Symphony Nova Scotia is kicking off their busy concert season on a very odd note.
This weekend, duct-tape-wielding funnyman Red Green will join the symphony orchestra on stage. This is the start to a diverse lineup of acts that resident conductor Martin MacDonald is looking forward to.
In his third year with the orchestra, MacDonald says it’s the diversity that draws the crowds.
“I think it’s pure curiosity — to see how it’s going to sound, to see how it’s going to work, to see how we interact, because we really like to interact with our guest artists as much as possible. I think it’s an innovative, collaborative factor, and people just want to see, how is that going to work?” he says.
Richard Simoneau is gearing up for his 15th season playing trumpet with the symphony.
“Even sometimes if people don’t know the music, it’s nice to take a chance. … They might discover some gems,” he says.
This season’s collection of gems begins with Red Green’s campfire songs on Friday and Saturday.