Wednesday, December 8, 2021

November is a busy month for Symphony Nova Scotia

The orchestra will host four shows during the month, including two free concerts that will be recorded as part of its 2022 Fusion Sessions.

With four concerts scheduled, November is shaping up to be a busy month for Symphony Nova Scotia.

First up, the Symphony teams up with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s Julia Wedman for Baroque: In Memory of Jeanne. A tribute to the late Jeanne Lamon, who led Tafelmusik for over 30 years, her legacy is remembered in the November 14 concert featuring some of her favourite Baroque music. Highlights include Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and excerpts from Tafelmusik’s best-selling House of Dreams show.

On November 18, the Symphony presents Symphony Spotlight: Mendelssohn’s “Italian.” Selections include the First Symphony from the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an 18th-century French colonel, champion fencer, virtuoso violinist, and composer, Tchaikovsky’s Meditation, and concludes with Felix Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony.

Keonté Beals joins the Nova Scotia Symphony on November 27.
R&B singer-songwriter Keonté Beals joins the Nova Scotia Symphony on November 27.

November 25 brings fiddler Wendy MacIsaac and vocalist Mary Jane Lamond together with the orchestra for a free foot-stomping Ceilidh, complete with upbeat reels and jigs, lilting lullabies, and traditional Gaelic vocals. Highlights from this concert will be recorded as part of the Symphony’s free online Fusion Sessions series in 2022.

Finally, on November 27, the Symphony joins North Preston’s multi-award-winning R&B rising star, Keonté Beals. Highlights from this concert will be recorded for the free online 2022 Fusion Sessions.

And while technically not in November, it is close enough to mention the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra takes to the stage on December 4 for Dances and Drums. Music from Brahms, Haydn, Mozart and Casadesus is joined by Mi’kmaw poet and activist Rebecca Thomas for their lyrical new work We’re Not Done Drumming.

Under Nova Scotia Health requirements, capacity is limited to 50%, face masks must be worn, and proof of vaccination is required for all in-person concerts. Visit symphonynovascotia.ca for more information.

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