The Dalhousie Arts Center will reopen with Resounding – Dal News

For the first time since 2019, alumni are coming together in person for Dal Alumni Days, and the signature event they will enjoy is Resonant, a celebration of the arts at the newly renovated Dalhousie Arts Centre.

“We wanted to organize a celebration worthy of the return of this arts and culture icon to our community, and Resonnant: A Celebration of the Arts promises to be a concert to remember,” said Rob Steele, who chaired the fundraising campaign. for the performing arts. which included the revitalization of the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

Resounding will feature world-class and emerging artists – many of whom have close ties to Dalhousie as faculty and alumni. We are also proud to have current students performing and sharing first-hand what this enhanced arts center means to them.

A resounding program

Resounding will take place on May 27 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium and will feature some of Canada’s most exciting artists:

  • Kiefer Sutherland may be best known for his award-winning role as 24is Jack Bauer, but fans might not know that Sutherland is an accomplished singer-songwriter with three albums. Resonant marks the first time Sutherland will bring his gritty mix of country, rock and blues to the Halifax public stage.
  • Jeremy Hollander (BA’12) is a Polaris Prize-winning performer, composer, activist and musicologist. An Indigenous artist, he blends distinct musical aesthetics that shift form between classical, traditional and pop to form something entirely new.
  • Indie pop band Hillsburn (pictured below), consisting of Dal alums Rosanna Burrill (BM’14), Clayton Burrill (JD’11), Jackson Fairfax-Perry (BM’14) and Clare Macdonald (BSc’11)has been busy racking up awards as well as fans.
  • Students from Fountain School of Performing Arts will also be sharing their talents, and several more fan favorites will be announced closer to the event.

“We are thrilled and honored to be back at the Dalhousie Arts Centre,” said Hillsburn lead singer Rosanna Burrill. “We are nostalgic thinking back on our time here and excited to know how important this place is to students. As artists, we’re excited to be back on this stage to kick off this new beginning, but we’re also excited, as fans of the Halifax art scene, to come back and see shows here in the future.

A new era for the Dalhousie Arts Center

The event celebrates a 42,000 square foot expansion and significant upgrades for the Dalhousie Arts Center including:

  • the brand new 300-seat Joseph Strug concert hall. It has acoustic characteristics comparable to the best installations in the world and will attract international artists
  • new studios that house the costume studies program in the same building as their performing arts peers
  • new and improved studios, shows, rehearsals and classrooms, giving students more opportunities to stretch, grow, learn and delight audiences
  • better air quality, energy savings and greater accessibility, making space better for everyone.

“The Arts Center upgrades are nothing short of transformational, bringing us all together under one collaborative roof with modern, stunning spaces that will inspire and challenge our students to do their best creative work,” said Jérôme Blais, director of the Fountain School of Performing Arts. . “I am so proud of how our students, faculty and staff have worked tirelessly during the pandemic to turn obstacles into creative wonders online. But we are more than ready to welcome the community back to the Dalhousie Arts Center — Resonnant is the event we’ve been waiting for to once again celebrate the arts live and in person!

Steele Auto Group is the presenting sponsor of the live performance extravaganza. AMJ Campbell, TD Assurance Meloche Monnex, The Berkeley Retirement Residences, Werkliv, Domus Realty, Atlantic Road Paving & Construction, Mariner Partners, MNP, Parkridge Properties Inc., Jost Vineyards, Cox & Palmer, Omega Formwork, Southeast Drywall and Real Estate 360 also help bring the concert to life.

Tickets for Resonant: A Celebration of the Arts can be purchased through the Dalhousie Arts Center box office starting at noon on Wednesday, March 9. A portion of every ticket sold will support the Dalhousie Performing Arts Center campaign.

Corina C. Butler