2021-22 Concert Season

Announcing our 2021-22 Season Programming

We are delighted to announce the return of the orchestra in a stunning four-concert season taking place entirely at the Confederation Centre of the Arts Mainstage Theatre! Under the direction of Maestro Mark Shapiro, this year marks our 54th season, chock-full of thrilling masterworks and world-class guest performers. Take a look at what we've got in store, then read on for some important information below. 


October 17th: Reunion
We open with a reunion in more ways than one. PEISO’s sumptuous strings reconvene for a bounty of vibrant sound including a neo-Baroque dance suite by Respighi, the elegant classicism of Mendelssohn, a sizzling Piazzolla tango in tribute to the composer’s 100th birthday, and a powerhouse rediscovery by black English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. For this concert we’re thrilled to reunite with PEISO’s former Music Director, Dr. Jamie Mark, who solos with us in the luminous Clarinet Concerto of Aaron Copland.
November 21st: A New World
In November, the stellar PEISO Principal Trombonist Dale Sorensen joins us for the rollicking, seldom played Trombone Concerto by beloved Italian film composer Nino Rota. We’ve framed it appealingly with two blockbuster works by Dvorák, each celebrating the reemergence of the PEISO as a full symphony orchestra, nearly two years since our last full-scale concert.


March 6th: Rising Stars
In March we welcome rising star conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser for a rousing program including favourites by Beethoven, Gounod, Mendelssohn, and JUNO Award-winner Dinuk Wijeratne. Third time’s the charm for Suzanne Brenton Award-winner Justin Amador, an indispensable member of the PEISO’s horn section who — at last — gets his long delayed, richly deserved moment in the spotlight. Additionally, we have the pleasure of presenting the Canadian premiere of Jonathan Bingham's Diamond.
April 24th: Ode to Earth
Our season concludes with an impassioned concert celebrating Earth Day, featuring scintillating music by Indigenous composer Andrew Balfour, Milhaud’s jazzy La création du monde, and Beethoven’s timeless, inspirational Symphony no. 9 - Ode to Joy with full choir and four world-class soloists: Tracy Cantin, soprano, Hannah O'Donnell, mezzo soprano, Marcel d’Entremont, tenor, and Nathan Keoughan, baritone.
As you can see this lineup of music and guests is not to be missed, but we realize you may have some questions...
Important Info for all Concert Goers
How Do I Purchase a Season Subscription?
This is going to look a little different this year and each year going forward. From now on, the Confederation Centre Box Office will be handling the sale of season subscriptions.
Three ways to subscribe include:
  • calling the Confederation Centre Box Office over the phone at (902) 566-1267 and paying with a credit card;
  • visiting the Box Office in person during their usual hours;
  • or by mailing your subscription form to the Confederation Centre at 145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 1J1.
PLEASE NOTE: All cheques for subscriptions only should be made payable to The Confederation Centre.
Should you wish to make a donation to PEISO, please make cheques for donations only payable to the PEI Symphony, or visit our Canada Helps page to donate online. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations.
How Much Are Tickets?
All four concerts above take place at the Confederation Centre, where they use a tiered pricing system based on which section you're seated in.
  • Tier 1: $55
  • Tier 2: $45
  • Tier 3: $35
  • Students/kids pay only $15 in any section
Season Subscriptions however are only $130 ($40 for students/kids) no matter where you sit! Clearly this is the best price if you're intending to catch 3 or 4 concerts.
When Can I Get Tickets?
Tickets and subscriptions are being released in 3 stages:
1. Those renewing their subscriptions from our 2019 and 2020 seasons may do so now. This will allow those with previously chosen seats a two-week period to claim those same seats. 
2. On Friday, September 3rd, season subscriptions will become available to all those interested. 
3. Finally, in mid-September, single tickets to each show will become available.
Why Should I Become a Subscriber?
The benefits of subscribing are many! Aside from the lowest price on all four concerts, you also get advance seat selection for our Confederation Centre concerts, exclusive invitations to members-only chamber events, and special discounts to select shows from our friends at Indian River Festival and Confederation Centre of the Arts. Best of all you'll become part of the PEISO community, a relationship that will develop and flourish for years to come!
What Happens if a Concert is Cancelled?
In today's world, we understand there is always a chance a concert could be cancelled as changes are made by our Chief Public Health Office. In the event a concert is cancelled and can't be rescheduled, we'll simply refund that concert's portion of your subscription, so there is no financial risk to the ticket holder. 
Thank you again for sticking with us through this past year. Now, as we return to normal operations, we look forward to seeing each of your smiling faces again. Your orchestra has returned... Welcome back.
"I couldn’t be more excited about the programming we have in store for 2021-22. This spectacular season offers four captivating programs, each guaranteed to delight the ear, fuel the imagination, and lift the heart. Talk about a comeback - I can’t wait!"
 - Mark Shapiro, Music Director