In the summer of 2012, the city of Halifax hosted some of the world’s most elegant tall ships in a week-long festival, and the CBC was there in full force to celebrate the event with pavilions, presentations, concerts and, cannons.
The highlight concert was the Tall Ships Orchestra, conducted by Martin MacDonald and presented by Symphony Nova Scotia. It was a huge celebration of fireworks, cannons and big orchestral sounds fronted by some of the best known singer-songwriters from the Maritimes – Old Man Luedecke, Rose Cousins and David Myles.
A big part of the evening was a special work commissioned by the CBC to mark the occasion. Christopher Palmer, second bassoonist with Symphony Nova Scotia, created Ships and Flags: A 2012 Overture . He calls it “a celebration of the ships that sailed into Halifax harbour, flying the flags of the settlers and immigrants they brought to our shores.”
The 2012 Overture was followed by Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture performed as never heard before in Halifax – complete with cannons, church bells and fireworks. It was a total blast!