PGSO unveils stellar lineup for 2018/19 season

The Prince George Symphony Orchestra has announced the lineup for its new season For People Like YOU – a season jam-packed with a mixture of classical, pops, jazz, children’s concerts and the bi-annual production of  Messiah featuring the Prince George Cantata Singers. 

“I am very excited about the season we have planned for you, with acclaimed soloists, thrilling repertoire, and a world premiere performance.  With such a variety of offerings, from intimate chamber music, jazz, and pops concerts to fun-filled concerts for kids, we surely have something for you,” said music director Michael Hall.

Guest soloists for the six main stage concerts include pianist Andre Staupe on October 20, an award winning tenor trio, Tenore on November 24, violinist Jasper Wood on February 9, and flautist Roderick Seed on April 13.  On March 9, with the support of the Fraser Fort George Regional District, the PGSO will present the world premiere of the St. Roch Suite, composed by Vancouverite Thomas Beckman.  This piece was written in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the launching of the RCMP schooner that travelled the waters of the North West Passage. At the final concert of the year on May 11, the PGSO once again welcome the winner of the Prince George Youth Concerto Competition to the stage.

More casually, three concerts at the Ramada Plaza Hotel on Friday nights will delight with a combination of classical, pops and jazz music performed by our six professional core musicians.

For kids three to eight years of age, the Kinderconcerts return, featuring the percussion, strings and woodwinds, and brass sections of the orchestra.  These concerts are nothing but fun for the young and the young-at-heart.

Additionally, the PGSO is offering two special concerts: The Great Canadian Songbook on Monday, November 12, featuring Ken Lavigne, Tiller’s Folly, and Diyet singing  music of Leonard Cohen, Stan Rogers, Joni Mitchell,  Stomp’in Tom Connors, Bare Naked Ladies and Blue Rodeo. 

On May 26, in partnership with the Prince George Italian Club, the PGSO welcomes back O Sole Trio after a very successful performance in Prince George last fall. The trio of Erin Shields, Guiseppe Spoletini, and David Shenton will delight with their unique and innovative arrangements that have garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics around the world.

Two major fundraiser events are also scheduled: The Robbie Burns Dinner returns again on January 26 and the Mayor’s Black and White Ball for the Arts, a collaboration with the Community Arts Council and Theatre NorthWest returns on May 4, 2019.

For more information about individual concerts and events, go to www.pgso.com

Individual concert tickets go on sale September 4th and subscriptions are available NOW at Central Interior Tickets: 596-0020, or 3540 Opie Cres., or www.centralinteriortickets.com.