Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Symphony Nova Scotia announces new spring Fusion Sessions

The seven free concerts will feature local artists in intimate online sessions.

Symphony Nova Scotia has announced seven new free Fusion Sessions featuring local artists in intimate online sessions.

The spring Fusions season kicks off on February 25 with musical artist Jah’Mila in Reggae Roots. Blending her own songs with hits from icons like Sister Nancy and Bob Marley, the Halifax-based artist will perform alongside the Symphony’s artist in residence and community ambassador Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser and musicians from Symphony Nova Scotia to create Canada’s first-ever fusion of reggae and orchestra.

On March 11, soprano Jane Archibald returns for an encore performance following her online appearance with Symphony Nova Scotia musicians last fall. The Halifax-based artist will perform Mozart’s bittersweet, passionate aria Dove sono, alongside Chinese composer Tan Dun’s Prayer and Blessing, a new work written in response to the COVID-19 crisis and American composer George Walker’s Lyric for String.

The same month, Millbrook First Nation’s Alan Syliboy weaves together storytelling, spoken word, improvisation, dance, and multimedia art with his band The Thundermakers in an exploration of Mi’kmaw creativity and spirit.

In April, Juno Award-winning Dinuk Wijeratne returns to Halifax to conduct and perform the East Coast premiere of his Gajaga Vannama, a Sri Lankan-inspired showpiece for piano and strings that honours the majestic dance of the elephant.

Later in April, Halifax rising stars Reeny and Mahalia Smith join the Symphony’s Bartholomew-Poyser in a virtual concert of homegrown soul.

The spring Fusion Sessions will conclude in May with two East Coast musical powerhouses.

On May 6, Lennie Gallant is joined by his partner Acadian songstress Patricia Richard in the all-new francophone musical project, Sirène et Matelot (The Siren and the Sailor). Musicians from Symphony Nova Scotia will accompany the duo to celebrate Acadian home and heritage.

Halifax’s favourite big-bearded bard returns to Symphony Nova Scotia to close out the Sessions on May 13 as Ben Caplan teams up with local classical/jazz pianist Silvio Pupo in a concert of boleros of Cuba.

Visit symphonynovascotia.ca for complete details on the Symphony Nova Scotia spring Fusion Sessions.

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