Cape Breton Post

Top doc rocks baton in Halifax

- SALTWIRE NETWORK STAFF news@herald.ca @chronicleh­erald

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.

 ?? SALTWIRE NETWORK ?? Dr. Robert Strang guest conducts a small group of musicians from the Nova Scotia Symphony.
SALTWIRE NETWORK Dr. Robert Strang guest conducts a small group of musicians from the Nova Scotia Symphony.

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