Who will lead?

PEI Symphony Orchestra 2023–2024 season programming

The PEI Symphony Orchestra (PEISO) has unveiled its 2023–24 programming, setting the stage for a new chapter as they choose a new Music Director from the four exceptional guest conductors. 

PEISO is enthusiastic about engaging community in this decisive phase, inviting their subscribers to actively participate in the audition process. After each concert, patrons will receive an email survey to share their feedback on the performance and the guest conductor. 

On October 15, the concert season begins with guest conductor Jaelem Bhate. Prepare to be captivated by a rich tapestry of sound, featuring Katerina Gimon’s evocative Roots Beneath, Roydon Tse’s Remembrance, and Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. The concert’s second half will accentuate this vibrant palette with Coleridge-Taylor’s passionate Ballade for Orchestra and concludes with the fiery pulse of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. 

Guest conductor Kira Omelchenko will take the reins on November 19, steering the audience through a diverse program that spans cultures and eras. Featured is Bizet’s Farandole from L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2, Liu Tieshan’s and Mao Yuan’s Dance of the Yao People, Debussy’s Tarantelle Styrienne & Sarabande, Kevin Lau’s Sea of Blossoms, Shostakovich’s Waltz No. 2, and Satchmo! (A Tribute to Louis Armstrong). The expedition continues post-intermission with Copland’s “Hoedown” Rodeo Ballet, Alla Pavlova’s Thumbelina Ballet Suite (mvt 5), Piazzolla’s Libertango (arr. James Kazik), and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34. 

On February 25, 2024, guest conductor Juliane Gallant will command the podium for an enchanting afternoon concert, commencing with the soothing serenity of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale.” Post-intermission, the Symphony will move to the modern with Emily Doolittle’s Green/Blue for Orchestra and conclude with the playful charm of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite. A divine synergy of old and new awaits.

On April 7, 2024, guest conductor Daniel Black will guide the orchestra through a sweeping season finale, embarking with Dinuk Wijeratne’s evocative Yatra, Jocelyn Morlock’s poignant My Name is Amanda Todd, Joseph Bologne’s charming Symphony in D Major, and Brahms’ jubilant Academic Festival Overture. The concert’s second half presents Dvorak’s Evergreen Symphony No. 8, a resounding conclusion to the 2023–24 season.

All concerts are held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm in the Sobey Family Theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Season subscriptions and single tickets are available for purchase at the Box Office or by calling 1-800-565-0278.