The PEI Symphony Orchestra (PEISO) returns October 17 at 2:30 pm with Reunion, the first concert of their 2021–22 season. While the organization had been presenting chamber music events during the pandemic, this concert marks a gradual return to orchestral performances, featuring an ensemble of 24 musicians and a featured soloist.
The show, which takes place at the Confederation Centre Mainstage Theatre in Charlottetown, will feature clarinetist and former PEISO Music Director, Dr. James Mark, who will be performing the Clarinet Concerto of Aaron Copland.
Mark is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, the Hartt College of Music, and the University of Michigan where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Music in London, England, winning the Arthur Somervell Prize for Winds, presented by the Queen Mother. He has been Principal Clarinetist with the Royal College of Music First Orchestra, the Berkshire Symphony (Massachusetts), Symphony New Brunswick, and the PEI Symphony, and Eb Clarinet with the U.S. Air Force Band, appearing as concerto soloist with all of these orchestras.
Other works on the program include, “a neo-Baroque dance suite by Respighi, the elegant classicism of Mendelssohn, a sizzling Piazzolla tango in tribute to the composer’s 100th birthday, and a powerhouse rediscovery by Black English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor,” says PEISO Music Director, Maestro Mark Shapiro, who will be returning this season to conduct the orchestra. Additionally, the concert will open with Elgar’s Elegy for Strings—a tribute to the lives lost to the pandemic.
Season subscriptions and single-show tickets are being handled by the Confederation Centre Box Office. Subscribers gain access to the lowest available pricing, invites to members-only events, and guaranteed seating, should a show sell out.