Acadia Performing Arts Series

Wolfville, May 8, 2020

It already seems so long ago ….

We still had two wonderful April performances to present when our World suddenly shifted…

(We can already announce that these two performances have been re-scheduled in the Fall of 2021 - See details further down)

We were also about to proudly unveil a new Series. Our 2020-21 Series ‘brochure was ready to print and our “subscription renewal forms” were ready to be filled and processed throughout the month of April.

Will any part of our 2020-21 Series be presented as scheduled?

It’s very unlikely ….

We assume that Covid-19 will remain a serious concern through much of the next Fall and Winter; serious enough to discourage or still prohibit the presentation of live concerts in our community. Furthermore, most of the Series’ concerts feature Artists who would be touring from out-of-province. We expect that many of these tours will be cancelled altogether.

Consequently, we will not be selling a 2020-21 subscription.

We will keep you informed as to the status of each individual event, whether re-scheduled or cancelled. 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.

This is what we had in store for you :


A Series Driven by Wonderfully Musical Women.

Conductors, music directors, superb singers, brilliant instrumentalists, beloved musical globe-trotting sisters, and even a tragic operatic lead; these are only some of the attributes that define the Wonderfully Musical Women who take a starring role in our 2020-21 series.

On the classical side of the series, March 2021 will see the Wolfville debut of Symphony Nova Scotia’s brilliant new Musical Director, Holly Mathieson. A debut also, in April, for the famed Italian violinist Elisa Citterio, TAFELMUSIK’s new Musical Director.

In November, Italian Bel Canto ventures on the Scottish Highlands in Donizetti’s opera, Lucia Di Lamermoor. Then, in December, we welcome another Lucy of Scottish heritage. Indeed, Lucy MacNeil and her brothers return to Convocation Hall to present their always magical Barra MacNeils’ Celtic Christmas concert.

Prior to the Holiday festivities, in Mid-November, Wolfville’s superb Nasr sisters and their group Ashk, will meet Christine Tassan’s gypsy “Django-jazz” in a weekend-long Summit of “Women-Who-Do-World-Music”!

In February, the wonderful Juno-winning jazz singer / pianist, Laila Biali will defy the winter blues with her warm compositions and perhaps one or two beautifully personal interpretations of a Cohen or a Mitchell song.

Rounded up by the amazing emerging Artists brought to us in the Fall of 2020 by Debut Atlantic, or found here at Acadia performing with their mentors at the annual Tom Regan Memorial Concert, the 2020-21 Acadia Performing Arts Series will cover a lot of ground, with Wonderfully Musical Women in the driver’s seat !

We hope that some of the 2020-21 program can be re-scheduled and join the two performances below to be part of our 2021-22 Series.

—Acadia Performing Arts Committee


Sunday, November 14, 2021
Festival Theatre

After years of classical piano studies in his native Germany, a 13-year-old Kaeshammer
discovered boogie-woogie. In no time, the teen wunderkind was playing piano in clubs, concerts, and festivals all over Germany. Then the Kaeshammer family moved to the West Coast of Canada ... Now, two decades later, the pianist/singer/songwriter/producer has recorded thirteen albums. His latest, 2018’s “Something New”, earned a Juno nod, his ninth,
for Jazz Album of the Year. Richly melodic, the album was mostly recorded in New-Orleans and it features a remarkable “A-List “of musicians including Cyrille Neville, George Porter Jr (The Meters), Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones), Randy Bachman and Colin James. If one is indeed measured by the company they keep, Kaeshammer is a giant!

$30 (general), $22 (students)


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