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Tickets available September 5 at the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office and at the door. Tel. 902.494.3820 or 1.800.874.1669.  $15 / $10 for individual tickets or purchase a 5-event package and save! See details in our Season brochure or contact the FSPA office.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16

SIGNATURE EVENT - ESPACÉES

Dalhousie Wind Ensemble
Directed by Jacob Caines
7:30 pm, Waegwoltic Club, 6549 Coburg Rd

We all occupy spaces. Personal, public, internal, external. We inhabit spaces in which we are comfortable and spaces where we have to alter who it is we appear to be, just to exist.

Before his death, Edgar Varèse began planning a work that would tour audiences through a variety of spaces, soundscapes, and moods. Although the work was never completed, the idea has persisted that music and sound can happen in simultaneous space and time. Espacées is a concert designed to guide the audience through different spaces to experience a variety of art forms that coexist, fluctuate, and morph into a full evening of sensory realities. With a new commission by James Ervin (trumpeter and performer with Walk off the Earth), spoken word poetry by El Jones, Deirdre Lee, Killa Atencio, film by Lynn Matheson and Andrew Coll, and music by Philip Glass, you will travel through different rooms to hear music and poetry paired with film and theatre.

Come occupy spaces with us. Explore the sounds, sights, and words that might help you understand the places you inhabit.

The Dalhousie Wind Ensemble is proud to present this exploration of sound and space with the support of the Traves Performance Excellence Fund.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20

DRAW THE LINE: Navigating Cultural Appropriation in Music

Dalhousie Chorus
Directed by Christina Murray
6:30 pm, Sculpture Court, Dal Arts Centre
FREE EVENT

How can musicians address issues of cultural appropriation through their art form? The Dalhousie Chorus is at the halfway point in a year-long exploration of how music can be used to understand, support, and act upon the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. 

This event will be a performance and talk that invites audience members to experience music that opens doors to dialogue. Between musical selections, members of the chorus and guest speakers will share a variety of perspectives on how relationships of respect can be forged through the arts. The program will offer important reflections on the way music has been used to perpetuate injustice and oppression as well as examples of just and respectful ways to employ music as a means of intercultural dialogue.  

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30

PARTNERS IN SWING

Dalhousie Jazz Ensemble
Directed by Chris Mitchell
7:30 pm, St. Andrew's United Church, 6036 Coburg Rd

The Dal Jazz Ensemble is joined by the Halifax All-City Senior Jazz Ensemble for an evening of classic big band sounds performing a variety of swinging standards. Nathan Beeler joins Chris Mitchell in directing these talented young musicians.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3

COMMEMORATION & CELEBRATION

Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra
Directed by Peter Allen
2:00 pm, Kenneth C Rowe Hall, Pier 21

Marking the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, Peter Allen conducts his own homage to this tragic event in his Variations on the Halifax Explosion. We also celebrate the great career of our friend and colleague, pianist Lynn Stodola, who performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in her final teaching year at Dalhousie. The themes of commemoration and celebration come together in Tchaikovsky's titanic Symphony No. 6 in B minorPathétique. Please join us for a post-concert reception.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15

CONCERTO NIGHT!

Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra and Soloists
Directed by Peter Allen
7:30 pm, Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dal Arts Centre

The Fountain School's finest musicians are selected by audition to perform exciting works in this musical extravaganza. Mark your calendars for our most popular concert of the year!

FRIDAY, MARCH 9

GUITORCHESTRATION

Dalhousie Guitar Ensemble
Directed by Scott Macmillan
7:30 pm, The Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond Rd

Join Dalhousie's guitar students and faculty in performance of works by Bach, Beethoven, Miles Davis, and many more. Featuring the premiere of a new piece by ensemble director Scott Macmillan and solo performances, duets, and trios.

SATURDAY MARCH 17

SPRING FAIR

Dalhousie Wind Ensemble
Directed by Jacob Caines
7:30 pm, Via Rail Station, 1161 Hollis St

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Dalhousie University, the Wind Ensemble will transport you to a spring fair circa 1918. The program will include wind works written between 1818 and 1918 with classics from Holst, Dvorak, Schmitt, Grainger, and Sousa. Come enjoy the music in an unexpected venue with a glass of lime cordial, a handful of popcorn, and century-old fair games.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24

CALLED TO ACTION: Living Reconciliation Through Song

Dalhousie Chorus
Directed by Christina Murray
7:30 pm, St. Matthew's United Church, 1470 Barrington St

Join the Dal Chorus and guest artists at the culmination of a year-long musical exploration as they use their talents to hear and live out truth, justice, and reconciliation. The music will include contemporary works offered in a context of celebration and collaboration with Indigenous performers.

THURSDAY, APRIL 5

SPRING SWINGS with STRINGS

Dalhousie Jazz Ensemble
Directed by Chris Mitchell
7:30 pm, Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dal Arts Centre

The Fountain School is proud to present international jazz violin phenom Regina Carter as a special guest with the Fountain of Youth Jazz Orchestra. The orchestra consists of members of the Dalhousie Jazz Ensemble as well as string players from the Fountain School. In addition we will be featuring Dal string alumni and members of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra. Don't miss this opportunity to hear an incredible concert.