Paul Merkelo

PEI Symphony Orchestra: 52nd season

“The Gathering Storm” with guest Paul Merkelo

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The PEI Symphony’s 52nd season launches this month with the opening concert entitled “The Gathering Storm.”

This concert features Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 4 and Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite. These works respond in opposite ways to the threat of the coming Great War. Also, Canadian composer John Estacio’s new Trumpet Concerto (co-commissioned by the PEISO), will be performed by Montreal trumpet virtuoso, Paul Merkelo. The concert takes place at Charlottetown’s Zion Presbyterian Church (135 Prince Street, Charlottetown) on October 20 at 2:30 pm.

The season continues in November with “Space & The Rocket,” featuring Gustav Holst’s massive The Planets. Also on the program, Abigail Richardson-Schulte’s The Hockey Sweater, which will be narrated by PEI’s Patrick Ledwell. This concert takes place in the Homburg Theatre in the Confederation Centre of the Arts on November 24 at 2:30 pm.

The first concert of 2020 entitled “True North” will take place on March 1 at Zion Church. This concert features gifted up-and-coming conductor Mélanie Léonard, who will present an afternoon of all Canadian masterpieces.

A performance by young artist Suzanne Brenton Award winner, horn player Justin Amador, will round out the afternoon.

The final concert of the season, “Copland and Rachmaninoff” takes place on April 19 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts with Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3, which features the theme from his Fanfare for the Common Man, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which will be performed by the Island’s Sarah Hagen.

To obtain season subscriptions, visit or call the PEISO office at 902-892-4333. Individual concert tickets can be purchased in advance at the Confederation Centre Box Office or at the door of the concert.

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