Symphony Performs Annual Holiday Favourites

Halifax/K’jipuktuk, NS –Symphony Nova Scotia brings comfort and joy this season with a spectacular lineup of holiday programming for all ages.

Halifax-born, award-winning Canadian jazz singer Holly Cole warms up the season with favourite holiday songs and her rich, vivacious vocals. Get into the spirit with beloved holiday hits such as Vince Guaraldi’s classic Christmastime is Here, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, and much more in this festive symphonic celebration that features songs from her newest album, Baby It’s Cold Outside And I Have The Christmas Blues.

Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker has been Halifax’s favourite holiday tradition for more than 30 years, featuring upwards of 20 local dancers, some as young as nine years old, in a myriad of roles. Adapted from the original story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, a young girl’s toy comes to life and she is whisked away to an enchanted world where she meets magical creatures, colourful new friends, and the ferocious Mouse Queen. Complete with larger-than-life puppets, spirited dancing, and Tchaikovsky’s iconic, hauntingly beautiful music, this production is a beloved collaboration with Halifax Dance and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

A magnificent tour de force, Handel’s Messiah is an electrifying masterpiece, and a highlight of the Christmas season for millions around the world every year. We’re thrilled to welcome esteemed guest conductor Ivars Taurins, a specialist in Baroque choral works who is beloved for his charismatic, uplifting interpretation of this holiday favourite. Together with four guest vocal soloists – Myriam Leblanc, Nicolas Burns, James Reese, and Clarence Frazer – and the 80-voice Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus led by Joel Tranquilla, Taurins and the Symphony are proud to present Handel’s glorious oratorio.

Tickets for each of these three holiday concerts can be purchased by calling 902.494.3820 or online at Ticket packages offer great savings and are still available.

7:30 pm Friday, Dec. 1, 2023
7:30 pm • 
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023
The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax
All tickets: $40 & up (HST incl. plus fees)

7:30 pm • Dec. 8, 9, 15, & 16, 2023
2:00 pm Dec. 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2023
4:00 pm
Dec. 14, 2023
The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax
Child/Student tickets: $15 & up; Adult tickets: $40 & up (HST incl. plus fees)

7:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023
7:30 pm
Friday, Dec. 22, 2023
The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax
Regular tickets: $40 & up; Under-30/Student tickets: $20 for B & C seats (HST incl. plus fees)

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About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia 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]