"Symphony Nova Scotia is the most versatile orchestra in Canada!"
- Howard Cable

"It was a performance for the heart and the imagination... All in all, a fine concert with as much to fire the imagination as to ravish the ear."
- Stephen Pedersen, Chronicle Herald

"Among the performance’s assets were a precise, robust string sound, idiomatic wind playing and, perhaps more than anything, the vigour and intelligence of Gueller’s interpretation"
- Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen

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This unique concerts features Symphony Nova Scotia with conductor Bernhard Gueller and is in collaboration with the Canadian New Music Network, Upstream Music Association and Vocalypse Productions. Maestro Gueller has chosen 6 innovative Canadian works for orchestra as the opening concert of the CNMN FORUM 2010 Halifax conference "Partnering Diversity".

This is not just a concert, it is a voyage of discovery for both the orchestra and the audience.  In addition to the always masterful performances of Maestro Gueller and Symphony Nova Scotia, the composers and soloists in each work will talk about how they created the piece, interacting with the musicians and the public.

Each work presents a beautiful and imaginative new vision of creating music in the 21st century.  Paul Cram's Beyond Benghazi is a rollicking collision of jazz improvisation and high energy orchestral composition, while Derek Charke's Inuit Throat Singing Games is a colourful score crossing cultural boundaries into the North.  Mark Amraneni's Heartland features the ethereal playing of Vancouver erhu (chinese violin) player Lan Tung, Jerome Blais' Dremlen Feigl oyf di tsvaygn is sung in Yiddish by Halifax's own Janice Jackson, and Tim Brady's Three or Four Days After the Death of Kurt Cobain uses music from the Nirvana song "Smells like teen spirit" to create a haunting orchestral miniature.  The programme also features Sandeep Baghwati's Steel 3 for James Tenney, a work that makes the conductor "compose" the music in real time, working with the players to create the piece during the performance.

This unique concert is a Canadian first, in terms of the scope of music making undertaken by a symphony orchestra.  It is a bold initiative by Symphony Nova Scotia, and it speaks to their imagination, talent, and artistic vision.

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A Symphony Nova Scotia Concert

January 7th, 2010 at 7:30PM
Sir James Dunn Theatre
6101 University Avenue , Halifax NS
For ticket info and reservations call:
(902) 494-3820 or toll free (800) 874 -1669