Spring 2020

Conductor Mark Shapiro
with Guest Artist Cindy Thong, piano

In light of the recent threat of COVID-19, and the potential health risks it presents to our orchestra and our audience, the decision has been made to cancel our April 6 performance. Thank you all for your continuing support and commitment to Nova Sinfonia, and we look forward to seeing many of you in Parrsboro this summer and in the fall for our 2020–21 concert season.

All are invited to attend a free pre-concert talk with our guest conductor, Dr. Mark Shapiro, prior to the third performance of our 2019/2020 season starting at 6:30 p.m.

Conductor Mark Shapiro will discuss and demonstrate the history, techniques and structure of Josef Suk’s Symphony No. 2 “Asrael.”

Im Frühling (Springtime Overture), Op. 36

Karl Goldmark (1830–1915)

Piano Concerto No. 2

Franz Liszt (1811–1886)

Franz Liszt wrote drafts for his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in A major, S.125, during his virtuoso period, in 1839 to 1840. He then put away the manuscript for a decade. When he returned to the concerto, he revised and scrutinized it repeatedly. The fourth and final period of revision ended in 1861. Liszt dedicated the work to his student Hans von Bronsart, who gave the first performance, with Liszt conducting, in Weimar on January 7, 1857.

Symphony No. 1

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, is a symphony written by Johannes Brahms. Brahms spent at least fourteen years completing this work, whose sketches date from 1854. Brahms himself declared that the symphony, from sketches to finishing touches, took 21 years, from 1855 to 1876. The premiere of this symphony, conducted by the composer's friend Felix Otto Dessoff, occurred on 4 November 1876, in Karlsruhe, then in the Grand Duchy of Baden.

7:30 pm, Faith City Church, 6225 Summit Street, Halifax, NS

Tickets available online or at the door (cash, debit or credit card). Online tickets will be available at the door on the night of the concert. Just mention the name or email address you used when placing the order.