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Friday, September 18, 2009

Symphony Nova Scotia presents free concerts in Symphony Week

Halifax, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia presents a series of free concerts in its second annual Symphony Week, running Tuesday, September 22 to Sunday, September 27.

The full week of festivities will feature Symphony Nova Scotia musicians giving free, live performances at venues like City Hall, the Spring Garden Road Library, Scotia Square Mall, Citadel High, and the Maritime Museum. Performances will include everything from children’s music to orchestral concerts featuring the entire Symphony.

“We’re delighted to kick off our 26th season with Symphony Week,” says Symphony Nova Scotia CEO Erika Beatty. “It’s a great way to celebrate our upcoming concert season and give audiences a chance to sample some of the music they’ll be hearing. The way Nova Scotians support their musical community is one of the reasons why this is the best place to live in Canada – Symphony Week is also a celebration of the creative spirit of all the artists and residents of our community.”

Symphony Week is generously supported by the Halifax Regional Municipality’s Special Events Grant.

Symphony Week schedule of events:

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 12:00 pm, Halifax Regional Library, Spring Garden Road
Library Players' Classical Hits: Mozart and Friends
Bring your lunch and join host Max Kasper and his fellow musicians from Symphony Nova Scotia as the orchestra kicks off its Symphony Week! Come hear music and hilarious stories about your favourite composers in a relaxed and informal setting.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 3:00 pm, City Hall
Symphony at City Hall
Symphony Nova Scotia’s full orchestra performs live at City Hall! Featuring excerpts from some of the greatest classical works ever written, including Beethoven’s Eighth, Dvorak’s Czech Suite, and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 2:00 pm, Citadel High School
School Concert
The full orchestra performs for an audience of young music lovers at Citadel High. For students only, please.

Friday, September 25, 2009, noon, Scotia Square Mall
Rhapsody While You Shop
Halifax’s Rhapsody Quintet, featuring members of Symphony Nova Scotia, plays your light classics and jazz favourites at Scotia Square.

Friday, September 25, 2009, 1:30 pm, Park Lane Theatre 8
Atlantic Film Festival Emerging Composer Screening
Symphony Nova Scotia teams up with emerging film composers to perform and record original compositions in this innovative workshop screening. Open to registered Film Festival delegates. (For details, contact Alyson Sanders at or 902.420.4577.)

Saturday, September 26, 2009, 10:30 am, Discovery Centre
Discover the Symphony!
A Symphony Nova Scotia wind quintet plays for all ages at Halifax’s Discovery Centre – featuring an interactive, entertaining program and a musical instrument petting zoo!

Saturday, September 26, 2009, 2:30 pm, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
26th Season Preview
Hear the full orchestra live on the waterfront at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in this preview of Symphony Nova Scotia’s 26th anniversary season. Featuring special guest bagpiper Alex Marriott, a student at Oxford School in Halifax.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 11:00 am, Cunard Centre
Words and Music
A Symphony Nova Scotia small group, featuring newly published author and violist Binnie Brennan, brings the joy of music to Word on the Street, Nova Scotia’s largest book festival.

About Symphony Nova Scotia

Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love – from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Visit to learn more, listen online, or subscribe today!

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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