Symphony Week

Concert Information

Performance dates
Mon. October 19, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Sun. October 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm

October 19-25, 2020

Symphony Nova Scotia kicks off the season with our 13th annual Symphony Week, full of online events and free community concerts. All in-person concerts will require attendees wear non-medical masks and follow social distancing protocols. Please review the protocols of the venue before you attend (look for the convenient links below!).


SYMPHONY NOVA SCOTIA’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ► REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Monday, October 19, 2020, 5:00 pm • Online
Join Symphony Nova Scotia’s team for a behind-the-scenes report on the past 2019/20 concert season, plus a solo cello performance from the orchestra’s own Rachel Desoer. All are welcome to attend, though only members are eligible to vote at the meeting. For more details on attending or becoming a member, click here. Advance registration is required – please click here.

SPILLING THE TEA WITH HOLLY AND DANIEL ► REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Thursday, October 22, 2020, 2:00 pm • Online
Go behind the scenes with Symphony Nova Scotia’s own Holly Mathieson and Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser for the REAL story on the symphonic music world! In this lively, entertaining online session, you’ll get to know your intrepid orchestra leaders a little better, share your burning questions, and chat online with your fellow supporters and friends. Come join us for some fun, and help spill the tea with your orchestra! Space is limited! Sign up today to guarantee your spot. This workshop will be held via Zoom, and we welcome all levels of participation. Advance registration is required – please click here.

FREE: MUSIC MEETS ART AT THE AGNS
Thursday, October 22, 2020, 6:30 to 8:00 pm • 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax
Featuring: Isabelle Fournier, violin; Susan Sayle, viola
Sponsored by BMO
Visit the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on BMO Free Access Thursday for an enlightening evening of free music and art. Two Symphony Nova Scotia musicians will perform a warm collection of intimate music to accompany your explorations of the gallery.

For your safety:

  • This experience will be standing-room only; please enjoy the music as you explore the gallery! Please note that musicians will take a 30-minute break halfway through the evening.
  • All visitors must wear masks and follow social distancing protocols. To review the AGNS’ COVID-19 safety protocols in detail, click here.

SCIENCE AND MUSIC: LITTLE LEARNERS AT THE DISCOVERY CENTRE!
Friday, October 23, 2020, 10:00 am •
1215 Lower Water Street, Halifax, Third Floor
Featuring: Kirsty Money, violin; Mary Lee, horn
Sponsored by Scotiabank
Bring your Little Learner for a morning all about music, with special guests from Symphony Nova Scotia! Experience a lively, interactive session with two professional musicians, starting at 10:00 am on the Discovery Centre’s Level 3. Afterwards, make your own musical instruments and experiment with different sounds for a show of your own!

This program is created for children ages 2 to 5, but can be enjoyed by all.

For your safety:

  • Attendance is limited; we encourage you to reserve your admission in advance online here (be sure to choose Friday, October 23, 9 am to 12 pm). Space permitting, drop-ins will be admitted after an on-site screening.
  • Museum admission fees apply (fees range from $10 to $15).
  • This event is geared to our youngest audiences, and some are unable to always keep masks on – we encourage family groups to be patient and please enjoy the music from their distanced seating. For the Discovery Centre’s full COVID-19 protocols, click here.
  • Please note that wind players will not wear masks while performing, but will remain socially distanced.

FREE: SYMPHONY NOVA SCOTIA STRINGS AT MIC MAC MALL
Friday, October 23, 2020, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm • 21 Micmac Blvd, Dartmouth, Level 2 (near Linen Chest)
Featuring: Jennifer Jones and Anne Simons, violin; Binnie Brennan and Yvonne DeRoller, viola; Hilary Brown, cello; Max Kasper, bass
Start your holiday shopping on a high note with Symphony Nova Scotia at the Mic Mac Mall! A group of orchestra musicians will brighten your Friday afternoon with an upbeat variety of toe-tapping tunes, including everything from classical favourites to the Beatles. Catch them on the mall’s second-floor South Court (near Linen Chest), and don’t forget to wear your mask (and bring your shopping bags)!

For your safety:

  • This experience will be standing-room only; please enjoy the music as you shop at the mall! Please note that musicians will take a 30-minute break halfway through the set.
  • All mall guests must wear masks and follow social distancing protocols. For Mic Mac Mall’s full COVID-19 policies and procedures, click here.

SYMPHONY WOODWINDS AT THE LORD NELSON HOTEL ► RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm •
1515 South Park St., Halifax
Featuring: Christine Feierabend, flute; Suzanne Lemieux, oboe; Chris Palmer, bassoon
A trio of Symphony Nova Scotia woodwinds performs at The Arms Restaurant at the beautiful Lord Nelson Hotel. Located just off the iconic lobby, The Arms Restaurant features traditional English pub fare in a friendly and comfortable setting – the perfect spot to share good cheer and live music with friends!

To book your weekend staycation at the Lord Nelson, click here for a variety of special offers!

For your safety:

  • Attendance is limited to available, safely distanced seating at The Arms Restaurant. Please enjoy the music while you enjoy something to eat or drink! Reservations are recommended. Please call 902.420.9781 to book your table.
  • Please note that musicians will take a 30-minute break halfway through the afternoon.
  • All Restaurant guests must wear masks (except while eating or drinking) and follow social distancing protocols.
  • Please note that wind players will not wear masks while performing, but will remain socially distanced.

SYMPHONY QUARTET AT THE MARITIME MUSEUM
Sunday, October 25, 2020, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm • 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax
Featuring: Jennifer Jones and Anne Simons, violin; Étienne Chénard, viola; Hilary Brown, cello
Explore Nova Scotia’s rich Maritime heritage, while enjoying a delightful instrumental performance from an acclaimed quartet of Symphony Nova Scotia musicians. You’ll hear a variety of beloved musical favourites – including a few nautical tunes! — in a relaxed, informal environment that’s perfect for a cheery Sunday afternoon. All ages welcome – and Halloween costumes, too!

For your safety:

  • Tickets will be available at the Museum front desk starting half an hour before each showtime. Museum admission fees apply (fees range from $3.10 to $5.15; children under 5 are free).
  • This experience will be standing-room only. All attendees must wear masks and follow social distancing protocols – please stay with your bubbles! The concert area will be cleaned between sets. For more information about the Maritime Museum’s safety protocols, click here.