Home School Dress Rehearsals

Symphony Nova Scotia’s Home School Dress Rehearsals are a chance for homeschooled children and their parents to experience the symphony onstage in the concert hall at a very reduced price.

An emcee or the guest artist will guide your experience and provide information about the rehearsal process.

Please note that all of these events are working rehearsals, and are not intended to replace a live concert experience. This is an opportunity to watch and listen to the symphony in action as the musicians get ready for a concert – so the music will be polished but not final, and the players won’t be formally dressed.  

All Home School Dress Rehearsals take place at the Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax. Start time is always 10:00 am on the morning of the day of the regular concert.

Tickets are $7 per person, plus service fees.

Questions or comments? Please contact D’Arcy Gray at outreach@symphonyns.ca.

Please note: Home School tickets are only available through EventBrite, and are not available through the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office. 


Friday, October 20, 2017 • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Ria Mae, vocals
Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor

Halifax’s own Ria Mae is one of Nova Scotia’s hottest breakout artists, with an international record deal, an ECMA win, and a platinum-certified, millions-viewed, Juno-nominated single, Clothes Off. She’s been touted by Spotify as a 2016 Spotlight Artist, by CBC Music as a “Next Big Thing”, and by media outlets as “a captivating performer” (Ottawa Citizen) and a “tremendous East Coast talent” (CBC). Don’t miss this rising phenomenon’s catchy songs, warm voice, and brand-new orchestral arrangements in her debut concert with Symphony Nova Scotia.

Cost: $7 per person (HST included), plus service fees.

Friday, November 17, 2017 • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Cyndi Cain, Owen Lee, and Dutch Robinson, vocals
Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor

Symphony Nova Scotia joins forces with three powerhouse local performers to salute the smooth, rich songs of soul. Hear stirring, funky favourites from R&B icons like Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and The Supremes, fronted by the mighty voices of Halifax’s own Cyndi Cain, Owen “O’Sound” Lee, and R&B Hall of Famer Dutch Robinson. With unforgettable hit songs like Get Ready, Let’s Get It On, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Dancing in the Street, and many more, this soulful symphonic celebration will have you dancing in the aisles!

Cost: $7 per person (HST included), plus service fees.

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Christoph Campestrini, conductor
Rachel Barton Pine, violin

On the program:

  • Glenn Buhr: Akasha (Sky)
  • Henri Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 2
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 2

Rachel Barton Pine is one of the world’s great violin virtuosos, with multiple competition wins, over 30 commercial recordings, and the lifetime use of a $20-million Guarneri violin. Since Rachel’s debut with the Chicago Symphony at age 10, she’s performed regularly with major orchestras all over the world, earning accolades as “an exciting, boundary-defying performer… in the top echelon” (Washington Post). Now, Rachel makes her Symphony Nova Scotia debut appearance with Wieniawski’s fiery Violin Concerto no. 2.

Cost: $7 per person (HST included), plus service fees.

Talk to us!

Do you have questions or comments about our education programs? We’d love to hear from you.

Please contact: D’Arcy Gray
Education and Community Outreach Coordinator, Symphony Nova Scotia