LSM Newswire

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Symphony Nova Scotia and John McDermott honour our veterans

Halifax NS – Symphony Nova Scotia joins Irish tenor John McDermott in concerts of remembrance on Friday, November 6 at 7:30 pm and again on Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 pm, both at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

To the generation that remembers the World Wars, John McDermott’s music conjures up a vivid emotional landscape, evocative of love, loss, and history. These Remembrance Day performances, conducted by Symphony Nova Scotia Resident Conductor Martin MacDonald, will pay tribute to our veterans with classic wartime songs like Danny Boy, I’ll Be Seeing You, My Bonnie, The Dreamer, Scotland the Brave, The Gift of Years, By Yon Bonnie Banks, and many more.

"So much of the music I sing really speaks to the veterans' experience,” says McDermott. “I feel a great deal of respect for the men and women who put their lives on the line for the sake of their country.”

McDermott has become known as much for his commitment to veterans' causes as for his successful musical career, and Symphony Nova Scotia is proud to join him in honoring our veterans with this special pair of performances.

Get your tickets now! Prices range from $29-49 (HST included), or you can pick up a subscription package and save up to 30%. For tickets and more information, call 494.3820 or visit our website at

About John McDermott
The ninth of twelve children, McDermott came from a traditional Glasgow Irish family who emigrated from Scotland to Canada in the 1960s. John's musical roots are equal parts Scottish and Irish and his songs showcase his innate understanding and facility with traditional folk melodies as well as more contemporary stylings. He has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's "Bob Hope Award," and works closely with organizations like the Medal of Honor Society, the War Amps of Canada, the Semper Fidelis Society, and the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans.

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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