Symphony 101

Pre Concert ChatEnhance your enjoyment of great music with Symphony Nova Scotia’s free new “Symphony 101” classes! Learn about music, orchestras, composers, and more in a relaxed, accessible format at the new Halifax Central Library.

Classes will be led by well known music lecturer Adrian Hoffman, a Dalhousie University instructor and former CBC Radio host. Each class will also feature Symphony Nova Scotia musicians, who will give up close and personal perspectives on their instruments and their roles as professional musicians.

All classes are one hour long, and free of charge for all ages.

2016/17 Schedule:

  • Oct 2, 2016 (Culture Days) • Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library
  • Nov 20, 2016 • Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library
  • Apr 23, 2017 • Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library

2015/16 Schedule:

Symphony 101 with Suzanne Lemieux
October 25, 2 pm
Learn about music, orchestras, composers, and more with “Symphony 101”! This relaxed, accessible class features instruction from music lecturer Adrian Hoffman, a Dalhousie University instructor and former CBC Radio host. We’ll also hear from Symphony Nova Scotia’s acclaimed Principal Oboist, Suzanne Lemieux, who will give a personal perspective on her instrument and her role as a professional musician.

Symphony 101: What Makes a Melody?
Featuring Jennifer Jones, violin
November 22, 2 pm
Learn about music, orchestras, composers, and more with “Symphony 101”! This relaxed, accessible class features instruction from music lecturer Adrian Hoffman, a Dalhousie University instructor and former CBC Radio host. Adrian’s focus for this class will be the subject of melody – what is it, and what makes a melody memorable? We’ll also hear from Symphony Nova Scotia violinist Jennifer Jones, who will give a personal perspective on her instrument and her role as a professional musician.

Symphony 101: Back to “BASS”ics
Featuring Christopher Palmer, bassoon/contrabassoon
Sunday, April 24, 2 pm
Learn about music, orchestras, composers, and more with “Symphony 101”! This relaxed, accessible class features instruction from music lecturer Adrian Hoffman, a Dalhousie University instructor and former CBC Radio host. In this class, Adrian will explore the bass, the foundation of the orchestra’s pitch range. Some of the “eeriest” music written for symphony orchestra takes us to these dark and mysterious depths! We’ll also hear from Symphony Nova Scotia bassoonist Chris Palmer, who will give a personal perspective on his instrument and his role as a professional musician.


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