Symphony Nova Scotia partners with Irish sensations The Celtic Tenors for three Halifax concerts

Friday, March 11, 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 13, 2:00 pm

Halifax, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia joins forces with international superstars The Celtic Tenors for a unique blend of classical, folk, Celtic, and pop on March 11, 12, and 13 at Halifax’s Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

As the most successful classical crossover artists ever to emerge from Ireland, The Celtic Tenors consists of Daryl Simpson, James Nelson, and Matthew Gilsenan.

With more than a million albums sold worldwide and a busy international touring schedule, these three virtuoso tenors combine Irish roots with classical training, operatic expertise, and a polished, harmonious sound to create an exhilarating concert experience.

These three concerts will mark The Celtic Tenors’ first-ever collaboration with Symphony Nova Scotia, and all three concerts will be led by Symphony Nova Scotia’s Associate Conductor, Martin MacDonald.

“It’s these Symphony shows which always give The Celtic Tenors, and hopefully our audiences, that added buzz,” says James.

“There is something very exciting for us singers to stand in front of a big orchestra and hear our music being played as it was recorded in the studio.

“We sing from pretty much every genre, and that is what people can expect at these concerts – some classical of course, classical crossover, Celtic, Irish, pop, a capella numbers, songs from our albums of course… something hopefully for everyone in the audience, delivered by three guys who don’t take themselves too seriously, but who will hopefully put a smile on your faces and warmth in your hearts.”

The concert’s program includes:

The Celtic Tenors have toured worldwide and been the recipients of several prestigious awards, including the Echo Award in Germany for “Classical without Boundaries” and double platinum awards from their homeland.

Acclaim for The Celtic Tenors includes:

  • “Three separately and distinctive classically-trained tenors, who when they come together they are a superbly flawless unit. They combine the high standards of operatic singing with a delightfully informal sense of fun.” –The Irish Examiner
  • “They have reinvented the whole tenor idiom.” –Phil Coulter, composer of “Remember Me”
  • “Emotionally charged… thoroughly uplifting.” –The Irish Independent
  • “Always in demand… selling out auditoriums all over the world.” –The Irish Times
  • “A complete package of crossover entertainment. A totally exhilarating experience.” –Bahrain Tribune
  • “The finest version of ‘Danny Boy’ I have ever heard.” –Former U.S. President Bill Clinton

The Sunday, March 13 performance of this concert will be presented in collaboration with the Charitable Irish Society of Halifax, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Uprising. The Easter Uprising was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week of 1916, mounted by Irish republicans to end British rule and establish an independent Irish Republic. While the Easter Uprising itself was unsuccessful, it was a major step toward establishing Irish independence from the United Kingdom.

All three performances of The Celtic Tenors are sponsored by Air Canada, Symphony Nova Scotia’s Retro Pops Series Sponsor, and Burgess Transfer.

Tickets for all three concerts are on sale now! Prices begin at $30 (HST included), or you can pick up a ticket package and save up to 30%. Tickets are available at the Dalhousie Arts Centre box office (6101 University Avenue, Halifax), at 902.494.3820, or online at

Celtic Tenors 2About The Celtic Tenors
The Celtic Tenors first appeared on the musical map in 2000 when they performed an off-the-cuff audition at EMI in London, UK. To the surprise of all witnesses, they were signed on the spot to an international record deal.

The trio has now released five albums, sung leading roles with renowned opera companies, and headlined several festivals across the globe.

They have appeared on television across the U.S. and Canada, as well as Europe, and produced their very own German TV special which aired to millions of viewers.

Although this will be their first performance with Symphony Nova Scotia, they have performed with distinguished orchestras in the past, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

About the Charitable Irish Society of Halifax
The Charitable Irish Society of Halifax was founded in 1786, giving it a 200-year legacy in Nova Scotia. The society was established to encourage assistance to those in need in the community, and to promote friendship and goodwill. Today, the Charitable Irish Society of Halifax continues to support charitable projects, and to reach out into its community. The Society holds regular quarterly meetings and celebrates the Festival of Saint Patrick each March 17. To learn more, visit

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
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