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DONATING TO THE PEI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Thank you for considering a donation to the PEISO.  Ticket sales, fund raisers, and government funding account for approximately 65% of the PEISO’s operating budget.  We rely on generous contributions from our supporters to make up the difference.

Through the financial support of music lovers like you, the PEISO can continue to enrich our audiences each season, and invite talented musicians to perform with us. We are truly dedicated to making music accessible to all Islanders and your support makes it possible.

There are several ways you can help:

  • Adopt-a-Musician: Through our Adopt-a-Musician program, you can sponsor a particular member of our ensemble and see your money at work at our concerts. You will have the opportunity to meet your sponsored player at a reception after one of our concerts, you will be credited in our program, and you will receive an official tax receipt. Examples of “adoption” rates:
    Concertmaster $2,000;
    Section chair $650;
    Regular musician $550;
    Student musician $450.
  • Make a general Donation: Your donation will be credited in our program, and an official tax receipt will be issued.
  • Donate a Listed Security: Under the new Capital Gains Taxation rules, the capital gains taxes on an increased value of an investment can be avoided by donating listed securities to a registered charity, like the PEI Symphony Society, in return for a tax receipt.
  • Purchase a Corporate Sponsorship package and receive valuable perks for your staff and clients, and extend your marketing reach here in PEI to a very valuable target community, along with recognition as a patron of the arts in PEI and a tax receipt for the full value of your purchase.

If you have any questions concerning donations or our sponsorship programs, please contact our Administrator at 902-892-4333 or 902-218-1044 (cell).

You can donate over the phone using VISA or Mastercard, via Paypal (coming soon), or mail a cheque to:

Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 185
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K4

Your donation will be credited in our program, and an official tax receipt will be issued.

The Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra thanks you for your interest and commitment to live orchestral music on PEI!

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.

Karem Simon B&W
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.

PEISO Feb 2015 - banner 3

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

Karem Simon photo, large
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.

PEISO-BB-JAN15

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.

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.

 

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.

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.