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”,
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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.