Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Violinist Jennifer Jones in Concert - Music at Three Churches, Mahone Bay

Jennifer Jones photo courtesy Symphony Nova Scotia
Jennifer Jones will perform in the Music at the Three Churches concert series in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia on July 20.  

Presented by the Mahone Bay Summer Concerts Society, the 2018 season begins with a program of string quartets by Mozart, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky.

Alongside Jennifer on violin will be Halifax musicians Philippe Djokic (violin), Etienne Chenard (viola) and Benjamin Marmen (cello).

Jennifer received Talent Trust scholarships from 1987-90. She studied at the Maritime Conservatory of Music and Dalhousie University, and completed her Master of Music degree in Performance and Pedagogy at Indiana University.

She’s performed as a soloist with the NSYO, Dalhousie Chamber Orchestra, Chebucto Orchestra, Saint John Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia. She’s currently Assistant Concert Master at Symphony Nova Scotia.

The String Quartets Concert takes place Friday, July 20 at St. James Anglican Church in Mahone Bay at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance at Kinburn Pharmasave (Mahone Bay), Shop on the Corner (Lunenburg) or Strings and Things (Bridgewater). To reserve tickets call 902 634-4280 or e-mail

Monday, July 9, 2018

Barbara Hannigan Named Finalist for 2018 Masterworks Award

Barbara Hannigan Crazy Girl Crazy Masterworks Award 2018 finalist

Barbara Hannigan is among the five finalists for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. She's nominated for her award-winning album Crazy Girl Crazy.

Crazy Girl Crazy is Barbara's debut recording, which was released in 2017. The work is a new arrangement of music from Gershwin’s Girl Crazy, and Berio’s Sequenza III for solo voice. 

Barbara combines the roles of conductor and soprano soloist throughout the album, which was recorded with the innovative musical collective LUDWIG Orchestra.

The New York Times named Crazy Girl Crazy one of the 25 Best Classical Music Recordings in 2017, which went on to win both a Juno and Grammy award for classical music in 2018. 

Barbara received a Talent Trust scholarship in 1993. She's carved out an impressive career since completing her studies, performing  with renowned orchestras such as The Berlin Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony, and at iconic venues including New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s Royal Opera House. 

She'll take on the role of Principal Guest Conductor with the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden for their 2019-2020 season. 

Barbara's won numerous accolades during her career, including the Order of Canada in 2016.

The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award recognizes the excellence of a work of art or design from any medium. The work must have made a significant impact through its public presentation and have contributed to the historical development and contemporary practice of the art form. 

The Masterworks Award was established by the Honourable Myra Freeman in 2005. To learn more about the five finalists for 2018, visit the Masterworks website.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

NAT chantel and Lux Habrich in VANS Mentorship Exhibition

NAT chantel and Lux Habrich are among the artists in Conversations, Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s 2017-18 Mentorship Exhibition. 

NAT chantel Conversations exhibition
NAT chantel is an African Nova Scotian emerging artist in multimedia, textiles and sculpture. Her work speaks to imposed societal structures that inform identity, and the erasure of body and self through communication, and conditions within the environment. 

NAT was a contributing artist and instructor for the Peace Warriors Art and Wellness Festival in 2015, and participated in the group installation The Unkindness at IgNight the Night Art Festival that same year. 

She received a Talent Trust scholarship in 2017 to study privately with interdisciplinary artist Kate Ward. NAT had her first solo exhibit MUD at Afterglow Bridgewater Festival on September 30, 2017. 

Lux Habrich Conversations exhibition
Lux Habrich moved to Atlantic Canada from MontrĂ©al in 2012 to complete an Interdisciplinary BFA at NSCAD University. She received the NSTT Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/VANS Award in 2016. 

Lux finds frequent inspiration in her urban upbringing, mixed race identity and immigrant legacy. While at NSCAD, she discovered the immense narrative potential in craftwork, with its highly political nature as a domestic, feminine and often undervalued form of production. 

Founded in 2006, the VANS Mentorship Program pairs emerging artists with established artists in a 10-month mentorship. This working relationship provides emerging artists with an exceptional opportunity to develop both their creative process and professional skills, enabling them to build a foundation for a successful career in the visual arts. 

The Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, July 12 - 29 Opening reception: Wednesday, July 11, 6 - 8pm 
Mentee Artist Talk: Saturday, July 14, 2pm

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