Symphony Nova Scotia to visit eight communities in October 2023

Halifax/K’jipuktuk, NS – To celebrate 40 years of championing symphonic music in Nova Scotia, Symphony Nova Scotia is touring to eight different communities across the province in October 2023.

The Symphony will visit Amherst, Antigonish, Glace Bay, Lunenburg, Mabou, New Glasgow (for a school performance), Wolfville, and Yarmouth.

It’s a chance for smaller communities to experience the full orchestra in their own hometowns,” says Music Director Holly Mathieson. “Partnering with local presenters makes this tour a real home-grown effort, and we’re grateful for the community’s support.”

Travelling with the orchestra is Nova Scotia native Denise Djokic, a world-renowned cellist.

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to perform with Symphony Nova Scotia for their 40th anniversary tour,” says Denise. “The Symphony is my home in every sense of the word; the musicians in this orchestra have mentored and supported me from the very beginning, and I feel a special connection every time we reunite. I can’t wait to make music with Symphony Nova Scotia’s Music Director, Holly Mathieson, and to share this meaningful collaboration with audiences all across our province.”

We have fond memories of concerts here, both by Symphony Nova Scotia (with Georg Tintner) and by Denise Djokic,” says Michael Steinitz, Emeritus Professor of Physics at St. Francis Xavier University, located in Antigonish, and champion of the Antigonish Performing Arts Concert Series. “We are very excited to be able to welcome them back. Many of our subscribers travel to Halifax to hear the Symphony and it is wonderful to have them coming here.”

The program features Mathieson as conductor with Djokic performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major. Other repertoire includes a new commission by Symphony Nova Scotia bassoonist and composer L. Christopher Palmer, Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3, and Dinuk Wijeratne’s Yatra.

Provincial tours demand significant resources, and the Symphony is grateful for the support of Wilsons Security. “Wilsons Security understands the value of the arts,” says President David Wilson. “We are pleased to support Symphony Nova Scotia in bringing performances to communities across the province.”

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Friday, October 13, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Convocation Hall, 15 University Ave, Acadia University, Wolfville
Presented by Acadia Performing Arts Series

Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 7:30 pm
Beacon United Church, 25 Beacon St, Yarmouth
Presented by Hear! Hear! Society

Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 4:00 pm
St. John’s Anglican Church, 64 Townsend St, Lunenburg
Presented by Musique Royale

Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 7:30 pm
Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church, 1 Ratchford St, Amherst
Presented by Music at Trinity
Tickets: Available in advance (902.667.8483) or at the door.       

Friday, October 20, 2023 at 7:30 pm
Immaculata Auditorium, 2360 Notre Dame Ave, Antigonish
Presented by Antigonish Performing Arts Series
Tickets: Available at the door.

Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 7:30 pm
Savoy Theatre, 116 Commercial St, Glace Bay
Presented by the Savoy Theatre

Sunday, October 22, 2023 at 2:00 pm
Strathspey Performing Arts Centre, 11156 Nova Scotia Trunk 19, Mabou
Presented by Strathspey Performing Arts Centre

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia (Music Director: Holly Mathieson) is Nova Scotia’s orchestra, championing symphonic music in the province for 40 years. With a home base in Halifax/K’jipuktuk and performances across the province, Symphony Nova Scotia is proud to be a vibrant, vital part of Nova Scotia’s rich cultural community. From sold-out orchestral concerts to free family events, youth and seniors’ activities, and educational partnerships, Symphony Nova Scotia creates unforgettable experiences with truly great music. Visit to learn more.

For more information, please contact:

Carol Kehoe
Director of Marketing and Communications, Symphony Nova Scotia
[email protected]