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P.E.I. Symphony launches 51st season at Zion Presbyterian Church

Denise Djokic is the soloist at P.E.I. Sunday’s opening concert of the P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra’s 51st season at Zion Presbyterian Church in Charlottetown.
Denise Djokic is the soloist at P.E.I. Sunday’s opening concert of the P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra’s 51st season at Zion Presbyterian Church in Charlottetown. - Contributed

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Riding the momentum of a memorable 50th anniversary season, the opening concert of the P.E.I. Symphony’s 51st season, “Exquisite Fires”, will feature the glowing warm tone of cello soloist Denise Djokic. The concert takes place in the sanctuary of Charlottetown’s Zion Presbyterian Church (135 Prince St., Charlottetown) on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Music director Mark Shapiro will lead the orchestra in Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor featuring Djokic. A native of Halifax, Djokic captivates audiences with her natural musical instinct and remarkable combination of strength and sensitivity.

Acclaim for her powerful interpretations, bold command of her instrument and insightful playing has earned her world-wide recognition. She burst onto the international music scene when millions of television viewers watched her performance of Bach at the 2002 Grammy Awards following the lauded release of her self-titled debut recording on Sony Classical. Coming from a very musical family, her mother, father and brother, Marc, have all performed with the P.E.I. Symphony during their careers.

The program will also include French-Canadian composer Linda Bouchard’s “Exquisite Fires”. The work is inspired by Bouchard’s read of Medieval love myths. According to her, this work challenges musicians to “play with artistic colours in a dramatic way.”

Also on the program is Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 59, commonly referred to as the “Fire” symphony. It’s name being given because of the spirited and fiery nature of the work.

A free pre-concert talk featuring Shapiro and Djokic will take place in Zion’s Youth Chapel, prior to the concert at 1:30 p.m. At that time, Shapiro and Djokic will chat with the audience and provide personal insight into the music that will be performed.


Need to know:

PEISO season subscriptions are still available for the 2018-19 season.

They can be purchased directly from the P.E.I. Symphony.

Cost is $120, adults, or $40, students.

A limited number of free youth tickets are available through the John Clement Memorial Fund.

Call the PEISO office at 902-892-4333 or email admin@peisymphony.com to obtain season subscriptions or information on the availability of the free youth tickets.

Individual tickets to this concert are $40 for adults or $15 for students. They can be purchased, in advance, at the Confederation Centre Box Office, or at the door.

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