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.

Dancing to the Light


Venue: Online Event Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: Concertmaster Phoebe Tsang (violin), Sona Kaltagian (violin), Elizabeth Morris (viola), Zuzanna Chomicka-Newnham (cello,) and Filip Stasiak (bass)

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A musical journey of optimism and renewal from the innovative Baroque era grandeur of Bach; through the expressive and passionate period of Schumann and the Romantics; to the peppy, syncopated style of Joplin’s Ragtime.
And Radiohead, anyone?

Featuring the PSO’s Five Professional String Principal Players:

Concertmaster Phoebe Tsang (violin)
Sona Kaltagian (violin)
Elizabeth Morris (viola)
Zuzanna Chomicka-Newnham (cello)
and Filip Stasiak (bass)

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