PEI Symphony AGM 2014

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The Prince Edward Island Symphony Society will be holding it’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday June 9th at 6pm, at Park Royal United Church which is located at 11 Christie Drive in Charlottetown.

Please come to the side door off the parking lot, not the sanctuary entrance – and look for the room on the right at the top of the stairs.

The agenda will include a review of the audited financial performance from the 2013-2014 season, as well as a set of proposed updates to the bylaws including proposed changes to the length of executive terms.  The AGM for our 2014-2015 year will be held in July this year.

Anyone interested in the PEI Symphony is welcome to attend either or both meetings.

An ‘awe full’ performance last month

“I like Professor Dacher Keltner’s definition of the word: “Awe is the feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends your understanding of the world.” Recent studies have reported that, of all the positive emotions, the experience of awe has the most profound effect on our well-being. Nature is a good source—there’s the ocean, the night sky, mountains, lightning, the northern lights—and art is another, whether visual art, dance or music. Which brings me to the final PEI Symphony Orchestra performance of this season, “The Passion of Sibelius.”  

Ivy Wigmore of our local arts paper The Buzz was at our concert last month at the Zion Presbyterian Church, to hear our Maestro Mark Shapiro lead our PEI Symphony Orchestra through a beautiful performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 the “Jupiter”.   The packed crowd showed their appreciation with the first of two standing ovations that afternoon, on their way to the lobby to reserve their subscriptions for our 2015-2016 season.

As great as the Mozart sounded, our orchestra came back for the second act with a truly breathtaking, emotive and gorgeous performance of Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 bringing the audience again to their feat for another ovation.   As Ivy explains:

“Standing ovations are so common these days that they’ve lost currency, but you can still gauge audience response from the speed with which people rise. This performance produced a fast standing O, people clapped hard and there were even some shouts. After the extended applause finally died out, a friend sitting next to me turned to say, “My heart is just pounding!”

There were tears in her eyes—and something else… I think you’d have to call it awe.”

Applause for the PEISO
Applause for the PEISO – April 2015

Read Ivy’s full review in the May edition of The Buzz, or online at BUZZon.com

Play Your Part! PEISO Indigogo Campaign

We are your Symphony PEI, and we need your support to keep the music playing.  It’s time to Play Your Part!

The Prince Edward Island Symphony has brought quality orchestral music to our province for nearly 50 years.  Four times a year our orchestra brings together sixty or more musicians including professionals, students, music teachers, business people and community members for an exciting ‘concert weekend’ to rehearse and perform a program of classical music that is appealing to a wide audience.

There’s nothing quite like the power, majesty and grace of a live symphony orchestra, and the PEI Symphony is the Island’s own.

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Click here for our Indiegogo site

Now, we are asking for your support.  The past five years have been a financial struggle for the orchestra.  Increasing expenses, and declining donations and sales are putting the future of our orchestra at risk.

Please help us keep the music playing.  Our community needs the PEISO, and the PEISO needs you –  more than ever.

Just as each individual musician plays their part in an orchestra, we are asking YOU to play a part to help secure the future of our great orchestra.

What We Need & What You Get

We are aiming to raise a minimum of $15,000 to help us reduce our operational debt, to secure the future of the orchestra.   With an annual operating budget of about $170,000 per season, we have been between unable to break even for the past 5 years, and we cannot continue without at least balancing our budget.

We certainly appreciate the generous support of the Canada Council of the Arts, the Prince Edward Island Department of Tourism and Culture, and the City of Charlottetown, and also to our key sponsors including The Joan & Regis Duffy Foundation, Provincial Credit Union,  Hyndman Insurance, The Confederation Centre for the Arts, The Guardian, the Buzz, the Best Value hotels, Kwik Kopy, R. Birt & Associates, and Harvest Wholesale.

Even with their support, we need your help.  Unfortunately our concert expenses have been increasing over the last five years while our individual and corporate donations, and yearly subscriptions have all decreased.  In the last two years our individual donations have decreased by 50%.  We need your support to keep the music playing.

As a thank you for supporting our orchestra, we have a fun range of unique perks available, from a handwritten card from a musician,  an opportunity to play, or a sponsorship – there is a way for everyone to play a part!

Our Impact

Our orchestra has a huge impact on our community here in Prince Edward Island, and is itself a music community with a wide variety of individuals who either perform or appreciate quality orchestral music, and the joy of working hard together to create a beautiful live performance.

