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PEI Symphony Orchestra: Mahler’s Musings

| Sobey Family Theatre
Gustav Mahler met his beloved wife Alma in 1901 while composing one of his best known works. The PEI Symphony is delighted to present his Symphony No. 5 (reduction by Yoon Jae Lee), paired with the lighthearted and colourful Baby-Serenade for Orchestra op. 24 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold — one of the most important and influential composers in Hollywood history.
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This year marks the PEISO’s 55th concert season, taking place entirely at Confederation Centre of the Arts. In 1967, the PEI Symphony Orchestra was established to present high quality, live orchestral music to audiences here in Prince Edward Island, to provide practical training for young PEI students to learn and perform orchestral music, and to provide gifted Island musicians an opportunity to perform with a large orchestra. 

Each year, the orchestra’s four-concert season features a mix of cherished classical repertoire and daring new works by acclaimed modern composers. World-class soloists from across the continent are often featured as well as promising young talent from within the region, and pops concerts have featured the likes of David Myles, Tara MacLean, Paper Lions, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, and many more. 

A season subscription grants patrons access to the best seating at the best price for all four concerts and includes additional perks throughout the year. Visit for more information on all PEISO concerts and activities. 

“I found the PEI Symphony’s performance [of Sibelius’ fourth symphony] deeply compelling, really quite enthralling—even as parts of it stirred up dread or anxiety. The musical expression of these extreme, sometimes almost unendurable states serves to reassure, in a way, by reminding us that these are universal and timeless, an integral part of the ebb and flow of human emotion as we deal with the exigencies of our external and internal worlds.” — Ivy Wigmore, The Buzz 



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