Peterborough Symphony Orchestra brings back popular ‘Meet the Maestro’ pre-concert talks for 2022-23 season

Maestro Michael Newnham conducts the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra during the ‘Christmas Fantasia’ concert in December 2019 before the pandemic. The popular “Meet the Maestro” pre-concert talks return for 2022-23, the orchestra’s first full season since the pandemic began. (Photo: Huw Morgan)

The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra is bringing back its popular ‘Meet the Maestro’ pre-concert lectures for 2022-23, the orchestra’s first full season since the pandemic began.

At 6:45 p.m. on concert nights, concertgoers are invited to join Music Director Michael Newnham as he takes to the Showplace stage for an intimate conversation about the evening’s program.

“These pre-concert talks are a chance for me to connect with our audience and talk about the music they’re about to hear us play,” says Newnham, adding that the talks are “something that I particularly cherish”.

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“These talks always give me a lot of energy for the gig itself, says Newnham.

Whether or not you’re new to the world of classical music, the short, entertaining conversations will give you a better appreciation for the music you’re about to hear.

“All music has a story behind it, and I like to share the things I’ve learned about the tracks we’re about to play, even – or especially – when the stories themselves are a bit irreverent,” explains Newnham.

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The 2022-23 season of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra.

All concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Showplace Performance Center in downtown Peterborough, with each evening’s program running for approximately two hours with an intermission. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early for the pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.

For ‘Welcome Back’, the opening concert of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-2023 season on Saturday 5 November, Maestro Newnham will present a program which includes a piece of music familiar to all – the iconic Beethoven Symphony No. 5with the four most famous opening notes in history – as well as that of Canadian composer Kevin Lau Between earth and eternitya contemporary composition featuring a less familiar instrument, the Chinese erhu, with soloist Snow Bai.

Here are the other concerts of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 season:

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“A Holiday Welcome” (Saturday December 10, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.)

A holiday tradition returns with a delightful program of seasonal music for the whole family, featuring classic and popular pieces featuring one of Canada’s most celebrated baritones, James West.

“An intimate welcome” (Saturday February 4, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.)

An intimate evening of music “just for us”. Listen to the winds of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra perform music of freshness, brilliance and vigor by Strauss and Gounod, while the orchestra’s principal string players provide you with Dvorak’s evergreen quintet, Opus 77.

“Welcome Spring” (Saturday April 1, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.)

The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra performs Sibelius Symphony No. 2, a magnificent, ample and joyful symphonic journey towards the light of the return of spring. Virtuoso pianist Alexander Panizza joins the orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s passionate and moving work Piano Concerto No. 1“where the heart meets the sleeve.”

“Welcome to the Dance” (Saturday May 27, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.)

A fiery evening of music moving at the pace of social change with guest Sarah Lewis, Peterborough’s first Poet Laureate. The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra performs Stravinsky Firebird SuiteFlorence Price Dances in the Canebrakesand Bernstein Symphonic dances from “West Side Story”.

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Single tickets for each performance are $33, $48, or $55 depending on where you sit, except for the Annual Holiday Concert, where all tickets are $45. Student tickets for all concerts, including the holiday concert, are $12 (available online only). Season passes are also still available, with prices ranging from $105 to $235 depending on seating and only $10 per concert for student passes.

To purchase single tickets anytime, go to (student tickets are only available online). You can also purchase single tickets in person at the Showplace Box Office at 290 George Street North, by calling 705-742-7469, or by emailing [email protected] The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday and for 90 minutes before each concert. For seasonal subscriptions, email [email protected]

New this season is the orchestra’s ‘rush ticket’ option, where tickets are available the day of the concert for just $20 (online only, subject to availability).

kawarthaNOW is proud to be a media sponsor of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra’s 2022/23 season.


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