As a full symphony orchestra, the PEISO supports our cultural identity in Prince Edward Island and the greater Charlottetown area, at a level that’s commensurate with our status as a province and capital, and the birthplace of Confederation in Canada.

  • Cultural events such as our concerts engage and attract professionals, businesses and educated audiences to our Island and our economy.
  • Our audiences experience the incredible power and beauty of live orchestral music four times a season.
  • Our $170K annual budget is primarily used to purchase supplies and services right here in PEI, reinvesting in our local economy.
  • Four times per year we book twenty five hotel rooms for a full weekend for our travelling musicians.
  • Every concert attracts off-island tourism.
  • Charlottetown restaurants are busy during each of our four concert weekends.
  • Professional PEI musicians have the opportunity to perform with a full orchestra.
  • Young PEI student musicians have the opportunity to perform with an orchestra, as regular members and/or soloists.
  • Islanders experience talented guest soloists and our guest soloists experience the orchestra and our Island community.
  • Established PEI solo artists and groups have an opportunity to perform with a full live orchestra.
  • Island popular music artists and groups can have their music arranged for orchestra for other engagements outside of PEI.

Other Ways You Can Help

The best way to support our orchestra is to come to as many of our concerts as you can!   Our next concerts are Sunday April 12th, and Sunday October 19th.

Season Tickets will be available for purchase on April 12.  Please check back here for details, or call 902-892-4333.

Our annual ‘Serenade to Spring Dinner and Auction’, returns to the Georgian Room at the Rodd Charlottetown on Saturday June 6 this year.   Music will be provided by the Singing Strings. Tickets are $90 – and you receive a $50 tax receipt.   Come enjoy the evening with us and/or consider donating items for the auctions in return for a tax receipt for the value of your donation!

…and listen, perform, share, and get excited about classical music!  These are all the ways you can play your part!

No Pre-Concert Talk April 12 – Tickets at the door from 2pm

The PEI Symphony returns to the beautiful Zion Presbyterian Church for our next concert Sunday April 12th.

Under the leadership of PEISO Music Director Mark Shapiro, the PEI Symphony presents “The Passion of Sibelius”, to honour the 150th anniversary of the birth of the famous composer with a performance of his second symphony, along with Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 the “Jupiter”.

Please note, due to the rehearsal schedule for concerts at the Zion Church, the PEISO is unable to host a Pre-Concert Talk for this event.

Doors open at 2pm, and the concert begins at 2:30pm.   We hope to see you there!

 

PEISO Fruit Sale 2015!

Yes it is that time of year again!   The PEISO Fruit Sale is back – fuel up for all the snow clearing work – and beat the winter blues by biting into a taste of sunshine!  Help support live orchestral music in PEI by purchasing some juicy naval oranges, or perfect pink grapefruit from us this year.

PEI Symphony Fruit Sale 2012$12 per bag of twelve oranges or six grapefruit, or pick up a half box $35 or full box $60 to really beat the blues!

For 2015 we are primarily selling from the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, and also a few days at the Confederation Court Mall downtown (see below).

If those locations aren’t convenient and you have a large order, please call 388-6042 and we may be able to arrange for a delivery or a rendezvous time at our depot.   Our selling locations for 2015:

Charlottetown Farmer’s Market:

Our volunteers are at The Doctor’s Inn booth across from Island Taylored Meats, on:

  • Saturday February 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7
  • 9am to 2pm

Confederation Court Mall:

Our booth is located by the TD Canada Trust and we’ll be there on:

  • Thursday February 26 and Friday February 27
  • 10 am to around 3pm each of these days

Fundraiser Depot:

On Brackley Point Road, right beside Greco’s Pizza and the Needs Convenience near the airpot.  The civic address is 180 Brackley Point Road.   Many thanks to Fruit Sale sponsor R. Birt & Associates for donating the depot.

If picking up your order at our depot is more convenient, please call Dan at 388-6042 to arrange a time.

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To order by phone please call 892-4333 and leave a message, or send us a message to fruit@peisymphony.com

For more information call Dan at 902-388-6042,
or Tian at 902-218-1044.

Thanks for your support!

Concert February 1 – Celtic Landscape

Roy Johnstone
Roy Johnstone

We return to the beautiful Zion Presbyterian Church for our next concert Sunday February 1st, featuring special guest PEI fiddler Roy Johnstone performing with the orchestra under the direct of guest conductor Dr. Karem J Simon.

