PEI Symphony Orchestra

2024–25 season announced under Jaelem Bhate

Photo by Samuel Sianipar []
Photo by Samuel Sianipar []

The PEI Symphony Orchestra (PEISO) has unveiled its 2024–25 concert season, setting the stage for a new chapter as they welcome new Music Director, Jaelem Bhate. The 57th season will feature four unique concerts taking place on Sundays at 2:30 pm at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

 The season opens October 20 with People, places, and things, a celebration of a new chapter beginning, and the building blocks of the foundation for years to come. The concert lineup includes Canadian composer Jared Miller’s “Surge and Swell,” Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédies 1 & 3” orch. Debussy, Helena Munktell’s “Bränningar,” and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances.”

 On November 24, PEISO welcomes guest oboist Ari Cohen Mann, who will perform the rarely heard Oboe Concerto by Clémence de Grandval.  This concert, entitled Influencers, highlights how the course of history can often be changed by one good influencer, which is reflected with Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide” and Florence Price’s “Symphony No. 1 in E minor.”

 Ex-Romantico kicks off the second half of the season on March 2. Along with Gabriel Fauré’s “Pavane” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 3 in A minor,” guest soloist James Sommerville, former principal horn of the Boston Symphony, joins the PEISO for the Island premiere of the boundless Kati Agócs’ Horn Concerto, co-commissioned by the PEISO.

The season wraps up on April 6 with Encounters, an adventurous and thunderous finale. Featuring works by Caroline Shaw (“The Observatory”), Mason Bates (“Mothership”) and Modest Mussorgsky (“Pictures at an Exhibition”), Encounters is music that speaks to engagement across cultures, communities and geography.

To kick-off the season, take advantage of the early-bird subscription offer until August 17, after which series subscriptions will be available on a tiered basis. To keep PEISO concerts accessible to students and families, subscriptions and single tickets for children, youth, and students are half-price.

 Call or visit the Confederation Centre Box Office to purchase a season subscription at 1-800-565-0278. For more information about the 2024-25 season visit