Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Nova Sinfonia Concert Featuring Soloist Alex Yang

Founded in 1995, Nova Sinfonia provides an opportunity for professional and emerging musicians to rehearse and perform together.  The symphony orchestra performs classical, romantic, 20th-century and pop music concerts.   They recently welcomed Melissa Doiron as their first Artistic Director and performed their first concert under her lead.  This concert was held October 24 at St. Andrew's Church and featured the as its soloist none other than Talent Trust scholarship recipient, Alex Yang.  

The concert opened with Crown Imperial: Coronation March by William Walton and the church filled with the beautiful sounds of Nova Sinfonia.  Once that piece finished, Alex stepped out before the crowd with more confidence than most adults have, let alone teens.  He sat down to play and it was easy to become mesmerized by his incredible talent.  Without even sheet music in front of him, the music effortlessly flowed through his fingertips. Everyone was leaning to the side to catch a glimpse of his hands flying across the keys.  Alex beautifully performed Piano Concerto No.2 in G Minor, Op. 22 by Camille Saint-Saens with the orchestra.  It was moving and breathtaking, and every note from every instrument was in unison, thanks to the incredible conducting by Melissa Doiron.  Once the Concerto ended, the audience was not ready to let Alex go, and he played Etude Op.10 No.4 by Chopin (also known as Torrent) as an encore.  Needless to say, it was fantastic.

The concert concluded with the Atlantic Canadian Premiere of Louise Farrenc's Symphony No. 3.  This was every bit as wonderful as the rest of the concert.  To see the concert in its entirety, visit the link on our Facebook page here.  

Alex is a Grade 9 student at Halifax Grammar School and has studied under Professor Lynn Stodola since 2015.  As one of the youngest Talent Trust scholarship recipients, his list of achievements and accolades is already quite impressive.  He was the winner of the 2022 Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition and won the Gordon Murray Rising Star Award for 4 years at the Nova Scotia Kiwanis Music Festival.  He has also taken home the Halifax Ladies' Music Club Junior Award and George Fleming Memorial Senior String Award, as well as the Dr. Piano and Yamaha Rose Bowl and Kiwanis President's Cup.  He was also the recipient of the Grand Award in the 2022 Federation of Canadian Music Festivals.  At just 14 years old, it is exciting to imagine what his future holds!


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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

All the Talent Trust artists featured at Nocturne Halifax

This year's Nocturne: Art at Night event is going to be spectacular.  This Halifax art festival celebrates Nova Scotia's visual artists with installations at local art galleries, free-standing displays to experience, and arts programming that inspires anyone and everyone to experience art in a new way.  Running from October 13 to 15, several Talent Trust scholarship recipients will have works on display.  Here's where to find them:

Arjun Lal: Anchor Artist 

"Full Moon is a 3 day portal accessible throughout the Nocturne Art at Night Festival.

How do we move when we are stuck?

I have been searching for portals. The ephemeral moments where places and times intersect and create gateways into other spaces. Accessible points within the universe that generate movements and changes."

Location: Alderney Landing
2 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4W1
Wheelchair accessible

Letitia Fraser: Anchor Artist

"It Takes Generations: my becoming an artist has been a journey that started long before I was born. The struggles and challenges faced by my African Nova Scotian ancestors have cleared a path that I could emerge at just the right time – in THIS time and space."

Viewing for the Ondaatje Courtyard: Oct 13th, 14th, 15th 7 pm-midnight

Viewing for Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre (wheelchair accessible): Oct 13th, 5 pm-9 pm, Oct 15th, 6 pm-midnight

Ada Denil

"Aeolian City: this wind-activated work will be installed in various locations throughout the city. Constructed with visually subtle components, you may hear it before you see it… Aeolian vibrations (named for Aeolus, the Greek god of the winds) are the source of the sound: when they vibrate in the wind they produce mysterious harmonic overtones which float and dissipate into the general soundscape, at times consumed or overridden by the noise of the city."