The concert program entitled “Celtic Landscape” featres music inspired by celtic traditions, with a new symphony created by Roy Johnstone, along with celtic themed music by classical music favourite Felix Mendelssohn.

According to Atlantic Gig Magazine, “Roy Johnstone has the heart of a poet, the spirit of an adventurer and plays like the Devil!” A one of Atlantic Canada’s premier fiddlers, Roy has been active in the East Coast musical community for thirty five years. His love of the fiddling tradition is evident in his research on traditional tunes as well as the acoustics of the fiddle, and on his lecturing locally, in Scotland and in the USA. He was presented with a Government of PEI Official Musical Ambassador Award, and the Highland Council of Scotland commissioned Roy to write music to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Scottish settlers coming to Prince Edward Island in 1803.  Roy Johnstone new photo Roy describes his music as a “search for our common voice; a voice that speaks to the heart. Whether I am playing a Gaelic air or a jazz standard I bring a deep love and respect for the traditions within each musical genre. For me, music is a call to live passionately, to celebrate tradition while exploring the joy of creating new forms of musical expression.”

This past year Roy teamed up with UPEI music professor Dr. Richard Covey to compose and orchestrate a new work entitled Abeqweit: Symphony for an Island. This symphonic poem celebrates the natural beauty and cultural diversity of Abeqweit: Prince Edward Island, uniting distinctive elements of traditional music and dance with classical music forms to create a compelling narrative of the importance of ethnic identity in building a nation.

PEI Composer Dr. Richard Covey
PEI Composer Dr. Richard Covey

Dr. Richard Covey teaches music theory, composition and counterpoint at the University of Prince Edward Island. He is the winner of the P.E.I. Symphony’s Call For Scores Competition in 2012, in which P.E.I. resident composers were invited to submit works that demonstrate skills in writing for orchestra.

For the concert on Sunday February 1st the PEI Symphony is delighted to première Roy’s new symphony, sandwiched by two popular celtic-themed works by popular classical composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Mendelssohn was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. After early success in Germany, Mendelssohn became famous across Europe, and is credited for significantly reviving interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. His mainstream musical tastes differentiate his music from many of his more aggressive musical contemporaries such as Richard Wagner and Hector Berlioz, and he became known as a champion for an ‘anti-radical’ outlook on music. He is now among the most popular composers of the Romantic era.
Mendelssohn wrote symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano music and chamber music. Two of his best-known works include his Overture to the Hebrides and his “Scottish” Symphony No. 3. Inspired by many trips to Britain and Scotland, Mendelssohn wrote the Hebrides Overture in 1830, and the Scottish Symphony intermittently between 1829 and 1842. Of his five symphonies, the third was actually the last to be published, and includes a glorious first movement, a lively second movement in the style of Scottish folk music, a beautiful slower movement showcasing the struggle between love and fate, and a finale with components from Scottish folk dance.

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Guest Conductor Karem J Simon

The PEI Symphony is very pleased to announce Dr. Karem J Simon as the guest music director and conductor for this concert event. A member of the UPEI Music Faculty and the PEISO since 1991, Dr. Simon brings a wealth of musicianship and conducting experience to the podium. Under his leadership the UPEI Wind Symphony has been transformed into one of the leading wind ensembles in Atlantic Canada. His progressive approach to programming and performance standard has led to the creation of sixteen award-winning compact discs with that ensemble. Dr. Simon is known for his interpretations of traditional repertoire and unique approach to contemporary music. In recent years, performances of the Wind Symphony at St. Dunstan’s Basilica and Zion Presbyterian Church have drawn capacity audiences.

This concert will be presented at the Zion Presbyterian Church located at 135 Prince Street, at the corner of Grafton Street.

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Please note, due to the rehearsal schedule for concerts at the Zion Church, the PEISO is unable to host a Pre-Concert Talk for this show.

Tickets are available at the door, or through the Confederation Centre Boxoffice: $44 adults, $40 seniors and only $15 for students and children.  For more information please call 892-4333.

PEISO welcomes Karem Simon as Guest Conductor

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Karem J Simon

The PEI Symphony returns to the beautiful Zion Presbyterian Church for our next concert Sunday February 1st, featuring special guest PEI fiddler Roy Johnstone performing with the orchestra under the direct of guest conductor Karem J Simon.

The Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that Karem J Simon will lead the orchestra through a program entitled “Celtic Landscape”, featuring music inspired by celtic traditions.   The cornerstone of this program is the world premiere of “Abegweit:  Symphony for an Island”, created specifically for PEI fiddler Roy Johnstone in a collaboration with UPEI music professor Richard Covey.

Roy Johnstone new photo
Roy Johnstone

This symphonic poem celebrates the natural beauty and cultural diversity of our island, uniting distinctive elements of traditional music and dance with classical music forms to create a compelling narrative of the importance of ethnic identity in building a nation.  The PEISO is delighted to showcase this wonderful new work, sandwiched by two celtic-themed works by popular classical composer Felix Mendelssohn:  his Overture to the Hebrides and the “Scottish” Symphony No. 3.

A member of the UPEI music faculty and PEISO since 1991, Dr. Simon brings a wealth of musicianship and conducting experience to the PEISO podium. Under his leadership the UPEI Wind Symphony has been transformed into one of the leading wind ensembles in this region. His progressive approach to programming and performance standard has led to the creation of sixteen compact discs with that ensemble. Cathedrals, released in May 2010 received the 2011 Music PEI Award for Best Classical Recording. In February 2011 the Wind Symphony released its O Canada CD, a project exclusively for PEI public schools. Its most recent compact discs, Freebirds, Lord of the Rings, Four Horsemen and Rumpelstilzchen have been highly acclaimed. The UPEI Wind Symphony received the 2014 Music UPEI Award for Achievement in Classical Music. Dr. Simon is known for his interpretations of traditional repertoire and unique approach to contemporary music. In recent years, performances of the Wind Symphony at St. Dunstan’s Basilica and Zion Presbyterian Church have drawn capacity audiences.

Dr. Simon holds a Doctor of Music Degree from the University of British Columbia, a Masters Degree from Northwestern University, and Bachelor Degrees in Music and Education from Mount Allison University. He credits much of his approach to conducting from his study at Northwestern under the direction of legendary conductor John P Paynter.   Others, including Eugene Corporon, Craig Kirchkoff, Dale Lonis and Michael Haithcock, have had a tremendous influence on his conducting craft and artistry. Prior to his appointment at UPEI, Dr. Simon taught public school instrumental music for ten years in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Among his conducting posts, he served a two-year term as director of the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble, directed the 2007 National Youth Band of Canada, and has been engaged to direct the PEI Intermediate and Senior High School Honor Bands on multiple occasions. In 2001 Dr. Simon was recipient of the Association of Atlantic University’s Teaching Excellence Award for Instructional Leadership, due in part to his initiatives at UPEI in conducting workshops for professionals.

This concert will be presented at the Zion Presbyterian Church located at 135 Prince Street, at the corner of Grafton Street.

Please note, due to the rehearsal schedule for concerts at the Zion Church, the PEISO is unable to host a Pre-Concert Talk.

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Tickets are available at the door, or through the Confederation Centre Boxoffice:  $44 adults, $40 seniors and only $15 for students and children.   For more information please call 892-4333.

 

Special Subscription Offer! Three concerts for only $90

If you haven’t already ordered your subscriptions for our 2014-2015 season, it’s not too late! For a limited time we are delighted to offer three amazing concerts for only $90 for Adults and Seniors. That’s only $30 per concert, a savings of up to $42.

Each subscriber will receive a ticket for our PEI 2014 concert November 23, along with tickets for our concerts on February 1, and April 12 2015.

Tickets for students and children remain only $15 for any seat in the hall.

On February 1st, 2015, the orchestra presents a Celtic Landscape featuring a new piece entitled Cradled on the Waves: A People’s Symphony featuring PEI fiddler Roy Johnstone and ‘celtic inspired’ music by Mendelssohn.

And on April 12th our last concert of the season honours the passion of composer Jean Sibelius celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth with a performance of his second symphony, along with Mozart’sSymphony No. 41 the “Jupiter”!

To order please call our new administrator Tian Wigmore at 902-892-4333 and leave a message.

Concert November 23 – PEI2014 presents Celebrate Canada

Catherine MacLellan, photo by Rob Wayman
Catherine MacLellan, photo by Rob Wayman

With the support of the PEI 2014 Fund, on Sunday November 23rd the PEI Symphony will host a special concert event at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.  Under the leadership of Music Director Mark Shapiro the program features two new orchestral works composed for this event by top Canadian composers to celebrate Canada and the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, along with a special guest performance by PEI singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan.

