Acadia Performing Arts Series

Welcome to our 2017-18 season!

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In 2017, Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, a pivotal milestone for our country, which allows us to connect with our past, celebrate who we are today, honour our exceptional achievements and build a legacy for tomorrow.

To help celebrate this milestone, the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA), in partnership with RADARTS, and with support from Canadian Heritage, is presenting the “Canada 150 Performance Series”.

Shows from this series will tour through Atlantic Canada through 2017 and we are pleased to include two of these in our 2017-18 Acadia Performing Arts Series.

The season opens with New Voices, Earthquakes and Islands, a unique program from Debut Atlantic which combines new music with striking images. If you like the cello, O Celli is for you – it’s a cello octet! In November, we have two special Canada150 presentations, the  first with Canadian folk icon Buffy Sainte-Marie live in concert and the second, Soldiers of Song, on November 11, a salute to the Dumbells in World War 1. Tafelmusik’s Circle of Creation with the music of J.S. Bach is a match made in heaven and our first term wraps up with the ever-popular Barra MacNeils and their East Coast Christmas.

Symphony Nova Scotia starts 2018 with an all-Mozart program conducted by Bernhard Gueller and featuring Italian pianist Luca Buratto, and the Tom Regan Memorial concert will display musical talent on the Acadia campus. Inside/Out is a prison memoir from Patrick Keating, and we conclude our series with Carmen, The Ballet from the Moncton-based Atlantic Ballet Theatre.

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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.


New Voices: Earthquakes and Islands

New Voices

Saturday, September 30
Festival Theatre

New Voices: Earthquakes and Islands is an ambitious song cycle, that will take the poetry of Robin Richardson, whose work is rooted in contemporary critical issues, in combination with the lyrical, forceful, moving musical landscape of Newfoundland-based composer Andrew Staniland. Robin Richardson’s own artwork will illustrate the score and projected animations created by animator Hector Herrera will accompany the music. The musicians are Canada’s best interpreters of art song: pianist Erika Switzer, soprano Martha Guth, and baritone Tyler Duncan, all Debut alumni. Each performer has a rich international performance biography including some of the world’s leading concert stages, recital halls and opera companies.

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Saturday, October 28
Festival Theatre

What can sound better than a cello? Eight cellos! When played together with others, the beauties of this instrument multiply, giving birth to a unique, full and exceptional sound.

Ô-Celli was brought to life by the shared passion of eight cellists, chamber musicians and concertists, and together, they take us on a fabulous journey through a repertoire of both original and arranged pieces, as they travel through a wide musical range, from Tchaikovsky to Strauss, and Piazzolla to Nino Rota.

"They brushed aside all difficulty in Stravinsky's magnifcently

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Special series add-on!


Sunday, November 5
Convocation Hall

Buffy Sainte-Marie, the iconic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, social activist, educator, philanthropist and visual artist. Her Polaris Prize winning album, “Power in the Blood” is a reminder that,  five decades on, it is still futile to silence artists or to put Sainte-Marie in any single category. She simply doesn’t fit. Yes, she can inspire you to rise up and take action, but she can just as easily melt your heart with a tender ballad. Go back to “Until It’s Time for You to Go” and you’ll be hard-pressed to say when it was written or for whom. It’s evergreen and, like so much of Sainte-Marie’s work, it’s universal.

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Canada 150


Soldiers of Song

Soldiers of Song
Gary Moon Photography

Saturday, November 11
Festival Theatre

Canada 150 Soldiers of Song is a live performance involving theatre, music, and storytelling based on the original works of the Dumbells, a Canadian concert party that entertained the troops on the front line in World War I. If nationhood was won on the crest of Vimy Ridge, it was the Dumbells who provided the country with its earliest soundtrack.


J. S. Bach: The Circle of Creation


Saturday, November 25
Festival Theatre

Created, programmed,
and scripted by Alison Mackay
Narrated by Blair Williams
Directed by Elisa Citterio

Celebrate the genius of Bach, and the stories behind his inspiration. This multimedia creation combines text,music, and stunning projected video and images to explore the world of the artisans—papermakers, violin carvers, string spinners, and performers—who helped J.S. Bach realize his musical genius. Like its predecessors, The Galileo Project and House of Dreams, J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation uses 21st-century technology to rede ne the concert experience.

