Announcing Symphony Nova Scotia’s 2017/18 concert season!

Season to celebrate culmination of 15 years under Maestro Bernhard Gueller’s Music Directorship

Halifax, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia is delighted to announce its 2017/18 concert season!

With concerts ranging from Beethoven’s Ninth and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Ria Mae and The Music of David Bowie, Symphony Nova Scotia presents another season of brilliant classical virtuosos, East Coast music icons, and great symphonic music.

There is so much to hear in our 2017/18 season,” says Music Director Bernhard Gueller.

“Our upcoming concerts include the sublime Brahms Violin Concerto and his First Piano Concerto, the majestic ‘Emperor’ Concerto by Beethoven, and the Cherubini Requiem – something I have wanted to conduct all my life.

“Our soloists in 2017/18 include Giora Schmidt, Marc-André Hamelin, and the Kronos Quartet, along with local favourites Denise Djokic, Richard Simoneau, Dominic Desautels, and Peter Allen. Plus, we’ll be showcasing the music ofABBASimon and Garfunkel, and David Bowie, and also presenting Mozart’s Messiah and Baroque gems with Jeanne Lamon and David Greenberg.

“For the kids, we will make music come alive with Beethoven Lives Upstairs, and young adults will love the Halifax Pop Explosion concert with Ria Mae. Plus, the holiday season would not be the same without The Nutcracker, and we have again added a second ballet this year – Anastasia with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen. I know I will see you somewhere, often! Come enjoy the season with us.”

The 2017/18 season will also be Gueller’s final one as Symphony Nova Scotia’s Music Director. Gueller has led the orchestra for almost 15 years, and his tenure has been marked by financial stability, artistic excellence, and unprecedented audience attendance and engagement.

Our orchestra has benefited immensely from Bernhard’s generous, inspirational leadership,” says Christopher Wilkinson, CEO of Symphony Nova Scotia.

“We look forward to working with him for the 2017/18 season, and are extremely grateful to have his support in the transition to a new Music Director.”

The search for Symphony Nova Scotia’s new Music Director will be ongoing for over a year, in a wide-ranging process that involves volunteers, orchestra musicians, artistic and administrative staff, and audience participants. Potential candidates will appear as conductors with the orchestra over the next season, with a final decision planned for 2019. Gueller’s contract concludes in May 2018, after which he will transition into a new role as Symphony Nova Scotia’s Conductor Laureate.

“In the last decade, I believe that we have succeeded in making Symphony Nova Scotia the best we could,” says Gueller.

“We’ve worked hard together with passion and commitment to provide an outstanding series of concerts that are valued by audiences and sponsors. After 2018, I will be moving on to some new projects and partnerships, and I look forward to my new role as Conductor Laureate where I will remain as dedicated to this wonderful orchestra as I am now. I am very proud of what we have accomplished together.”

Season ticket packages are now available for all Symphony Nova Scotia’s 2017/18 concerts. Highlights include:

Our 2017/18 lineup: Masterworks Concerts

See the full list of our 2017/18 Masterworks concerts here.

Our 2017/18 lineup: Fusion Concerts

See the full list of our 2017/18 Symphonic Fusion and Maritime Fusion concerts.

Our 2017/18 lineup: Baroque Concerts

See the full list of our 2017/18 Baroque concerts here.


See the full list of our 2017/18 special concerts and events here.

Full details on the 2017/18 season are available now at our website at Or, to request a print brochure by mail, please email us at [email protected].

Ticket packages for our 2017/18 concerts are on sale now!

Package holders save up to 35% over regular ticket prices and receive a host of exclusive benefits, including first choice of seats for all concerts and easy ticket exchanges. Almost half of Symphony Nova Scotia’s 2016/17 concerts to date have sold out, and purchasing a ticket package is the best way to ensure you can attend the concerts you really want to see. Order today at 902.494.3820 or 1.800.874.1669, or in person at the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax NS (open 12-6 pm weekdays).

Single tickets for all 2017/18 concerts will go on sale August 1, 2017.


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 one of the most exciting orchestras in the country, with dozens of interactive outreach programs, over 20 commercial recordings, and multiple East Coast Music Awards. Visit to learn more, listen online, or get tickets today!