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Northern Voyage gala concert set for February 4

27 Dec 2016, Posted by Sarah Lazure in News

On Saturday, February 4 the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra will present Northern Voyage, a wonderful 50th anniversary gala concert celebrated through a partnership with The Canadian Canoe Museum, sponsored by Terry Windrem.

James Raffan, who this summer joined PSO Music Director & Conductor Michael Newnham in a 36-foot voyageur canoe on the water below the Peterborough Lift Lock to announce the PSO’s 50th anniversary season and the PSO/Canadian Canoe Museum partnership, will host Northern Voyage at Showplace. James is an adventurer, acclaimed author and the Director of External Relations of The Canadian Canoe Museum. He will bring along insight from his travels to the North on the PSO’s musical trek around the Arctic Circle. Through the music of Borodin, Grieg, Svendsen and Sibelius, audience members will visit Russia, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

The American stop on the journey will be added through a highly anticipated performance by celebrated American violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn. She will play the Sibelius Violin Concerto on her famous 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius. The mysterious history of this violin inspired the Academy Award-winning film The Red Violin by Canadian filmmaker Francois Girard. Elizabeth was only 16 years old when her grandfather purchased the violin at a 1990 Christie’s auction in London and gifted it to her. Elizabeth remained silent about the violin until her solo career began to flourish after nearly three decades of rigorous training.

Canada will be represented at Northern Voyage by the world premiere of Canadian composer Christine Donkin’s new music, Canoe Legends. This beautiful work was commissioned by the PSO and The Canadian Canoe Museum in honour of their partnership and the PSO’s 50th anniversary milestone, with funding from the Ontario Arts Council, and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. The performance will feature local Indigenous vocal ensemble Unity.

For more details about Christine Donkin and the Unity singers’ participation in Northern Voyage, please see the post “Christine Donkin’s Canoe Legends will debut…”.

Northern Voyage tickets are available now, but are selling quickly at the Showplace box office. If you have family or friends who would like tickets, please let them know to purchase soon. All seats are $50 each. The concert will begin at 7:30pm, but will be preceded by a Meet the Maestro chat with Michael Newnham in the theatre at 6:40pm.