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Play Your Part! PEISO Indigogo Campaign

We are your Symphony PEI, and we need your support to keep the music playing.  It’s time to Play Your Part!

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The Prince Edward Island Symphony has brought quality orchestral music to our province for nearly 50 years.  Four times a year our orchestra brings together sixty or more musicians including professionals, students, music teachers, business people and community members for an exciting ‘concert weekend’ to rehearse and perform a program of classical music that is appealing to a wide audience.

There’s nothing quite like the power, majesty and grace of a live symphony orchestra, and the PEI Symphony is the Island’s own.

Now, we are asking for your support.  The past five years have been a financial struggle for the orchestra.  Increasing expenses, and declining donations and sales are putting the future of our orchestra at risk.

Please help us keep the music playing.  Our community needs the PEISO, and the PEISO needs you –  more than ever.

Just as each individual musician plays their part in an orchestra, we are asking YOU to play a part to help secure the future of our great orchestra.

What We Need & What You Get

We are aiming to raise a minimum of $15,000 to help us reduce our operational debt, to secure the future of the orchestra.   With an annual operating budget of about $170,000 per season, we have been between unable to break even for the past 5 years, and we cannot continue without at least balancing our budget.

We certainly appreciate the generous support of the Canada Council of the Arts, the Prince Edward Island Department of Tourism and Culture, and the City of Charlottetown, and also to our key sponsors including The Joan & Regis Duffy Foundation, Provincial Credit Union,  Hyndman Insurance, The Confederation Centre for the Arts, The Guardian, the Buzz, the Best Value hotels, Kwik Kopy, R. Birt & Associates, and Harvest Wholesale.

Even with their support, we need your help.  Unfortunately our concert expenses have been increasing over the last five years while our individual and corporate donations, and yearly subscriptions have all decreased.  In the last two years our individual donations have decreased by 50%.  We need your support to keep the music playing.

As a thank you for supporting our orchestra, we have a fun range of unique perks available, from a handwritten card from a musician,  an opportunity to play, or a sponsorship – there is a way for everyone to play a part!

Our Impact

Our orchestra has a huge impact on our community here in Prince Edward Island, and is itself a music community with a wide variety of individuals who either perform or appreciate quality orchestral music, and the joy of working hard together to create a beautiful live performance.

As a full symphony orchestra, the PEISO supports our cultural identity in Prince Edward Island and the greater Charlottetown area, at a level that’s commensurate with our status as a province and capital, and the birthplace of Confederation in Canada.

  • Cultural events such as our concerts engage and attract professionals, businesses and educated audiences to our Island and our economy.
  • Our audiences experience the incredible power and beauty of live orchestral music four times a season.
  • Our $170K annual budget is primarily used to purchase supplies and services right here in PEI, reinvesting in our local economy.
  • Four times per year we book twenty five hotel rooms for a full weekend for our travelling musicians.
  • Every concert attracts off-island tourism.
  • Charlottetown restaurants are busy during each of our four concert weekends.
  • Professional PEI musicians have the opportunity to perform with a full orchestra.
  • Young PEI student musicians have the opportunity to perform with an orchestra, as regular members and/or soloists.
  • Islanders experience talented guest soloists and our guest soloists experience the orchestra and our Island community.
  • Established PEI solo artists and groups have an opportunity to perform with a full live orchestra.
  • Island popular music artists and groups can have their music arranged for orchestra for other engagements outside of PEI.

Other Ways You Can Help

The best way to support our orchestra is to come to as many of our concerts as you can!   Our next concerts are Sunday April 12th, and Sunday October 19th.

Season Tickets will be available for purchase on April 12.  Please check back here for details, or call 902-892-4333.

Our annual ‘Serenade to Spring Dinner and Auction’, returns to the Georgian Room at the Rodd Charlottetown on Saturday June 6 this year.   Music will be provided by the Singing Strings. Tickets are $90 – and you receive a $50 tax receipt.   Come enjoy the evening with us and/or consider donating items for the auctions in return for a tax receipt for the value of your donation!

…and listen, perform, share, and get excited about classical music!  These are all the ways you can play your part!

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!

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!

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:

Audience Choice – Verdi vs. Wagner!

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. Your votes will determine which work we perform at our upcoming concert on Sunday April 6th 2:30pm at the Zion Presbyterian Church.   

