PEI Symphony presents a "Celtic Landscape"
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2:30 PM

Featuring PEI fiddler Roy Johnstone

Guest Conductor Karem J Simon

Zion Presbyterian Church
Corner of Grafton and Prince
Downtown Charlottetown
Tickets at the Door
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PEISO presents “Celtic Landscape”

We return to the beautiful Zion Presbyterian Church for this next concert Sunday February 1st, featuring special guest PEI fiddler Roy Johnstone performing with the orchestra under the direct of guest conductor Dr. Karem J Simon.

This “Celtic Landscape” features music inspired by celtic traditions, with a new symphony created by Roy Johnstone and Richard Covey, along with celtic themed music by classical music favourite Felix Mendelssohn his 
Overture to the Hebrides and his “Scottish” Symphony No. 3. 

The PEI Symphony is very pleased to announce Dr. Karem J Simon as the guest music director and conductor for this concert event.

A member of the UPEI Music Faculty and the PEISO since 1991, Dr. Simon brings a wealth of musicianship and conducting experience to the podium. Under his leadership the UPEI Wind Symphony has been transformed into one of the leading wind ensembles in Atlantic Canada.

If you don't already have your tickets for this concert, there will be tickets at the door.  Tickets are $15 for students, $40 for seniors and $44 for adults.

No Pre-Concert Talk for this show

Please note, due to our rehearsal schedule for concerts at the Zion Church, we are unable to host a Pre-Concert Talk this time.   The doors will open at 2pm, and the concert begins at 2:30pm.

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Under the leadership of Guest Conductor Karem J Simon,  the PEISO presents a â€œCeltic Landscape” , with a new symphony created by Roy Johnstone, along with celtic themed music by classical music favourite Felix Mendelssohn.

Roy Johnstone imageAccording to Atlantic Gig Magazine, “Roy Johnstone has the heart of a poet, the spirit of an adventurer and plays like the Devil!” A one of Atlantic Canada’s premier fiddlers, Roy has been active in the East Coast musical community for thirty five years. His love of the fiddling tradition is evident in his research on traditional tunes as well as the acoustics of the fiddle, and on his lecturing locally, in Scotland and in the USA. He was presented with a Government of PEI Official Musical Ambassador Award, and the Highland Council of Scotland commissioned Roy to write music to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Scottish settlers coming to Prince Edward Island in 1803.  Roy Johnstone new photo Roy describes his music as a “search for our common voice; a voice that speaks to the heart. Whether I am playing a Gaelic air or a jazz standard I bring a deep love and respect for the traditions within each musical genre. For me, music is a call to live passionately, to celebrate tradition while exploring the joy of creating new forms of musical expression.”

This past year Roy teamed up with UPEI music professor Dr. Richard Covey to compose and orchestrate a new work entitled Abeqweit: Symphony for an Island. This symphonic poem celebrates the natural beauty and cultural diversity of Abeqweit: Prince Edward Island, uniting distinctive elements of traditional music and dance with classical music forms to create a compelling narrative of the importance of ethnic identity in building a nation.

Dr. Richard Covey teaches music theory, composition and counterpoint at the University of Prince Edward Island. He is the winner of the P.E.I. Symphony’s Call For Scores Competition in 2012, in which P.E.I. resident composers were invited to submit works that demonstrate skills in writing for orchestra.

For the concert on Sunday February 1st the PEI Symphony is delighted to première Roy’s new symphony, sandwiched by two popular celtic-themed works by popular classical composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Mendelssohn was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. After early success in Germany, Mendelssohn became famous across Europe, and is credited for significantly reviving interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. His mainstream musical tastes differentiate his music from many of his more aggressive musical contemporaries such as Richard Wagner and Hector Berlioz, and he became known as a champion for an ‘anti-radical’ outlook on music. He is now among the most popular composers of the Romantic era.

Mendelssohn wrote symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano music and chamber music. Two of his best-known works include his Overture to the Hebrides and his “Scottish” Symphony No. 3. Inspired by many trips to Britain and Scotland, Mendelssohn wrote the Hebrides Overture in 1830, and the Scottish Symphony intermittently between 1829 and 1842. Of his five symphonies, the third was actually the last to be published, and includes a glorious first movement, a lively second movement in the style of Scottish folk music, a beautiful slower movement showcasing the struggle between love and fate, and a finale with components from Scottish folk dance.

Karem J Simon imageThe PEI Symphony is very pleased to announce Karem J Simon as the guest music director and conductor for this concert event. A member of the UPEI Music Faculty and the PEISO since 1991, Dr. Simon brings a wealth of musicianship and conducting experience to the podium. Under his leadership the UPEI Wind Symphony has been transformed into one of the leading wind ensembles in Atlantic Canada. His progressive approach to programming and performance standard has led to the creation of sixteen award-winning compact discs with that ensemble. Dr. Simon is known for his interpretations of traditional repertoire and unique approach to contemporary music. In recent years, performances of the Wind Symphony at St. Dunstan’s Basilica and Zion Presbyterian Church have drawn capacity audiences.

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Donation Drive for the PEI Symphony
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The past few seasons have been filled with glorious music, but hard on our finances.   Ticket sales, fundraisers, and government funding account for approximately 75% of the PEISO’s operating budget. We rely on generous contributions from our supporters to make up the difference.

Through the financial support of music lovers like you, the PEISO can continue to enrich our audiences each season, and invite talented musicians to perform with us. We are truly dedicated to making quality orchestral music accessible to all Islanders and your support makes it possible.

In February our annual Fruit Sale Fundraiser returns.  Watch for our volunteers at the Charlottetown Farmer's Market on Saturdays.  More information will be posted on our website, and Facebook pages.

In addition to supporting our annual fundraisers including the Fruit Sale and our Serenade to Spring Dinner, there are several ways you can help:

1.  Adopt-a-Musician: Through our Adopt-a-Musician program, you can sponsor a particular member of our ensemble and see your money at work at our concerts. You will have the opportunity to meet your sponsored player at a reception after one of our concerts, you will be credited in our program, and you will receive an official tax receipt. Examples of “adoption” rates:

Concertmaster $2,000;
Section chair $650;
Regular musician $550;
Student musician $450.

2.  Donate a listed security: Under the new Capital Gains Taxation rules, the capital gains taxes on an increased value of an investment can be avoided by donating listed securities to a registered charity, like the PEI Symphony Society, in return for a tax receipt.

3.  Mail a donation anytime, to:

Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 185
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K4

As a nationally registerd non-profit charity, every donator receives a tax receipt for the full value of the donation.   If you have any questions, please contact our Administrator or call 902-892-4333.  

Thank you for considering a donation to your PEI Symphony.

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