Ludwig van Beethoven

Celebrate the Classics: Old & New!

Come Celebrate your PEI Symphony as we celebrate the final concert of our fantastic 44th season.

“Celebrate the Classics:  Old & New!” , April 15th 2:30pm, at the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

  • Symphony No. 7, by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Polovetsian Dances from “Prince Igor”, by Alexander Borodin
  • Variations on a Theme for String Orchestra, by PEI composer Alan Reesor
  • Sixty-Three, by PEISO Composer-in-Residence Jim O’Leary
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Don’t miss our final concert of our 44th season, featuring two popular classics by Beethoven and Borodin, and new works by two talented PEI composers.

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.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) wrote Symphony No. 7 in 1812, in the same year as his famous letter to his “Immortal Beloved”.  Perhaps this had an impact as noted by Richard Wagner’s description of the work as “All tumult, all yearning and storming of the heart.  Many will recognize the work from movies such as “Immortal Beloved, more recently the Oscar winning “The King’s Speech”, and even episodes of The Simpsons and Seinfeld.

As well known for his articles on chemistry as he is for his music, Russian composer Alexander Borodin (1833-87) composed music as a hobby, often when too ill to give his chemistry lectures.  Borodin’s most famous work Polovetsian Dances features the triumphant songs and dances imagined to be offered by Polovetsian slaves freed by the defeat of  12th-century Russian Prince Igor.

From Europe to closer home, the orchestra will also perform Variations on a Theme for String Orchestra by well known PEI composer, organist, educator and musician Alan Reesor.  Alan has lived in Charlottetown since 1970; served as PEISO Conductor from 1970 to 1976; taught at UPEI for twenty-seven years, and continues to teach organ majors at the university.  Born in 1936, Alan began playing the pipe organ when he was 15, making arrangements with local churches – and on one occasion broke into a locked church through an open window to practise.

Finally, the concert program will feature the world premiere of a new work entitled Sixty-three by PEISO Composer-in-Residence Jim O’Leary.  Jim has been busy developing and launching the first PEI Symphony ‘Call for Scores’ project where PEI resident composers are invited to apply for a commission to create a work to be performed by the PEI Symphony in February 2013.

In an effort to help make it easier for families to enjoy orchestral music together, the PEI Symphony continues to offer discounted tickets for youth and students at $15 for any seat in the house.    The concert begins at 2:30pm on Sunday April 15th, and everyone is welcome to the pre-concert talk at 1:15pm in Studio One.

Celebrate Spring this year with our “Symphony and Supper” special dinner offer at The Maple Grille restaurant.   Present two tickets to the April 15th concert at The Maple Grill, order two entrées, and receive 50% off the second entrée.  This offer is valid for reservations only, on Sunday April 15th and Monday April 16th at The Maple Grill at 67 University Avenue.

At 1:15pm  PEISO Conductor James Mark will host our regular  Pre-Concert Talk’ in Studio One.  UPEI musicologist Annette Campbell and PEISO Composer-In-Residence Jim O’Leary join Dr. Mark to discuss the music of the afternoon concert, along with interesting aspects of its composition, performance and history

Tickets at the Confederation Centre Box Office, or online.  Students and children tickets are only $15 for any seat in the hall.

Come Celebrate the Classics, with your PEI Symphony!