We’ve got a bumper crop of new seasons to announce this week!
The Prince George Symphony has announced details of its 2015-16 season, its 45th. Incorporating a music director search, the busy orchestra’s events include Pops in the Park in mid-September, December Nutcracker performance, a Mother’s Day event, and a six-concert main series (with highlighted repertoire including Alan Hovhaness’s Magic Mountain Symphony, Ravel’s Bolero, Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto, and music by BC composers, including PGSO founding conductor Imant Raminsh).
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2015-16, and the orchestra (led by Music Director Roberto Minczuk) has included new venues, new series, and a rich array of programs in its season announcement. Classical highlights include performances of Mahler’s Symphonies No. 7 and 8, guest artists such as violinists James Ehnes, Augustin Hadelich, and Karen Gomyo, and mandolin soloist Avi Avital. The season includes three festivals: from October 30 to November 14, the orchestra presents A Festival of Fairytales and Legends (ranging from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas to Philip Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher, with visuals provided by the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), to Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust; February 18 to 27, the orchestra explores the symphonies and concerti of Brahms; and from May 26-28, the CPO presents Bach@Knox, a three-event celebration of J.S. Bach, culminating in two performances of his Mass in b minor. As to venues: some of the CPO’s special concerts as well as the Symphony Sundays for Kids Series will return to the CPO’s former home, the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium; as well, the CPO will be using the new Bella Concert Hall at Mount Royal Conservatory for its Education concert series in 2015-16. The two new series include From the Podium, a five-event classical music appreciation series hosted by CPO Director of Artistic Planning, Heather Slater, with patrons sitting on-stage at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Also new: a series entitled Calgary Phil Presents, featuring a carefully selection of classical ensembles (ranging from the Canadian Brass to The Wild West New Music Ensemble and Sarah Slean) performing without the orchestra. And there’s more…
The Oakville Symphony (led by music director Roberto de Clara) launched its 2015-16 season in April, a four-concert classically-focused main series with such guest artists as pianist Sheng Cai, and repertoire ranging from Mozart to Mahler (and a pair of works by by Montreal composer Maxime Goulet). The orchestra also offers a family Christmas special in December, and a concert designed to introduce younger family members to the instruments of the orchestra.
The McGill Chamber Orchestra, led by music director Boris Brott, has announced its 2015-16 season, an eclectic mix of chamber orchestra repertoire, performed in such venues as Salle Bourgie, Christ Church Cathedral, Salle Pierre-Mercure, Pollack Hall, and the Maison Symphonique, and with such distinguished partners as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Montreal Bach Festival, Montréal en Lumière, Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, the Montreal International Music Competition, and the Canadian International Organ Competition. Featured soloists include violinists Jonathan Crow, Lindsay Deutsch, and Andrew Wan; clarinetist and composer Airat Ichmouratov and his ensemble Kleztory; pianist Jayson Gillham; and organist David Baskeyfield. Canadian composers represented on the orchestra’s season include Claude Champagne, Alexander Brott, John Weinzweig, Maxime Goulet, and MCO resident composer Haralabos (Harry) Stafylakis.
Symphony New Brunswick launched its 2015-16 season last week – and made a welcome announcement about its collective bargaining negotiations, as well. The season (which features performances in three different New Brunswick communities: Saint John, Fredericton, and Moncton) includes a collaboration with the Atlantic Ballet Theatre, violinist Giora Schmidt, a Christmas concert with PEI’s Lennie Gallant, and a solo appearance by New Brunswick soprano Michèle Losier. The orchestra’s Virtuoso Series (featuring SNB’s professional chamber groups) will expand into Sussex, and a recording is also in the works. In addition, President and Board Chair Reid Parker announced that an agreement had been reached between the CFM and SNB and ratified by the musicians for a new 3 year contract that sets the orchestra up for continued artistic advancement, flexibility of programming and improved financial remuneration for the musicians.