Photo: Facebook/Scotia Festival of Music.
Photo: Facebook/Scotia Festival of Music

The Scotia Festival of Music celebrates 40 years with its annual chamber music festival featuring 27 concerts and 25 guest artists.

Here are five concerts we think you should not miss:

1. A trio

This year’s festival opens on May 27 with a trio of diverse works including a new samba-inspired piece for clarinet, Bach’s Chaconne for violin solo, and Mozart’s G minor Quartet for piano and strings.

2. A duo

On May 28, Halifax brother and sister Marc and Denise Djokic join award-winning pianist David Jalbert for a performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2.

3. A third

In the third highlights concert on May 29, Mark Fewer and the Super Nova Quartet play Haydn’s “Rider” String Quartet, while cellist Matt Haimovitz and friends close out the concert with Brahms’s G minor Piano Quartet.

4. A sixth

In the sixth highlights concert on June 2, principal horn of the New York Philharmonic, Philip Myers, is joined by violinist Tim Fain and pianist Andrew Armstrong for Brahms’s Horn Trio.

5. A finale

In the closing night concert on June 9, Maestro Bernhard Gueller is at the baton in front of the 65-piece Scotia Festival Orchestra and solo soprano Pascale Beaudin with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

The 2019 Scotia Festival of Music plays various locations around Halifax from May 26 through June 9. Visit scotiafestival.com for tickets and information.