The event is sure to be a key cultural event for the conclusion of the PEI 2014 celebrations this year.

The first step for this concert event was the launch in January of an open PEI Symphony “Composition Competition” which invited composers across Canada to submit original works inspired by ‘Canada’, being ‘Canadian’, the arts in Canada, or by the 1864 Charlottetown Conference for consideration for the program. Submissions were kept anonymous for a jury of classical music experts, which in the end selected two winning pieces.

The first winning composer is Garrett Krause, for his work entitled “Where Pines and Maples Grow”. From Calgary Alberta, the composition was conceived as a “tone poem which explores the history of the great, expansive nation of Canada by incorporating melodies from its musical heritage. This piece tells a narrative of change, growth, and development, through focusing on scenes from our rich past, celebrating our present and imagining our future.”

Alice Ping Yee Ho
Alice Ping Yee Ho photo by Bo Huang

The other winning composer is one of Canada’s most acclaimed composers. Alice Ping Yee Ho has written in many genres and received numerous national and international awards. Critics have called her music dramatic and graceful, while praising its “organic flow of imagination, colorful orchestration, and emotive qualities”. Influences evident in her proudly eclectic approach include Chinese folk and operatic idioms, Japanese Taiko, African drumming, and jazz.

Charlotte Corwin
Soprano Charlotte Corwin

Her winning piece “Ocean Child” is inspired by true stories of beached whales. With original lyrics created by Toronto writer Marjorie Chan, the piece “traces us through the long memories and experiences of a young whale’s life as she traverses the ocean blue”. Soprano Charlotte Corwin sings a character named M’Whell, a young whale trapped on the sand. “Music sails through glimpses of Canadian waters, beaches, sounds and images of special birds and animals, occasional nostalgic references to Canadian folk songs, also embracing some human aspects by mimicking voices of CBC Radio broadcasters and warm hearted rescuers”.

After these two compositions, PEI singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan will perform a selection of her songs with the orchestra. Releasing her debut album in 2004, MacLellan earned immediate critical acclaim, and since then has toured internationally extensively. Catherine has won multiple ECMAs, Music PEI Awards, and in 2012 won the English Songwriter of the Year award at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Her music has been a perennial fixture at the top of Canada’s Roots Music charts, winning acclaim from international media including The Austin Chronicle, The Boston Globe, BBC Radio, Maverick Magazine and Q Magazine. “I was born to do this, and my father [the late Gene MacLellan] taught me the ways of a songwriter. I first used songwriting as a way to find out who I was. Now with every song I hope to find truth in inspiration and light in the dark.”

Catherine MacLellan’s latest release “The Raven’s Sun”, takes the listener further along her journey in song, delving deeper into the territories of life, death and transformation. Produced by her long–time musical partner Chris Gauthier, and recorded in the woods of Woodstock NY by GRAMMY Award–winner Danny Blume, the album shines a light on their musical chemistry and catches them all at their best.

“Celebrate Canada” will be held on Sunday November 23rd at 2:30pm at the Confederation Centre of the Arts – itself established in 1964 to honour the 100th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference on the way to Confederation in 1867.

PEISO November 2014

In 2014, Canadians have been celebrating the 150th anniversary of the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference, which paved the way to Confederation. The PEI 2014 Fund is facilitating the planning, promotion and implementation of the Sesquicentennial celebrations, and the PEI Symphony Orchestra is grateful for their support for this concert event. All PEI 2014 celebrations are made possible through generous support from the Government of Canada, Government of Prince Edward Island, and the City of Charlottetown.

Note:  Music Director Mark Shapiro will host a Pre-Concert Talk with our special guest composers and soprano Charlotte Corwin, at 1pm in Studio 1 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Special Limited Time Subscription Offer!
Three concerts for only $90 Adults / Seniors

If you haven’t already ordered your subscriptions for our 2014-2015 season, it’s not too late.   For a limited time we are delighted to offer three amazing concerts for only $90 for Adults and Seniors. That’s only $30 per concert, a savings of up to $42.

Each subscriber will receive a ticket for our PEI 2014 concert November 23, along with tickets for our concerts on February 1, and April 12 2015.

