PEI Symphony Orchestra Announces 2023–2024 Season Programming

PEI Symphony Orchestra Announces 2023–2024 Season Programming


CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — July 27, 2023 — The PEI Symphony Orchestra (PEISO) proudly unveils its much-anticipated 2023–24 programming, setting the stage for a new chapter as we embark on a nationwide search for a new Music Director. The PEISO is enthusiastic about engaging community in this decisive phase, inviting our valued subscribers to actively participate in this audition process. Join us as we celebrate new beginnings with four extraordinary guest conductors.

On October 15, 2023, the concert season sets off with guest conductor Jaelem Bhate. Prepare to be captivated by a rich tapestry of sound, featuring Katerina Gimon’s evocative Roots Beneath, Roydon Tse’s Remembrance, and Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. The concert’s second half accentuates this vibrant palette with Coleridge-Taylor’s passionate Ballade for Orchestra and concludes with the fiery pulse of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Experience a musical journey that promises to be as transformative as our season itself.

In our second concert on November 19, 2023, guest conductor Kira Omelchenko takes the reins, steering us through a diverse program that spans cultures and eras. Featured is Bizet’s Farandole from L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2, Liu Tieshan’s and Mao Yuan’s Dance of the Yao People, Debussy’s Tarantelle Styrienne & Sarabande, Kevin Lau’s Sea of Blossoms, Shostakovich’s Waltz No. 2, and Satchmo! — A Tribute to Louis Armstrong! Our expedition continues post-intermission with Copland’s “Hoedown” Rodeo Ballet, Alla Pavlova’s Thumbelina Ballet Suite (mvt 5), Piazzolla’s Libertango (arr. James Kazik), and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34. Join us for this exciting voyage!

Mark your calendar for February 25, 2024, as guest conductor Juliane Gallant commands the podium for an enchanting afternoon. The concert commences with the soothing serenity of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale.” Post-intermission, we move to the modern with Emily Doolittle’s Green/Blue for Orchestra and conclude with the playful charm of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite. A divine synergy of old and new awaits.

And on April 7, 2024, guest conductor Daniel Black guides the orchestra through a sweeping season finale. We embark with Dinuk Wijeratne’s evocative Yatra, Jocelyn Morlock’s poignant My name is Amanda Todd, Joseph Bologne’s charming Symphony in D Major, and Brahms’ jubilant Academic Festival Overture. The concert’s second half presents Dvorak’s Evergreen Symphony No. 8, a resounding conclusion to the 2023–24 season.

All concerts are held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm, in the Sobey Family Theatre at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, with whom we recently renewed our partnership agreement for another two years.

Season subscriptions for the PEISO 2023-24 season are now available for purchase, with single ticket sales beginning in late summer. For more details, please visit the Confederation Centre Box Office or call 1-902-566-1267 / 1-800-565-0278. Additional information can be found on our website at


The Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra (PEISO) is one of PEI’s most respected performing arts organizations, providing Islanders with vibrant live orchestral experiences including classical, cross-genres, family and chamber-music concerts. Currently entering its 56th season, the PEISO is a proud member of the community and enriches the region through dynamic performances, comprehensive educational activities and impactful community relationships.




Ryan Drew or Laura Ono
PEI Symphony Orchestra
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