Friday, November 10, 2017

Suzanne Rigden, soprano performs in Mozart's Messiah on December 21 and December 22, 2017 with Symphony NS in Halifax

Suzanne Rigden will perform
in Mozart's
Messiah on 

December 21, 2017 and
December 22, 2017
at 7:30 p.m.
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax

This evening will feature:

Bernhard Gueller, conductor
Suzanne Rigden, sopranoLauren Segal, mezzo-soprano
Owen McCausland, tenor
Brett Polegato, baritone
The Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus, with the Halifax Camerata Singers under the artistic direction of Jeff Joudrey

For the first time in over 15 years, Symphony Nova Scotia presents Mozart’s magnificent Messiah! Once a staple of Christmas concerts worldwide, Mozart’s 1789 arrangement of Handel’s great oratorio is now rarely performed – but it remains a rich, dramatic, and nuanced interpretation that showcases both composers’ incredible genius. With added woodwinds, horns, and trombones, and a variety of new classical colours and flourishes, Mozart’s Messiah is a grand, fascinating masterpiece, and a chance to discover this beloved holiday favourite all over again.

More about Suzanne Rigden can be found at

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Win a Basket filled with Art experiences and support emerging NS artists at the same time. Raffle Tickets can be purchased at the Craft Nova Scotia Christmas Show Nov 17-19, Cunard Centre, Halifax

Symphony Nova Scotia contribution
Do you like to support emerging Nova Scotia artists through our Scholarship Fund and get a chance to win a Basket filled with art experiences?

Raffle tickets can be purchased in person at the NSDCC's Christmas Show at the Cunard Event Centre, Pier 23 in Halifax from Nov 17 - Nov 19. 

Our friendly board members and volunteers will be happy to chat with you about Talent Trust recipients and all the wonderful donations by local art organizations and artists. (List attached below.)

This year we are dividing the donations up into three baskets. Your chances to win are bigger.

Raffle tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. We accept cash and cheques. (There is an ATM in the Cunard Centre). 

All proceeds will go in full towards our Scholarship Fund. 
You can only enter the draw if you live in Nova Scotia.
Licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Authority: AGD-103528-17

Where and When:Cunard Event Centre at Pier 23
961 Marginal Road, Halifax
  • Friday, Nov 17: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov 18: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov 19: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We thank Susan Hanrahan and Julie Rosvall of Craft Nova Scotia Designer Craft Show for their support. The Christmas show is a juried craft event of Maritime artists. 

The draw will be held on December 12, 2017 at 3:45 p.m. during our annual Special Awards Ceremony at the Central Library in Halifax, NS. 

Thank You to all our friends from the arts community for their generous contributions.

Alan Syliboy, small art work

Alex E. Pierce, book: Vox Humana

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: Complimentary Family Membership for 2018

Blue Engine String Quartet, 3 CDs

Cecilia Concerts: 2 tickets to O Mistress Moon on January 21, 2018 with Jennifer King

Charlotte Wilson-Hammond RCA: small original painting

Dawn MacNutt RCA: small sculpture

Debut Atlantic: ticket for two valid for the 2018 concert season

Easternfront Theatre: ticket to 2018 season

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival: 2 complimentary tickets for 2018

Jacqueline Steudler SCA: small original art work 

Jenni Blackmore: book jenniblackmore

Live Art Dance: 2 complimentary tickets

Memory Lane Heritage Village: Lake Charlotte: Family Pass for Heritage Village Tour 

Rose Vaughan: CD

Sheree Fitch: book / reading / trip to new book store in River John

Symphony Nova Scotia: 2 tickets to Rhapsody in Blue and West Side Story on April 21, 2018

Tangled Garden Gift Shop: Wolfville: Dazzling Damson Plum Liqueur

Wayne Boucher: original small painting

Will Fisher (2008 NSTT Chico Berardi Award): CD Portage

You can only enter the draw if you live in Nova Scotia.

Licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Authority: AGD-103528-17

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Yue Lih "Lee" and Marion Kuo Award will be presented for the first time at the 2017 Special Awards Ceremony on Dec 12 in Halifax

The Talent Trust is proud to announce the creation of the Yue Lih “Lee” and Marion Kuo Award. The award will be given to a Talent Trust scholarship recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in music as an instrumentalist. The award is $1,000 and is made possible by Marion Kuo and Earl Wadden.

“This award will celebrate my father's life and his love for music. My husband and I are happy to help young musicians succeed in their formative years”, states Marion Kuo.

Marion Kuo has been a member of the Sackville Community Band Society for over ten years. She performs on a regular basis with the Sackville Concert Band at the Portia White Gala Concert. She has been an accompanist/band player for several choirs, orchestras and a community theatre; she volunteers with Seniors Groups regularly.

Marion Kuo’s father Lih Kuo was born in Swatow, China on January 6th, 1916 (as China became a Republic following the Last Emperor). He went to England n 1938 under a student exchange program as part of Britain’s reparation for the Opium Wars. However, when the 2nd World War broke out, he was unable to return home and stayed in England as a “Friendly Alien”. Although he was not a musician, he was interested in music and encouraged his daughter Marion in musical studies - mainly piano, but also cello and church organ. He died in 2011.

The Yue Lih and Marion Kuo award will be presented for the first time at the Special Awards Ceremony on December 12, 2017 from 2- 4 p.m. at the Halifax Central Library. The event is open to the public.