The choices are:

  • The Overture to La Forza del Destino, by Verdi,     OR
  • The Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg, by Wagner

Read on for descriptions of each work, links to read more on Wikipedia, and a YouTube sample of each.  Once you’ve made your decision you can use the voting form below to send us your vote, and to indicate if you’d like to join our new PEI Symphony Email Newsletter for ongoing news about PEI Symphony activities and programs.   Vote often and anytime up to 9pm Monday March 17th.

The choice is very clear – and you’re going to have to take sides.    Will it be The Dastardly force of destiny – or the Divine pursuit of musical excellence to win a future of love!

 

Verdi vs. Wagner  –  your choice!

Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino

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Choose Verdi!

Guiseppi Verdi’s popular opera delivers a tangled tale in which the characters come together through coincidence, and then play out their tragic roles through to the bitter end.  There’s some comedy, but in the end it’s great tragedy for the three main characters Donna Leonora, her brother Don Carlo, and her lover Don Alvaro.

The opera as it is now known dates from a production at La Scala, Milan in 1869. Among numerous changes, Verdi discarded the brief, original orchestral introduction and replaced it with the sort of full-blown, plot-encapsulating overture he had regularly produced in earlier times. It is an overview that includes some of the major themes from the opera (including the “fate” motive associated with the heroine Leonora), drawing on both lyrical and dramatic elements for contrast and interest. It is a short but dramatically powerful work that can stand perfectly on its own in the concert hall.

… read more on Wikipedia

Performed by Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra

 

Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg

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No Way, you must choose Wagner!

Set on midsummer’s eve, Nuremberg in the 16th century, this comedic opera revolves around the real-life cobbler-poet Hans Sachs and the guild of mastersingers – poets and musicians who pursue their craft according to traditions and rules.  A goldsmith’s daughter Eva, and a knight Walther fall in love, but Eva’s father has promised her to the winner in the forthcoming song contest. Walther must learn the mastersinger’s art rapidly, under the wise tuition of Sachs, despite a challenge from the foolish town clerk Beckmesser. The cause seems hopeless but in the end talent, honesty, and true love prevail. The Prelude is a rousing orchestral opening that features the stately, ceremonial masters’ theme and the lyrical “Prize Song”.

… read more on Wikipedia

Performed by Tennstedt and the London Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Voting is now closed.  We hope you enjoyed our Audience Choice Battle.  Stay tuned for our announcement of the winner!

 

PEISO Fruit Sale is Back!

 

PEI Symphony Fruit Sale 2012

 

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.

Still only $10 per bag, or pick up a half box $30 or full box $50 to really beat the blues!

For 2014 we are primarily selling from the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, and the Confederation Court Mall on Tuesdays.  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 2014:

Charlottetown Farmer’s Market:

Our volunteers are at The Doctor’s Inn booth across from Island Taylored Meats, on:

  • Saturday February 22, March 1, March 8, March 15
  • LAST CHANCE Saturday March 29
  • 9am to 2pm

Confederation Court Mall:

Our booth is located by the TD Canada Trust and we’ll be there on:

  • Tuesday March 4, March 11, March 18 and March 25
  • 10 am to around 3pm each of these days

Fundraiser Depot:

On Brackley Point Road, right beside Chucker’s Trophies and across the street from Birt’s Furniture. The mailing address is 161 St. Peter’s Road, but the actual storefront is right on the Brackley Point Road in the old Canada Revenue building just before the mall.  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 388-6042, or Natalie at 892-4333.

 

PEISO Announces Composition Competition

 

The PEI Symphony Orchestra announces a special PEI 2014 concert event, and a Composition Competition

 

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE –  With the generous support of the PEI 2014 Fund, the PEI Symphony is delighted to announce a very special concert event to be presented in November 2014, featuring original orchestral music composed by Canadians to celebrate Canada and the 1864 Charlottetown Conference.

Under the leadership of new PEISO Music Director Mark Shapiro, the program will include two new classical works composed for the PEI Symphony for this event by Canadian composers, and a performance with an established PEI popular music artist.   The event will be a key cultural event in the PEI 2014 celebrations this year, and may result in a recording to be made available for sale within a few months of the event:  a great legacy for the cross country celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration in 2017, and for the PEI Symphony and the music community in PEI.

