Mark Shapiro will conduct the PEISO in 2013–2014
Mark Shapiro will become the new Music Director of the PEI Symphony, effective May 1 for the upcoming 2013-2014 season. Mr. 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 is 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’s engagements in 2012-13 include a return concert with the Juilliard School to conduct a double bill of operas by Britten and Vaughan Williams; the concert premiere of Paul Crabtree’s new opera “The Ghost Train” with Carolina Coast Chamber Music Festival; two concerts in Carnegie Hall with The Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra where he is Music Director, including the New York premiere of the 1983 “Mass in D” by Dame Ethel Smyth; and a series of collaborative performances of new music with Cantori New York where he is Artistic Director, with prominent artists including violist Nadia Sirota and New York stage actor Kathleen Chalfant.
Shapiro is the principal guest conductor of the chamber Nova Sinfonia in Halifax NS, through which he knows many of the PEI Symphony musicians.
During their last concert of the current season, the PEI Symphony paid tribute to retiring Music Director James Mark, and outgoing Composer-in-Residence Jim O’Leary. In his speech at the concert, PEISO President Dan Rowswell expressed thanks to James Mark for “more than twelve years of inspired direction, and many more years of contribution to the PEI Symphony. Since 2000 he has masterfully led our dedicated and gifted musicians, shaping the collaboration to a high level of artistic excellence and professionalism—as appropriate for the premier orchestra of a provincial capital.” James Mark will now become Conductor Emeritus for the PEISO.
Rowswell also expressed thanks to outgoing Composer-In-Residence Jim O’Leary for his creativity and contributions including the new work for jazz trumpet and orchestra entitled “Choose Other Routes” which premiered April 12.
From 1967 through 2013, the 46 year tradition of excellence continues with a season of renewal for 2013-14 with new music director Mark Shapiro at the helm, and newly announced price reductions.
In an effort to make tickets more affordable for PEI families and music fans, the PEI Symphony has announced lower pricing for season subscriptions, now $110 for adults and seniors, and $50 for students and children. Each subscription provides tickets for four PEISO concerts. The PEISO remains HST free.