Acadia Performing Arts Series

Our 2016-17 season has strings attached!

This series has strings attached everywhere! They’re attached to violins, violas, cellos and pianos, sometimes as lead players and sometimes in a supporting role. Our series opens on September 18 with Trio Canoë from Montreal. October will see the Cheng2 Duo, a superbly-talented brother-sister team. November brings the versatile Blue Engine String Quartet followed by Joe Trio, “not your average piano trio”. Our Christmas add-on features David Myles, troubadour extraordinaire.

January blahs? Chase them with Beethoven’s 7th by Symphony Nova Scotia. The Tom Regan Memorial Concert will display the range of talent at the Acadia School of Music with performances by students, faculty and friends of the school. Our extra-special concert in March is by the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir and our season concludes in April with a Celtic evening by the Chris Norman Ensemble.

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—Acadia Performing Arts Committee
The Festival Theatre is at 504 Main Street, Wolfville. Convocation Hall is in the main Administration Building off University Avenue.

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Trio Canoë

Trio Canoe

Trio Canoe

Sunday, September 18 at 7:30 pm
Festival Theatre 

A Debut Atlantic Concert

Three of Canada’s most acclaimed chamber musicians, clarinetist Jean-François Normand, violist Marina Thibeault and pianist Philip Chiu highlight the poetic, intimate, and mysterious nature of their instruments to deliver an incomparable experience. Complementing the warm and melancholic colours of the existing repertoire, Trio Canoë reveals their fiery and passionate personalities with original transcriptions, including Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”.

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Cheng2 Duo

Trio Canoe


Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 pm
Festival Theatre 

A Debut Atlantic Concert

Named one of CBC Music’s 2015 “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”, cellist Bryan Cheng and pianist Silvie Cheng are an award-winning sibling duo that has brought treasured masterworks to prestigious concert halls and festivals on three continents, captivating audiences and critics alike with their youthful spirit and artistic maturity.

“The brother-sister team... are each wonderful young artists—together, they make musical magic...”
– Jeffrey Cohen, Manhattan School of Music


Blue Engine String Quartet

Blue Engine String Quartet

Saturday, November 5  at 7:30 pm
Festival Theatre 

Jennifer Jones, violin, Anne Simons, violin, Alexandra Bates, viola, Hilary Brown, cello

Formed in 1997 as the core ensemble of the Nova Scotia chamber music series, quartet members are all members of Symphony Nova Scotia. Musicians in residence at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Acadia University, Cecilia Concerts in Halifax, they are heard frequently on national CBC Radio. While Blue Engine performs many masterworks of the string quartet repertoire, they have also worked closely with important contemporary Canadian composers and are also proud to champion works by women composers.



Joe Trio

Joe Trio

Saturday, November 19  at 7:30 pm
Festival Theatre

Cameron Wilson, violin; Charles Inkman, Cello and Allen Stiles, piano

Joe Trio strives for diversity, versatility, and more than a little humour and unpredictability. Their repertoire consists of the classics, new works by contemporary composers, and their own arrangements of popular, jazz and rock tunes. The Trio’s members are fantastic performers who engage the audience with wit, charm, and tremendously musicality.

“Joe Trio wipes the dust off chamber music, leaving it sparkling with post-modern wit and flair.” –The Georgia Straight



It’s Christmas with David Myles

Special add-on Christmas concert (optional for PAS subscribers)

Saturday, December 17  at 7:30 pm
Convocation Hall 

David Myles sets the tone for the season—and introduces the world to his Christmas album. In true Myles style, It’s Christmas finds David swinging between the forties, fifties and sixties. His holiday concert has something for everyone: original and classic songs, from foot-stomping bluegrass to crooning jazz. The show includes impeccable covers of Myles’s favourite Christmas standards along with his original holiday songs, proving his versatility as a songwriter.

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Symphony Nova Scotia

Trio Canoe

Symphony Nova Scotia

Saturday, January 28  at 7:30 pm
Convocation Hall 

Bernhard Gueller, conductor
Renaud Lapierre, violin
On the program

• Dinuk Wijeratne: YATRA/jaθre – noun (Sanskrit): “spiritual journey” – A “Sesqui” or Sesquicentennial Fanfare*
• Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture
• Prokofiev: Violin Concerto no. 2
• Beethoven: Symphony no. 7

*Commissioned for the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada.

Stunning. Epic. Unforgettable — Beethoven’s 7th is one of the most popular symphonies of all time. Hear Symphony Nova Scotia perform this alongside Prokofiev’s colourful and demanding Concerto no. 2, featuring concertmaster Renaud Lapierre. Beethoven himself conducted the premiere performance of his Seventh Symphony in 1813. The audience’s ovation after the second movement was so enthusiastic, the orchestra played it twice!



Vienna Boys Choir

Photo: Lucas Beck

Vienna Boys Choir

Saturday March 18 at 7:30 pm
Convocation Hall

Boys have been singing at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel since 1296. There are currently 100 choristers between the ages of 9 and 14, divided into four touring choirs. They give around 300 concerts each year, attended by almost half a million spectators. Oliver Stech was appointed choirmaster in 2011, and has since led his choir on tours of Austria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Slovakia, South America, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.S.

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‘The Man with the Wooden Flute’

Photo: Lucas Beck

Chris Norman Ensemble

Celtic music from across the centuries and around the world

Saturday April 8 at 7:30 pm
Festival Theatre

Chris’s influential work as a performer, composer, recording artist, teacher and flutemaker has earned him worldwide recognition. His flute playing has appeared on many recordings and Hollywood soundtracks. Chris is founder and director of the Boxwood Festivals and Workshops taking place for the past 21 years in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the US, inspiring thousands of musicians of all ages.

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A subscription saves 25% compared to single ticket prices, the equivalent of two performances free! Plus, subscribers have first choice of seats, and they’re yours for the season.

In addition, subscribers will be entitled to the following:

2016-17 Performing Arts Series benefits

  • discount tickets to Two Planks and a Passion’s 2016 summer outdoor season featuring a new production of Liberation Days by David van Belle, & Ken Schwartz’s fireside rendition of the story of the infamous ghost ship, the Mary Celeste, both at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts (season opens July 9).
  • discount tickets to Valley Summer Theatre’s 2016 season, opening July 6 with Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) at the Al Whittle Theatre.
  • a $10 discount on a Deep Roots Music Festival pass: September 23-25.
  • discounts on other events throughout the year.

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  • Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by May 15, 2016 and you’ll be eligible to win a pair of tickets to a Valley Summer Theatre production – season opens July 6.
  • Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by June 15, 2016 and you’ll be eligible to win a pair of tickets to Two Planks and a Passion’s production of Liberation Days by David van Belle at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.
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  • Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by August 15, 2016 and you’ll be eligible to win a pair of tickets to a Halifax concert by Symphony Nova Scotia (selected performances) plus a night’s accommodation at the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites.

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Subscriptions or tickets for individual performances may be purchased at the Acadia University Box Office at the Arena Complex, or you can order them online.
Regular hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 12 noon until 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1 until 4 pm. The box office at the performance venue is open one hour before the start of the concert.
Subscription Rates: (All prices include HST)

8 Performances:
  • Adult : $183
  • Student : $116
9 performances, incl. David Myles:
  • Adult : $207
  • Student : $132
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Trio Canoe, Cheng2 Duo, Blue Engine String Quartet, Joe Trio, Tom Regan Concert
Symphony NS, Chris Norman Ensemble
Vienna Boys Choir
It’s Christmas with David Myles (add-on)


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