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The Adventure Continues in 2017/18!

Welcome to the PSO’s 51st Season!

Last year the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra marked its 50th anniversary as an organization with an exciting season celebrating our journey. This season, the PSO continues this journey, expanding our skills and artistic vision, while deepening the connections to our community established back in 1967. The PSO is now a cultural cornerstone in Peterborough, with a reputation as one of the finest community-based orchestras in Canada.

In this 51st concert season, we challenge ourselves to go above and beyond the benchmark set last year. The PSO is stepping into the future, bringing to Peterborough orchestral pieces that have never been performed here before, guest artists from a new generation of acclaimed Canadian talent, and artistic programming uniquely connected to the local community.

In 2017/18 the adventure continues with the PSO. Please join me and our fabulous musicians as we present an outstanding season, sure to take us all to new heights.

-Michael Newnham, PSO Music Director & Conductor

Michael Newnham
Step into the Light Poster

Step into the Light

, 7:00pm

Venue: Showplace Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: Jonathan Crow (Violin)

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Explore the contrast between the works of German composer friends Mendelssohn and Schumann. Beloved Canadian violinist and Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, Jonathan Crow, plays Mendelssohn’s light but innovative Violin Concerto, the perfect foil for his contemporary’s stately Symphony no. 4

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Hollywood for the Holidays Poster

Hollywood for the Holidays

, , 7:00pm

Venue: Showplace Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: Kawartha Youth Orchestra, Choral Scholars of All Saints' Anglican Church

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It’s a Hollywood kind of holiday with the PSO and Kawartha Youth Orchestra! Start your season with the fun and familiar music of Christmas film favourites It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone and The Polar Express, plus other seasonal treasures and a carol sing finale.

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Paris Bustle and Blues Poster

Paris Bustle & Blues

, 7:00pm

Venue: Showplace Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: Anastasia Rizikov (Piano)

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Let the rhythms of Ravel and Gershwin carry you away to the jazzy streets of 1920’s Paris. French composer Ravel’s imaginative works influenced Gershwin’s own kaleidoscopes of sound at a time when the boundaries of art and music were being pushed. The orchestra performs Ravel’s Ma mère l’oye and Bolero, Gershwin’s American in Paris, and inspired young Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov plays Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

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Requiem Poster

Requiem

, 7:00pm

Venue: Emmanuel United Church East Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: Kawartha Youth Orchestra, Choral Scholars of All Saints' Anglican ChurchPeterborough Singers, Alexander Dobson (Bariton), Leslie Fagan (Soprano)

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End winter on a thrilling and dramatic note as the PSO collaborates with the full 100-plus voices of the Peterborough Singers, baritone Alexander Dobson and soprano Leslie Fagan to present Brahms’ moving German Requiem. You’ll also enjoy Haydn’s theatrical “La passione” symphony.

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Titan Poster

Titan

, 7:00pm

Venue: Emmanuel United Church East Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: Peter Wowk (Violin)

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For the first time in Peterborough, the PSO presents Mahler’s epic Symphony no. 1. This monumental season finale piece is complemented by Glick’s Suite hébraïque and Williams’ Three Pieces from Schindler’s List, featuring award-winning Kawartha Youth Orchestra alumnus Peter Wowk.

Mahler’s Symphony no. 1


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