Symphony Nova Scotia’s new season has plenty of pop, includes tribute to Michael Jackson

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HALIFAX - When it comes to performing with Symphony Nova Scotia, David Myles can happily refer to himself as a veteran.

David Myles performs a lunchtime concert with Symphony Nova Scotia on Wednesday.

The Halifax singer-songwriter performed with the province’s symphony on Wednesday for the first time since 2010.

Back for another stint in 2014-15, Myles says it’s the infectious enchantment of the symphony that brings him back.

“It’s one thing when you write songs solo by yourself on your guitar, (but) it’s amazing to see them come alive with other orchestrations,” Myles said during Wednesday’s 2014-15 season preview launch at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

Myles will be part of the Maritime Fusion series presented by the symphony. The series aims to combine some of today’s popular artists with spectacular orchestral arrangements.

“It feels like a real collaboration not only with the orchestra but particularly with the arrangement,” said Myles, a JUNO award winning artist. “It’s an amazing thing to see as a performer.”

Cape Breton’s Natalie MacMaster and Halifax’s Jill Barber will also be featured in Maritime Fusion.

This season the symphony is also set to bring back their popular tribute concert. Being honoured this year is Michael Jackson.

Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser will be joined  by The Jeans ‘n Classics band and vocalist Gavin Hope to perform some of Jackson’s famous hits, including Thriller and Billie Jean.

“We’ve done Queen, ABBA, The Eagles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin,” said symphony conductor Martin MacDonald. “This year we take on the King of Pop.”

If science is more your thing, you can check out the Baroque series’ Galileo Project, featuring the TafelMusik Baroque Orchestra as they perform a concert combining music and space.

The Galileo Project will feature music by Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel and will be accompanied by pictures of space provided by NASA and the Hubble Telescope.

Tickets for the 2014-15 season are now on sale at at the Rebecca Cohn box office or buy them online.

Highlights for the 214-15 Symphony Nova Scotia season:

Natalie MacMaster- Oct. 3 and 4

A Merry Cable Christmas – Nov. 27 and 28

Tafelmusik: Galileo Project – Nov. 30

The music of Michael Jackson – Jan. 16 and 17

David Myles – Feb. 6 and 7

Music of the Oscars – Feb. 20 and 22

Jill Barber – March 13

Organizations: Pink Floyd, TafelMusik Baroque Orchestra, NASA Hubble Telescope

Geographic location: Cape Breton

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  • margie peterson
    March 13, 2014 - 11:43

    I would love it if you would play MJ's 1972 BEN. And after the concerts is over put it on YOUTUBE. As I can't afford to go to the concerts, I would love to here that played. Thank You.