Come enjoy the Symphony in the beautiful acoustics of Trinity-St. Stephen’s on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church, 1 Ratchford Street, Amherst, N.S.


 The program will feature Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no. 2, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and a new work by SNS Composer-in-Residence, Dinuk Wijeratne, a fanfare for Canada’s 150th. 

The concert is the final one in Music at Trinity’s four concert 2016-17 concert series, with more information on  Tickets are $25 if purchased in advance, and are available through the church office (debit, cash, Mastercard or VISA), either in person or by calling (902) 667-8483; they are $28 at the door.  Tickets cannot be held without prior payment.  Children over the age of seven and under the age of 18, if accompanied by an adult with a ticket will be admitted for free.

The program features SNS Concertmaster Renaud LaPierre performing Prokofiev’s stellar Violin Concerto no. 2 with the orchestra, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture, and a new work by SNS Composer-in-Residence, Dinuk Wijeratne, “Yatra,” a ‘Sesqui’ or sesquicentennial fanfare for Canada’s 150thanniversary. Rounding out the concert, which is being led by SNS Music Director, Maestro Bernhard Gueller, is Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 7.

Born in Montreal, Renaud LaPierre grew up in Saint-Lambert, Quebec in a musical family. He first began playing the violin at age five, and spent nearly ten years studying music at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Raymond Dessaints. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Performance under Anne Robert at l’Université de Montréal.  Renaud has performed and toured with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal throughout Canada, Japan, Korea, and Europe, where he visited twelve cities in two weeks. He has also toured in the U.S. with Les Violons du Roy, playing in Los Angeles at the Walt Disney Centre and in New York at Carnegie Hall. In 2005, Renaud was winner of the Trois-Rivières Symphonic Orchestra Competition. Previous appointments as Concertmaster include the Orchestre de la Francophonie canadienne and Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal. He also held the position of Principal Second Violin for Symphony Nova Scotia in 2011/12. In his spare time, Renaud enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, camping, getting together with friends, and spending time with his two children.

Symphony Nova Scotia is truly Nova Scotia’s orchestra. With a home base in Halifax and performances across the province, Symphony Nova Scotia reaches more than 50,000 Nova Scotians of all ages each year with some of the most innovative concerts and educational offerings in the country.

Though Symphony Nova Scotia had its origins with the Halifax Symphony (1897-1908, 1955-1968), the Halifax Sinfoniette (1947-1955), and the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (1968-1984), the orchestra as we know it began in 1983 with only 13 full-time musicians. Today, under the thoughtful and dynamic leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, it is the largest employer in Nova Scotia’s cultural community, employing 37 musicians and ten administrative staff, along with over 150 contracted artistic, production, and technical personnel. Its talented team has won many awards, including four East Coast Music Awards for classical music.