On February 1st, 2015, the orchestra presents a Celtic Landscape featuring a new piece entitled Cradled on the Waves: A People’s Symphony featuring PEI fiddler Roy Johnstone and ‘celtic inspired’ music by Mendelssohn.

And on April 12th our last concert of the season honours the passion of composer Jean Sibelius celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth with a performance of his second symphony, along with Mozart’sSymphony No. 41 the “Jupiter”!

Tickets for students and children remain only $15 for any seat in the hall.   For more information, or to order please call our new administrator Tian Wigmore at 902-892-4333 and leave a message.

 

Winners of our Composition Competition

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – With the support of the PEI 2014 Fund, on Sunday November 23rd the PEI Symphony will host a special PEI 2014 concert event at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Under the leadership of Music Director Mark Shapiro the orchestra will perform two new orchestral works composed for this event by top Canadian composers to celebrate Canada and the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, along with a special guest performance by PEI singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan. The event is sure to be a key cultural event for the conclusion of the PEI 2014 celebrations this year.

The first step for this concert event was the launch in January of an open PEI Symphony Composition Competition which invited composers across Canada to submit original works inspired by ‘Canada’, being ‘Canadian’, the arts in Canada, or by the 1864 Charlottetown Conference for consideration for the program. Submissions were kept anonymous for a jury of classical music experts, which in the end selected two winning pieces.

The first winning composer is Garrett Krause, for his work entitled Where Pines and Maples Grow. From Calgary Alberta, the composition was conceived as a “tone poem which explores the history of the great, expansive nation of Canada by incorporating melodies from its musical heritage. This piece tells a narrative of change, growth, and development, through focusing on scenes from our rich past, celebrating our present and imagining our future.” Audiences will be delighted by Garrett’s clever integration of familiar-seeming tunes and rhythms, and deeply moved to become ‘part of the action’ as they sing O Canada with the orchestra to conclude the work.

Alice Ho, photo by Loren Forsythe

The other winning composer is one of Canada’s most acclaimed composers. Alice Ping Yee Ho has written in many genres and received numerous national and international awards. Critics have called her music dramatic and graceful, while praising its “organic flow of imagination, colorful orchestration, and emotive qualities”. Influences evident in her proudly eclectic approach include Chinese folk and operatic idioms, Japanese Taiko, African drumming, and jazz.

Her winning piece Ocean Child is inspired by true stories of beached whales and how communities mobilized to save them.  With original

Marjorie Chanand imaginative lyrics created by Toronto writer Marjorie Chan, the piece “traces us through the long memories and experiences of a young whale’s life as she traverses the ocean blue”. Soprano singer Charlotte Corwin sings a character named M’Whell, a young whale trapped on the sand. Carlotte Corwin “Music sails through glimpses of Canadian waters, beaches, sounds and images of special birds and animals, occasional nostalgic references to Canadian folk songs, also embracing some human aspects by mimicking voices of CBC Radio broadcasters and warm hearted rescuers”. The stories coalesce into a powerful metaphor exploring our relationship with and responsibility for the natural world as our society advances.

Maestro Mark Shapiro played a major leadership role in crafting the guidelines for the Composition Competition and is delighted with the outcome. “This combination of works, in partnership with the appearance of the marvelously communicative singing artist Catherine MacLellan, will create the opportunity for a uniquely rewarding and moving concert experience for our audience. Our fortunate listeners will emerge from the afternoon with a deepened appreciation and heightened love for the soul of Canada, with hearts and minds newly attuned to the country’s vast and beautiful landscape and richness of culture”.  Both Shapiro and the PEI Symphony are proud to have crafted a process that has generated two enormously compelling musical compositions, each of which will be marked forever as having been written for the PEI Symphony, and which have every possibility of claiming an enduring place in Canada’s cultural heritage.

“Celebrate Canada” will be held on Sunday November 23rd at 2:30pm at the Confederation Centre of the Arts – itself established in 1964 to honour the 100th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference on the way to Confederation in 1867.

PEISO November 2014

In 2014, Canadians have been celebrating the 150th anniversary of the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference, which paved the way to Confederation. The PEI 2014 Fund is facilitating the planning, promotion and implementation of the Sesquicentennial celebrations, and the PEI Symphony Orchestra is grateful for their support for this concert event. All PEI 2014 celebrations are made possible through generous support from the Government of Canada, Government of Prince Edward Island, and the City of Charlottetown.