Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony (the Eroica) and featured guest artist, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin!

Announcing the first concert of our 50th anniversary season: Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony (the Eroica) and featured guest artist, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin! The concert takes place at Charlottetown’s Zion Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 15th at 2:30pm.

Music Director Mark Shapiro will lead the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, a large-scale symphony in four movements. It is one of the composers most celebrated, and marks the beginning of his creative middle-period. Composed mainly between 1803–1804, the work is grounded in the classical symphonic and has been considered an important landmark in the transition between the Classical period and the Romantic era.

Each year, the PEI Symphony features a guest artist from outside the classical genre, to perform together in a unique mashup of the two styles. This year’s guest is the award-winning, international group, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin. A bilingual folk/fusion trio from PEI, the performers present original music inspired by their Atlantic Canadian histories and roots, and infused with pop and world rhythms. They’ll perform selections of their own music backed by the entire orchestra, with new arrangements by Natalie Williams Calhoun.

A free pre-concert talk featuring Maestro Shapiro and members of Ten Strings And A Goat Skin will beheld in Zion Presbyterian Church’s Youth Chapel just before the concert at 1:30pm. The guest artists and Shapiro will share their insights into the music to be performed.

Individual tickets to this concert are $40 for adults or $15 for students and can be purchased at the Confederation Center Box Office or are available at the door. According to PEISO president, Bruce Craig, “We’ve been getting lots of calls for advance tickets for this performance and I’ll wager this concert will be a sell-out so concert goers would be well advised to order tickets well in advance.”