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Centre and Symphony Partner Up

Confederation Centre and P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra Reach New Partnership

-New partnership program makes Confederation Centre of the Arts the “official home” of the Symphony-

The P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra is coming home. Confederation Centre of the Arts is very pleased to announce a new agreement with the province’s large community orchestra.

This agreement solidifies a two-year partnership between the Centre and the P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra(PEISO), including four annual concerts in the Mainstage Theatre. The organizations will share marketing and ticketing resources to promote both PEISO programming, and other classical concerts. Audiences can anticipate more fluid and affordable access to entertainment, both live from the Mainstage and through digital presentations.

“Sustaining a symphony orchestra is an enormous challenge in any market, and Confederation Centre of the Arts applauds PEISO and Bruce Craig for providing Islanders with outstanding symphonic music as part of the Island’s rich cultural fabric,” offers Steve Bellamy, CEO of Confederation Centre. 

“This partnership contributes to the stability of PEISO and supports the consistent delivery of great music in a great venue, four times each year on the Mainstage,” continues Bellamy. “The Centre is proud to be the official home of the P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra.” 

According to Bruce Craig, president of the PEISO, “For years, the P.E.I. Symphony has performed from time-to-time at Confederation Centre. Today, we are delighted to announce that with this agreement in hand, when our 65-plus musicians take to the stage next season, the Island’s orchestra will have a new permanent home. This venue is one that both acoustically and visually will provide Islanders with concert experiences second to none. We are delighted to call the Mainstage our new permanent home.”

The new 2021 – 2023 agreement will allow the two organizations to better collaborate to deliver excellence in classical music. This marks the debut of the Centre’s new Lou MacEachern Community Partnership Program, which supports Confederation Centre initiatives to engage in strategic partnerships with a number of local organizations, such as PEISO, who share priorities with the Centre. More details on this program will be announced in the coming weeks.

Led by versatile Conductor Mark Shapiro, the PEISO will be perform a unique chamber music event called “A Mighty Wind – Music for Brass and Organ” this spring, taking place at Zion Church in Charlottetown and St. Simon and St. Jude Church in Tignish (dates TBA).

Additionally, soloists from within the orchestra will perform at the Historic St. Mary’s Church at the Indian River Festival on July 11. Announcements will be made this summer regarding the orchestra’s 2021-22 season at the Centre and beyond.

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New Directions New Conductor

PEI Symphony Orchestra Presents: New Directions with Dina Gilbert*

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In the third concert of the season, the PEI Symphony will be led by guest conductor Dina Gilbert. Gilbert conducts symphonies and chamber orchestras in Kamloops, Quebec City, and Montreal, and she’ll be leading the PEISO through Zoltán Kodály’s Dances of Galánta, Pierre Wissmer’s Symphony no.1, and Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite no.1. The concert will also feature this year’s winner of the Suzanne Brenton Award, violinist Judy Yun, performing Mozart’s violin concerto no.5.

A free Pre-Concert Talk will take place upstairs in Zion’s youth chapel before the show, where Gilbert and Yun will share with the audience some personal insights into the performance to follow.

*Please note: This performance is a rental production and discounts offered by Confederation Centre of the Arts are not applicable.