Season opener

PEI Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Jaelem Bhate

Jaelem Bhate

The PEI Symphony Orchestra’s (PEISO) 2023-24 season launch takes place October 15 in the Sobey Family Theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Titled “Sounds of a Beginning,” this reunion of PEI’s finest musicians also kickstarts the search for the next PEISO Music Director.

Guiding the orchestra through the first concert is guest conductor Jaelem Bhate, renowned for his inventive and modern approach to classical music. Bhate has assembled a rich program pairing modern Canadian compositions with timeless classics, offering performances of Katerina Gimon’s “Roots Beneath,” Roydon Tse’s “Remembrance,” Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture,” Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s “Ballade for Orchestra,” and Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.”

“I am so excited to bring a little bit of West Coast flavour to the great community and orchestra you have built…and the chance to make music with the excellent musicians of the PEISO is an honour,” shares Bhate. “The program I’ve curated is one that celebrates newness; it’s the start of a new chapter for the PEISO, and I can’t wait to begin your season with some 21st century Canadian works.”

There has never been a better time to become a PEISO season subscriber, gaining not only access to four performances, but also a chance to shape the orchestra’s future. 

Season subscriptions and individual tickets are available now through the Confederation Centre Box Office. Visit or call 566-1267 to purchase.