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 (HST included), plus service fees.

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

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


October 19, 2018 • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Port Cities (Carleton Stone, Dylan Guthro, and Breagh MacKinnon)
Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor

With their smooth three-part harmonies, heartfelt songwriting, and multiple-ECMA-nominated, rave-reviewed debut album, Port Cities are Nova Scotia’s next big thing. Featuring the combined talents of already-established solo musicians Carleton Stone, Dylan Guthro, and Breagh MacKinnon, Port Cities are a “mix of East Coast culture and indie flair” (Canadian Beats) and “a perfect balance of Nashville and Nova Scotia” (Vents Magazine, UK). Hear their stunning, atmospheric, intimate sound amplified by brand-new orchestral arrangements in their first-ever concert with Symphony Nova Scotia.

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

November 2, 2018 • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

J.P. Cormier, guitar/vocals
Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor

With an international career spanning five decades, Gordon Lightfoot is a true Canadian legend. He’s sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, won multiple top awards, and inspired artists like Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. Now, Symphony Nova Scotia pays tribute to the great Gordon Lightfoot with master musician J.P. Cormier, a longtime Lightfoot friend and admirer whose ECMA-winning album of Lightfoot covers, The Long River, earned Lightfoot’s enthusiastic personal endorsement. Hear hit songs like The Canadian Railroad TrilogySong for a Winter’s NightLong River, and many more in this heartfelt salute to one of Canada’s greatest icons.

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

March 21, 2019 • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Kinan Azmeh, clarinet

On the program:

  • György Ligeti: Concert Românesc
  • Dinuk Wijeratne: Clarinet Concerto*
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Nova Scotia’s own Dinuk Wijeratne is a JUNO-winning dynamo. He’s “exuberantly creative” (New York Times). “Internationally respected for his virtuosity and sensitivity” (CBC). “An artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future” (Toronto Star). Now, Symphony Nova Scotia proudly presents Dinuk’s newest work – the middle-Eastern-influenced Clarinet Concerto, written specifically for Dinuk’s close friend and longtime collaborator, the Syrian-born clarinetist Kinan Azmeh. Plus, we perform Ligeti’s Concert Românesc, made famous from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and finally, Beethoven’s stunning Symphony No. 7 – a beautiful, unforgettable masterpiece, and one of the most popular symphonies of all time.

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

April 4, 2019 • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Sara Davis Buechner, piano

On the program:

  • Stravinsky: Octet
  • Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
  • Dvořák: Piano Concerto
  • Litolff: Scherzo, from Concerto symphonique

Sara Davis Buechner is a multi-award-winning, internationally beloved pianist of “intelligence, integrity, and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times). Experience her jaw-dropping skill live in Symphony Nova Scotia’s first-ever performance of Dvořák’s deeply challenging, rarely heard Piano Concerto – alongside a special bonus performance of Litolff’s galloping, devilish, near-impossible Scherzo. Plus, hear one of Tchaikovsky’s most inspired masterpieces, “among the best he ever wrote” (Classic FM) – the exhilarating, breathtaking Serenade for Strings.

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