PEI Symphony Presents Dvorák 8 and more* March 4, 2018 2:30 pm Tickets: $40The PEI Symphony Orchestra's 50th Anniversary Season continues with Antonín Dvorák's Symphony No.8 and Violet Archer's Sinfonietta. The concert will be led by guest conductor Dinuk Wijeratne and this year's Suzanne Brenton Award winner, violinist Sannu Lawt, will perform Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto.

Location: Zion Presbyterian Church

On the heels of a successful 2017, the PEI Symphony returns with this 3rd concert of their 50th Anniversary Season. The orchestra will be joined this March by two distinguished guests: a brilliantly talented violinist, and an acclaimed guest conductor.

A Sri Lankan-born, Canada-based composer-performer, Dinuk Wijeratne has been described by the Toronto Star as ‘an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future', and by the New York Times as ‘exuberantly creative'. Equally at home in collaborations with symphony orchestras, string quartets, tabla players and DJs, Dinuk's recent highlights include JUNO and ECMA wins for his string quartet pieces Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems, and his appointment as Composer-in-Residence of Symphony Nova Scotia.

In his second guest appearance with the PEI Symphony, Maestro Wijeratne will lead the orchestra through Dvorák's Symphony No. 8 and Canadian composer Violet Archer's Sinfonietta.

The concert will also feature a performance of Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto by this year's Suzanne Brenton Award winner, Sannu Lawt. Lawt performs regularly with the PEISO but makes her debut as a soloist through recently winning the award at the Kiwanis Music Festival, which recognizes exceptional talent at the provincial level.

The concert takes place at Zion Presbyterian Church at 2:30pm on March 4. Advance tickets are on sale now and will also be available at the door before the show. As usual, there will also be a free pre-concert talk at 1:30pm in Zion's Youth Chapel, where Wijeratne and Lawt will provide their personal insights into the music to be performed. 

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