Thursday, December 8, 2022

From Beethoven to The Beatles: Symphony Nova Scotia reveals its 2022-2023 season

From Beethoven to the Beatles, Symphony Nova Scotia has revealed a 2022-2023 season of concerts that includes the return of audience favourites and a variety of special shows and special guests.

From Beethoven’s Fifth to the music of The Beatles, Symphony Nova Scotia has revealed a 2022-2023 season of concerts that includes the return of audience favourites and a variety of special shows and special guests.

“It’s difficult to choose highlights [as] I love the whole season,” says music director Holly Mathieson. “But there are some really special treats, including two of the most iconic ‘5th symphonies’ in history: Beethoven and Sibelius. Plus, hear the return of Last Night of the Proms, Rose Cousins, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Mendelssohn’s magnificent Elijah, and so much more.”

The new season will get underway with Symphony Week (Sep 16-18), a series of free concerts in Halifax and Dartmouth. The same month, the orchestra presents 1722: Bach’s World (Sep 24 & 25) in a journey back to 18th-century Europe and the return of David Myles (September 30 & October 1) for another symphonic mash-up.

In October, Symphony Nova Scotia launches its classical lineup with Beethoven’s Famous Fifth (October 13) and the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra offers up an NSYO: Dance Party! (October 15).

Back by popular demand, Symphony Nova Scotia once again presents its own Last Night of the Proms (Nov 19 & 20) and closes out the month of November with Brilliant Bach (November 27) with harpsichordist and conductor Alexander Weimann.

The Symphony’s holiday season opens with the 30th-anniversary production of The Nutcracker (Dec 2-11) complete with larger-than-life puppets, dancing, and Tchaikovsky’s iconic music. Additional seasonal highlights include Handel’s Messiah (Dec 16 & 17) and Christmas with Heather Rankin and Friends (Dec 22 & 23).

Symphony Nova Scotia teams up with the Jeans ‘n Classics band for a symphonic rendition of The Beatle's 1969 Abbey Road in its entirety.
Symphony Nova Scotia teams up with the Jeans ‘n Classics band for a symphonic rendition of The Beatle’s 1969 Abbey Road in its entirety.

Things get underway in 2023 as the Symphony joins forces with Upstream for the Open Waters Festival of New and Improvised Music (January 12) and celebrates the music of the Fab Four in The Music of the Beatles: Abbey Road (Jan 20-22).

Cape Breton fiddler Ashley MacIsaac returns in February with special guest Morgan Toney (Feb 3 & 4) and award-winning PEI songstress Catherine MacLellan performs with the orchestra in Snowbird: A Tribute to Anne Murray (Feb 11 & 12).

March will see the return of Vivaldi’s most famous creation, The Four Seasons (Mar 11 & 12) and almost ten years after her last orchestral appearance in Halifax, Rose Cousins (Mar 24 & 25) once again performs with the Symphony.

In April, Jim Witter joins the Symphony for The Piano Men: A Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John (Apr 14-16) and celebrates The Best of Broadway (Apr 29 & 30).

The season concludes with Handel’s Water Music (May 6 & 7) and Family Series: Music That Makes Us Happy (May 13 & 14).

Ticket packages for Symphony Nova Scotia’s 2022-2023 season are on sale now, with single tickets for most concerts on sale on August 17. Visit symphonynovascotia.ca for more information.

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