The Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 season will be its 51st year of providing the Island with live symphonic music. Currently under the music direction of Maestro Mark Shapiro, each year the 60-member orchestra presents four large concerts in Charlottetown, featuring musical guests from across the region.
On October 21 at Zion Church, the opening concert of season 51 features a rare revival of Linda Bouchard’s Exquisite Fires, and guest cellist Denise Djokic will join the orchestra to perform Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor. The program also includes Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony no.59, “Fire.”
Concert number two will take place at the Confederation Centre where the PEISO will be joined by this year’s roots guest artist—singer-songwriter David Myles. Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony no. 5 will also be performed at that concert which takes place on November 25.
In the third concert of the season, on February 24, the orchestra will be led by guest conductor Dina Gilbert. Gilbert is the music director of l’Orchestre symphonique de l’Estuaire (Quebec), Montreal-based chamber orchestra Ensemble Arkea, and the Kamloops Symphony. She’ll lead the PEISO through Zoltán Kodály’s Dances of Galánta , Pierre Wissmer’s Symphony no.1, and Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite no.1, again at the Zion Church. The winter concert will also feature the young winner of the Suzanne Brenton Award, who will perform as a featured soloist.
The season will conclude on April 14 with a return to the Confederation Centre’s Homburg Theatre. Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no.3 will comprise the entire concert program, and will feature soloists, two choirs, and enlarged orchestra.
Early-bird pricing is available for a subscription to the entire season. Call 902-892-4333 or visit www.peisymphony.com to purchase a subscription. Individual concert tickets will be available from the Confederation Centre’s Box Office later in the year. Advantages to season subscriptions include admission savings, priority Confederation Centre seating, invitation to exclusive member events, and discounts to Indian River Festival and certain Live At The Centre concerts.
About the announcement of next season’s programming, PEISO Music Director Mark Shapiro said, “Four beautiful concerts featuring thrilling artistic partners and sizzling combinations of timeless repertoire—what’s not to love? Let PEISO be your 2018-19 go-to for inspiration, friendship and solace. We’ll deliver. That’s a promise.”