Open Rehearsals

Symphony Nova Scotia’s Dress Rehearsals are an opportunity for audiences of all ages to experience the symphony in a low-risk, low-cost, rehearsal setting.

Dress rehearsals start at 10 am on the day of the regular concert, and take place in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium at the Dalhousie Arts Centre (6101 University Avenue, Halifax).

Cost: $22 per ticket.

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased through the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office at 902 494.3820 or online here.


Janina’s Chopin and Beethoven’s Fifth • October 13, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Bernhard Gueller, conductor
Janina Fialkowska, piano


Symphony Nova Scotia launches its classical season with two of the greatest works ever written – and a homegrown world premiere. Hear a brand-new composition from Nova Scotia’s own Dinuk Wijeratne, followed by “born Chopin interpreter” Janina Fialkowska with the glorious melodies of Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 1. Then, for the grand finale, we perform the one, the only, the almighty Beethoven’s Fifth – a thundering journey from tragedy to triumph, and arguably the single most famous piece of classical music in the world.



Mo Kenney • October 21, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Mo Kenney, guitar and vocals
Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor


With her warm voice, rich songwriting, and growing stockpile of local and national awards, Mo Kenney is one of Nova Scotia’s hottest rising stars. She’s a “self-confident and talented songwriter” (Rolling Stone, Germany), and her “smart songwriting” (the Guardian), “excellent guitar work” (the Revue), and “instinctual melodic power pop” (Irish Times) have earned her rave reviews worldwide. Don’t miss this local phenomenon in a stunning orchestral mash-up with Symphony Nova Scotia.


Jonathan Crow and Appalachian Spring • November 24, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Alain Trudel, conductor
Jonathan Crow, violin


On the program:

  • José Evangelista: Symphonie minute
  • Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
  • Erich Korngold: Violin Concerto
  • Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring

Symphony Nova Scotia performs some of the biggest symphonic hits in North American history. Experience the rich, radiant beauty of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring alongside Samuel Barber’s heart-wrenchingAdagio for Strings, a piece that “rarely leaves a dry eye” and has become a pop-culture hit. Plus, the Toronto Symphony’s virtuoso concertmaster Jonathan Crow joins us for Erich Korngold’s lush Violin Concerto – a sweeping, romantic work that showcases this Oscar-winning composer’s best themes for film.



Stewart Goodyear Plays Grieg • February 9, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano


On the program:

  • Jordan Pal: On the Double: Concert Overture
  • Grieg: Piano Concerto
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 3 “Scottish”

Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear is “one of the best pianists of his generation” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and his stylish, kinetic playing has earned him rave reviews, a high-octane career, and top billing with some of the world’s best orchestras. Now, Stewart makes his Symphony Nova Scotia debut performing one of Edvard Grieg’s greatest creations – the grand, triumphant, and wildly passionate Piano Concerto.

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