Multiple locations. Find Ada’s map at Propeller on Gottingen St., MacPhee Centre, and Downtown Halifax Business Commission, 2015 Gottingen St., 50 Queen St. 1546 Barrington St.

Excel Garay 

"Meet Me at the Dinner Table: three audio-recorded voices are heard over a dinner table but any physical clues of who these individuals are remain absent.

The materiality of this sound installation reflects on the complicated detached memories of diasporic communities from their food systems due to effects of migration, ecological shifts in food production, or recipes lost in time. Each voice yearns for experiences they no longer have access to—and their desires speak volumes."

Location: Khyber Centre for the Arts
1880 Hollis St, Wheelchair accessible 

Jacinte Armstrong 

"Carry the Spark is an evening of live performance and art inspired by the legacies of the environmental movement in Mi’kma’ki /Nova Scotia, featuring the work of extraordinary local artists."

Location:St. Andrew's United Church
6036 Coburg Rd
Oct 13th, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

"Found in Translation: an interactive perfomance in which small objects are translated into poetry, movement and sound through (a series of ) playful transformations."  

Location: Alderney Landing Theatre
2 Ochterloney St
Wheelchair accessible
Oct 15th, 6:30pm - 11:30pm

Shauna MacLeod, Brandt Eisner

"I Am What I Am is a group show based on constructs of identity. In this travelling and ever-evolving group show participating artists have been asked to showcase work that asks us to probe ideas surrounding who we are, how we are perceived, and why does it all matter?"

Location: Chase Gallery at The NS Archives
6016 University Ave
Wheelchair accessible

To see the full line-up of Nocturne performances and installations, please visit their website


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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Mark your Calendars for SISTAHS IN DA BIZ 2022 with Anne-Marie Woods

Anne-Marie Woods, also known as Amani, received a Talent Trust scholarship in 1996 for acting and directing and has gone on to build a vibrant and successful career.  She is an award winning multi-disciplinary artist, arts educator, producer, poet, playwright, director, creative consultant, creativity coach, and founder of Imani Enterprises - a company dedicated to the advancement of youth arts and culture.  

Anne-Marie has been a dedicated supporter of Nova Scotia Talent Trust and emerging artists.  She hosted the Special Awards Ceremony in 2021 and is working with us to develop opportunities for emerging artists facing barriers to pursuing their artistic careers. Together with three other dynamic, vibrant artists, Anne-Marie is hosting a virtual workshop that will give up-and-coming artists an inside look at the inspiration, challenges and successes of these four "Sistahs in da biz".  Details below:


Sunday October 23rd from 3pm – 5:30pm (EST)

Get ready for the Virtual/Interactive Business In The Arts Experience that highlights Creatives of the African Diaspora who are Boss Ladies in their industry. 

Sistahs In Da Biz is part of the Imani Enterprises Let's Talk Series that invites Artists and Creatives making moves in the Industry to share the secrets to their success for only a fraction of their consulting, coaching or booking rates.
This year’s event will feature one Sistah from the United States making moves in the Theatre, Film and TV Industry in Toronto.  Another Sistah who left her full time job to create her own PR Marketing and Communications Agency, and one incredible 18 year old Sistah who is taking the world of comedy by storm. All hosted by Anne-Marie Woods, aka Amani, the Managing Director of Imani Enterprises. It will be facilitated by Marissa Trott, a youth creative who is a playwright and arts administrator. 
Get ready to learn from each of the panelists and take part in an abridged workshop that features their talents. Come prepared to ask questions, engage and network.

Join Host, Amani aka Anne-Marie Woods alongside Youth Cohost and Facilitator, Marissa Trott with guest panelists/presenters Alicia Richardson, Precious Iz and Natassia Morris for presentations, live performances, poignant advice and an abridged workshop.

Click here to register for this event.  Early Bird admission ends this Saturday!  AND Anne-Marie has 5 sponsored spaces for youth to attend for FREE!  Don't miss out!

You can learn more about Anne-Marie, aka Amani by visiting her website or following her Instagram accounts @amanisvibe and @enterpriseimani


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