Welcome to the 2024/25 season!

20 10 24


Jared Miller Surge and Swell

Erik Satie orch. Debussy Gymnopédies 1 & 3

Helena Munktell Bränningar

Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

A celebration of a new chapter beginning, and the building blocks of the foundation for years to come. From one coast to another, Jared Miller and Helena Munktell offer reflections on water and how oceans can be bridges between communities. Erik Satie’s ‘Gymnopédies’ provide an invitation and reminder to immerse oneself in the sanctuary that is live music, while Rachmaninoff’s ‘Symphonic Dances’ reminds you that the real stars of the PEISO are the musicians seated on stage.

24 11 24


Leonard Bernstein Overture to Candide

Clémence de Grandval Oboe concerto in D minor | Ari Cohen Mann, oboe

Florence Price Symphony No. 1 in E minor

The course of history can often be changed by one good influencer, but influencers have been around long before social media. The concert opens with Bernstein’s ‘Overture to Candide’; a composer who was not in the business of hiding themselves from the world and wrote music to prove it. Ari Cohen Mann, who has harnessed social media as a platform for reflection, education, and discussion, performs the rarely heard Grandval oboe concerto, followed by the enormous and ground-breaking first symphony by Florence Price—the first work by a female-identifying person of colour performed by a major American orchestra. And what marvelous work it is…

02 03 25


Gabriel Fauré Pavane

Kati Agócs Horn concerto | James Sommerville, horn

Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 in A minor

The romantic period of classical music is defined by many things in textbooks and

schools. One of its core traits is that it was music written to amplify and exaggerate

human emotions. It was over the top in the best of ways. Ex-Romantico is a program of music written in that same vein, but outside of the defined period of romanticism.

Fauré’s impressionist ‘Pavane’ pulls at the heartstrings, while Mendelssohn’s third

symphony is a fiery and intense journey from start to finish. James Sommerville, former principal horn of the Boston Symphony, joins the PEISO for the island premiere of the boundless Kati Agócs’ horn concerto, co-commissioned by the PEISO.

06 04 25


Caroline Shaw The Observatory

Mason Bates Mothership

Modest Mussorgsky orch. Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition

The 2024/25 season comes to a close with an adventurous and thunderous finale! ‘Encounters’ is music that speaks to engagement across cultures, communities, and geography. Caroline Shaw opens the program with ‘The Observatory’, written while she stood at the base of the Griffith observatory in Los Angeles contemplating the stars above and the city below. The lauded work ‘Mothership’ by Mason Bates imagines the orchestra as a spaceship flying through galaxies, encountering different musical planets represented by four non-orchestral soloists improvising with the orchestra. To close the year, the famed ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ depicts a patron at an art exhibition, taking in paintings and scenes from across the world. It is an affirmation of art’s power to transport us, and is amongst the most loved, famed, and important works in music.

Subscribe to the 2024/25 Season

Dear Friends of the PEI Symphony Orchestra,

Our 2024-25 season programming has just been announced and it’s shaping up to be one of our biggest years yet! Join us at the Confederation Centre of the Arts as we present four stunning orchestral concerts featuring our new PEISO Music Director, Jaelem Bhate.

2023/24 Subscribers Get First Access to our 2024/25 Season!

If there is ever a time to become a PEISO season subscriber, this is it! Take advantage of our early-bird subscription special for all four concerts; choose any seat (including balcony) for $179 (includes HST + $6 fee).  This offer is available until August 17th, after which subscriptions will be available on a tiered basis ranging from $179 to $255 (includes HST + $6 fee). Your subscription will save you up to 60% on single ticket prices! Clearly this is the best seats at the best price.

Subscribers also get the best deals offered throughout the year! Need extra tickets? No problem – with a season subscription, you get up to 15% discounts on extra tickets all season long. Applicable discounts on extra tickets are automatically applied when purchasing online or through the Box Office after your initial subscription purchase. Other perks include subscriber-only discounts at local businesses, restaurants, and more. Best of all, you’ll be part of the PEISO musical community, a relationship that will develop and flourish for years to come!

Love My Seats, Gotta Have ‘em – How to Renew

If you were a subscriber in 2023-24, we’ve saved your seats! Renew your subscription by June 15, 2024 to secure your seats from our last subscription season. After this date, un-renewed subscription seats will be released to the general public.

All PEISO subscription and ticket sales are now handled by the Confederation Centre. There are two ways to purchase a subscription (note: online subscription purchases are not available at this time):

  1. Visit the Confederation Centre Box Office in person during business hours, or call (902) 566-1267 / 1-800-565-0278.
  2. Fill out an Order Form and we will contact you to complete your subscription over the phone.

NEW! Be sure to sign up for the Automatic Subscription Renewal Service!  This will automatically renew your subscription with the same seats year after year!

New Subscribers – reserve via phone or fill out the online form anytime.  We’ll be in touch to confirm your seats on June 17th.

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