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Welcome to our 2018-19 season! Our talented student ensembles deliver up another amazing menu of concerts, sure to please every musical taste.

All evening shows at 7:30 pm EXCEPT March 2 Dal Chorus. Tickets available by September 4 from the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office, 902.494.3820. Subscribe and SAVE!
Thursday, November 22
7:30 pm, St. Andrew's Church

PARTNERS IN SWING, Dal Jazz

The Dal Jazz Ensemble is joined by the Halifax All-City Senior Jazz Ensemble for an evening of classic big band sounds. Ryan Froude joins Dal's Chris Mitchell in directing these talented young musicians.

Saturday, November 24
7:30 pm, St. Andrew's Church

STARS, Dalhousie Chorus

Centred around the otherworldly sounds of Ēriks Ešenvalds' Stars, this program of gorgeous music explores the way choirs have represented the night sky over the last nine centuries and features singers in all combinations - solos, small ensembles, and full choir. Conducted by Christina Murray.

Saturday, December 1
7:30 pm, Cathedral Church of All  Saints

BA YIN, Dalhousie Wind Ensemble

The Fountain School's Wind Ensemble celebrates both female composers and Ba Yin, the eight categories of instruments recorded in Chhina's ancient Book of History. The program ranges from traditional symphonic writing to electronic and experimental music by some of today's most talented composers, with works by Alex Shapiro, Ida Gotkovsky, and Nancy Galbraith. Chen Yi's exciting concerto for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble, Ba Yin, evokes the "eight sounds" of metal, stone, silk, bamboo, gourd, clay, leather, and wood. Conducted by Jacob Caines.

Tuesday, December 4
7:30 pm, St. Andrew's Church

SYMPHONIC CELEBRATIONS, Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra

Join us for a wonderfully diverse program of great orchestral music, conducted by Peter Allen and Leonardo Perez. The concert will feature music composed between 1794 and 2018. Elgar's Serenade for string orchestra is followed by Haydn's Symphony No. 100, "The Military". The second half gives us a world premiere by the Fountain School's Jérôme Blais, and the evening wraps up with Copland's exhilirating Appalachian Spring.

Thursday, February 14
7:30 pm, Sir James Dunn Theatre

CONCERTO NIGHT, Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra and Soloists

The Fountain School's finest musicians are selected by audition to perform exciting works with the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra in this musical extravaganza. A new piece by a Dal composition student is premiered each year. Mark your calendars for our most popular concert of the year - always a sellout! Conducted by Leonardo Perez.

Saturday, March 2
7:30 pm, St. Matthew's United Church

THE SEER, Dalhousie Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is joined by Ian Hopkin, principal bassoon of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. A Dalhousie graduate in Neuroscience (before pursuing graduate study in music), Ian makes his return to the east coast to perform the Canadian premiere of Luke Ellard's concerto The Seer. This ethereal work is programmed with orchestral pieces by Beethoven, Greig, and Bach, as well as wind works by Enescu. Conducted by Jacob Caines.

Friday, March 8
7:30 pm, The Music Room

FROM BACH TO BLUES, Dalhousie Guitar Ensemble

Featuring solo performances, duos, and trios, a performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, and some new arrangement by Scott Macmillan. And, guaranteed, will will play the blues!

Sunday, March 24
2:00 pm, Halifax Central Library

SUPERHEROES, Dalhousie Chorus

The serious, the sublime, and the silly will all make an appearance in this program as the Dal Chorus tells tales of superheroes (and heroines!) caught in jeopardy or saving the day. Drawing on stories from literature and paying tribute to real-life superheroes who have overcome incredible obstacles, this program will have something for everyone! Conducted by Christina Murray.

Thursday, April 4
7:30 pm, Sir James Dunn Theatre

DAL JAZZ featuring MIKE MURLEY

The Fountain School welcomes one of Canada's most celebrated and well-respected jazz artists, saxophonist Mike Murley, who career spans a wide stylistic spectrum. Recordings with numerous legendary Canadian and international artists showcase his talents in the mainstream standard repertoire. Murley has collaborated frequently with the younger generation of improviser/composers including pianist David Braid. Join us for another exciting evening of jazz! Conducted by Chris Mitchell.