Summer Symphony

Concert Information

Performance dates
July 17, 2017 at 12:00pm
Public Spaces across Halifax

July 31, 2017 at 7:30pm
Public Spaces across Halifax

• Symphony Nova Scotia
• Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor
• Trevor Gould, drums
• Reeny Smith, vocals
• Natalie MacMaster, fiddle
• and more!

Symphony Nova Scotia presents its first-ever series of free concerts and special events during the summer! Come join us for free, live performances for the whole family in public spaces throughout the city.

Seating at all venues is first-come, first-served. Come early to get your favourite spot!

Celebrate Nova Scotia!

Wednesday, July 19, 12:30 and 2:00 pm
Pier 21, Rowe Hall, Halifax

Saturday, July 22, 11:00 am and 12:30 pm
Alderney Landing Theatre, Dartmouth

Tuesday, July 25, 11:00 am and 12:30 pm
Wednesday, July 26, 11:00 am and 12:30 pm
Halifax Central Library O’Regan Hall, Halifax

Celebrate Nova Scotia’s vibrant musical landscape in this lively, fun, and free concert experience for the whole family! Featuring Symphony Nova Scotia, singer Reeny Smith, and drummer Trevor Gould, this full-orchestra event brings together Mi’kmaq chants and drumming, African Nova Scotian songs, Acadian fiddling and dancing, and new symphonic music – plus traditional favourites like Stan Rogers’ The Bluenose and Farewell to Nova Scotia. Don’t miss this symphonic celebration of the rich, colourful, and powerful music of our beloved home by the sea.

Featuring Symphony Nova Scotia with conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, drummer Trevor Gould, and singer Reeny Smith.

Symphony Nova Scotia gratefully acknowledges the support of Nova Scotia’s Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage through the 150 Forward Fund.


Schubert’s Unfinished Trout

Monday, July 17, 12:00 noon
Keshen Goodman Public Library, Halifax

Franz Schubert was a composer of music who lived a little over 100 years ago, and wrote over 600 songs. One particularly beautiful one was about a trout. Later, he used the same music in a quintet, which is now known as “the trout” quintet. Now, come and hear the tale of how Schubert came to be fascinated by a trout. Like all great stories, it is partly truth, and partly lies. To help illustrate our story, the Gatto Dolce Duo will play you some great music. Like all great music, it will be partly truth, and partly lies…

Featuring the Gatto Dolce Duo: Colin Matthews, cello, and Max Kasper, bass.


Halifax Pride Tea Dance

Sunday, July 23, 1:00 pm
Garrison Grounds, Halifax Citadel

Symphony Nova Scotia and Halifax Pride present a charming afternoon Tea Dance of splendid waltzes for waltzing, bouncy polkas for polking, and light classics for listening! Then stick around for a change in tempo as we continue to boogie to disco tunes. Free for all ages.


The Library Players Go for Baroque!

Monday, July 24, 12:00 noon
Woodlawn Public Library, Dartmouth

Bring your lunch and join Symphony Nova Scotia musicians Max Kasper, Yi Lee, and Anita Gao Lee for an informative and fun look at some of your favourite Baroque composers. Come and hear beautiful trio sonatas by Corelli, Bach, Handel, Telemann, and more. Plus, to aid your enjoyment of the music, Max will also share entertaining stories about the composers’ lives. (We might even talk a bit about what the heck a “trio sonata” is!)

Featuring the Library Players: Yi Lee, violin; Anita Gao Lee, violin; and Max Kasper, bass.


CBC Presents RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Celebration

Saturday, July 29, 8:00 pm
Salter Street Block, Halifax Waterfront

Celebrate the Tall Ships with Cape Breton’s Grammy-winning, world-famous, multiple-gold-album superstar! The one and only Natalie MacMaster joins forces with Symphony Nova Scotia for one of the must-see free events of the summer – a foot-stomping, crowd-pleasing performance of down-home jigs, reels, and strathspeys that’ll have the whole family step-dancing in the street. Plus, Symphony Nova Scotia and the Elmer Iseler Singers perform a lush symphonic tribute to Canada 150, featuring some of the nation’s best-loved and most popular songs – topped off by a surprise grand finale with cannons and fireworks!


The National Youth Orchestra Live – SOLD OUT!

Monday, July 31, 7:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

In celebration of Canada’s 150th, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada returns to Halifax for the first time in over a decade as a part of their Edges of Canada tour! Hear 92 of the best young musicians in the country perform live alongside indigenous Canadian artists in this thrilling, inspirational concert experience. Featuring Strauss’ spectacular Death and Transfiguration, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and The Unsilent Project – a brand-new, youth-oriented response to Truth and Reconciliation.

Ticket info

Concerts during our Summer Season are FREE and open to the public!