Love @ The Blue Room at The Carleton
Feb 12 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Think of all the great tunes from over the years that are about “Love” – old love, new love, romantic, universal, jaded and blue love….
The Blue Room at The Carleton music series continues this winter with LOVE on Wednesday, February 12 at The Carleton (1685 Argyle Street) in Halifax.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. (for mingling) with the show from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.  LOVE is a collection of smooth jazz standards, swing, soft rock and retro-pop performed by some of Halifax’s top players and vocalists in the eight-piece Blue Room Band. Featured musicians include Silvio Pupo (piano), Georges Hebert (Guitar), Jamie Gatti (Bass) John Alphonse (drums), Paul St-Amand (vocals and trumpet), and vocalists Cheryl Edgett, Lynda Rosborough, and Margot Sampson.  
The show presents a wide variety of tunes inspired by artists such as Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Patsy Cline, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Petula Clark, Dionne Warwick, Carole King and more. The evening will immerse audience members in some of the greatest popular love songs –  in the classy and relaxed environment of The Carleton. 
The Blue Room at The Carleton music series is in support of our charity partner, Shelter Nova Scotia.  “Shelter Nova Scotia is extremely grateful for the people and organizations in our community that help them to get closer to their goal of ending homelessness.”

Proteus Saxophone Quartet @ Woodlawn United Church
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Born from a shared love for exploring chamber music together, the Proteus Saxophone Quartet was formed in 2011 in Paris while the members were studying in French Conservatories. Each musician is a soloist in their own right and is active as a performer and teacher in their respective communities. Living across Canada, Proteus unites throughout the year for intensive projects, which have taken them across Western Canada, the USA and France. Proteus is a selected artist with Prairie Debut for their 2017-18 touring season and the quartet has recently finished touring across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

The members of Proteus Quartet are from all across Canada, and currently live across the country. Tommy Daviscurrently lives in Montreal, where he is active in the improvised music scene, as well as working with many different ensembles and a growing teaching studio. Holly DeCaigny divides her time between Edmonton, Alberta, where she will be pursuing a DMA in saxophone performance, and Calgary, where she is an active freelance musician and teacher.

Mark Michalak lives in Calgary, Alberta. He teaches a diverse studio of students from beginners to University level, as well as being an active music teacher in the school boards as a clinician and a substitute teacher. Michael Morimoto lives in Vancouver, BC, where he has a successful career as a music instrument repair technician, as well as a growing teaching studio, and freelance musician.

Visit their website to learn more.

This We Know @ Wolfville Baptist Church
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Aeolian Singers open their 2019-20 season for the third year under artistic leadership of Heather Fraser, reflecting on the season and their camaraderie and love of singing.

On March 7, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., the choir performs This We Know at Wolfville Baptist Church with the Manning Chapel Choir and the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir.  Advance tickets are available form www.avhc.ca.

Tickets are available for the Aeolians’ concerts from choir members and at the door.  You can also purchase them online from the choir’s website.  All tickets are $20 regular and $10 for students.

Merkelo and Salov @ Woodlawn United Church
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Renowned as one of the finest trumpet players of his generation, Paul Merkelo is recognized for his “unusual lyrical gifts” (Gramophone) as well as his “pure technical prowess” (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle). Principal trumpet with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra since 1995, Merkelo is regularly praised by the Montreal press as “a spectacular soloist… a most impressive master of his instrument” (Montreal Gazette), and a “great virtuoso” and “dazzling” (La Presse).

Serhiy Salov is recognized as an outstanding pianist, whose playing is both energetic and imbued with sensitivity. He is known for his remarkable technique and exacting rigour and virtuosity, qualities that unwaveringly serve the poetry inherent in the music. Public enthusiasm and critical acclaim have amply confirmed his prominent status on the international music scene as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition, Serhiy Salov has achieved distinction for his piano transcriptions of symphonic works such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Debussy’s Nocturnes, Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bald Mountain, and many others.

Learn more at Debut Atlantic.

J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor @ St. Andrew's United Church
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Camerata has been invited as guest artists in March by Symphony Nova Scotia to perform J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, conducted by Jeff Joudrey.  Performances take place at St. Andrew’s on March 21 and 22, and feature Jane Archibald (soprano), Vicki St. Pierre (mezzo-soprano), Philippe Gagné (tenor) and Joel Allison (bass-baritone).

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear a true triumph of the Baroque period, and one of the most beloved classical works of all time.

See Symphony Nova Scotia’s website for ticket information.

Aeolian Singers – Veritas @ Woodlawn United Church
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Now in its 43rd season, the Aeolian Singersbegan under the direction of founder Claire Wall as a program of Dartmouth Continuing Education. From 1976 to 1990 the choir performed under Claire’s leadership, competing and winning in music festivals, making recordings, performing with Symphony Nova Scotia and touring throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, and many parts of Canada.

From the beginning, the Aeolians were enthusiastic champions of new music for women’s voices, including commissions in those years supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the CBC like Dennis Farrell’s Vestigia and Alasdair MacLean’s Songs and Sayings, among other pieces.

The April 25 DCCA concert Veritas grapples with the complex world of shadow and light, the seen and unseen, and the manipulation of what is “real”. Artistic director Heather Fraser commented: “We’re excited to bring our Veritas program to Dartmouth Community Concert audiences. A timely commentary on our society, the texts and music explore reception and doubt, and celebrate the pursuit of knowledge and truth. A cornerstone of the program is Paul Halley’s Untraveled Worlds with Tennyson’s hopeful and invigorating text at this concert.”

Learn more at http://aeoliansingers.ca/.


Come Celebrate! @ First Baptist Church
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Canadian tenor Ben Heppner joins Camerata for three concerts of Come Celebrate! in Nova Scotia in June of 2020 in a special program of Gospel, spirituals, folk music and more.  The Halifax performance is on Saturday, June 13 at First Baptist, with concerts in Amherst (June 12) and Lunenburg (June 14). 
Ben Heppner, renowned operatic tenor, public advocate for the arts, and radio broadcaster has been among the most sought after musical talents in the operatic world for almost three decades. He is widely appreciated for the depth of his interpretations, his musicality and his humanity. His career has taken him from Vienna to Paris, Berlin, London, New York and beyond.

Ben Heppner has recorded numerous recordings and has won three Juno and three Grammy awards. He has nine honorary doctorates and has been the recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.  In 2008, he was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada. Just last year, Ben received a lifetime achievement award from the Governor General Performing Arts Award. Five years ago Ben announced his retirement from the stage – but Canadians continue to hear his voice as host of CBC Radio’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Backstage with Ben Heppner.  He offers the insights and stories that can only come from someone who has spent a lifetime as an engaged interpreter and performer.