LSM Newswire

Monday, April 6, 2009

Symphony Nova Scotia performs at eight elementary schools this spring

Halifax, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia takes to the road this spring to perform at eight schools across the Halifax Regional Municipality and beyond.

Sponsored by RBC Financial Group and conducted by Symphony Nova Scotia resident conductor Martin MacDonald, these engaging in-school concerts introduce young audiences to musical instruments, classical music, and the orchestra in a fun, interactive way.

Each in-school concert provides students with a unique educational experience. This year’s program will explore music from a wide variety of cultures, including European, Middle Eastern, African, Asian, Latin American, and French Canadian.

Then, students will be able to discover the character and qualities of each family of instruments as the orchestra performs the sounds of the cultures that form our Canadian identity.

“We are so excited about the focus of this program,” says Christina Murray, Symphony Nova Scotia’s Education and Outreach Manager. “We’ve developed it in collaboration with teachers to help open a dialogue about intercultural understanding.”

The orchestra will be performing this special program between April 8 and May 7 for seven schools: Southdale-North Woodside Elementary (Dartmouth), Enfield District School, Oyster Pond Academy, Seaside Elementary (Eastern Passage), BLT Elementary (Timberlea), Hillside Park Elementary (Lower Sackville), and Somerset and District Elementary (Berwick). They will also be performing a smaller program for pre-school and primary students at Halifax Independent School.

In-school concerts are just part of Symphony Nova Scotia’s comprehensive music education initiatives, along with open rehearsals, school matinees, special workshops, the Adopt-a-Musician program, the Musical Munchkins program, and the Library Series. These programs allow the orchestra to share the love of musical learning with over 14,000 young audiences each year.

For more information about Symphony Nova Scotia’s education and outreach programs, visit

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Expect the Unexpected with Symphony Nova Scotia – from Baroque to Berlioz to bluegrass! Each year the 37-member ensemble performs for more than 40,000 audience members (including 14,000 young music lovers) in communities across Nova Scotia. Under the inspirational leadership of Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Join the orchestra in celebrating its 25th anniversary this season!

Symphony Nova Scotia is grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture, and Heritage, and the Halifax Regional Municipality for their continued support.

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