Now in its 54th year of operation, the PEI Symphony Orchestra (PEISO) returns to presenting orchestral performances this 2021-22 season, with four unique concerts taking place at the Confederation Centre’s Mainstage Theatre, under the direction of Maestro Mark Shapiro.
The opening concert on October 17 will feature a programme of strings, with the addition of guest soloist and past PEISO Music Director, Dr. James Mark, clarinet. Works by Elgar, Respighi, Copland, Coleridge-Taylor, Piazzolla, and Mendelssohn will be performed.
Antonín Dvořák’s “New World Symphony” will be the major work on November 21, along with his “Carnival Overture.” Additionally, Dale Sorensen will be featured on Nino Rota’s “Trombone Concerto.”
Guest Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser will take the baton on March 6, leading the orchestra through works by Franz Strauss, Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Gounod, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Halifax-based composer Dinuk Wijeratne.
Finally, the season finale on April 24 will be titled Ode to Earth, as the orchestra pays tribute to Earth Day. The programme will include Beethoven’s popular “Symphony no. 9” as well as Darius Milhaud’s “La création du monde’’ and Indigenous Composer Andrew Balfour’s “Kiwetin-acahkos” (North Star).
The 65+ member orchestra pivoted during the pandemic, to chamber music events in place of symphonic concerts, and forewent the sale of season subscriptions. This year, season subscriptions are again being made available. Benefits to a subscription include lowest pricing, earliest seat selection at concerts, and invites to members-only events. Both season subscriptions and single-show tickets can be purchased from the Confederation Centre’s Box Office at confederationcentre.com, or by calling 566-1267, or visiting 130 Queen Street in Charlottetown.
The PEISO dedicates this concert season to the memory of Dr. Brian Ellard (1940–2021), who conducted the orchestra from 1983–97.