Acadia Performing Arts Series

Welcome to the 2015-16 season!

Our series opens in September with the crisp sounds of the Maritime Brass Quintet, followed in October by the Amadeus Guitar Duo featuring Wolfville native Dale Kavanagh.

In November, it’s The Judgment of Paris, a unique combination of theatre, cabaret and music, written and narrated by Tom Allen. The fall term will conclude with a Saturday afternoon at the opera, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. A special add-on in December is An East Coast Christmas with the Barra MacNeils.

The Tom Regan Concert will open the second half of the season with a display of talent from the Acadia School of Music. Symphony Nova Scotia offers a special treat: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and other baroque masterpieces with Robert Uchida, leader and violin solo. The young and exciting Afiara String Quartet will perform quartets by Haydn, Schumann and Christos Hatzis, and the season will wrap in April with a lively program by Quartetto Gelato.

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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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Maritime Brass Quintet

Sep 19/15

Saturday, September 19 2015 at 7:30 pm  
Festival Theatre
Comprised of five of Canada’s finest brass players: Curtis Dietz and Richard Simoneau (trumpet); Gina Patterson (horn);
Eric Mathis (trombone); and Bob Nicholson (tuba & bass trombone), since 2011, the Maritime Brass Quintet is recognized as a leading ensemble in Canada and internationally.

“The sonorous rich timbre of Maritime Brass Quintet’s playing is a delight to the ears and the soul.“
- Lynette Wahlstrom, 
Music Director, First Baptist Church, Halifax
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Amadeus Guitar Duo

Oct 8/15

Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 pm
Festival Theatre

They are counted among the top-class international guitar duos, receiving enthusiastic reviews from all over the world. Canadian Dale Kavanagh and her German partner Thomas Kirchhoff have made up the Amadeus Guitar Duo since 1991. The Amadeus Guitar Duo has so far appeared in more than 1,300 concerts in some 60 countries in Europe, Central, South and North America, and Asia. The duo has always been able to delight its audience with its exuberant temperament, virtuoso performance, sensitive creative power and a fulsome, warm, carrying guitar tone. They regularly play together with the Prague, Mainz and Mannheim Chamber Orchestras, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Halle Philharmonic State Orchestra, the International Philharmonie, the Gotha-Suhl Thuringian Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Capella Cracoviensis, the Ankara President Orchestra and the South Westphalian Philharmonic.

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"Surely one of the most innovative duos in the world" – Gitarre & Laute, Germany

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André Laplante, pianist

Nov 7/15

Saturday, November 7 at 7:30 pm
Concert at Acadia University
Festival Theatre

Co-production with the Acadia School of Music


Bach/Busoni: Adagio in A minor from BWV 564
Mozart: Piano Sonata in E-flat major K.282
Hétu: Variations, Opus 8
Liszt: 3 Sonetti del Petrarca S.270
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor S.178

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The Judgment of Paris

Nov 14/15

Saturday, November 14 at 7:30 pm
Festival Theatre

Written and narrated by Tom Allen;  Kevin Fox: voice, cello, guitar; Lori Gemmell: harp, trumpet, piano, voice; Bryce Kulak: piano, voice, accordion; Patricia O’Callaghan: voice, piano, percussion; Tom Allen: narration, trombone, voice

 As the thunderclouds of the Great War pile up and burst, the musical revolutionary Claude Debussy and his one-time follower Maurice Ravel compete for the love of their proud, fickle, darling, Paris. The Judgment of Paris is a mix of cabaret, history and story-telling with timeless music by Debussy and Ravel, as well as original songs by the performers. It is new and old, heroic and tragic, history and fiction – and may the best composer win.

“ …beautiful arrangements of works by both composers as well as evocative new compositions riffing on themes in their life and music.” – NOW Magazine

“They are an engaging company that is able to address the topics of love, war, history, art and beauty in such a way as to make light of them without being flip. I was entertained and moved as well as educated.”  – Emily Hanlon, Ottawa Chamberfest

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Gounod's Romeo et Juliette

Nov 28/15

Saturday, November 28 at 2:00 pm
Festival Theatre

Saturday Afternoon at the Opera

Rediscover this epic story of two star-crossed lovers swept along by a fate they cannot escape. Forced to defy the enmity of their families, they defend their love to the death. Director Oriol Tomas transposes Shakespeare’s famous work to present day in order to highlight the universality of its themes. Charles Gounod’s poignant score will be interpreted by the next generation of Canadian singers.

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An East Coast Christmas with the Barra MacNeils

Dec 16/15

Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 pm
Convocation Hall

One of the most beloved concerts on the seasonal circuit, the Barra MacNeils Christmas shows always feature a highly entertaining brand of traditional seasonal fare mixed with entertaining stories and new musical twists; stamped with their lush harmonies and intricate instrumental stylings.   Their show has been touring nationally, as well as in America, for years to sold-out houses.  Fans can look forward to classic favourites including: Oh Holy Night, Ave Maria, A Christmas in Killarney and Auld Lang Syne as well as some comedy, seasonal stories, music, singing, dance and memories that will extend beyond the season and last a lifetime.

Sponsored by the Ritcey Team at ScotiaMcLeod

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Tom Regan Memorial Concert

Jan 23/16

Saturday January 23 at 7:30 pm
Festival Theatre

Acadia School of Music students, faculty, alumni and friends

Our annual showcase of the diversity and depth of the musical talent at Acadia. Always a special evening!

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Symphony Nova Scotia

Feb 26/16

Friday February 26 at 7:30 pm
Convocation Hall

The Four Seasons - Featuring Robert Uchida, leader and violin solo

Pachelbel: Canon
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no. 3
Purcell: Canon on a Ground Bass
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons is Vivaldi’s most famous creation, and one of the most beloved works from the entire Baroque period. Symphony Nova Scotia’s former Concertmaster Robert Uchida, currently with the Edmonton Symphony, returns “home” to lead the orchestra on a musical journey through Vivaldi’s glorious Spring, tempestuous Summer, meandering Autumn, and stormy, sparkling Winter. Plus: hear Baroque powerhouses from Purcell, Bach, and Pachelbel – including the iconic Canon, one of the most recognizable pieces of music in the world.

“Uchida, who completely dominates your attention when he plays, is a master magician.” – The Chronicle-Herald

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Afiara String Quartet

Mar 19/16

Saturday March 19 at 7:30 pm
Festival Theatre
Debut Atlantic

  • Valerie Li, violin
  • Timothy Kantor, violin
  • Eric Wong, viola
  • Adrian Fung, cello

After residencies at The Juilliard School and San Francisco State University, the dynamic Afiara Quartet is currently the Fellowship ensemble at the Royal Conservatory of Music. The Afiara Quartet has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, at such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill Halls, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Library of Congress in DC, Sao Paulo’s Museum of Modern Art, Pro Musica of San Miguel de Allende, London's Wigmore Hall, Austria's Esterhazy Palace, Munich’s Prinz Regenten Theatre, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, and the Royal Library in Copenhagen.

"A revelation...their performance individually and collectively, their musicality and maturity...placed the Afiara amongst the best of current quartets…" ~ La Presse

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Quartetto Gelato

Apr 9/16

Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm
Festival Theatre 

  • Peter De Sotto, violin
  • Alexander Sevastian, accordion
  • Colin Maier, oboe
  • Elizabeth McLellan, cello

Quartetto Gelato tours one-of-a-kind concerts combining classical masterworks with Argentinian tangos, gypsy ballads and Latin love songs.  Boasting a Cirque de Soleil acrobat, a four-time world champion accordionist and a brilliant tenor, they perform without scores and with plenty of humour, all at a high level of skill and artistry.  Awarded NPR’s “Debut Artist of the Year”, and featured on the soundtrack of the Hollywood film “Only You”, they have sold over 150,000 of their 8 CD’s – two of them chosen for the 1997 NASA Space Shuttle Columbia flight, thus being heard “around the world”!

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“Quartetto Gelato has the stuff. Dry humor and occasional clowning are part of the quartet’s arsenal, yet first it meets the requisite virtues of skilled music-making.” - Los Angeles Times

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Subscribe and Save!

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, 2015-16 Performing Arts Series subscribers will be entitled to the following benefits:

  • discount tickets to Two Planks and a Passion’s 2015
    summer outdoor season featuring a new production of The Tempest by William Shakespeare, and Ken Schwartz’s adaptation of Henry James’ famous ghost story,Turn of the Screw at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts (season opens July 11)
  • discount tickets to Valley Summer Theatre’s 2015 season opening July 8 at Al Whittle Theatre.
  • a $10 discount on a Deep Roots Music festival pass: Sept. 25-27, featuringSylvia Tyson.
  • discounts on other events throughout the year

Subscribe and Win!

  • Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by May 15, 2015 and you’ll be eligible to win a pair of tickets to a Valley Summer Theatre production at the Al Whittle Theatre.
  • Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by June 15, 2015 and you’ll be eligible to win a pair of tickets to Two Planks and a Passion’s production of The Tempest by William Shakespeare, at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.
  • Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by July 15, 2015 and you’ll be eligible to win brunch for four at the Old Orchard Inn.
  • Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by August 15, 2015 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.

Subscription Renewal

2014-15 subscribers have until May 15 to renew their seats for 2015-16. The cost of a subscription is 25% less than single tickets, the equivalent of seeing two concerts free! Help us keep our costs down by placing your order now. As a renewing subscriber, you have the option of keeping the same seats or requesting a change. Changes will not be processed until after May 15. Renew here!

If you do not renew by May 15, your seats will be released.

Pay by installments: Your subscription can be paid in 4 equal payments charged to your credit card in May, June, July and August. A small service charge applies.

New subscriptions

New subscribers are also encouraged to sign up now. As a new subscriber, your seat selection will begin after current subscribers have renewed. New subscribers will be assigned seats in the same sequence that their orders are received, so don’t delay, sign up now!

Rush tickets

Any remaining seats will be available on the day of the performance one hour before the start for half the regular price.Student ID required for each student ticket.

Ticket Purchase information

Subscriptions or tickets for individual performances may be purchased at the Acadia University Box Office at the Arena Complex. Subscriptions only until August 15; individual performances go on sale August 16.
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:
8 Performances (All prices include HST)

Adult : $173
Student : $110
Single Ticket Prices: On sale August 16, 2015 (All prices include HST)




Maritime Brass, Amadeus Duo, Tom Regan Concert, Afiara Quartet, Quartetto Gelato
Judgment of Paris, Symphony NS, Roméo et Juliette