2016/17 concert season off to a fabulous start thanks to great music, guests and audiences

27 Dec 2016, Posted by Sarah Lazure in News

When the PSO’s 50th anniversary season was announced, there was a lot of excitement surrounding the music, guest artists and new opportunities for partnerships and events the season’s programming would provide. At this point, two concerts into 2016/17, the PSO is thrilled with the response to this season of ‘celebrating the journey.’

The season began November 5 with The New World, featuring baritone Michael Nyby singing Copland’s Old American Songs. The concert was dedicated to PSO champion, the late Erica Cherney, a friend to many in the audience including MP Maryam Monsef.

The New World was a concert to remember, both for Karen Cherney’s heartfelt tribute to her mother including the world’s smallest harmonica, and a wonderfully passionate performance of the New World Symphony by the orchestra and Concertmaster candidate Phoebe Tsang to a very appreciative audience.

This month the PSO is so pleased to have sold every single seat to A Nutcracker Christmas with Bob Gainey and the Kawartha Youth Orchestra. The concert was a fun mix of traditional favourites including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Christmas carols, plus the more modern classic The Hockey Sweater. The PSO musicians had as much fun playing as the enthusiastic audience did watching and listening to the performance.

There was also a great turnout to the reception in the Nexicom Lounge after A Nutcracker Christmas. There, hockey and music fans had a chance to have photos taken with Bob and get their programs, posters and paraphernalia signed by the hockey legend. He also generously signed a Montreal Canadiens hockey sweater for the PSO’s Christmas Raffle.

Also at A Nutcracker Christmas, the PSO’s second Concertmaster candidate of the season, Lucia Barcari, took to the stage with the orchestra. She is a versatile violinist who enjoys collaborating with other musicians in various genres and groups. Her 20-plus years of experience include performing with the Kitchener-Waterloo and Windsor Symphony Orchestras, Opera York, Opera Mississauga, the Hamilton Opera Company, Sinfonia Toronto, the National Orchestra of Belgium, and playing as concertmaster in the Ottawa Valley Music Festival and Nuove Musiche in Belgium.

Having a special interest in educating a new generation of musicians and audiences, Lucia has worked with Sistema Toronto, a philanthropic organization created to enhance the social development of children through music education. Lucia is also a founding member of Duo Koncertante.

The PSO’s 2016/17 Concertmaster candidates will be evaluated throughout the season. The chosen candidate will be announced at the end of the season, and will begin in their role as PSO Concertmaster for 2017/18.