The PEI Symphony Orchestra’s 2021-22 concert season opens with a reunion in more ways than one. The orchestra’s sumptuous strings reconvene for a bounty of vibrant sound including a neo-Baroque dance suite by Respighi, the elegant classicism of Mendelssohn, a sizzling Piazzolla tango in tribute to the composer’s 100th birthday, and a powerhouse rediscovery by black English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. For this concert, the orchestra reunites with former PEISO Music Director, Dr. Jamie Mark, who solos in the luminous Clarinet Concerto of Aaron Copland.
James Mark, conductor, clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger, and educator, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, the Hartt College of Music, and the University of Michigan where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Music in London, England, winning the Arthur Somervell Prize for Winds, presented by the Queen Mother. He has been Principal Clarinetist with the Royal College of Music First Orchestra, the Berkshire Symphony (Massachusetts), Symphony New Brunswick, and the PEI Symphony, and Eb Clarinet with the U.S. Air Force Band, appearing as concerto soloist with all of these orchestras.
Under the direction of Maestro Mark Shapiro, this year marks the PEISO’s 54th season, chock-full of thrilling masterworks and world-class guest performers, taking place entirely at the Confederation Centre of the Arts Mainstage Theatre. Season Subscriptions gain concertgoers access to the lowest available pricing, invites and discounts to special events, and guaranteed seating should a show sell out.
For more information on PEI Symphony events, visit www.peisymphony.com.
This fall we pay tribute to frontline workers, who despite the incredible risk, have kept our province running through the pandemic. To honour them, Confederation Centre of the Arts will set aside a number of complimentary seats for each performance during LIVE @ the Centre season.
To attend this performance, you must show one of the following upon arrival:
• Proof of vaccination along with a valid government-issued ID
• Written exemption from the Chief Public Health Office confirming inability to be vaccinated
Masks are required at all times but can be removed while eating or drinking.
If you have already purchased tickets and are unable to meet these requirements, you can contact the box office for a refund at 1-800-565-0278.