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Have you ever spent time in the Garden Room of the Irving Centre for a few hours of studying? A gorgeous room with floor to ceiling windows, high ceilings, soft, comfy couches – what a place to cram your head full of knowledge, with a nice hot drink from the bar in the hallway
Concerts vary from classical piano to experimental performances. Among other performers, we have welcomed the thrilling marimba and cello duo Stick and Bow last Fall, as well as well-known actress and storyteller Shelley Thompson, who accompanied by the Blue Engine String Quartet.
Each year we also welcome musicians touring with Debut Atlantic, an organization supports concert tours by emerging Canadian musicians throughout our corner of the country (www.debutatlantic.ca). We also host young performers who tour with Jeunesse Musicale (https://www.jmcanada.ca/en/). And last but not least (!), we host alumni and faculty from the Acadia School of Music.
All concerts begin at 2 pm and last about an hour. And again, they are and always will be, completely free! How is that possible, you ask. It’s possible mostly thanks to the Acadia Alumni Foundation, which set aside funding for this series years ago. This core funding is amplified by individual legacies and by donations lots of fans.
This coming Winter and Spring, we will host piano-violin Duo Cordelia on February 18. On March 17, we’ll welcome the world-renowned Amadeus guitar duo Thomas Kirchoff and Dale Kavanaugh. Then on April 7, we’ll have a solo piano concert by Wolfville-born pianist Walter Delahunt and on May 5 we’ll welcome recent Acadia School of Music graduates Edward Enman (piano) and India Gailey (cello) who will also play original compositions by Edward released their first CD last year.