Concert Reviews


If there’s a show I could press rewind on and listen to all over again, it would be Meaghan Smith’s recent Maritime Fusion concert with Symphony Nova Scotia. It was really that much fun. She’s funny, she paints quirky miniature paintings, and she makes us laugh and cry. She’s the kind of gal you could totally girl crush on.

Her lovely songs were even more beautiful with the symphonic arrangements of SNS bassoonist Chris Palmer.…

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Canada’s Ballet Jörgen returned to the Cohn last month with a gorgeous production of Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen, and bringing a winter-weary Halifax the promise of spring beauty.

I’m lamenting the loss to our community of arts journalists Elissa Barnard and Andrea Nemetz, who are currently in the fourth month of a seemingly never-ending strike at the Chronicle Herald, but it seemed a great pity that there would be no mention made somewhere of these magical performances.…

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We’re a bit late to the party on this one, but it’s really never too late to congratulate the Dartmouth Community Concert (DCCA) folks on 59 years of bringing great live classical music into our midst. DCCA started in 1957, affiliated initially with Columbia Artists, whose motto “A Carnegie Hall in every town” for many years brought outstanding performers to the suburbs, and when they got out of that business, DCCA carried on.…

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The World Beloved – Mass Meets Grass

Halifax Camerata Singers, Jeff Joudrey, Artistic Director

Lynette Wahlstrom, Accompanist

April 2, 2016 First Baptist Church

With guests: Dominic Desautels, Clarinet; Tom Terrell, Guitar; Donald MacLennan, Violin; Ryan Eavis, Banjo; Dan MacCormack, Mandolin; Adam Fine, Bass

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Symphony Nova Scotia presented an all-Brahms concert at the Cohn this week, and it was an exciting evening showcasing all that is great about the orchestra. Under the direction of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, twelve or thirteen additional players enlarged the band, and the featured guest artist was “Megastar Pianist” Marc-André Hamelin. The concert gave a showcase to Dr. Piano’s Steinway Model D concert grand, and if pianos could talk, I’m sure this one would say it enjoyed a thorough and musical workout.…

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Gotta love Cecilia Concerts. Their tagline “Great Music, Warm Hospitality” says it all – classical music in a welcoming environment with friendly volunteers who work hard to present the finest local artists (including their annual Musician in Residence program), emerging Canadian artists and more. Cecilia Concerts originally began as St. Cecilia Concerts twenty-seven years ago, and the organization has developed many community partnerships over the years, including with Alliance Francaise, The Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and others.…

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Leonie Rettig is a very brave twenty-something. Imagine travelling to Canada from Germany to perform for the very first time under the baton of a maestro (Bernhard Gueller) who has watched you grow up musically since you were a teenager. You practice, you travel, you check in to your hotel, you rehearse with the orchestra. All is ready. You get your concert clothes on, you go to the hall, and, so cruelly that it’s hard to even remember, five minutes before you go onstage, inexplicably the lights go out in the concert hall.…

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It wasn’t even St. Paddy’s Day, but you wouldn’t have known by the good cheer in evidence at yesterday’s Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, with an audience pumped for a good time at one of three well-attended shows by Ireland’s The Celtic Tenors. Fresh from performances at the DeCoste in Pictou and the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, the Tenors did not disappoint their many fans, with the audience clapping and singing along to their favorites in a program of traditional, classical and opera pops hits.…

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The Parcival Project
The Music Room – February 19 7:00 p.m.

This concert brought us artists from Montreal’s Parcival Project, an enthusiastic group of young players under the leadership of founder and director, violinist Emmanuel Vukovich, currently finishing his Graduate Diploma at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Two other Parcivilians are finishing studies at McGill, and the fourth and fifth have Maritime connections: cellist Julia MacLaine hails from beautiful downtown Rice Point, PEI, and clarinetist Dominic Desautels now makes Halifax his home as Principal Clarinet with Symphony Nova Scotia.…

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