The first step for the PEI Symphony is the launching now of an open “Composition Competition” inviting Canadian composers to submit an original works inspired by ‘Canada’, being ‘Canadian’, the arts in Canada, or by the 1864 Charlottetown Conference for consideration for the program. The Music Director and project team will supervise the process of selecting the winning composers whose works will be performed at this concert.

“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.

In 2014, Canadians will mark the 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial) 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.  The year-long and province-wide PEI 2014 program of events will honour the past, celebrate the present and plan a bold tomorrow.

This “Celebrate Canada” concert will provide a lasting legacy for the two winning orchestral composers, the featured PEI pop/folk artist, all of the orchestra musicians from high students to seasoned pros,  and the whole audience as we join together to Celebrate the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, and what it means to be Canadian.

For more information about this event and the Composition Competition, please visit www.peisymphony.com, send an inquiry to marketing@peisymphony.com or call 892-4333.

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Details for the PEI Symphony Competition for Compositions for our PEI 2014 Event “Celebrate Canada”

The Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce a competition for TWO orchestral compositions.  The winning compositions will be performed in November 2014 at a PEI Symphony performance event at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI.  This performance is entitle “Celebrate Canada”, and has been made possibly by a grant from the PEI 2014 Fund as part of the festivities to celebrate the 1864 Charlottetown Conference which eventually led to the creation of Canada in 1867.

The event will include two new classical works composed for the PEI Symphony for this event by Canadian composers, and a performance with an established PEI popular music artist.    The concert will be professionally recorded as well with the intention of mastering and producing a recording which will be made available for sale within a few months of the event.

PEI 2014 aims to create an unforgettable 150th anniversary year that will celebrate and commemorate the historic Charlottetown Conference of 1864 and Prince Edward Island’s role in the formation of Canada. More than a celebration, 2014 events will remind us that PEI is where great ideas are born and Canadians from coast to coast to coast are invited to collaborate and participate. That key moment in Canada’s history may have taken place in Charlottetown in the smallest province in the nation, but the repercussions were far-reaching indeed. The 2014 anniversary schedule will embrace the whole country with regional and national themes and an opportunity for all participants to play a role in the celebrations.

  • Deadline for submission:   Scores must be received by  midnight AST June 30, 2014.
  • Format of submission: scores must be submitted electronically in PDF format.  A bound paper copy of each submission must also be mailed to [mailing address], and also received by June 30, 2014.
  • Maximum orchestration for submissions:
    • 2-2-2-2//4-3-3-1//timpani plus percussion//strings
    • Approximate string count 12-10-8-6-4
    • No harp; no piano
    • Wind doubling is acceptable
    • Compositions may use fewer forces than those listed above
  • The PEI Symphony seeks to develop works that will be meaningful for the occasion we are celebrating and also have the potential to be of enduring interest and value.
  • Up to two awards of C$10,000 each will be made available to the winning composer(s), one award for each of the streams described below.  The selection committee reserves the right not to award a prize in either or both categories if no submission deemed satisfactory is received.

 

STREAM ONE

The soundscape of Canada, past and present, is a rich tapestry comprising musical strands that represent a wide variety of musical styles (classical, folk, popular, etc.).  The composer’s assignment is to craft a 15-20-minute tone poem, fantasia etc. integrating any number and type of elements in creative, witty, profound ways (without violating any trademark or copyright constraints).  The work should somehow be experienced as leading to, and must then culminate in, “O Canada,” in which the audience will participate.

 

STREAM TWO

This stream features a 15-20 minute composition for orchestra plus one classical singer of any voice type (soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor, or baritone).  The topic for the composition, broadly speaking, is Canadian experience: history, folklore, culture, landscape; the connection with the Charlottetown Conference should be evident if not explicit.  The text(s) must be by a Canadian author in any language(s) widely or historically spoken in Canada.  The composer must stipulate either that the text(s) is/are in the public domain or must provide any/all appropriate permission(s).

For more information about this event and the PEISO 2014 Composition Competition, please visit www.peisymphony.com, send an inquiry to admin@peisymphony.com or call 902-892-4333.

 

PEI 2014 presents Celebrate Canada!

The PEI Symphony Orchestra announces a special PEI 2014 concert event!

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – With the generous support of the PEI 2014 Fund, the PEI Symphony is delighted to announce a very special concert event to be presented in November 2014, featuring original orchestral music composed by Canadians to celebrate Canada and the 1864 Charlottetown Conference.

