Symphony Nova Scotia presents FREE events during Symphony Week and Culture Days

HALIFAX, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia presents a series of free concerts and special events during its tenth annual Symphony Week, in partnership with the nationwide arts celebration Culture Days. The combined week of free performances will run from Tuesday, September 26 to Sunday, October 1.

The festivities will feature Symphony Nova Scotia musicians giving free, live performances at venues like the VIA Rail Train Station, the Truro Public Library, and the Halifax Central Library. Performances will include everything from children’s music to orchestral concerts featuring the entire Symphony.

This will be Symphony Nova Scotia’s eighth year participating in Culture Days, an interactive, free-of-charge festival celebrating arts and culture from coast to coast to coast. For the full Culture Days schedule, visit

“We’re delighted to be opening our 2017/18 season with Symphony Week and Culture Days,” says Symphony Nova Scotia CEO Chris Wilkinson.

“With free, live, family-friendly performances in accessible public spaces in Truro, Spryfield, Hubbards, and Halifax, Symphony Week is an incredible opportunity for Nova Scotians to come together and experience the joy and excitement of live symphonic music.”

The complete concert lineup includes: 

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, 4:00 pm
In this delightful, accessible concert for all ages, Symphony Nova Scotia and conductor Gary Ewer explore how stories can come alive through music. Hear excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Strauss’ Thunder and Lightning Polka, and much more!

Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, 10:30 am
Introduce your preschooler to music in a fun and comfortable environment! Two Symphony musicians show off their instruments, while children dance, conduct, and express the sounds through motion.

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, 12 noon
Join Symphony musicians Max Kasper, Yi Lee, and Anita Gao Lee for an informative and fun look at some of your favourite Baroque composers.

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 1:30 and 3 pm
In this relaxed, family-friendly concert, Symphony Nova Scotia and conductor Gary Ewer explore how stories can come alive through music. Hear excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Strauss’ Thunder and Lightning Polka, and much more! These concerts fill up quickly, so come early to get a seat!

* Please note that the concerts at the VIA Train Station and the Halifax Central Library will feature the same program.

Symphony Nova Scotia’s Symphony Week also includes its sold-out season kickoff concerts with beloved bluesman Matt Andersen, as well as a performance at the NSLC’s Festival of Wines Gala, a gourmet meal featuring award-winning wine and music.

This year’s Festival of Wines Gala will boast a multi-course feast filled with Spanish flavours, paired with award-winning wines and the sounds of Symphony Nova Scotia’s full orchestra. The gala will also feature a live and silent auction with over 70 packages, including once-in-a-lifetime getaways, weekend vacations, group experiences, concert tickets, special wine and spirits, sporting events, and more. This event is the Symphony’s most important fundraising event of the year, and the support of our community in making it successful is greatly appreciated.

For tickets or more details about the Festival of Wines Gala, click here.

All public events during Symphony Week and Culture Days are free to attend. For more information about Symphony Week, call 902.421.1300 or visit

Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra. With a home base in Halifax and performances across the province, Symphony Nova Scotia reaches more than 50,000 Nova Scotians of all ages each year with a diverse mix of concerts, free community programs, and educational outreach. Under the thoughtful and dynamic leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, it is the largest employer in Nova Scotia’s cultural community, and has won many awards, including five East Coast Music Awards for classical music. 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