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PEISO Music Director Mark Shapiro

Pre-Concert Talk at 1pm

PEI Symphony Music Director Mark Shapiro will host a Pre-Concert Talk on Sunday November 23rd, at 1pm in Studio 1 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Composer Alice Ho and Garrett Krause will discuss their new compositions which will be premiered by the PEISO at the concert that afternoon, and soprano Charlotte Corwin will be on hand to discuss her role in Alice Ho’s “Ocean Child”.

Please note the Pre-Concert Talk will begin at 1pm.

 

PEISO November 2014

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.

Celebrate Canada banner

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.

 

PEI 2014

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.

Pictures at an Exhibition 1096x300  - picture by Mark Millington

Concert October 19 – Pictures at an Exhibition!

An exciting new music director, four extraordinary concerts including a PEI 2014 celebration in November featuring Catherine MacLellan, new orchestral music commissioned for Roy Johnstone, and reduced pricing for season subscriptions; these are the highlights of the new 2014-2015 season for the PEI Symphony.

The PEI Symphony Orchestra launches a new season, featuring Pictures at an Exhibition

Highlights of the 2014-2105 include a PEI 2014 special event November 23rd featuring new music by top Canadian composers and Catherine MacLellan performing with the orchestra.   In February 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 in April 2015 the last concert of the year will feature passion of composer Jean Sibelius honouring the 150th anniversary of his birth with a performance of his second symphony, along with Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 the “Jupiter”,

Subscriptions are available by downloading the following PDF form, or by calling Tian at 902-892-4333 and leaving a message.

PEISO Subscription Form 2014-2015 Season

To help make tickets more affordable for PEI families and music fans of all ages, last year the PEI Symphony announced significantly lower pricing for season subscriptions; 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.

For the first show of the season, on October 19th the PEI Symphony returns to the beautifully renovated Homburg Theatre in the Confederation Centre of the Arts.  Under the leadership of new music director Mark Shapiro the orchestra will perform the beloved Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky arranged by Maurice Ravel.   Inspired by an art exhibit featuring works by a great friend, each of the ten short movements represents one of the works on display.  Composed in 1874 for solo piano, Ravel’s orchestral arrangement in 1922 has become the most famous, and was featured in Disney’s Fantasia (1940) accompanying demons dancing in the dark.  Classic rock music fans will easily recognize the melodies from covers in the 1970’s by Emerson, Lake and Palmer!

The October concert will also feature Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy’s dynamic From the Drum Comes A Thundering Beat…, and a very special performance by PEI’s rising saxophone star Lucas MacPhail performing the Dubois Saxophone Concerto with the orchestra.  Lucas is the 2014 recipient of the Suzanne Brenton Award given each year to deserving advanced students who have performed exceptionally in the PEI Kiwanis Provincial Music Festival.

Mark Shapiro returns for a second season as the new Music Director of the PEI Symphony.   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.

Mark Shapiro is all about connection: across cultures, across musical styles, across landscapes, and is deeply interested in creating experiences for audiences wherein listeners can feel in their bones the connections between older and newer music.   From one era to another, music is always about human feeling, about yearning and loss and triumph.      Mark is especially excited about working with leading artists from Canada.

For more information about purchasing season subscriptions and concert tickets, please visit www.peisymphony.com or call 902-892-4333.

 

Tian Wigmore with guitar

Welcome Tian Wigmore – our new Administrator!

Please join us in welcoming Tian Wigmore as our new Administrator!

Tian Wigmore, PEISO Administrator
Tian Wigmore, PEISO Administrator

A business graduate from UPEI and Holland College, Tian is well known to PEI music fans as a great local musician working with many artists in Atlantic Canada including Tim Chaisson, Andy Brown, Chas Guay, Cynthia MacLeod and many more.

Tian explains, “As PEISO Administrator I have started a new chapter in my musical career.   I look forward to meeting the many longstanding patrons who have supported the symphony for the past 46 years, and to expanding my musical knowledge, as well as my business skills as we work to bring the best possible symphonic experience to Prince Edward Island.”

“I believe the PEI Symphony is a gift to the residents of PEI.  Not only does it help to ignite a fire inside young performers who may want to pursue classical music as a career, but it also allows our many gifted Island musicians the opportunity to play the music that they love in front of a crowd, as all our musicians and patrons together keep the symphony alive and vibrant in our community.  As the new Administrator I will work hard to help this organization continue to bat above it’s weight, and with your support, enable it to flourish for another 46 years!”

We’re fortunate to have someone with Tian’s event planning and business skills on the team.

With Tian’s help, we have an exciting season of orchestral music ahead.  Subscriptions are available by calling Tian at 902-892-4333.  Just leave a message and Tian will call you back as soon as he can.  Or download this PDF form and send it to Tian by mail or email!

PEISO Subscription Form 2014-2015 Season

We hope to see you at our first concert of this new season – Sunday October 19th at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

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Our 2014-2015 Season – get your subscriptions soon!

