Symphony Nova Scotia.

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Symphony Nova Scotia.

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Symphony Nova Scotia was formed in 1983 following the demise of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, with Brian Flemming leading the Board of Directors and Boris Brott as the first Music Director. The Symphony began with thirteen permanent musicians and used contract players to fill out the orchestra when needed. By 1984, the number of permanent musicians had doubled and, by 1987, the orchestra had grown to thirty-nine members.

In 1987, Georg Tintner replaced Boris Brott as Music Firector. During Tintner’s tenure from 1987 to 1994, the Symphony made six recordings, toured Ontario and Quebec, and initiated popular community outreach programs such as the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute concert and the annual performance of The Nutcracker in collaboration with Halifax Dance and the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

In 1995, the Symphony faced a crippling deficit of $900,000 which led to major restructuring, fundraising, and cost-cutting through the elimination of programs such as free concerts and school visits. Through these measures, the Symphony was able to avoid bankruptcy and achieve a balanced budget for the 1995/1996 season while significantly reducing the deficit.

The 1996/1997 season began with a new Music Director at the helm, Leslie Dunner, who re-established the programs that had been cut during the budget crisis and oversaw a period of great artistic and community success. Dunner’s tenure lasted until 1999, at which point the Symphony invited six Music Director candidates to lead the orchestra at various times throughout the seventeenth season. Simon Streatfeild was eventually hired as the Artistic Advisor in 2000 until Bernhard Gueller was brought to the Symphony as Music Director in 2002.


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