Orchestra welcomes Ten Strings And A Goat Skin in October
The PEI Symphony’s 2017–18 season will be its 50th year of providing the Island with live symphonic music.
The opening concert of the four-concert season will take place on October 15 at Zion Presbyterian Church. Music Director Mark Shapiro will lead the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony no. 3, the “Eroica.” Special guest performers will be Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, a bilingual folk/fusion trio from PEI who present original music inspired by their Atlantic Canadian histories and roots, and infused with pop and world rhythms.
The second concert of the season takes place on November 19 at the Confederation Centre. It will open with a fanfare specially composed for the PEISO by Kati Agócs titled, “A Hero’s Welcome: Sesquie for Canada’s 150th.” It is one in a series of fanfares prepared for several orchestras throughout the nation that were commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to recognize the founding of Canada.
With partial support of the Government of Canada, this concert also features a newly commissioned work by the PEISO drawing on the talents of Canadian composers Richard Covey, Leo Marchildon, Kevin Morse, and Andrew Staniland. The work is titled “Cantata for Canada 150” and it features poems by the winners of the PEISO’s Island-wide student poetry contest: Madison Iwankow, Chloe Dockendorff, Nicolas Dickieson, and Madison Lockman, whose poems serve as the lyrics for the cantata. The performance is slotted to be broadcast nation-wide over Eastlink television. The event will draw on the combined talents of the full PEISO, The Confederation Centre adult and youth choirs, the First Nation’s drum circle Hey Cuzzins, and a mezzo soprano soloist. The program concludes with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
On March 4, 2018, guest conductor Dinuk Wijeratne returns to lead the PEISO in Dvorak’s Symphony no. 8 and Canadian Composer Violet Archer’s Sinfonietta. The concert will also feature a performance of Barber’s Violin Concerto by Suzanne Brenton Award winner, Sannu Lawt. Maestro Mark Shapiro returns on April 15 to conduct the final concert of the season, which features Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, and Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Boston Symphony Orchestra’s principle horn player, James Sommerville, comes to PEI as a soloist in Mozart’s Horn Concerto no 3. He will then be joined by Nova Scotian tenor Marcel d’Entremont in the rarely performed work by Benjamin Britten, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.
Subscriptions for the four-concert season are available for $120 (adults, seniors) and $40 (students, children). Visit www.peisymphony.com or call the PEISO office at 902-892-4333 for subscription information. For individual tickets contact Confederation Centre of the Arts Box Office.