PEI 2014

The PEI Symphony Orchestra announces four extraordinary concerts including a PEI 2014 celebration in November, guests Catherine MacLellan and Roy Johnstone, and affordable pricing.   This season don’t miss Prince Edward Island’s best orchestral and contemporary music together on one stage!

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE –  From the 100th anniversary of Confederation through the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference in 1864, our tradition of excellence continues with four exciting concerts, and reduced pricing for season subscriptions and concerts.

With our focus on encouraging families, and music fans to enjoy the power and majesty of live orchestral music, we are continuing to offer the lower pricing we announced last year for season subscriptions.  Four concerts for only $110 for adults and seniors, and $50 for students and children, bringing the per concert cost to $27.50 for adults and seniors and only $12.50 for students!  And all our subscriptions this year include tickets for our PEI 2014 celebration in November.

Subscriptions are available by downloading the following PDF form, or by calling our office at 902-892-4333 and leaving a message, and our administrator will contact you as soon as possible.

PEISO Subscription Form 2014-2015 Season

With our dynamic new music director Mark Shapiro at the helm we have an exciting season ahead!

October 19  –  Pictures at an Exhibition!
Confederation Centre  Homburg Theatre 2:30pm

  • Pictures at an Exhibition – Mussorgsky / Ravel
  • From the Drum Comes a Thundering Beat –
    by Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy
  • Saxophone Concerto – Dubois, featuring 2014 Suzanne Brenton Award Winner Lucas MacPhail

November 23  –  PEI 2014 presents Celebrate Canada!
featuring Catherine MacLellan
Confederation Centre  Homburg Theatre 2:30pm

  • Two new Canadian works selected through our Composition Competition – one piece celebrating the Canadian Soundscape and one featuring Canadian Text, with singer
  • Special guest performance by PEI singer/songwriter Catherine MacLellan

February 1  –  Celtic Landscape: Mendelssohn and Roy Johnstone
Zion Presbyterian Church 2:30pm

  • Overture to the Hebrides – Felix Mendelssohn
  • Cradled on the Waves: A People’s Symphony – created for PEI fiddler Roy Johnstone
  • Symphony No. 3 in A minor, the “Scottish” – Felix Mendelssohn

April 12  – Mystic Journey: The Passion of Sibelius
Conderation Centre Homburg Theatre 2:30pm

  • Symphony No. 41 in C major “Jupiter” – W.A. Mozart
  • Symphony No. 2 in D major – Jean Sibelius

Please note –repertoire is subject to change as required.

We are delighted to return to the renovated Homburg Theatre at the Confederation Centre for three of our four shows this season.  While the Confederation Centre was closed for renovations last year we presented two concerts at the Zion Presbyterian Church, located at 135 Prince Street in downtown Charlottetown, and we’re delighted to announce that we’ll return to this beautiful and intimate venue for our special February program

Mark Shapiro is the new Music Director of the PEI Symphony.  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.

Serenade to Spring Dinner & Auction, last week for tickets

PEI Symphony’s most important fundraiser of the year – June 7 this year!

Every spring the PEI Symphony presents “Serenade to Spring” – a gourmet dinner and auction featuring high quality items including paintings and works of art by local PEI artists, gift certificates for meals, golfing and quality services by local businesses, special music lessons and concerts by top Island musicians and other special items.

Please support your PEI Symphony Orchestra and plan to attend this key annual fundraising dinner and auction.

For 2014 our event wil be held Saturday June 7th in the elegant Georgian Room of the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, with a gourmet meal and a wonderful assortment of art, gift certificates and donations for both the live and silent auctions.

Saturday June 7, 2014
– 6:00 Cocktails and Auction Viewing
– 7:00 Dinner & Bidding
Location: Rodd Charlottetown

Music by Singing Strings

Tickets are $90 per person with a $50 tax receipt. If you’re not available for the dinner why not just send us the $50 donation in return for the tax receipt for next year’s taxes.

Auction item donations are most welcome, and tax receipts are provided for the full value of the donation(s).

For more information or to order tickets please contact our office at (902) 892-4333 or email admin@peisymphony.com

We need your help. Thank you for your continued support, and please pass the word along!

Concert April 6 – Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Wagner!

The beautiful Zion Presbyterian Church in downtown Charlottetown is again the venue for the final PEI Symphony concert of this season, on Sunday April 6th, during East Coast Music Week here in Charlottetown PEI.

Under the direction of new music director Mark Shapiro the April program includes music by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Wagner fresh from his victory over Verdi in our recent Audience Choice Battle.  Our program for this concert:

  • Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg, by Richard Wagner
  • Jeu de Cartes, by Igor Stravinsky
  • Symphony No. 6, the “Pathétique”, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

For more information about each work, read on below.

The concert starts at 2:30m at the Zion Presbyterian Church located at the corner of Prince and Grafton streets downtown.  Please note there will be no Pre-Concert Talk for this event due to timing limitations, but Maestro Shapiro will provide context for each piece during the concert!

