Cape Breton Post
Top doc rocks baton in Halifax
HALIFAX — The man at the centre of Nova Scotia's COVID19 battle took the spotlight in what was likely a lot more fun setting on Saturday.
Dr. Robert Strang, the province's chief medical officer of health, pitched in as a surprise guest conductor for a quintet of Symphony Nova Scotia musicians at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
"I was a little bit nervous actually, they're professionals in this area, I'm not all," he told reporters afterward.
"I was afraid I was going to make a mistake but they were very gracious."
Strang said his participation was just a way to relax and have a bit of fun while highlighting the importance of the province's performing arts, which have been hit hard amid the pandemic gathering restrictions.
"Hopefully this is a sign that in the weeks and months to come we'll be able to have much more opportunity for music and theatre with audiences and participation," he said. "It's a beautiful sunny day, the first day of spring, there's hope with vaccines, so I think ... there's this opening up."
The free performance's thme was "Explore Nova Scotia's rich Maritime heritage, while enjoying a delightful instrumental performance from an acclaimed quintet of Symphony Nova Scotia musicians. You'll hear a variety of upbeat classical and baroque favourites in a relaxed, informal environment that's perfect for a cheery spring afternoon," according to a release from the symphony.