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PRINCE GEORGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2024-25 SEASON

May 6, 2024

At their final concert of the spring, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra announced their upcoming season.

As usual, five mainstage concerts at Vanier Hall will feature the full orchestra with special guests.  The series begins in October with a special performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s tone poem Scheherazade.  The symphony is teaming up with Two Rivers Art Gallery and their curator, Ehsan Mohammadi, to create a unique concert experience.  Each movement of the piece will be preceded by a new short film.

For the second mainstage performance the orchestra will welcome local choirs, Cantata Singers and Confluence Vocal Ensemble to celebrate the Christmas season.

PGSO Music Director Michael Hall’s popular Discovery series returns in February, this time spotlighting Johannes Brahms’ pastoral second symphony.  The discovery format involves a multimedia presentation by the maestro followed by a full performance of the symphony with surtitles.  The format is designed to engage listeners by helping them follow the structure and development of the piece.

“I love doing these discovery concerts for the community,” said maestro Hall. “It’s so rewarding to hear from audience members that they’ve gained a new appreciation for a piece they’ve known for years. Or that it has helped take away some of the nerves of attending the symphony for the first time.”

The final two concerts feature soloists.  In March, the orchestra welcomes celebrated Australian pianist David Fung to perform the Grieg piano concerto in a program centered on lush Romantic music.  Then they will end their season by welcoming back Vancouver-based harp soloist Joy Yeh in a program of French and Spanish dances.

The orchestra will also continue their two other subscription series with three concerts each. Chamber Socials feature members of the orchestra playing chamber music in the intimate setting of Knox Performance Centre by candlelight.  The Family series includes chamber groups and chamber orchestra in hosted concerts featuring stories and music aimed at children ages 5-11 and take place at the Prince George Playhouse.

“Every year I try to create a really varied program for our mainstage season,” said the maestro.  “It’s so satisfying for both the audience and the orchestra when we can find that great balance of great perennial favourites, exciting new repertoire, and fun.”

Two special presentations will round out the season, starting with Pops in the Park on September 8. This free annual concert has launched the symphony’s season for decades.

The symphony also announced a special collaboration with Judy Russell Presents in the fall.  More information about Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd will be available in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the PGSO’s 2024-25 season are on sale now through the PGSO box office at 2880 15th Avenue, or online at PGSO.com

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