Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Congratulations! Barbara Hannigan awarded 2018 GRAMMY – Crazy Girl Crazy Best Classical Solo Vocal album

Barbara Hannigan (photo: BarbaraHannigan.com)
Barbara Hannigan’s
Crazy Girl Crazy wins the GRAMMY award for Best Classical Solo Vocal album.

Information from her website:

The recording is the first showcase of her work as both a soprano and conductor, with the Amsterdam-based orchestra LUDWIG. The album was released on 22 September 2017, by Alpha Classics.

Crazy Girl Crazy brings together Berg’s Lulu Suite, Berio’s Sequenza III for solo voice, and a specially commissioned arrangement of Gershwin’s Girl Crazy by Tony Award-winning composer and arranger Bill Elliott.

For more information visit Barbara Hannigan's website at: http://www.barbarahannigan.com/

The interview with Barbara on CBC on January 29 was a delight to listen to. You can find it about 10 minutes in at

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Emily Vey Duke's 'The Illumination Project' with Shary Boyle will open at the Art Gallery of NS on February 3, 2018

l-r: Emily Vey Duke and Shary Boyle (video still)

February 3, 2018

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS
The exhibition will continue until April 29, 2018
The AGNS notes:

Through their respective individual practices, artists Shary Boyle and Emily Vey Duke have long been committed to exploring the relationships between feelings, drives and fantasies and…read more

A video about their collaboration can be found on Youtube at:

Monday, January 22, 2018

Heemin Choi, violin recital on Sunday, February 4, 2018 in Halifax

Cecilia Concerts presents violinist Heemin Choi on
Heemin Choi, violin recital

Sunday, February 4, 2018

at 7 p.m.
Lilian Piercey Concert Hall
Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts
6199 Chebucto Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Multi-award-winning violinist Heemin Choi has performed extensively and has appeared as soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia. Presently on a full music scholarship in Texas, he brings a bit of southern warmth to this mid-winter recital.

Heemin Choi has received multiple scholarships from the Talent Trust and won the 2016 and 2010 Raymond Simpson Award and the 2014 NSTT's Lieutenant Governor's Award. 

For more information and tickets please visit the Cecilia Concert's website at https://www.ceciliaconcerts.ca/product/heemin-choi-recital/

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pianist Jennifer King in concert on Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Halifax

Cecilia Concert's presents Jennifer King for a refreshing afternoon 

January 21, 2018
at 2pm
Lilian Piercey Concert Hall 
at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts

Jennifer King will perform two centuries of Nocturnes featured on her first solo album “O Mistress Moon”.

O Mistress Moon Programme
Nocturnes (1929) Nos. 1, 4 and 7  /  Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Deux Nocturnes (1890) Op.5, Andante- Allegretto  /  Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
In der Nacht - Fantasiestucke Op.12  /  Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Nocturne in e minor, Adagio  /  John Field (1782-1837)
Nocturne Op.27 #2 in D flat major, Lento sostenuto  /  Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Nocturne Op.33 (Homage to John Field)  /  Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
In the Falling Dark 1- dedicated to Barbara Pritchard  /  Derek Charke (b. 1974)
La SoirĂ©e dans Grenade- Estampes  /  Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Et la lune descend sur le temple qui  fut- Images 2
Noctuelles- Miroirs  /  Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Night-Piece (Notturno) - 1963  /  Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Notturno  /  Ottarino Respighi (1879-1936)
In the Falling Dark 2- 2014 dedicated to Jennifer King  /  Derek Charke (b. 1974)
1. Sunset Glow 2.Entre Chien et Loup 3. The Witching Hour

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Marley Johnson's exhibition opens on January 10, 2018 at the Craig Gallery in Dartmouth

Join Marley Johnson, former Talent Trust scholarship recipient at 

The Craig Gallery

January 10, 2018
from 7 - 9 p.m.

Exhibition from 
Jan 11- 28, 2018

Marley Johnson will exhibit his new painting series at the Craig Gallery until January 28, 2018.

From the Craig Gallery's website: 
Artist statement: My paintings investigate the agency of colour through a vibrant, messy and precarious sensibility. These works are suggestive landscapes, investigating the inner exploration of indexical mark making, working with a formal and vital approach, I have been influenced by modes of expressionism, experimenting with its potential. The shapes and contours implies a playfulness, exuberance, and a sense of effervescence or froth which forms in-between the push//pull of tides. By breaking down the impression of the gestures, leaving it raw and undefined I hope to reveal something transparent about the process of painting and color.

Bio: Marley Johnson completed his BFA at NSCAD university in 2015, he also studied at Cooper Union in New York City on an exchange. Upon graduating Marley was awarded a residency in Lunenburg NS, where he spent a year working within a ceramics community. During that year he also received a Talent Trust scholarship. Marley is currently doing his MFA at Concordia university in Montreal. 

For opening hours and more information please visit the Craig Gallery's website at http://www.alderneylanding.com/gallery/

Friday, January 5, 2018

Soprano Janice Jackson and Lukas Pearse perform in the Cyborg Song on Sunday, Jan 7, 2018 at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Halifax

See sounds and hear images in new and exciting ways!
Vocalypse Productions presents
Open Water's Festival Halifax
Sunday 7 January 2018 
at 7:30PM

Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre
6101 University Avenue, Halifax NS


Etienne Rolin (France) – Conductor, bass clarinet

Dirk Johan Stromberg (Singapore) – Music technologist, composer, and improviser

Janice Isabel Jackson – Singer, producer (former scholarship and Portia White Award recipient

Toni Pigot – Singer

Geordie Haley – Electric guitar

Jerome Blais – Piano

Lukas Pearse – Double bass (former scholarship recipient)

This concert is a part of Upstream Music Open Water's Festival 
more information can be found at http://www.upstreammusic.org/ or http://www.vocalypse.ca/