PEISO [photo: Darrell Theriault]

A permanent home

PEI Symphony Orchestra partners with Confederation Centre

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Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA) has announced a new agreement with the province’s largest community orchestra. The agreement solidifies a two-year partnership between the Centre and the PEI Symphony Orchestra (PEISO), including four annual concerts in the Mainstage Theatre.

The organizations will share marketing and ticketing resources to promote PEISO programming and other classical concerts. Audiences can anticipate more fluid and affordable access to entertainment, both live from the Mainstage and through digital presentations.

“Sustaining a symphony orchestra is an enormous challenge in any market, and [CCOA] applauds [PEISO] and Bruce Craig for providing Islanders with outstanding symphonic music as part of the Island’s rich cultural fabric,” offers Steve Bellamy, CEO of Confederation Centre. “This partnership contributes to the stability of PEISO and supports the consistent delivery of great music in a great venue, four times each year.”

The new agreement for 2021-2023 will allow the two organizations to better collaborate to deliver excellence in classical music.

This marks the debut of the Centre’s new Lou MacEachern Community Partnership Program, which supports Confederation Centre initiatives to engage in strategic partnerships with local organizations, such as PEISO, who share priorities with the Centre.

PEISO President Bruce Craig  says, “For years, the PEI Symphony has performed from time-to-time at Confederation Centre. Today, we are delighted to announce that with this agreement in hand, when our 65-plus musicians take to the stage next season, the Island’s orchestra will have a new permanent home. This venue is one that both acoustically and visually will provide Islanders with concert experiences second to none. We are delighted to call the Mainstage our new permanent home.”

The PEISO will be perform a unique chamber music event, A Mighty Wind—Music for Brass and Organ this spring at Zion Church in Charlottetown and St. Simon and St. Jude Church in Tignish.

Additionally, soloists from within the orchestra will perform at Historic St. Mary’s as part of the Indian River Festival on July 11. Announcements will be made this summer regarding the orchestra’s 2021-22 season at the Centre and beyond.

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