Acadia Performing Arts Series
Our 2018-19 season is bursting with talent!
The season opens with The Rose Ensemble and their performance of the Land of Three Faiths. In October, two groups from Quebec, collectif9 and Architek Percussion, present My Backyard, Somewhere, a quintessentially Canadian production. The CBC’s Julie Nesrallah displays her vocal dexterity accompanied by Robert Kortgaard at the piano. Our Christmas special this year features, direct from Ireland, The Celtic Tenors.
The Tom Regan Memorial Concert kicks off the New Year in January followed in February by the young and dynamic Rolston String Quartet from Debut Atlantic. In March the Vancouver Chamber Choir displays why they are often called a national treasure and the series wraps in April with our own Symphony Nova Scotia with piano soloist Sara Davis Buechner.
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The Rose Ensemble
Land of Three Faiths
Sunday, September 23, 7:30 pm
Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical — a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality, and cultural exchange. Featuring instruments and musical ideas that blur the lines between Arabic and European, this entertaining and enlightening program achieves a perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and ancient traditions.
“This program ... breathes life into stark, ancient manuscripts . . . restores them as new creations.” — Ames Life & Times
Season Opener Presented by
collectif9 + Architek Percussion
My Backyard, Somewhere
Saturday, October 13, 7:30 pm
A special collaboration and multimedia experience of music for amplified strings and percussion, video, and words, bringing the themes of the sea, movement, language, belonging to a place, a culture—this is a poetic “migration”. The music is a journey through the styles of five multidisciplinary and multi-genre composers from across Canada. Words by Kaie Kellough. Music by Derek Charke, Luna Pearl Woolf, Bret Higgins, Eliot Britton, and Nicole Lizée. Lighting and scenography by Martin Sirois. With video by Nicole Lizée.
Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano with Robert Kortgaard, piano
My Favourite Things
Saturday, November 3, 7:30 pm
Julie is a sensational singer, actress and broadcaster captivating audiences with her rich, expressive voice. She is regularly engaged by leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles around the world. Robert has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals internationally. A favorite collaborator of many of Canada’s finest soloists and chamber groups, he is Artistic Director of PEI’s Indian River Festival (East Coast Music Awards “Event of the Year”), and the Leith Summer Music Festival in Ontario.
Christmas with The Celtic Tenors
Thursday, December 6, 7:30 pm
The Celtic Tenors have established themselves as the most successful Classical Crossover artists to have ever come out of Ireland, and they continue to re-invent the whole “Tenor” idiom. They stretch musical boundaries while paying homage to their traditional Irish roots. This holiday program features classics and seasonal favorites. With total album sales of over one million worldwide, and a full international touring schedule, The Celtic Tenors have topped the charts in the USA, Canada, Germany, the UK and Ireland.
"They combine the high standards of operatic singing with a delightfully informal sense of fun.” –The Irish Examiner
Tom Regan Memorial Concert
Acadia School of Music students, faculty, alumni and friends
Saturday, January 26 10, 7:30pm
Our annual showcase of the diversity and depth of the musical talent at Acadia. Always a special evening!
Rolston String Quartet
A Debut Atlantic Concert
Saturday, February 23 7:30 pm
Luri Lee, violin
Emily Kruspe, violin
Hezekiah Leung, viola
Jonathan Lo, cello
Canada’s Rolston String Quartet has earned the attention and gained recognition from international audiences and critics alike. With a First Prize win at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, the quartet’s winning ways included Astral’s National Auditions, and Grand Prize of the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. It’s no wonder they were named among CBC’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” in 2016!
“They performed with a maturity and cohesion rivaling the best string quartets in the world.” – Musical Toronto
Vancouver Chamber Choir
Farewell to conductor Jon Washburn cross-Canada concert tour
Friday, March 8, 7:30 pm
The Vancouver Chamber Choir is one of Canada’s national treasures, an outstanding professional vocal ensemble noted for its diverse repertoire and performing excellence. The Choir has been performing across Canada since it was formed in 1971 by conductor Jon Washburn who travels widely as guest conductor, lecturer, clinician and master teacher.
“It’s impossible to think about the Canadian musical landscape without the Vancouver Chamber Choir, one of this country’s most beloved musical ambassadors.” –David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun
Symphony Nova Scotia
Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm
Sara Davis Buechner, piano
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Dvorák: Piano Concerto
Litolff: Scherzo, from Concerto symphonique
Buechner is a multi-award-winning, internationally beloved pianist of “intelligence, integrity, and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times). Experience her jaw-dropping skill in Symphony Nova Scotia’s first-ever performance of Dvorák’s rarely heard Piano Concerto, alongside a special bonus performance of Litolff’s galloping, near-impossible Scherzo. Plus, one of Tchaikovsky’s most inspired masterpieces—the exhilarating Serenade for Strings.
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:
- discount tickets to Two Planks and a Passion’s 2018 summer outdoor season featuring North Mountain Vanya, a new adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya by Ken Schwartz. Plus Animal Farm by the fire, plus the world premiere of shalan joudry’s Elapultiek by the fire, all at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts (season opens July 7)
- a $10 discount on a Deep Roots Music Festival pass: September 28-30.
- discounts on other events throughout the year.
Subscribe and Win!
- Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by April 15, 2018 and you’ll be eligible to win a pair of tickets to Mamma Mia! for
selected performances in May at Neptune Theatre in Halifax.
- Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by June 1, 2018 and you’ll be eligible to win a pair of tickets to Two Planks and a Passion’s North Mountain Vanya by Ken Schwartz, at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.
- Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by July 1, 2018 and you’ll be eligible to win lunch for four (or dinner for two) at the Old Orchard Inn.
- Renew your existing subscription (or order a new one) by August 1, 2018 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.
Subscriptions only until July 31; individual performances go on sale August 1.
- Adult : $193
- Student : $119
On sale August 1, 2018
Julie Nesrallah + Robert Kortgaard,
Rose Ensemble, My Backyard, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Symphony NS
The Celtic Tenors
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