ACADIA ALERT - Classes Cancelled – (Weather)

Today, 22, March, 2018 Acadia University is cancelling classes as of 3:00pm due to the weather.

(Thursday March 22, 2018 @ 2:06 pm)

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, 7:30pm
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.

Debut Atlantic
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Saturday, October 28, 7:30pm
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

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Buffy Sainte-Marie

Special series add-on!


Sunday, November 5, 7:30pm
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.

This tour is part of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and RADARTS' Canada 150 Performance Series. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada. 

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Canada 150



Buffy Sainte-Marie lecture

Detoxifying Aboriginal Self-perception and Outward Identity

Tuesday, November 7, 7:30pm
Convocation Hall

The Acadia Performing Arts Series is pleased to present a lecture by Buffy Sainte-Marie on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 pm at Convocation Hall in Wolfville. The talk by the Cree singer-songwriter, activist, educator, visual artist, and winner of countless awards (Oscar, Juno, and Golden Globe, among them) is part of the Canada150 Performance Series supported by Canadian Heritage, RADARTS and the Atlantic Presenters Association.

“Detoxifying Aboriginal Self-perception and Outward Identity” looks at the pressing issues affecting First Nations/Native American and World Indigenous Communities. In this presentation, Buffy Sainte-Marie stresses the importance of local activism in creating positive changes through education, health and personal development.

Admission for this talk is free of charge. Besides the Performing Arts Series, it is sponsored at Acadia by the offices of the President and Vice-President Academic, the Dean of Arts and the Acadia School of Music.

Soldiers of Song

Soldiers of Song
Gary Moon Photography

Saturday, November 11, 7:30pm
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, 7:30pm
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], 7:30pm
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, 7:30pm
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, 7:30pm
Festival Theatre

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

Tom Regan Program       February 10, 2018


Christianne Rushton, mezzo-soprano and Michael Caines, piano:

   How Do I Love Thee?                 Music by Ola Gjeilo, Text by E. Barrett Browning

 Acadia Jazz Band directed by Nic D'Amato

Voice: Robin Moir

Saxophones: Matthew Nicholson, Lauryn Wadden, Byungmin Kang, Emily McClean, Erin Norris

Trumpets: Lemuel Johnson, Jonathan Cann, Richard Bennett

Trombones: Brett Hepburn, Connor Kehoe, Jim Sotvedt

Piano: Liam Fisher, Kevin Pirker

Guitar: Kyle MacQueen, Thomas O'Leary

Bass: Mitchell MacDonald, Ryan Harvey, Clayton Dawson

 Drums: Maxwell Gallant

 Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma

All The Things You Are by Jerome Kern

Four by Miles Davis

 Paula Rockwell, mezzo-soprano, with Mary Castello, piano

Charm of Lullabies - Benjamin Britten

  1. The Cradle Song (William Blake)
  2. A Highland Balou (Robert Burns)
  3. Sephestia's Lullaby (Robert Green)
  4. A Charm (Thomas Randolph)
  5. The Nurse's Song (John Phillip)


Jennifer King, piano

Ier Nocturne (1929) by Francis Poulenc

In the Falling Dark 2 (2014) by Derek Charke

  1. Sunset Glow 2. Entre Chien et Loup 3. The Witching Hour




Chamber Music Workshop directed by Paula Rockwell

Meagan Adams, Laycie Sutherland, Brent Raddall, Jesse Avery, Nicole Fiske, Shili Mousseau, Robin Moir, Rose Cameron, Chelsea-Anne Woolridge, Jocelyn Hynes, Alexandra d’Entremont, Alyssa Rockwell, Breah Himmelman, Kaitlyn Yates, Lianne Thibodeau, Grace Davidson, Rhian Merritt, Veronica Oliver; Rebecca Cassidy – stage manager

Pélagie – music by Allen Cole, lyrics by Vincent de Tourdonnet

Ellen Torrie, soprano, with Mary Castello, piano

Big Sky Girl by Avery Dakin-Clarke

 Meagan Adams, soprano, with Mary Castello, piano

Steal Me Sweet Thief – Gian Carlo Menotti


 Acadia Percussion Ensemble directed by Mark Adam

Soloist – Alec Bloch with Songyuan Hu, Maxwell Gallant, Noah Shankel

Mudra by Bob Becker





A Neworld Theatre production

Inside Out

Saturday, March 17, 7:30pm
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, 7:30pm
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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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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