Choirworks Family Sing @ First Baptist Church
Jan 18 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am

(Halifax, NS) Choirworks invites all ages to join in a family sing on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 10:15 – 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church on Oxford Street.  Donations will be taken at the door.  Come if you have lots of singing experience, and come if you have always wanted to try!
Continuing on January 25th from 10:15 – 11:30 a.m., Director Krista Vincent and Pianist Lynette Wahlstrom are offering choral classes for ages seven to ten in the beautiful space of First Baptist Halifax.  
Sessions include ensemble singing, vocal technique, music theory and solfege, in a welcoming and non-competitive environment.  No previous choral experience is necessary.  Bring your love of singing and an eagerness to learn! Classes continue for sixteen Saturdays, finishing June 13th, culminating with a Choirworks Concert on Thursday, June 18th at 6:30 p.m. For information on registration and cost, please contact Krista Vincent at choirworkshalifax@gmail.com
You can also learn more at the Choirworks Invite on YouTube.

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.”

Charke-Cormier Duo @ The Music Room
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Nova Scotia’s Charke-Cormier Duo releases its latest recording, Bathymetric Terrains, at The Music Room on Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m.   The album, on the Leaf Music label, is available February 14 and is distributed by Naxos of America.  Bathymetric Terrains muses on the ecology of oceans and tidal bays; bathymetry is the measurement of water depths.

Derek Charke (flutes) and Eugene Cormier (guitar) formed the Charke-Cormier Duo in 2014, releasing their debut recording, Ex Tempore, in 2018.  The album was nominated for the 2019 ECMA Award for Classical Album of the Year, and the composition Ex Tempore won the 2019 ECMA award for Classical Composition of the Year. The Whole Note magazine called the album “a fabulous debut!” The duo publishes their music under the Charke-Cormier Duo Collection with Doberman-Yppan in Québec. Both performers are highly accomplished musicians who are on the faculty of Acadia University’s School of Music.

Canadian Music Centre Associate Composer Derek Charke is a JUNO and ECMA award-winning composer and flutist.  His music is eclectic – often defying categorization due to wide-ranging influences.  Dr. Charke is a professor of music at Acadia University Wolfville, where he teaches composition and music theory.  He also heads AEMS, the Acadian Electroacoustic Music Studio.

Dr. Charke can see the fragile ecosystem of The Minas Basin from his home in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, including the seabed that is exposed when the tide is out twice daily: “For a while now I’ve wanted to compose something about these hidden landscapes.  The composition includes multiple flute, guitar and voice parts.  The solo parts are performed live while the backing tracks, processing and soundscapes are projected through speakers.  For live performances, a video of various seascapes from around Nova scotia is projected on a screen.” See a trailer video here.

The album was produced, engineered and mastered at Derek Charke’s studio in Wolfville, NS and at AEMS, the Acadian Electroacoustic Music Studio (sponsored by CFI-JELF, and the NS Research and Innovation Trust), with additional mastering by Jeremy VanSlyke.

This project is funded in part by Arts Nova Scotia and Acadia University.

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

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.

Jazz & Pipes @ St Matthew's United Church
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Royal Canadian College of Organists will present acclaimed organist Jean-Willy Kunz in Jazz Pipes at St. Matthew’s United Church Halifax), on Saturday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. He’ll play a concert featuring classical, jazz and improvised organ music, and is most known for his ability to play jazz on the organ.  The program features his transcription of Camille Saint-Saens’ humorous The Carnival of the Animals interspersed with poetry written by CBC Radio’s Bill Richardson, and illustrations by Mary GrandPre (illustrator of the Harry Potter novels), and works by Bach, Henry Martin, Louis Vierne and Kunz’s own Improvisation in the Style of Joey DeFrancesco.
Jean-Willy Kunz is the first organist in residence of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal.  In addition to playing with both the Orchestra and in recital, he’s played with saxophonist Branford Marsalis, singers Pierre Lapointe and Rufus and Martha Wainwright.  He’s organ professor at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal, and is Artistic Director of the Canadian International Organ Competition.
Tickets are $20 and are available through EventBrite and at the door. Please call (902) 489-4738 for more information, or find RCCO on Facebook.
The Royal Canadian College of Organists hosts monthly events, concerts and workshops throughout the city promoting “the King of instruments” in many years.  Other upcoming events for RCCO Halifax include artist Holly Carr painting to improvised organ music and a concert in memory of organist Allan Wayte on March 28 at First Baptist Church.

Party Like It’s 1699! @ The Music Room
Feb 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

(Halifax, NS) Citadel 415 presents Party Like It’s 1699!, a concert of dance music from 18th century France, with Henri Gauci, Baroque Flute and Lynette Wahlstrom, Harpsichord, on Saturday, February 29 at 7:30 p.m. at The Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond Road.  Tickets are $20 regular and $10 for students and seniors and will be available at the door. The musicians will be performing on era-appropriate period instruments tuned to baroque low French pitch and temperament.

When we think of Baroque dance, we often envision complex choreography, graceful motions, frilly dresses and enormous wigs. While true to a certain extent, La Belle Dance as it was called in 18th century France, developed into an art form that guided much of the social and political life of Europe.  Although possible parallels between elements of Baroque and contemporary dance may or may not exist, there is little doubt that the desire to “bust a move” upon hearing the latest dance music applied as equally to the aristocrats of the 18th century as to today’s party goers.

