Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Off-again, on-again: in-person events return for Neptune Theatre & Symphony Nova Scotia

Neptune Theatre and Symphony Nova Scotia's in-person events are back on-again as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.

What a difference a week can make.

While forcing the cancellation of in-person arts events in the Halifax region in late February due to increased COVID-19 infections, the Nova Scotia government reversed course and eased restrictions just a week later.

That is good news for theatre and music lovers as it means Neptune Theatre and Symphony Nova Scotia‘s in-person events are back on-again.

Neptune Reunited

With restrictions lifted, Neptune Theatre announced has new dates for its series of live concerts and play readings at its downtown Halifax venues.

Now scheduled to run every Saturday from March 20 – May 1, the concert performances will be presented at Fountain Hall, with each performance limited to 100 people. The play readings will take place in the Scotiabank Stage, with each performance limited to 50 people.

Under the Neptune Reunited banner, the shows will be the first live in-person performances at Neptune since March 13, 2020, when it closed its doors due to the pandemic and subsequently moved online with Neptune at Home.

As a fundraiser to help reopen the theatre and raise funds to mount a 2021-2022 season, the musical theatre concerts will feature a changing roster of Nova Scotia talent, while a curated selection of play readings will shine a spotlight on emerging playwrights and new works.

Kicking off the concert series on March 20 is Curtain Up!, a varied night of musical theatre hits and songs designed to remind audiences of what they’ve been missing. Other events over the seven weeks include a World Theatre Day celebration, a trip through the last six decades of Neptune productions with Memories on April 3, and the closer on May 1 with After Hours, a trip into the sexy and slightly seedy world of the Moulin Rouge.

“We are thrilled to finally welcome people back and present a series of concerts and play readings that will certainly promise a delightful night of memories and laughter,” says Neptune Theatre’s artistic director Jeremy Webb in a previous media release. “It’s time to warm up the theatre again.”

Details for the Neptune Reunited Play Reading Series are yet to be announced.

Visit neptunetheatre.com for tickets and information.

Symphony Nova Scotia Live in the Community

Alongside an upcoming online concert featuring the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra on April 24 and its virtual Fusion Sessions continuing through mid-May, Symphony Nova Scotia is back in the community with a handful of in-person events.

Its first community foray on March 13, Symphony Seranade will feature musicians from Symphony Nova Scotia performing a variety of light, cheerful classics at The Arms Public House, just off the lobby at the Lord Nelson Hotel.

On March 23, Symphony Nova Scotia concertmaster Renaud Lapierre and pianist Simon Docking will perform a variety of works for piano and violin in an intimate live recital as part of its Evenings @ Government House Winter 2021 Series.

While two Symphonic Brunches at The Carleton in downtown Halifax have already sold-out, a small handful of tickets remain for Baroque and Blue Engine on April 10. But you better hurry as these popular concerts sells out quickly.

Visit symphonynovascotia.ca for tickets and information.

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