PSO Launches 2013 Season

20 Sep 2013, Posted by admin in News

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September 19, 2013

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Peterborough Symphony Orchestra Launches 2013 Season


Peterborough, ON – The Peterborough Symphony launches its 2013/14 season with five exhilarating concerts that bring music lovers some of the best music this region has to offer.

Ticket holders can look forward to world music, a salute to Scotland to celebrate St. Andrews day, a true community Christmas concert, a night at the opera, and one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, Beethoven’s 9th symphony.

Tuesday, September 24th will begin the business of the PSO season with an Annual General Meeting in the Friendship Room of Trinity United Church (360 Reid St., Peterborough), starting at 6pm.  Subscribers and other members are invited to receive reports on last season’s activity, the plan for the future and elect directors for the year.

On Saturday, October 5th the concert season begins as the PSO is joined onstage by JUNO Award Nominees and “Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity” Sultans of String thrill their audiences with their global sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, foot stomping East Coast Celtic, and French Gypsy-jazz in a celebration of musical fusion and human creativity infused with warmth and virtuosity.

The ‘Sultans’ are a five-man group of virtuosos on six-string violin, guitar, bass, mandolin and percussion, who have been touring and performing with symphony orchestras all over Canada, creating a huge buzz wherever they go. “This will be a great way to ease out of the summer into autumn, and I can’t wait,” says Music Director, Michael Newnham.

PSO invites everyone to “lose yourself in a Highland Romance” on Saturday, November 16th as the Symphony celebrates St. Andrew’s day with Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, and shares Scotland’s love affair with the violin. The love affair continues with Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances No. 1. and PSO Concertmaster Tak Kwan shines in Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

The PSO brings together four of the region’s finest performing groups to celebrate the winter season with Home for the Holidays.  On December 7th, the PSO makes it’s first performance debut at George St. United Church in a real community celebration.  Last season’s collaborators, Peterborough Pop Ensemble and Kawartha Youth Orchestra will join them onstage again, with a debut guest appearance by the Peterborough Children’s Chorus.

From Rutter’s 12 Days of Christmas to the classic Skater’s Waltz and other favourites, this show is a great opportunity to get into the spirit of the season with family and friends. And don’t forget to warm up your voice for the carol sing finale!

CBC’s Julie Nesrallah brings the passion of Carmen to the stage along with your favourite moments in A Night at the Opera! In our commitment to feature emerging talent, the PSO also welcomes Peterborough native and soprano, Melody Thomas onstage for this February 8th concert.

This year will see a wish come true for the Peterborough Symphony as they complete their Beethoven cycle in a triumphant culmination of symphonic joy!   Beethoven’s Ninth is considered by many to be the finest piece of music ever composed.  This concert features the region’s premiere choral singers and four of Canada’s finest soloists.

Arlene Gray, the “Beethoven Chorus” choral director encourages singers in the region to contact the PSO to audition for this great opportunity to share the stage and sing with a real, live orchestra.  An organist in Lindsay and the director of three stellar choral groups: The Kawartha Lakes Singers, The Jubilaires, and The Bonachords, Arlene is known in the choral community: “I know choir members from the Peterborough Singers and the Kawartha Lakes who will be a part of this great project.  Vocalists in this region may not get this rare opportunity to sing the Ninth again!”  Contact the PSO at (705) 742-1992 orinfo@thepso.org.

Lastly, but arriving the soonest on Friday, September 20th is the much-awaited launch of the symphony’s new website at www.thepso.org.  Kris Sieber of Creative Free Agent was carefully selected to design the PSO’s online home with flair and cutting edge web tools.  Kris shares: “I’m excited by what this new online presence will allow for the orchestra and for visitors.  It will be a rich experience with more interactivity and content that will bring them back for more.  A rich experience for classical music lovers in our region.”



Annual General Meeting

September 24th, 2013 at 6pm, Trinity United Church (360 Reid St.)


Sultans of String

October 5, 2013 at 8:00pm, Showplace (290 George St. North)

GUEST ARTISTS: The Sultans of String

Tickets: $39.50/36.50/28.50 for Adults | $15 for Students & Rush Seats | $15 for Tweet Seats (#psolive) | $5 for eyeGO


Highland Romance

November 16, 2013 at 8pm, Showplace (290 George St. North)

GUEST ARTIST: Tak Kwan, Violin

Tickets: $39.50/36.50/28.50 for Adults | $15 for Students & Rush Seats | $15 for Tweet Seats (#psolive) | $5 for eyeGO


Home for the Holidays

December 7, 2013 at 8pm

VENUE: George St. United Church (general seating, reserved seating

area for subscribers)

GUEST ARTISTS: Peterborough Pop Ensemble, Kawartha Youth Orchestra and the Peterborough Children’s Chorus

SPECIAL TICKET PRICES: Adults $30/Youth $15


A Night at the Opera

February 8, 2014 at 8pm, Showplace (290 George St. North)

GUEST ARTISTS: Julie Nesrallah, mezzosoprano; Melody Thomas, soprano

Tickets: $39.50/36.50/28.50 for Adults | $15 for Students & Rush Seats | $15 for Tweet Seats (#psolive) | $5 for eyeGO


Beethoven’s Ninth

April 26, 2014 at 8pm, Showplace (290 George St. North)

CONDUCTOR: Michael Newnham


GUEST ARTISTS: Leslie Fagan, soprano; Marion Newman, mezzo-soprano;

Adam Bishop, tenor; Giles Tomkins, bass-baritone; The Beethoven Chorus

Tickets: $39.50/36.50/28.50 for Adults | $15 for Students & Rush Seats | $15 for Tweet Seats (#psolive) | $5 for eyeGO


The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra Music Director Michael Newnham celebrates his 13th season with the orchestra.  Maestro Newnham begins each concert evening at 7:10pm with fascinating and engaging pre-concert chat, which can include guest appearances and multi media presentations.


The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra is celebrating 46 years as a cultural cornerstone of our community, and has developed a reputation as being one of the best community orchestras in Canada.

Learn more at www.thepso.org or by calling (705)742-1992.


The Peterborough Symphony is generously supported by:


Glen Colbourne Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation

City of Peterborough

Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation

The Pilkington-Henniger Charitable Trust

The Dawe Family Foundation

The Barns Donation Fund

The Peterborough Foundation

RBC Emerging Artists Program

Glen Colbourne Fund/Toronto Community Foundation

The Ontario Arts Council

The Peterborough Examiner

The New Classical 103.1

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