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Symphony Nova Scotia’s dirty 30

And all the ups and downs that come with that


Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
  • Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

You may not know this, but Symphony Nova Scotia does more than just play rockin’ concerts with folk musicians at the Rebecca Cohn. What?! It’s true—not just Mangan, but Bach! Chopin! Beethoven! If you’re unacquainted with this side of our great city’s Symphony, now’s the time to say hello. Symphony Nova Scotia is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and started the season off right last week with Symphony Week, a celebration-about-town of free concerts and musical events. Symphony Week crescendoed with the Port of Wines Winemakers’ Dinner on Thursday night, a fundraiser for Symphony Nova Scotia featuring Symphony musicians.

With recent gloomy news from their Annual General Meeting on September 24, The Symphony needs all the help they can get. Symphony Nova Scotia reported they lost nearly $140,000 last season, thanks to less-than-stellar local arts funding as well as decreases in individual giving, educational sponsorship and special events.

Currently, the Symphony’s accumulated deficit is almost 7% of their annual operating budget, or around $238,000. Yikes. Check out Symphony Nova Scotia’s schedule online, and maybe buy a ticket or two to support our local orchestra. Mr. Mangan is sold out, but why not try Vivaldi or The Nutcracker instead? They’re cheap—$15—for people under thirty, and you get to tell your friends you went to a symphony show instead of the Dome on a Friday night.

If you can’t swing $15 for symphony tickets but still want all the high-brow bragging rights, the next best thing is at the Dalhousie Art Gallery. In honour of Symphony Nova Scotia’s 30th anniversary, the gallery is screening cinematic biographies of classical composers every week until Christmas. The Lives of the Artists: The Composers features films like Amadeus and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky. You can check out the full schedule on their website, and it’s all for free! Get your music history fix and support our orchestra in its 30th year, whether you have the dollar bills to back it up or not.

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