Open Rehearsals

Symphony Nova Scotia’s School Open Rehearsals are a chance for children in grades four and up to experience the symphony onstage in the concert hall at a very reduced price.

An emcee or the guest artist will guide your students’ 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. Your students will attend a dress rehearsal so the music will be getting the final polishing for public audiences but the players won’t be formally dressed.  

All School Open 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.

Symphony Nova Scotia is developing Teacher Guides for these performances, which will be available soon. 

Cost: $7 per student. For every 10 student tickets purchased, one chaperone ticket will be free.

Tickets: After September 1, call 902.494.6406 (for student groups). For regular tickets, call 902.494.3820.


2018/19 SCHOOL DRESS REHEARSAL SCHEDULE


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

Featuring: 
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 student. For every 10 student tickets purchased, one chaperone ticket will be free.



THE LONG RIVER: A TRIBUTE TO
GORDON LIGHTFOOT
November 2, 2018 • 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Featuring:
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 student. For every 10 student tickets purchased, one chaperone ticket will be free.



BEETHOVEN’S SEVENTH
March 21, 2019 • 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Featuring:
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 student. For every 10 student tickets purchased, one chaperone ticket will be free.



SARA DAVIS BUECHNER
April 4, 2019 • 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Featuring:
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 student. For every 10 student tickets purchased, one chaperone ticket will be free.


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
902.403.7197
outreach@symphonyns.ca