PSO Launches Season with Autumn Enchantment

21 Oct 2014, Posted by admin in Concert Announcement, News

For immediate release: October 21, 2014

For interviews contact: Tori Owen, General Manager: 705-742-1992

For PHOTOS visit: “Zuzanna Chomicka-Newnham, Cellist” https://www.dropbox.com/s/82wqf84ydukehjx/Zuzianna_AE_1.jpg?dl=0

Cellist, Zuzanna Chomicka-Newnham Photo: Wayne Eardley Brookside Studio

Cellist, Zuzanna Chomicka-Newnham Photo: Wayne Eardley Brookside Studio

Peterborough, ON – On Saturday, November 8th be swept off your feet by the romance of Schumann and Saint-Saëns’ exquisite cello concerto performed by the symphony’s own enchanting cellist, Zuzanna Chomicka-Newnham in Autumn Enchantment.

Camille Saint-Saἓns’ (1835-1921) Cello concerto No. 1 was written in 1872 when the composer was 37. Because it was performed at the prestigious leading concert society, it meant that Saint-Saἓns had “arrived”. Tovey wrote that “here, for once, is a ‘cello concerto in which the solo instrument displays every register without the slightest difficulty in penetrating the orchestra.” The concerto is considered by ‘cellists and composers alike to be a great piece.

The uplifting tone of Robert Schumann’s (1810-1856) Symphony No. 2 was written 1844, the same year he began to experience some symptoms of a terrible illness: dizziness, weakness, and pain in the limbs, rheumatism, disturbance of vision, insomnia, and hearing problems. So the uplifting tone of the symphony is remarkable, let alone that it was drafted in two weeks in the face of Schumann’s health problems. All four movements, except for the first part of the slow third section are in C major – considered by some as a Beethovenian triumph over fate and pessimism.

Canadian composer, Christine Donkin studied composition at the University of Alberta and UBC. She writes choral, chamber, and orchestral works which are performed across the continent and beyond. “Beyond” includes such prestigious locations as Carnegie Hall, the Moscow Conservatory and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai! The PSO brings her seasonally appropriate Three Autumn Scenes to the stage, setting the tone for the program with this evocative work that includes such movement titles as ‘Leaves in wind’, ‘Migration’ and ‘First Snowall’.

Zuzanna Chomicka-Newnham was born in Poland, and received her Master’s Degree from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in 1991. Among her teachers were Daniel Shafran, Milos Sadlo and Arnold Rezler. While still a student, she became a member of the Polish Radio Orchestra, with which she toured Europe several times and made numerous recordings. She also performed extensively with the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Polish Chamber Orchestra in Gdansk.

In 1997, she was invited to teach at Taegu-Hyosung University in South Korea. During her tenure there, she performed as a chamber musician and soloist in various settings and music festivals Ms. Chomicka-Newnham has been Principal Cellist of the Peterborough Symphony since 2002. She performs with the Ontario Philharmonic and various other professional orchestras throughout Ontario.

Teaching and educating cellists has been one of Zuzanna’s passions for many years. She coaches the cello section of the Kawartha Youth Orchestra and runs a successful private teaching studio in Peterborough under the auspices of “Accademia Musica”. Zuzanna is the proud mother of two lovely girls, Gabriella and Alina. She is married to PSO Music Director Michael Newnham, and enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and tasting Michael’s expertly brewed Italian coffee.

Subscriptions are still available at the Peterborough Symphony office by calling (705) 742-1992 or visiting week days from 10:30-12:30 or by appointment. Single tickets are currently on sale at Showplace Box office by calling them at (705) 742-SHOW (7469) or online at Showplace.org.


Annual General Meeting: 

MONDAY,  November 3rd, 2014 at 7pm, Trinity United Church (360 Reid St.)

Autumn Enchantment

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

GUEST ARTIST: Zuzanna Chomicka-Newnham

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 14th 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. -30- The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra is celebrating over 47 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
Glen Colbourne Fund/Toronto Community Foundation
The Ontario Arts Council
The Peterborough Examiner
The New Classical 103.1