December is chock full of seasonal fare as Symphony Nova Scotia serves up a trio of online and in-person shows this holiday season.
First up, Symphony Nova Scotia partners with Halifax Dance and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia for an all-new production of Twas the Night Before Nutcracker. Originally meant to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Nutcracker in Halifax, the pandemic has postponed those celebrations until 2022. Instead, this year’s free online performance on December 5 is a smaller version of the larger show, featuring puppets, a condensed cast of characters, and an intimate ensemble of live musicians playing excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s music.
On December 11 and 12, Symphony Nova Scotia goes Home for the Holidays featuring Canadian crooner Michael Vanhevel. This full-length celebration of holiday music includes classic hits, carols, and family favourites with arrangements by the late Canadian music legend Howard Cable.
A week later, Symphony Nova Scotia serves up A Baroque Christmas on December 18 & 19. Led by conductor Kevin Mallon, the Symphony will perform a variety of festive Baroque favourites, and soprano Jane Archibald joins the orchestra to sing Scarlatti’s Christmas Cantata and excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.
For tickets and more information, visit symphonynovascotia.ca.