Symphony Nova Scotia will open its 30th anniversary season with Haydn’s Creation on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm. Both performances will feature the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus and will take place at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax.
Widely praised as Haydn’s greatest triumph, The Creation (Die Schöpfung) will be conducted by Maestro Bernhard Gueller, and will feature guest soloists Maghan McPhee (soprano), Michael Colvin (tenor), and Alexandre Sylvestre (bass-baritone), performing the roles of Adam, Eve, and the angels. The Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus will be led by chorus master Jeff Joudrey.
“The Creation is one of the great choral works, a piece I have long wanted to present,” says Maestro Gueller. “With the science congress taking place, it seemed the right time so that two major Nova Scotian institutions will approach the beginning of the world from different angles. It starts the season with a ‘big bang,’ which is truly how the piece begins. The audience will love the description of the chaos becoming ordered.”
The concert will be preceded by a special 75-minute pre-concert panel in celebration of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science’s 150th anniversary. The panels will start at 6:15 pm on October 6 and at 2:45 pm on October 7 in the Dalhousie Sculpture Court just outside the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Each of the free-to-attend panels will be facilitated by Adrian Hoffman, and will feature three local scientists discussing the relationship between music and science.
Sageev Oore, a computer science professor and member of Halifax’s own Gypsophilia, will be one of the panelists. “I am interested in what a solid foundation in both music and science can offer children, and therefore our future society,” says Oore. “Not because of the relationship between music and science, but because of the vastly different set of skills and sensibilities that they can each naturally engage and develop. One offers an increased awareness of our internal, subjective world, while the other offers a better understanding of the external, objective world. Both are invaluable.”