Mélanie Léonard, conductor
Symphony Nova Scotia
Prepare to be amazed with master illusionist Michael Grandinetti! Named by the LA Times as one of “the most accomplished acts in the world of magic”, Michael Grandinetti is the star of the hit TV series Masters of Illusion, and has dazzled audiences in NFL halftime shows, at the White House, and with symphony orchestras across North America. Now, here’s your rare chance to see his daring, jaw-dropping show live with Symphony Nova Scotia! Experience interactive, suspenseful, cutting-edge illusions like levitation, teleportation, and impossible escapes, synchronized seamlessly to magical music like Night on Bald Mountain, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Swan Lake, Harry Potter, and so much more in this spectacular show for the whole family!
About the Artists
Named by Entertainment Weekly as “a great magician who can truly communicate with a TV audience”, Hidden Remote as a “fan favorite…with charisma and an easy rapport with an audience”, and Digital Journal as “the one to watch in magic”, Michael Grandinetti is not your ordinary magician.
With performances on national and international television, in stadiums, arenas, casinos, and theaters around the country, with Oscar-winning composers and symphony orchestras, for NFL and NBA halftime shows and major sporting events, for Fortune 500 companies, and even at The White House, Michael has made a name for himself around the world as an extremely talented and innovative illusionist.
Possessing a true passion for amazing live audiences, Michael has performed at a wide range of venues, including Heinz Hall with renowned composer Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He also combined the worlds of magic and music when he created special performances and appeared as a featured guest artist with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. During these shows, while the orchestras played musical selections specially themed for each illusion, Michael magically transformed a tuxedo into the orchestra’s conductor, made roses bloom on the stage, levitated into the air while surrounded by the playing orchestra, and, for a finale, caused the orchestra itself to read the minds of the audience by playing pieces of music they were only thinking of.
Michael is making the art of magic charismatic and contemporary. By blurring the line between illusion and reality in a groundbreaking yet personable way, Michael gives his audience an engaging, entertaining, and amazing experience they will not forget.
Mélanie Léonard, conductor
Born in Montréal, Mélanie Léonard is the Music Director of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her appointment in Sudbury, she held the positions of Resident Conductor and Associate Conductor with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
She has guest conducted at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and with several Canadian orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, I Musici, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Regina Symphony Orchestra.
In 2019/20, Mélanie will be making her debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke, and the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra. She also has return engagements with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Thunder Bay Symphony, and Symphony New Brunswick.
Mélanie is a sought-after studio recording conductor. She has recorded soundtracks for movies, multimedia projects, and, more recently, Wonderbox at Paradise City, an immersive environment in a South Korean Hotel complex. In the summer of 2019, she participated in the recording of the music for Cirque du Soleil’s show in Hanghzou, China.
Mélanie completed her Doctorate in orchestral conducting at Université de Montréal under Maestri Paolo Bellomia and Jean-François Rivest. In 2012, she received the Jean-Marie Beaudet prize in Orchestral Conducting, awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
"Michael Grandinetti was a huge hit with our audience. The show attracted a large crowd of both adults and children, and Michael captivated them all evening with his magic, humour, and rapport. I highly recommend this show as an excellent addition to any event."Miriam Burns, conductor, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Single tickets are on sale now, and start at $35 (HST included) for most concerts! You can also save up to 35%, reserve the best seats in the house, and enjoy a great set of benefits with a ticket package. Click here to learn more about ticket packages, or call the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office at 902.494.3820 to book your tickets today.