September 23, 2022 | 3:25 p.m.
PRINCE GEORGE – The Prince George Symphony Orchestra has announced a full concert season in 2022-23, with tickets and subscriptions available now. They will encourage masks in the public, as they have found that a large majority of customers feel safer with them on, but otherwise intend to return to business as usual. The orchestra will present three series of subscriptions, as well as a handful of special events throughout the year.
The Mainstage series, five concerts with the full orchestra at Vanier Hall, includes a surprisingly long list of distinguished guest artists. Jane Coop, one of Canada’s most accomplished living pianists, kicks off the season in September. Other guests include founding PGSO Music Director Imant Raminsh, newly hired Vancouver Symphony Principal Cellist Henry Shapard, local singer-songwriters Kym Gouchie, Amy Blanding and Rachelle van Zanten, and two up-and-coming opera singers. – Emma Johnson and Jason Cook. “I’m very pleased with the season we’re delivering,” said PGSO Music Director Michael Hall, “I think it’s a really good mix of great classics and some fun new material, and it allows us to present both big-name national talent with some of the truly wonderful musicians who live in northern British Columbia.
Over the summer, the PGSO hired three new permanent members, Lydia Hug (concertmaster), Katherine Peter (Principal Second Violin) and Calvin Yang (Principal Viola) all joining the professional core of the orchestra. This newly expanded group will be featured in three Chamber Socials, concerts in a relaxed and intimate environment with food and drink at the table. This year’s series again features a mix of familiar classics and exciting new dishes, with composers ranging from Mozart to American minimalist composer Steve Reich.
Three Family Concerts (formerly Kinderconcerts) will be presented at the UNBC Canfor Theatre, featuring guests such as Kelsey Jewesson and CBC host Betsy Trumpener. These concerts are aimed at children ages 5 to 11, but welcome patrons of all ages. “We’re really investing in this series,” says PGSO General Manager Ken Hall, “with a sizable chamber orchestra, multimedia presentation, and great music.” The three concerts are themed around Halloween, Christmas and Earth Day.