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Hot Dates in Halifax: May

Beauty and the Beast plays a five-show engagement May 24-26. Photo: Joan Marcus

Beauty and the Beast plays a five-show engagement May 24-26. Photo: Joan Marcus

May 9:  Acclaimed roots singer/songwriter David Myles, fresh off a collaboration with rapper Classified, plays the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

May 10: Steve Patterson, host of The Debaters on CBC Radio brings his This is Not Debatable tour to Halifax. 

May 12: The Saint Cecilia Concert Series wraps up another season of celebrating classical music with a matinee concert at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts on Chebucto Road. Musician-in-Residence and cellist extraordinaire Shimon Walt performs, joined by his colleagues in the Rhapsody Quintet. Their varied repetoire includes a show-stopping rendition of the rock standard “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

May 15: One of the godfathers of outlaw country, Merle Haggard is enjoying a renaissance of late, releasing a string of critically acclaimed songs. He performs at the Halifax Metro Centre.

May 17 to 19: Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Blue Nose Marathon has plenty for both experienced runners and newcomers to the sport, including a youth run, a 5K and a 10K. The full marathon begins at the Old Town Clock on Sackville Street on May 19. It runs past Halifax Citadel, through the North End, back through the downtown along Barrington and Hollis streets, around Point Pleasant Park and back up to the Clock.

May 24 to 26: The classic Disney fairy tale Beauty and the Beast comes to life, as the touring version of the Broadway production plays a five-show engagement at the Halifax Metro Centre on Duke Street. Young fans will love the opulent costumes, detailed sets and familiar music.


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May 27 to June 9: The Scotia Festival of Music, Atlantic Canada’s largest annual celebration of chamber music, returns with a roster that reads like a who’s-who of chamber-music scene, including conductor Kenneth Woods, pianist Lynn Stodola, violinist Robert Uchida, cellist Denise Djokic, trumpeter Richard Simoneau, Composer-in-Residence Tim Brady and many more.



Hot dates: Considering classical?

Symphony Nova Scotia concertmaster Robert Uchida performs on April 7 and 10.

•    April 7, 10: Symphony Nova Scotia concertmaster Robert Uchida takes on Brahms’ fiery Violin Concerto, one of the toughest violin concertos ever written. The concert, at the Dalhousie Arts Centre, also features a new work by Nova Scotian composer Derek Charke
•    April 29: The Saint Cecilia Concert Series features pianist Dinuk Wijeratne, percussionist Nick Halley and accordionist Joseph Petric at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Hot Dates: Classical Connections

• March 11: The Dartmouth Community Concert Series hosts a unique evening of music at Woodlawn Church as percussionist Anne-Julie Caron (marimba) and pianist Marie-Eve Scarfone join forces

• March 20: Symphony Nova Scotia moves to the cozy confines of Saint Andrew’s United Church on Coburg Road as Jeanne Lamon visits for a celebration of English baroque music.

• March 24: The Symphony returns to its regular digs at the Dalhousie Arts Centre for this performance of Mozart’s Jupiter symphony. Pianist Avan Yu also performs Schumann’s Piano Concerto to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.