Composer to Discuss ‘SummuS’

As a prelude to the premiere of my “SummuS’ I  will discuss my composition methods  of my 1st Symphony, which is based on palindromes. Wed., Jan. 23, 9am. Rm 111,  Dalhousie University Arts Centre Building. This is a Dalhousie Music Dept Composition Class with Jerome Blais, admission is free  & all are welcome.


Nova Sinfonia presents the world premiere of Nova Scotia composer Scott Macmillan’s SummuS, his first symphony, on Monday, January 28 at Faith Tabernacle

(6225 Summit Street, Halifax) at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of the composer. Tickets are $15 regular and $5 for students with I.D. and are available from members of Nova Sinfonia, at the door, and in advance from The Bowed Instrument Shop within the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts (6199 Chebucto Road, open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 am. to 1:00 p.m.).   All seating is unreserved; if you have special seating needs, please contact Nova Sinfonia.

2013 marks ten years since Macmillan completed SummuS, based on palindromes for the palindrome year, 2002.  Created with the assistance of a Grant to Individual Artists from the Canada Council for the Arts, SummuS will be performed along with a full program of Macmillan’s compositions and arrangements.  A palindrome is a word, verse, sentence or number that reads the same backward or forward.  The five movements each have palindrome titles:  Don’t Nod, Drawn Inward, I Saw I Was I, Never Odd Or Even and Drawn Onward.

Special guest artists are Dave Burton, Drum Set and Jamie Gatti, Bass (soloing on Solo Electric Bass by J.S. Bach).

Nova Sinfonia was founded in 1995 by a small group of individuals to provide an opportunity for professional and amateur musicians to rehearse and perform orchestral repertoire. The orchestra strives to provide a high standard of musical performance as a complement to the professional musical offerings within the community.  One of the goals of Nova Sinfonia is to provide an opportunity for musicians from the Maritimes to perform as guest artists. To this end Nova Sinfonia has engaged young musicians from the community who are at the beginning of their careers, as well as performers who are well established, often bringing them home to Nova Scotia for the performance. You can visit Nova Symphonia’s website ( and join the email list for updates on concerts.

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