Dear PEISO Community,
As usual, we have been closely monitoring the situation here in PEI with regard to COVID-19 and the Omicron wave. While daily new cases are decreasing in number, there are still between 150-200 new cases each day in our province. We think of those who are being treated in hospital with COVID-19, and we grieve with the families of those who have passed due to the disease.
In the interest of maintaining the safety of our audience, musicians, staff, and volunteers, we have reached the difficult decision to delay our March 6th concert with Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser to a later date. While it may be considered possible for us to have this concert under the currently planned level of restrictions, we feel it is not responsible for us to put anyone's health at unnecessary risk.
We were so looking forward to this engagement with Daniel, and of course to finally hear Justin Amador as soloist after his performance was delayed previously. All parties have agreed this concert deserves to be rescheduled for a time in the future and we will be working hard to determine when that is possible.
More information will be coming soon for those who already had tickets to this concert. We thank you all for your patience and understanding in this frustrating time.
Thankfully, recent updates from our Chief Public Health Office reveal that the final concert of our season which takes place on April 24th will likely go off without a hitch. The concert, entitled Ode to Earth, is a tribute to Earth Day and our efforts to care for our planet. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is the major work, featuring vocalists Hannah O’Donnell, Tracy Cantin, Nathan Keoughan, and Marcel d’Entremont, with a full choir led by Margot Rejskind. Music by Indigenous composer Andrew Balfour will be performed, as well as La création du monde by Darius Milhaud.
We've missed you all very deeply this winter, and we look forward to reuniting this spring. Please take care of one another and don't hesitate to reach out to us if there's anything we can do to help.
The PEISO Staff and Board