Concerts

2019/20: Hear the Vision!

Welcome to the PSO’s 53rd Season.

For the 2019/20 Season, the PSO takes up where we left off with exciting and inspiring music of many countries and cultures spanning over centuries of creativity.

Our orchestra has grown exponentially over the past couple of years in its artistic depth, which allows us to bring even more great music to you than ever before.

The season kicks off on November 2 with the return of two great friends of the PSO: violinist Jonathan Crow and narrator Tom Allen. Through Schumann’s great Symphony no. 3 “Rhenish”, Brahms’ Violin Concerto and works by Clara Schumann and Violet Archer, we explore the meaning of friendship and love, as well as celebrate the emergence of women composers over the last century.

Another returning friend to the PSO will be pianist David Jalbert, bringing his artistry to Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto in a Russian-themed program in February, also featuring Tchaikovsky’s great Fifth Symphony, a perennial favourite.

I was very fortunate to hear brilliant young pianist Elijah Orlenko last spring, when he won the Marta Hidy Piano Competition in Toronto, and I am very happy that he will join us in Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 24 in May. This will be paired with Bruckner’s majestic Symphony no. 4 “Romantic”, one of my very favourite composers, whose music I have long wished to introduce to Peterborough audiences.

Luba Goy, one of Canada’s most-loved comic actresses, is coming to be our host for “Jazz Goes to the Symphony” in April, featuring Bernstein’s “West Side Story”, Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” and Duke Ellington’s “The River”.

Finally, we are thrilled to welcome for the first time to the PSO the Toronto Children’s Chorus and baritone Bradley Christensen for our December concert. This evening will certainly have something for everybody, including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and the traditional singalong.

I can’t say which concert excites me more. I can’t wait!

Michael Newnham

Music Director & Conductor

P.S. You can download the 2019-20 Season brochure here.

Between Us

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Venue: Showplace Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: Tom Allen, Host, Jonathan Crow, Violin

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Peterborough Symphony Orchestra Conductor & Music Director Michael Newnham is pleased to announce that Between Us, the first concert of the 2029-20 Season, will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Showplace Performance Centre, Peterborough.

Conducted by Michael Newnham, Between Us welcomes CBC Music’s Shift host Tom Allen who will take us on a journey that explores the complex relationship between composers Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The orchestra performs Robert’s rich Symphony No. 3 in E major, Op. 97 “Rhenish”,  Clara’s Prelude and Fugue No. 3, Op. 16, and Violet Archer’s Fanfare and passacaglia. Canadian violinist and Peterborough favourite Jonathan Crow performs Brahms’ epic Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77.

Meet the Maestro Pre-Concert Talk @ 6:40pm

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Christmas Fantasia

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Venue: Showplace Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: Toronto Children’s Chorus, Bradley Christensen, Baritone

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The Toronto Children’s Chorus and baritone Bradley Christensen join the PSO on stage for Vaughan Williams’ beloved ode to the holiday season, Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Other festive favourites, such as Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, the suite from the motion picture Elf and a cappella selections by the Chorus will have you toe-tapping and singing along in the spirit of the season.

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Winter Passion

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Venue: Showplace Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: David Jalbert, Piano

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Experience the depth, excitement and cinematic sweep of Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. The former’s fate-filled Symphony No. 5 and the latter’s imaginative Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by David Jalbert, will bring passion and wonder to your weary winter. Selections from Burge’s Four Seasons of the Canadian Flag acknowledge the season and look to spring!

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Jazz Goes the Symphony

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Venue: Showplace Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: Luba Goy, Narrator

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Come along with the PSO as we break out into the jazzy theatre music of Bernstein’s West Side Story, Ellington’s The River and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Comic superstar Luba Goy brings her style and wit to the evening.

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The Sound of Beyond

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Venue: Showplace Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: Elijah Orlenko, Piano

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The visionary concert season closes with Bruckner’s profound Symphony No. 4 “Romantic”, paired with Mozart’s great Piano Concerto No.4. The orchestra is joined by brilliant 14-year old pianist Elijah Orlenko, winner of the 2019 Marta Hidy Prize.

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