Today in Canadian Art History: Halifax Symphony Orchestra Gave its Inaugural Concert at the Academy of Music


Academy of Music - Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Academy of Music, Halifax, Nova Scotia (via Halifax Public Libraries)

April 24, 1897 – The Halifax Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert at the Academy of Music. The orchestra – which included 18 strings (11 women), 8 woodwinds, 8 brass, and 2 percussion – played a Schubert memorial, including the Unfinished Symphony, as well as works by Weil.

This first Halifax Symphony Orchestra lasted until 1908 and a second was founded in 1949. It would go on to become part of the Atlantic Symphony in 1968.

* Source: Today in Canadian History and The Canadian Encyclopedia.
* Image: Halifax Public Libraries.