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PEI Symphony Orchestra

Zion Presbyterian Church

Denise Djokic (photo: Anna Keenan)

Denise Djokic (photo: Anna Keenan)

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 02:30pm

Pre-concert talk at 1:30 pm | Concert featuring cello soloist Denise Djokic at 2:30 pm

The opening concert of the PEI Symphony’s 51st season, entitled Exquisite Fires, will feature cello soloist Denise Djokic. The concert takes place in Charlottetown’s Zion Presbyterian Church, 135 Prince Street, Charlottetown, on October 21 at 2:30 pm.

Music Director Mark Shapiro will lead the orchestra in Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor featuring Djokic. A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Denise burst onto the international music scene when millions of television viewers watched her performance of Bach at the 2002 Grammy Awards following the release of her self-titled debut recording on SONY Classical. Coming from a very musical family, her mother, father and brother Marc have all performed with the PEI Symphony during their careers.

The program will also include French-Canadian composer Linda Bouchard’s “Exquisite Fires,” a work inspired by Bouchard’s read of medieval love myths. According to her, this work challenges musicians to “play with artistic colours in a dramatic way.” Also on the program is Joseph Haydn’s Symphony no. 59, commonly referred to as the “Fire” symphony—its name being given because of the spirited and fiery nature of the work.

A free pre-concert talk featuring Music Director Mark Shapiro and soloist Denise Djokic will take place in Zion’s Youth Chapel, prior to the concert at 1:30 pm. Shapiro and Djokic will chat with the audience and provide personal insight into the music that will be performed.

PEISO season subscriptions are still available for the 2018-19 season, and can be purchased directly from the PEI Symphony for $120 for adults or $40 for students—25% savings on the full concert series. A limited number of free youth tickets are available through the auspices of the orchestra’s John Clement Memorial Fund. Call the PEISO office at 902-892-4333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain season subscriptions or information on the availability of the free youth tickets. Individual tickets to this concert are $40 for adults or $15 for students, and can be purchased in advance at the Confederation Centre Box Office, or are available at the door.


902-892-4333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Zion Presbyterian Church
Prince Street & Grafton Street

(902) 566-5363

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