Scotia’s Music Director Laureate Bernhard Gueller returns to Halifax for a compelling, deeply moving concert of three major symphonic masterworks. First is Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, an intimate, astonishingly beautiful love letter from a father to his family. Then, hear Mahler’s moving Kindertotenlieder, sung by baritone Brett Polegato with his “burnished, well-focused voice” (New York Times). Finally, Maestro Gueller leads Symphony Nova Scotia in Beethoven’s mighty “Eroica” Symphony – a stunning, jaw-dropping triumph that singlehandedly changed the course of music…

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April 2020

Billy Elliot: The Musical

April 14 - June 7
Neptune Theatre

A spectacular show with heart, humour and passion Determined to make his dreams come true, Billy Elliot The Musical is an inspirational story of one boy’s stumble from the boxing ring to the ballet studio. Against all odds, his life is changed forever when his passion inspires not only his family but a community fallen on hard times. Featuring a rousing score by music legend Elton John, Billy Elliot The Musical is an astonishing theatrical experience that will stay with you forever. Winner of 10…

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Alex Zerbe’s ZANIAC Comedy Show

April 17 @ 8:00 am - April 19 @ 5:00 pm

Recommended age: K-8 With the energy of 1,000 suns, the Zaniac shines like a comedy beacon as he bounces from one end of the stage to the other. Jaws will drop as Alex juggles bowling balls, flaming torches and slices of vegetables in half with a flying playing card. A memorable audience experience. “You’re hip, funny and well choreographed. You’re the total package!” - Piers Morgan, America’s Got Talent! “Boy are you talented, FANTASTIC!” - Jamie Lee Curtis, Actress “WOW!…

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