The PEI Symphony Orchestra announces a renewal season, lower pricing, the return of Lennie Gallant, and special guests Rose Cousins and Julia MacLaine!
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – An exciting new music director, four extraordinary concerts featuring three nationally acclaimed special guest artists – Lennie Gallant, Rose Cousins and Julia MacLaine – and new reduced pricing for season subscriptions; these are the highlights of the upcoming 2013-2014 season for the PEI Symphony.
From 1967 through 2013, the 46 year tradition of excellence continues with a season of renewal for 2013-14 with new music director Mark Shapiro at the helm, and newly announced price reductions. In an effort to make tickets more affordable for PEI families and music fans of all ages, the PEI Symphony has announced lower pricing for season subscriptions; now only $110 for adults and seniors, and $50 for students and children. Four PEI Symphony concerts for only $110, bringing the per concert cost to $27.50 for adults and seniors and only $12.50 for students. Music fans interested in purchasing season subscriptions are asked to visit www.peisymphony.com for details, or call 892-4333.
On October 20th, Lennie Gallant returns to the Confederation Centre of the Arts to perform some of his favourite songs with the PEI Symphony. Recognized by his peers as one of Canada’s best performing songwriters, and a member of the Order of Canada, Lennie has recorded nine albums which have won multiple JUNO Awards and East Coast Music Awards. His album, “When We Get There” was launched into space aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour in July 2009 with Canadian astronaut Julie Payette. Gallant represented the East Coast of Canada at “Canada Day in London” in Trafalgar Square on July 1, 2011 in the largest Canada Day celebration outside Canada’s borders, and he performed 6 shows at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. With the release of “If We Had A Fire” in 2009 he claims it is his best work yet.
The October concert will also feature Mahler’s challenging 1st Symphony, the “Titan”, a brilliant debut by a composer not yet out of his twenties, famous for its bright youthful spirit, and soulful joy.
On November 17th the PEI Symphony will welcome special guest Rose Cousins as she performs her music with the orchestra. Rose has released three albums, as well as singles and recordings in collaboration with artists across Canada and the world. She has garnered a Juno, 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards, 3 Nova Scotia Music Awards, 3 PEI Music Awards, and a Polaris Prize long list nomination. The spirit of collaboration is in everything Cousins does. Her firm roots in two vibrant music communities – Eastern Canada and Boston Massachusetts – fuel her music with an evolving cast of talented fellow artists. Equally unmistakable is the devastating emotions her music evokes. Her songs have appeared in climatic scenes in television shows including Greys Anatomy, Rookie Blue, Heartland, Hope for Wildlife and Drop Dead Diva.
Another highlight of the November concert will be the performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto by PEI’s young master pianist Echo Lau who was the recent winner of the Suzanne Brenton Award given each year to deserving advanced students who have performed exceptionally in the PEI Kiwanis Provincial Music Festival. The November program also features the exciting newer Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable” by Danish composer Carl Nielsen. Composed against the backdrop of the First World War, this dramatic symphony features a rousing “battle” between sets of timpani.
While the Confederation Centre is closed for renovations this coming winter, the PEI Symphony is delighted to present it’s February and April concerts at the beautiful Zion Presbyterian Church, located at 135 Prince Street in downtown Charlottetown.
On February 16, 2014 the PEI Symphony will welcome guest soloist Julia MacLaine as she performs beautiful Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1. After receiving her early training as a cellist on PEI, Julia studied at McGill University, the Mannes College of Music and at Juilliard. MacLaine performs worldwide as a recitalist and chamber musician in music of every genre, ranging from classical to contemporary to ‘world’ to her own compositions. She has been praised by The New York Times for her “rich tone”, “sweet, throbbing vibrato”, and “superb playing. The orchestra will also perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, and a new work by Canadian composer Kevin Morse.
And finally, on April 6, 2014 the PEISO presents Tchaikovsky’s famous “Pathetique” Symphony No. 6, Stravinsky’s “Jeu de Cartes”, and for the first time ever, the PEI Symphony will perform a work selected by our patrons in an ‘audience choice’ contest entitled “Verdi Vs. Wagner”.
Mark Shapiro is the new Music Director of the PEI Symphony. Mr. Shapiro was the guest conductor for the PEI Symphony concert in February which was a highlight of this past season and a triumph of music and musicians over a significant snowstorm. A versatile and talented conductor, Mark Shapiro is one of a handful of conductors in the United States to have won a prestigious ASCAP Programming Award four times, achieving the unique distinction of winning this award with more than one ensemble. He is also the winner of multiple citations for performance and programming from The American Prize. His performances have been praised by the New York Times for their “virtuosity and assurance,” which also remarked on their “uncommon polish.” The New Jersey Star-Ledger characterized his artistic leadership as “erudite and far-reaching.” Shapiro is the principal guest conductor of the chamber Nova Sinfonia in Halifax NS, through which he knows many of the PEI Symphony musicians.
For more information about purchasing season subscriptions and concert tickets, please call 892-4333. Tickets to individual concerts will be available through the Confederation Centre Box Office in October.