Symphony Shines Light During Cold Winter Months

Halifax/K’jipuktuk, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia is pleased to announce its upcoming lineup of symphonic concerts. From classical and baroque to contemporary, folk, and rock, we’ve got something for everyone in 2024. Join us for an unforgettable experience.

Rare Performance: Symphony Nova Scotia plays the entire suite of Brandenburg Concertos, one of J.S. Bach’s most recognized and popular works. Hear novel combinations of solo instruments and solo harpsichord that was groundbreaking at the time. Principal Baroque Leader Julia Wedman leads the orchestra in this timeless, creative, and bold work in six parts over two days.

Iconic Rock Band: Almost a decade since our last sold-out salute to one of the greatest rock bands of all time, we return to the heady era of the 1970s when the Music of Queen ruled the airwaves. Join Symphony Nova Scotia, Jeans ‘n Classics, and local choir Soundtrax as we bring you hits like We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, Another One Bites the Dust, and more.

Flute Virtuoso: Innovative conductor Barbara Dragan leads the Symphony in a concert of lively and unforgettable favourites from Magnificent Mozart. And for the first time, we are joined by virtuoso flautist Demarre McGill – Principal Flute with the Seattle Symphony, internationally sought-after guest soloist, and one of the finest flautists playing today.

Legendary Lightfoot: One of Canada’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Gordon Lightfoot helped define the music of a generation. Now, J.P. Cormier lends his voice to beloved Lightfoot classics such as The Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Long River, Song for a Winter’s Night, If You Could Read My Mind, and more from his ECMA-winning Lightfoot Tribute Album.

Fire Not Ice: Finish-American violinist Elina Vähälä brings her dazzling and luminous virtuosity back to Symphony Nova Scotia to perform the fiery Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 2. Plus, Canadian composer Juliet Palmer highlights the environment with a focus on climate change in fire break, and we set hearts on fire with Prokofiev’s famous and beloved “Classical” Symphony.

Jampacked Talent: A landmark in American music history, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue combines European symphonic music and American jazz to create a beautiful new sound. Led by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, experience the piano prowess of Port Williams’ own global star Lucas Porter and the vocal virtuosity of award-winning Canadian soprano Marie-Josée Lord.

Tickets can be purchased through the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office at 902.494.3820, 6101 University Ave, or Tickets range in price between $20 and $85 (HST included, plus DAC service fees). Ticket packages are also still available, offering the best savings.

PART 1: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024 at 7:30 pm
PART 2: Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024 at 2:00 pm
St. Andrew’s United Church, Halifax

Friday, Jan. 26, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024 at 2:00 pm
The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024 at 7:30 pm
The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax
Friday, Feb. 2, 2024 at 7:30 pm * Tickets sold separately here.
Alderney Landing Theatre, Dartmouth

Friday, Feb. 9, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024 at 2:00 pm
The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024 at 7:30 pm
The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024 at 7:30 pm
The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

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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]