Pembroke Symphony Orchestra’s 2018/2019 concert lineup starts Nov. 3 at Festival Hall

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Pembroke Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has released its upcoming concert line-up.

Four concerts will showcase beautiful music, talented soloists and local musicians. