2018/19: Playing for Passion!

Welcome to the PSO’s 52nd Season! 

This year, you’ll see and hear a bigger, bolder season from the PSO. We are continuing to build on the high quality concert seasons we have presented since our 50th anniversary year and are taking an extra leap forward into 2018/19.

Our passion is finding new and better ways to connect with you. In 2018/19, we are presenting robust concerts rich with emotion and stories, featuring world-class Canadian guest artists such as Michael Kim and Stéphane Tétreault on stage with the fine musicians of the PSO. The music will include Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Vaughan Williams’ Symphony no. 3 “Pastoral”, and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. All five PSO Main Series Concerts will take place at Showplace Performance Centre – We heard you and worked diligently with our home venue to ensure the most comfortable concert experience possible.

In 2018/19, we’re playing for passion at the PSO. Please join me and your musicians as we present a powerful new season that will take us all to new heights.

-Michael Newnham, PSO Music Director & Conductor

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Bright and colourful Russian Spires upside down against a starry sky



Venue: Showplace Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: Michael Kim (Piano)

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The PSO dives into an emotional season with the expansive musical storylines of two Russian composers. Canadian pianist Michael Kim performs Rachmaninov’s bold and inspirational signature work, Piano Concerto no. 2. Rimsky-Korsakov’s vibrant, exciting and lyrical orchestral showpiece, Scheherazade, closes the program.


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Simple plant and instrument illustrations in an ornament shape in front of a green holiday wreath

Home for the Holidays


Venue: Showplace Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: Kawartha Youth Orchestra

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Get the whole family into the spirit with this light-hearted holiday concert featuring seasonal favourites, a carol sing and the Kawartha Youth Orchestra.

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Beautiful European landscape scene with fields and mountains

Classical Roots


Venue: Showplace Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: Stéphane Tétreault (Cello)

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Arthur Kaptainis says, “It is the purity of his musicianship that makes him such a mesmerizing performer.” Come see and hear deeply expressive Canadian cellist Stéphane Tétreault perform Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, paired with Brahms’ invigorating Symphony no. 2.

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Illustrated poster in a vintage WW2 style of a man walking his dog on the downs with the English flag soaring in the sky

Oh, to be in England!


Venue: Showplace Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist: Melody Thomas (Soprano) , PSO Concertmaster Phoebe Tsang (Violin)

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“Oh, to be in England now that April’s there!” Experience the traditions of Elizabethan court through Britten’s “Gloriana” Suite. Then walk the land back to early 20th century England guided by the heartrending sounds of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending featuring PSO Concertmaster, Phoebe Tsang, and his Symphony no. 3 “Pastoral” featuring soprano Melody Thomas.

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Witches’ Sabbath

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Venue: Showplace Conductor: Michael Newnham Guest Artist:

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In this larger than life season finale concert, the orchestra wows the senses with the psychedelic dreamscapes of Berlioz’s passionate and imaginative Symphonie fantastique, and Haydn’s explosive “Military” Symphony no. 100.

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