There is a new special Family Package rate available for this concert – $80 for up to two adults to bring up to four children.   Tickets are available at the door, at the Confederation Centre Box Office, or online.

On Sunday April 6th the PEI Symphony presents the last concert of the season, again at the beautiful Zion Presbyterian Church in downtown Charlottetown. The PEI Symphony recently performed its annual Winter Storm concert at the Zion in February and those in attendance enjoyed the wonderful acoustics, and intimate setting – perfect for a classical music event.

Written in 1893 and first performed in October that year nine days before Tchaikovsky’s death, his Symphony No. 6 in B minor is the composer’s last symphony. Only 55 years old when he died Tchaikovsky was both famous and admired globally as one of the greatest composers ever.  Circumstances surrounding his death coupled with the tragic tone of this symphony famously titled “Pathétique” have left a mystique that persists to this day, leading to recent debates among musicologists about possible suicide, rumours of homosexuality and questions surrounding the composition of the piece. In late 1892 Tchaikovsky had abruptly decided to abandon work on another symphony on which he had been struggling. For a time despondent about composition, by February 1893 he had begun the work that would prove to be his greatest.

The title Pathétique was famously proposed by his brother Modest. In Russian the word carries a meaning closer to passionate, full of emotion, suffering and some say despair. Like his abandoned symphony the Pathétique score is programmatic, but as he wrote “with such a program that will remain a mystery to everyone—let them guess.” Private notes refer to a symphony about life’s joys and sorrows, which would be similar to the central themes of both Swan Lake and Eugene Onegin, the great theme of the composer’s life: “the painful search for an ideal that is never satisfied”.

About a week after Tchaikovsky’s death, the Pathétique was performed for a second time. In the audience was an impressionable 11 year old boy who would soon become Russia’s most celebrated composer. Forty four years later Igor Stravinsky would create his charming “Jeu de cartes” which the PEI Symphony will also perform in April.  Jeu de cartes, or ‘card game’ in English is a ballet in three “deals” composed in 1936–37, with the story by Stravinsky and M. Malaieff and with choreography by the famed George Balanchine.  The ballet premiered in 1937 in New York City, by the American Ballet with the composer conducting. The main character is a deceitful Joker, who fashions himself unbeatable, owing to his ability to become any card. Jeu de Cartes shows that even the powerful Aces and Queens can occasionally be defeated by the common cards.

For the first time ever, the PEI Symphony will be performing a work chosen by the audience, through an “Audience Choice Battle” featuring competing overtures by Verdi and Wagner.  In March the PEI Symphony called for audience voting to determine the overture which will be performed.  The choices were:

  • The Overture to La Forza del Destino, by Guiseppi Verdi or
  • The Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg, by Richard Wagner.

Fans were invited to vote for either the dastardly force of destiny – or the divine pursuit of musical excellence to win a future of love!  After a record number of votes – the highest ever in PEI Symphony history – Wagner emerged triumphant in our Audience Choice battle.  Verdi fans can be proud for their late comeback attempt in the final 48 hours of our contest, but in the end the legion of Wagner fans held on to their early lead.

To make it easier for families to enjoy the beauty and power of live orchestral music together, the PEI Symphony is delighted to announce a new $80 Family Package for this concert. Family groups with up to two adults and up to four children can attend for a single price of only $80.  Please call 892-4333 to order these packages.

The concert will be held on Sunday April 6 at 2:30pm, at the Zion Presbyterian Church, 135 Prince Street at the corner of Grafton. Due to rehearsal scheduling, there will be no Pre-Concert Talk with Maestro Shapiro. Tickets will be available at the door, in advance at the Confederation Centre box office, or online at www.confederationcentre.com. Tickets are $44 adults, $40 seniors and only $15 for students and children.  For more information please call 892-4333.

This is the final concert of the PEI Symphony season and the program for the 2014-2015 season will be announced shortly with subscription sales beginning in April. Among the highlights for next season is a special PEI 2014 concert event scheduled for November 2014. Subscriptions are only $110 for four concerts for adults and seniors and $50 for students.

Verdi vs. Wagner - which will you chooose?

Audience Choice victor is … Wagner!

After a record number of votes – the highest ever in PEI Symphony Idol history – Wagner has emerged triumphant in our Audience Choice battle.  Verdi fans can be proud for their late comeback attempt in the final 48 hours of our contest, but in the end the legion of Wagner fans held on to their early lead.

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Of course my piece won!
For the first time ever, the PEI Symphony will be performing a work chosen by our audience, through our “Audience Choice Battle” featuring competing overtures by Verdi and Wagner.   The choices were:
  • The Overture to La Forza del Destino, by Verdi,     OR
  • The Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg, by Wagner

The final votes are all in, and Wagner emerges triumphant.   Wagner’s Predule will open our upcoming concert on Sunday April 6th 2:30pm at the Zion Presbyterian Church.

The choice was very clear, and this contest proved the “Divine Pursuit of musical excellence to win a future of love” will always trump the “Dastardly Force of destiny”.  What a relief!

Here’s a fine example of this beautiful piece: