PEI Symphony Orchestra presents Canada 150* November 19, 2017 2:30 pmTickets: $40In celebration of their 50th anniversary season, the PEI Symphony Orchestra presents "Cantata For Canada 150" - a new symphonic work for chorus and orchestra, comprised of poetry by 4 Island youths and music by 4 Atlantic composers.

The PEI Symphony will be joined by both the Confederation Youth and Adult Choirs as well as Hey Cuzzins drum group and mezzo soprano Hannah O'Donnell to perform this highly significant cultural piece. The concert will conclude with a stirring rendition of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

The orchestra has received a grant from the Government of Canada to help underwrite a special concert event designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. The concert event will take place November 19th, 2017 at 2:30pm in the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The Department of Canadian Heritage grant funding has enabled the PEI Symphony Orchestra to commission a new symphonic work scored for chorus and orchestra titled "Cantata for Canada 150." The world premiere of the forty-minute Cantata will be performed under the direction of PEISO Music Director and Conductor, Mark Shapiro. The combined Confederation Adult and Youth Choirs under the direction of Donald Fraser, as well as the ‘Hey Cuzzins' Mi'kmaq Drum Group of Lennox Island First Nation will join Maestro Shapiro and the PEISO in presenting the new work. The concert will conclude with a stirring performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ever-popular "1812 Overture".

What makes the Cantata for Canada 150 unique is that the choral lines (libretto) of the cantata have been written by four island youths who were the winners of an island-wide poetry contest. The four winning poems were judged based on their lyrical artistic merit, thematic relevance, and potential to individually contribute to the cantata's unified whole.

Each of four composers who reside in the Atlantic region have written one movement of the four-movement work. They include Richard Covey, Leo Marchildon, Andrew Staniland and Kevin Morse. Each individual composer has worked with one of the student poets who was in turn mentored by a professional poet. Collectively the composer, the student and the professional poet are work collaboratively as a creative team. As one of these movements calls for a mezzo soprano vocalist, Islander Hannah O'Donnell has been chosen to perform with the orchestra as a soloist.

*This performance does not qualify for discounts offered by Confederation Centre of the Art