Under the leadership of new PEISO Music Director Mark Shapiro, the program will include two new classical works composed for the PEI Symphony for this event by Canadian composers, and a performance with an established PEI popular music artist. The event will be a key cultural event in the PEI 2014 celebrations this year;  a great legacy for the cross country celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration in 2017, and for the PEI Symphony and the music community in PEI.

The first step for the PEI Symphony is the launching now of an open “Composition Competition” inviting Canadian composers to submit an original works inspired by ‘Canada’, being ‘Canadian’, the arts in Canada, or by the 1864 Charlottetown Conference for consideration for the program. The Music Director and project team will supervise the process of selecting the winning composers whose works will be performed at this concert.

“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.

In 2014, Canadians will mark 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. The year-long and province-wide PEI 2014 program of events will honour the past, celebrate the present and plan a bold tomorrow.

This “Celebrate Canada” concert will provide a lasting legacy for the two winning orchestral composers, the featured PEI pop/folk artist, all of the orchestra musicians from high students to seasoned pros, and the whole audience as we join together to Celebrate the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, and what it means to be Canadian.

 

Concert November 17 – Echo Lau, Ravel and Rose Cousins

Rose CousinsOur season of Renewal continues under the leadership of new music director Mark Shapiro with a concert November 17th that features rising piano star Echo Lau, music by Ravel and Nielsen – and a special guest appearance by PEI’s own Rose Cousins.

Under the direction of our new conductor Mark Shapiro, the PEI Symphony Orchestra presents “Echo Lau, Ravel and Rose Cousins”, Sunday November 17th 2:30pm, at the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Our program for this concert:

  • Piano Concerto in G Major, by Ravel and featuring pianist Echo Lau
  • Symphony No. 4 – The Inextinguishable, by Carl Nielsen
  • Select works by Rose Cousins, with orchestrations featuring the PEI Symphony

 

 

On November 17th the PEI Symphony welcomes special guest Rose Cousins as she performs her music with the orchestra.  Originally from Kensington PEI, Rose has established herself as a leading Canadian singer-songwriter on the international stage.  Rose has released three albums as well as singles and recordings in collaboration with artists across Canada and the world, garnering a Juno, 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards, 3 Nova Scotia Music Awards, 3 PEI Music Awards, and a Polaris Prize long list nomination. The spirit of collaboration is in everything Cousins does. Her firm roots in two vibrant music communities – Eastern Canada and Boston Massachusetts – fuel her music with an evolving cast of talented fellow artists.   Equally unmistakable is the devastating emotions her music evokes. Her songs have appeared in climatic scenes in television shows including Greys Anatomy, Rookie Blue, Heartland, Hope for Wildlife and Drop Dead Diva.

Another highlight of the November concert will be the performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major by PEI’s young master pianist Echo Lau, the recent winner of the Suzanne Brenton Award given each year to deserving advanced students who have performed exceptionally in the PEI Kiwanis Provincial Music Festival.  Ravel’s hyperactive rhythms and seductive harmonies are a perfect reflection of the Gatsby-style Jazz Age during which this music was written.

The November program also features the exciting Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable” by Danish composer Carl Nielsen.   Composed against the backdrop of the First World War, this dramatic symphony traces a challenging and ultimately inspiring journey of struggle, hope and redemption.  The symphony famously features a rousing “battle” between sets of timpani.  The name does not apply to the symphony itself, but rather to “that which is inextinguishable” as Nielsen explains, “the elemental will to live”.

As new Music Director of the PEI Symphony, Mark Shapiro is committed to curating uniquely satisfying musical events in which music of widely varying styles offers both contrast and complementarity.   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, such as Rose Cousins!\

Shapiro was the guest conductor for the PEI Symphony concert in February which was a highlight of this past season and a triumph of music and musicians over a significant snowstorm.   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 regularly conducts The Cecilia Chorus of New York at Carnegie Hall, and 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.

Tickets for this concert are available  at the Confederation Centre Box Office, or online  - now only $44 adults, $40 seniors and only $15 for students and children.  Concerts begin at 2:30pm, and everyone is welcome to the pre-concert talk at 1:15pm in Studio One.  For more information please call 892-4333.

We are Your PEI Symphony!