Symphony Side-by-Side

Sun. February 26, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Holly Mathieson, conductor
Cris Derksen, cello
The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra
Symphony Nova Scotia
On the program

John Estacio: Moontides
Cris Derksen: Round Dance
Robert Schumann: Genoveva Overture
Elizabeth Maconchy: Nocturne
William Grant Still: Symphony No. 5, “Western Hemisphere”


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The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra provides a unique experience that enhances, encourages, and inspires each member to fulfill their greatest potential. These young musicians prepare long and hard for their performances, and especially for this special Symphony Side-by-Side performance.

Upwards of 80 musicians will be onstage at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, producing a big and spectacular sound. Featuring works by Robert Schumann, Elizabeth Maconchy, Cree composer Cris Derksen, and William Grant Still, “the dean of African-American composers,” this concert promises to be engaging.

We’re also thrilled to present Canadian composer John Estacio’s “Moontides,” in partnership with KV 265. KV 265 is an international organization that seeks to heighten appreciation and understanding of art, music, science, and technology and to inspire further exploration of these disciplines through multimedia concerts, lectures, and educational workshops.

As our musicians perform “Moontides,” the audience will experience the premiere of a sumptuous new onscreen film depicting lunar tides produced by José Francisco Salgado, an Emmy-nominated astronomer, experimental photographer, and visual artist who creates multimedia works communicate science in engaging ways.


The grand finale of this concert, William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 5, is one of the coolest American symphonies of the 20th century. Infused with jazz, but still paying reference to the great romantic composers of the generations before, it is full of warmth, wit, and goodness. As a conductor, you don’t conduct this work, so much as dance it! If you like Gershwin, you will really love it. Elizabeth Maconchy’s Nocturne, which precedes it, is far more reserved and hidden, but equally evocative, especially paired with Schumann’s wonderfully childlike Genoveva Overture, which is so open and fresh. We start the concert with two incredibly fun Canadian pieces – I think it’s really important for our young NSYO players to have the chance to learn and love the music of their own time, place, and people, just as much as the historic European works that they will play throughout their musical lives.

Ticket info

Single tickets are on sale now! You can also save up to 30%, 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.


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