“In these hands, Bach’s music feels more alive than ever.”

A Barra MacNeils’ East Coast Christmas

A Canadian Holiday Tradition

Barra Christmas

Friday, December 15 [series add-on]
Convocation Hall

The Barra MacNeils East Coast Christmas is a musical potpourri of traditional MacNeil family favourites gleaned from Christmas ceilidhs, midnight masses and the general festive frolic that accompanies each
holiday season. With their captivating vocals, distinctive harmonies and extraordinary musicianship, the Barra MacNeils inject new life and energy into the sights and sounds of the holiday season. For 15 years, the MacNeil family has performed their holiday show for millions of concert-goers.

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Symphony Nova Scotia: W.A. Mozart


Saturday, January 27
Convocation Hall

Bernhard Gueller, conductor Luca Buratto, piano

Symphony Nova Scotia once again salutes the world’s most iconic composer! Experience a delightful range of Mozart’s most famous works, beginning with the ambitious, inventive “Haffner” Symphony.

Then, hear the gracious and intimate Piano Concerto no. 23, performed by Italian rising star Luca Buratto, a pianist of “fiery imagination and  finesse” (Musical America) and last year’s winner of the prestigious Honens Piano Competition. And for the grand finale, the orchestra performs one of Mozart’s great last works – the beautiful Symphony no. 39.

Tom Regan Memorial Concert

Acadia School of Music students, faculty, alumni and friends

Tom Regan Concert

Saturday, February 10
Festival Theatre

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


A Neworld Theatre production

Inside Out

Saturday March 17
Festival Theatre


Patrick is kind, soft-spoken and sincere and Inside/Out is his real-life story of years spent in and out of Canada’s penitentiary system. And that’s the thing— you look at Patrick and think, “This guy robbed a bank?” Patrick’s honest and engaging delivery of his funny, sad, and stirring true story helps dismantle our ideas of what a ‘criminal’ looks like – and helps us better understand how language, race and class play a very real part in our lives as Canadians. It’s about a man’s search for community: the community of the street, the community of prison, and of the theatre. Warning: some coarse language.

“Writing and performing Inside/Out is one of the best choices Keating ever made.” —JO LEDINGHAM, VANCOUVER COURIER

Carmen, the Ballet

Atlantic Ballet Theatre


Saturday, March 31
Festival Theatre

Music by Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin

Igor Dobrovolskiy takes a contemporary slant on the famous tale of the Gypsy.Don José falls in love with Carmen and sacri ces everything to be with her. When Carmen becomes infatuated with Escamillo, the toreador, she loses interest in Don José whose love quickly turns to violent jealousy. The story of Carmen is one of passion, seduction, drama and revenge set to the iconic score of Bizet and Shchedrin.

“A company to watch” —THE GAZETTE, MONTREAL

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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, 2017-18 Performing Arts Series subscribers will be entitled to the following benefits:

Two Planks

  • discount tickets to Valley Summer Theatre's 2017 season, opening July 14.
  • discount tickets to Two Planks and a Passion’s 2017 summer outdoor season featuring a new production of Nothing Less by Ami McKay and Ken Schwartz, and a fireside rendition of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, both at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts (season opens July 8)
  • a $10 discount on a Deep Roots Music Festival pass: September 22-24.
  • discounts on other events throughout the year.

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  • Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by May 1, 2017 and you’ll be eligible to win a pair of tickets to a Valley Summer Theatre production – season opens July 14.
  • Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by June 1, 2017 and you’ll be eligible to win a pair of tickets to Two Planks and a Passion’s production of Nothing Less by Ami McKay and Ken Schwartz at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.
  • Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by July 1, 2017 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 1, 2017 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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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, 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 : $180
  • Student : $116
9 performances, adding either Buffy Sainte-Marie or the Barra MacNeils:
  • Adult : $212
  • Student : $132
10 performances, adding both Buffy Sainte-Marie or the Barra MacNeils:
  • Adult : $244
  • Student : $148
Single Ticket Prices:  (All prices include HST)
On sale August 1, 2017




New Voices, Soldiers of Song, Tom Regan Concert, Inside/Out
O Celli, Tafelmusik, Symphony NS, Carmen
Buffy Sainte-Marie, Barra MacNeils’ Christmas


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