PEI Symphony Begins 44th Season

The PEI Symphony Orchestra Announces its 2011-2012 Season

Celebrate Your Symphony

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The PEI Symphony Orchestra has announced the line-up for its 44th season.  The program offers five concerts this year, four by the PEI Symphony under the skilled direction of conductor Dr. James Mark, and a fifth concert featuring the National Arts Centre Orchestra led by Julian Kuerti, one of the most significant conducting talents to emerge in Canada in recent years.  This new season will highlight six soloists, three guest ensembles, two PEI composers, and two world premiere performances over five concerts.

On October 16th 2011, the entire program of the first concert of the season will be dedicated to celebrating Women in Music featuring compositions by female composers including Joan Tower, Paule Maurice, Cecile Charminade, Amy Beach, and a world premiere of a new composition entitled Two Connections by PEI composer Jane Naylor.  Two popular PEI Symphony musicians will have featured solos:  Morgan Saulnier will perform Concertino for Flute by Cecile Chaminade, and Kevin MacLean will perform Tableaux de Provence by Paule Maurice on alto saxophone.

The PEI Symphony is truly delighted to announce that as part of the October 16th concert, Meaghan Smith will be performing a selection of her original music with the orchestra.  Ms. Smith’s repertoire is a highly original mix of pure and simple vocal music from the early 20th century, with a modern twist.  She recently received the Juno award for “Best New Artist” and has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia, in PEI at the 2011 PEI Jazz & Blues Festival, and many successful performances all across Canada and in Europe this year.

On Thursday November 17th 2011 the PEI Symphony presents The National Arts Centre Orchestra under the direction of Julian Kuerti.  The evening concert will feature the brilliant young Calgary pianist Jan Lisiecki performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in d minor.  Currently 16 years old, Jan Lisieki had his orchestral debut at age 9, and has since performed more than 100 times with orchestras internationally, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Minnesota Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre de Paris, and many more.  The NACO will also perform Brahms’ popular Symphony No. 1 and a new work by Juno-nominated Canadian composer John Estacio.

Three days later on Sunday November 20th, the PEI Symphony will present a concert for the young at heart to celebrate the joy of the season.   It will feature excerpts from Tchaikovksy’s Nutcracker Suite with members of dance umbrella performing with the orchestra, as well as The Toy Symphony  attributed to Leopold Mozart, and Carnival Overture by Oscar Morawetz.  The concert will also highlight two PEI youth choirs:  Le Ragazze Girls Vocal Ensemble, and I Ragazzi Junior Children’s Chamber Choir, singing the Christmas Overture by Otto Nicolai and other works.

For the annual February “Pops” concert, the PEISO presents the return of a very popular soloist to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of George Gershwin’s passing.   On February 12th 2012, the PEISO is pleased to welcome back Roger Lord for a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, along with Concertino, Opus 70 by Richard Gibson.  The orchestra will perform Handel’s famous Music for the Royal Fireworks, and Hockey Night in Canada by Canadian composer Dolores Claman, and the concert will also highlight PEI trumpet talent Dylan Maddix performing Neruda’s Concerto for Trumpet.   Dylan was recently awarded the Suzanne Brenton Award which is given each year to deserving advanced students who have performed exceptionally in the PEI Kiwanis Provincial Music Festival.

The final concert of the season on April 15, 2012 will celebrate the classics, both old and new.  Beethoven’s personal favourite Symphony No. 7 in A Major, and Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances are the wonderful classics of the ages.  For newer fare, the PEI Symphony will present Variations on a Theme for String Orchestra by PEI composer Alan Reesor, and the world premiere of a new work entitled Sixty Three by the PEISO’s Composer-in-Residence Jim O’Leary.

PEISO Season Subscriptions are on sale now, and offer the bargain of 4 PEISO concerts for the price of 3.  Tickets for the NACO concert are sold separately with discounts available for PEISO subscribers.  You can get a subscription form by calling 892-4333.  Tickets to individual concerts will go on sale at the Confederation Centre Box Office in mid-September.

Tickets can be purchased at the Confederation Centre Box Office or online here.   For more information, please contact

Come Celebrate Your Symphony!