Symphony Nova Scotia kicks off its 2021-2022 season with Symphony Week

The 14th annual Symphony Week takes place October 11-17 with a mix of online and in-person events.

Symphony Nova Scotia's music director Holly Mathieson returns to Nova Scotia for the first time since the start of the pandemic as part of this year's Symphony Week.
Symphony Nova Scotia's music director Holly Mathieson returns to Nova Scotia for the first time since the start of the pandemic as part of this year's Symphony Week.

Symphony Nova Scotia kicks off its 2021-2020 season with its 14th annual Symphony Week. With a mix of online and in-person events, it also includes the return of music director Holly Mathieson to Nova Scotia for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

We have great music lined up for you, and we’re so excited about playing together again for the first time in 18 months. – Holly Mathieson

“I’m looking forward to seeing you all, whether you’re a Symphony Nova Scotia regular, or enjoying Symphony Week for the first time, at a week jam-packed with events for the whole family,” says Mathieson. “We have great music lined up for you, and we’re so excited about playing together again for the first time in 18 months.”

Symphony Week kicks off on October 12 with Enough Room with Keonté Beal, a free online discussion with the multi-award-winning R&B singer-songwriter from North Preston. Beals will join Symphony Nova Scotia’s Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser to discuss his career, goals, and perspectives as an R&B artist in Nova Scotia.

The following night, the Symphony gets some business out of the way as it hosts a virtual annual general meeting.

On October 15 & 17, Symphony Nova Scotia returns to the newly renovated Rebecca Cohn Auditorium for the first time since the pandemic began. In Welcome Home Holly, music director Holly Mathieson serves as conductor and host for a hand-picked lineup of favourites and new music. The October 17 concert will also live stream on YouTube.

In Prelude at Pier 21 on October 16, a quartet of Symphony Nova Scotia musicians performs a variety of classical and baroque highlights at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, just before the start of the Nocturne: Art at Night festival that evening.

Also, on October 16, the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra kicks off its 2021-2022 lineup with a free concert marking the first full performance together since the pandemic began.

COVID-19 protocols will be in place for in-person events, including mandatory face masks, reduced capacities, and proof of vaccination.

Symphony Nova Scotia’s 14th annual Symphony Week takes place October 11 through October 17. Visit symphonynovascotia.ca for tickets and more information.

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