This program will explore the relationship of music and movement in the context of 18th century Baroque dance, remembering that the phenomenon of movement to music is as intuitive and universal to human beings as our use of language is.

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

Dartmouth Community Concert Association (DCCA) presents the fourth concert in its 2019-20 season, From Russia With Love, with Paul Merkelo, trumpet and Serhiy Salov, piano, on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. Exploring some of the greatest works by Slavic composers, the duo is undertaking a nine-concert tour throughout Atlantic Canada with classical presenter, Debut Atlantic. Their performance features works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Chopin, Scriabin and Shostakovich, amongst others.

JUNO-nominated Paul Merkelo is recognized as “a spectacular soloist…a most impressive master of his instrument” (Montreal Gazette) with “unusual lyrical gifts” (Gramophone).  Principal trumpet with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1994, he has been featured frequently with the OSM, including tours to South America.  He is the first member of the orchestra to be invited to record a debut solo album with the orchestra (French concertos – Kent Nagano).

Pianist Serhiy Salov is recognized as an outstanding pianist, known for his remarkable technique and virtuosity, and for his piano transcriptions of symphonic works such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, and many others.  After beginning piano in Ukraine, he pursued studies in London, obtaining a Master’s degree from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, followed by a Doctor of Music degree from the Université de Montréal. Mr. Salov recently made his debut with Symphony Nova Scotia, and is the winner of many competitions.

Also appearing on the concert is grade six pianist, Alex Yang.  Alex will play Clair de Lune by Debussy and Fantasie-Impromptu Op. 66 by Chopin. A student of Professor Lynn Stodola, he won First Place in both piano and violin (age 10 group) in the Canadian Music Competition in 2019, and has performed with the Chebucto Symphony Orchestra.  He also sings with the Halifax Boys Honour Choir, and composes.

All DCCA concerts take place on Friday or Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at Woodlawn United Church, 54 Woodlawn Road in Dartmouth, which is fully wheelchair accessible.  Individual concert tickets are $25 regular price, $20 for seniors (age 60+) and $10 for students.  You can purchase tickets at the door or order tickets via Paypal online through the DCCA website.  Please call (902) 433-1680 for more information.

DCCA is a non-profit, civic organization dedicated to presenting quality entertainment for the entire family at affordable prices. Since 1957, the DCCA has been one of Canada’s premiere presenters of classical music, providing local audiences with concerts ranging from The Elora Singers to Foothills Brass.  Originally part of a network of community concert presenters across Canada, Dartmouth is the only one remaining in the Maritimes. The organization is entirely supported by volunteer efforts. DCCA has a reciprocal arrangement with Antigonish Performing Arts Series.

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.

Organ & Opera! @ First Baptist Church
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Canadian International Organ Competition present a tribute concert in memory of organist Allen Wayte, featuring tenor Thomas Leslie and renowned organist Alcée Chriss on Friday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church (1300 Oxford Street, Halifax). The program titled Organ and Opera includes classical, operatic and jazz works by Bach, Art Tatum, Duruflé and Bizet.  Tickets are $20 regular and $5 for students. 
The two musicians are on a six-concert tour of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, demonstrating the versatility of the pipe organ, and showcasing the next generation of young, virtuosic organists. Their Halifax performance remembers Allen Wayte at the Halifax church where he was Director of Music.

Organist Allen Wayte (1952-2008) was born in Northern Ontario, and began his music career as a choirboy at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.  He studied in Canada and England, and was appointed Director of Music at First Baptist in 1997, where he conducted four choirs, organized a concert series and gave organ recitals.  Also University Musician at the Atlantic School of Theology, he played for daily Chapel services and taught in the foundation year program.  An active recitalist and accompanist, he recorded for both Vision and CBC television and CBC Radio 2.  Known for his exciting improvisations on the organ, Allen Wayte also programed recitals on topics such as the sinking of the Titanic, used innovative texts like The Lord of the Rings, and conducted two community choirs, The Chebucto Singers and Seton Cantata Choir.  Mr. Wayte also had an active studio of organ and piano students.
Alcée Chriss is the first-prize and Bach winner of the prestigious 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition, amongst many other awards.  Widely regarded as one of the leading young organists of our time, he serves as University Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Wesleyan University, Connecticut. An alumnus of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Mr. Chriss received his Master’s degree in historical keyboard and is undertaking his doctorate degree at McGill.  He is also a conductor and jazz pianist, and has performed throughout the United States and France. He is also the star of the recently-released documentary Pipe Dreams, written and directed by Montreal filmmaker Stacey Tenenbaum.
Thomas Leslie, originally from Halifax, studied organ with Allen Wayte, and is now the Executive Director of the Canadian International Organ Competition in Montreal. A classical tenor, he has music degrees from McGill and Wilfrid Laurier Universities, and has performed regularly throughout Eastern Canada and the US. He’s been heard as a panelist on CBC Radio’s Opera Quiz and was featured on the Bravo Network documentary series The Classical Now.

Tickets are available online through SIMPLYK and at the door. Please call (902) 489-4738 for more information, or find RCCO on Facebook.
The Royal Canadian College of Organists hosts monthly events, concerts and workshops throughout the city and has promoted “the King of instruments” for many years.  Other upcoming events for RCCO Halifax include artist Holly Carr painting to improvised organ music later this spring.
Assistance for this concert has been provided by The Canada Council for the Arts.