Symphony Nova Scotia kicks off Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week with the 24th annual Beer and Beethoven

Symphony Nova Scotia’s annual fundraising party to feature singer-songwriter Dave Gunning, sampling from local brewers, wood-fired pizza, and more!

Symphony Nova Scotia launches the first-ever Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week with the 24th annual Beer & Beethoven!

Join us Friday, May 8 at 7 pm at the Halifax Forum’s Multi-Purpose Centre for an evening of drinks, activities, and spectacular live music with special guest Dave Gunning.

Beer & Beethoven is an opportunity for loyal Symphony attendees and newcomers alike to experience the orchestra in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. The evening begins with a classical music set by Symphony Nova Scotia, followed by full-orchestra highlights from iconic film scores, including Star Wars, Superman, E.T., and West Side Story.

Then, Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Dave Gunning teams up with the full orchestra for a performance of some of his most popular songs, including These Hands, Prince of Pictou, and Saltwater Hearts.

As the first event in the first annual Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week, Beer and Beethoven will also feature a selection of local craft beer for sale, with free sampling from 7 to 8 pm.

Highlighted breweries include:

Alongside the great music and beer, Beer and Beethoven will also include fresh wood-fired pizza from The Rolling Bricks, a live painting by Nova Scotia artist Richelle Williams, a live auction, a 50/50 raffle, Snap’d Halifax’s Photo Booth, and the opportunity to try out an instrument at Long & McQuade’s popular Musical Instrument Fun Zone! Ample free parking is also available.

All proceeds from ticket sales, the 50/50 draw, the live auction, and other on-site activities will go directly to support Symphony Nova Scotia.
Beer & Beethoven sold out last year, so don’t wait to get your tickets! Both single tickets and tables of 10 are available:
Single Tickets: $40 each (HST included). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is a mix of theatre-style row seating and open beer hall-style tables. This event is restricted to a 19+ audience.

For individual tickets, contact the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office:

  • Phone: 902.494.3820 or 1.800.874.1669
  • Online: click here
  • In person: 6101 University Avenue, Halifax
  • Hours: 12 pm to 6 pm weekdays

Beethoven Table: $1,000 (HST included). Includes 10 tickets, guaranteed reserved seating, corporate signage, program recognition, and a tax receipt for a portion of the cost. Plus, get three fresh, family-sized pizzas from The Rolling Bricks delivered to your table, and pre-order beverages for you and your guests!

Order your Beethoven Table today by contacting Lori Saunders:

  • Phone: 902.421.1300 ext. 230
  • Fax: 902.422.1209
  • Email: [email protected]
  • In person: Suite 301, 5657 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS, B3J 3R4

Thank you to our Beer and Beethoven sponsors

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About Dave Gunning
“Dave Gunning is the next big thing in the True North of Song, an artist as compelling, as assured and attentive to every nuance of the writing process as Lightfoot, Cockburn and Stan Rogers before him.” — Greg Quill, The Toronto Star

Writing from a sonic menu that includes flavors of Irish, Scottish, folk and country musical styles, Dave Gunning transcends genre with songs that fill your senses and touch your soul.

The Pictou County, Nova Scotia born and bred singer-songwriter and working class hero has built up from humble beginnings to a point where his name is regularly included in conversation with artists such as David Francey, James Keelaghan, Ron Hynes, Stan Rogers, Bruce Cockburn, and Gordon Lightfoot.
Dave’s 10th album No More Pennies pays tribute to the trials and tribulations, the highs and lows, and the goodness at the heart of people. Dave and his song These Hands were awarded Song of the Year at the 2013 East Coast Music Awards and picked up nominations for Folk Recording and Fans Choice Entertainer of the Year.

Dave has ten critically acclaimed CDs to his credit. His previous release, … a tribute to John Allan Cameron was honored with a prestigious 2012 Juno Award nomination and was the winner of two 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards and two ECMA Awards. He was the winner of the Indie International Song Contest (for his song Hard Workin’ Hands, co-written with Ron Hynes) and a finalist in the Great American Song Contest, the USA Songwriting Competition, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the International Songwriting Contest. All of the hardware and certificates aside, however, it is the personal connection that Dave’s music engenders that is the greatest testament to his craft.

A seasoned performer and entertainer, Dave has toured extensively both solo and with his band, performing to sold-out venues, festivals, house concerts and theatres throughout Canada, the U.S., the U.K. , Ireland, Denmark and recently in Afghanistan, entertaining the troops. Engaging and charismatic, Dave’s magnetic gift of captivating audiences by creating a bond through down-to-earth details, homespun humour and seasoned musicianship will be in full display as he continues to tour in support of the latest chapter of a career heading for international recognition.

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love – from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is one of the most broadcast orchestras in the country, with over 20 commercial releases and multiple East Coast Music Awards. Visit to learn more, listen online, or get tickets today!


For more information, please contact:
Heidi MacPhee
Director of Communications and Marketing, Symphony Nova Scotia
902.421.1300 x. 226
[email protected]