For more information about the special awards go to

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Micaela Archer-Shee and Julia Barkhouse: Snow Queen at Alderney Landing, Dartmouth Dec 1-3, 2017

Coastal Dance Theatre Society presents:

Snow Queen
Artistic Director: Micaela Archer-Shee

Alderney Landing Theatre
Dec 1 at 7:30 PM
Dec 2 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Dec 3 Matinee only at 2:00 PM

Poster: Jordan Horne as Snow Queen, Emily Turple as Kaya, Julia Barkhouse as Gerta

Tickets available at or call 1-888-311-9090

Coastal Dance Theatre’s 2017 adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “Snow Queen”

Hans Christian Andersen wrote The Snow Queen about 175 years ago. It is a magical story about friendship, courage and determination.

Kaya is Gerda's very best friend, but at a Christmas skating party, Kaya looks up at the snowflakes and her eye is struck by a falling piece of the Snow Queen ‘s Magic Mirror. The wicked mirror makes everything beautiful and kind look ugly and mean...and Kaya can only see hateful and nasty things. She is mean to Gerda and to all her friends and is swept away by the Snow Queen to her cold palace in the North.

But Gerda is determined to rescue Kaya and bravely follows her through many adventures until, all alone, she can save her friend from the Snow Queen 's cold grasp.

Join brave Gerda on her exciting quest to rescue her best friend Kaya from the spell of the cold Snow Queen. Meet Imps and courtiers, snowflakes and flowers, crows and robbers as Gerda travels ever North to the Snow Queen 's palace to free Kaya.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Molly Johnson, Aliah Schwartz, Georgia Skinner and Jacinte Armstrong at Kinetic Studio's Season Launch on Nov 4 and 5, 2017 in Halifax

(text and images below from their press release)

November 4 and 5, 2017 at 8 PM
DANSpace, Halifax

Open Studio will showcase four dance pieces by Molly Johnson, Aliah Schwartz, Georgia Skinner and Dustin Harvey. A post-show discussion on Saturday will be facilitated by Kinetic Artistic Director Jacinte Armstrong.

Toronto-based, Cape Breton raised, Dora Award winning choreographer Molly Johnson will present Me and the Patriarchy. A finalist for the 2013 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, Molly also dances for Montréal’s Le Carré des Lombes, performing the work of Danièle Desnoyers nationally and abroad.

Blunder Blunder. Photo by Willie Wilson.
Canning’s Aliah Schwartz, 2015’s Lieutenant Governor's Award and 2014 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award, is in the beginning stages of creating and developing an aesthetic with Montreal’s Guillaume Loslier-Pinard.

Together they are Blunder Blunder and will show their first piece No Need for Blue Jeans Here is “situated in a limbo between life and death, the line between humour and tragedy.” Schwartz is currently completing her BFA in contemporary dance at Loslier-Pinard’s alma mater Concordia University.

Georgia Skinner + Joel LeBlanc. Photo by Joanna Bryson
No stranger to the Open Studio Series, Halifax’s Georgia Skinner’s Clench working title) is an exploration of how particular emotions manifest in the body with a focus on anxiety, stress. Isolated, intuitive, and palpable, Clench is a tribute to habitual motions of  bodies under stress, the trickery of panic attacks and the struggle to feel content. Recently seen at the Bus Stop Theatre in Votive Dance’s EAST MEETS WEST, Georgia is a member of Halifax’s Nostos Collective and The Woods Hip Hop Society.

Tickets $8 student, seniors, artists, $10 regular. ( or at the door)
Location - DANSpace-on-Grafton, 1531 Grafton St, Halifax NS.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Jeff Joudrey Artistic Director Halifax Camerata Singers announces new program

From Halifax Camerata Singers' press release:

Founded by Artistic Director
 Jeff Joudrey in 1986, Halifax Camerata Singers has become one of Canada’s leading chamber choirs, winning the Healey Willan Grand Prize for Canadian choirs in 2010.  Their latest recording, A Time for All Things, won the 2016 Best Classical Recording from Music Nova Scotia and was nominated for an ECMA in 2017.

Music, memories and life in Halifax and the battlefront in France form the backdrop for the choir’s poignant production, Halifax 1917:  

From Dreams to Despair,  

Sunday, December 3, 2017  

7:30 p.m.

Halifax Central Library

This co-production with the Halifax Central Library will take place in Paul O’Regan Hall, and also features actor/narrator Jeremy Webb, archival photographs from the days before and after the Explosion, and Rhapsody Quintet.  Last March this concert sold out and people were turned away at the door, so it is highly recommended to purchase tickets early for this one night only presentation, taking place just three days before the actual 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.
Halifax Camerata Singers will once again perform as part of the Symphony NS Chorus in December for two performances of Handel’s Messiah, this year conducted by Symphony Nova Scotia’s Maestro Bernhard Gueller, in the Mozart orchestration of the perennial holiday favorite with Dartmouth native Suzanne Rigden, soprano; Lauren Segal, mezzo-soprano; Owen McCausland, tenor and Brett Polegato, baritone.  These performances take place on 

Thursday and Friday, December 21 and 22 in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. 

For more information and tickets please go to

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Denise Djokic performs with Symphony NS on Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Halifax

Cellist Denise Djokic is back in
Halifax to join Symphony Nova Scotia. She will perform Shostokavich's Cello Concerto No.1.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm 
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Her spectacular career has included a performance at the Grammy Awards, a top-15 spot on Billboard’s classical charts, and rave reviews for her “arrestingly beautiful tone colour” (The Strad) and “hugely impressive technique” (BBC Music).

Here's what Denise had to say about the concert:

“I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to perform the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 with Symphony Nova Scotia! I've grown with this concerto since my childhood, and it will be very special to play it with Symphony Nova Scotia for the first time. It is a deeply moving and passionate work that I feel fortunate to share with both an orchestra and audience that are so close to me."

Get your tickets for this concert today! Call 902.494.3820 or click here

More about Denise can be found at her website: