Performing Arts Series

Welcome to the 2015-16 season
of the Acadia Performing Arts Series!

tl_files/sites/artsacadia/resources/2014/promovideo50.jpg 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.

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.

The best way to stay up to date with the latest news is to click here to be added to the Performing Arts Series e-mail list.
—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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Season opener presented by
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Saturday, September 19 2015 at 7:30 pm  
Festival Theatre

Maritime Brass Quintet

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

Thursday, October 8 2015 at 7:30 pm
Festival Theatre

Amadeus Guitar Duo

They are counted among the top international guitar duos with
enthusiastic reviews from all over the world. Canadian Dale Kavanagh and her German partner Thomas Kirchhoff have made up the Duo since 1991.

They have appeared in more than 1,300 concerts in some 60 countries, regularly playing with many European orchestras.
“Surely one of the most innovative duos in the world”
– Gitarre & Laute, Germany
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Saturday, November 14 2015 at 7:30 pm
Festival Theatre

The Judgment of Paris

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

The Judgment of Paris – 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.”
 NOW Magazine




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Saturday, November 28 2015 at 2:00 pm

Festival Theatre

Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette

Jeunesses Musicales du Canada

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 the 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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Saturday, January 23 2016 at 7:30 pm
Festival Theatre

Tom Regan Concert

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!
Friday, February 26 2016 at 7:30 pm
Convocation Hall

Symphony Nova Scotia

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 returns “home” to lead the orchestra on this musical journey.

Plus: hear Baroque powerhouses from Purcell, Bach, and Pachelbel—his iconic Canon is 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
Saturday, March 19 2015 at 7:30 pm
Festival Theatre

Afiara String Quartet


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. They have performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
“A revelation...their musicality and maturity...placed the Afiara amongst the best of current quartets...”
La Presse

Saturday, April 9 2015 at 7:30 pm
Festival Theatre

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 at a high level of skill and artistry.

“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, featuring Sylvia 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
Telephone orders
Call 542-5500 or 1-800-542-TICK (8425). A service charge applies to telephone orders and mailing of tickets. The Acadia University Box Office accepts cash, debit cards, Visa, MasterCard & American Express.
On-line orders
To order tickets (after August 16), click the following link:
To order subscriptions to the Performing Arts Series, click the following link:
To Inquire or Comment
Call 585-1282 or send an e-mail to or talk to a member of the Performing Arts Committee:

Chair: Murray Phillips, Community Volunteer
Past Chair: Peter Walker, Community Volunteer
Secretary: Christine Reed, Community Volunteer
Paula Rockwell, Acadia School of Music
Fred Chipman, Community Volunteer
Anna Kiefte, Acadia Department of Physics
Sheila McCurdy, Community Volunteer
Rick Mehta, Acadia Department of Psychology
David Morris, Community Volunteer
Peter Smith, Series Coordinator

Contact us
By e-mail:
By telephone: (902) 585-1282
By mail:
Performing Arts Series,
Acadia University, Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6


Scents and Sensibility: In consideration of the comfort of others, please refrain from using scented products when attending the Performing Arts Series.
We regret that babes-in-arms are not permitted at these performances.
Programs, artists and venues are subject to change without notice.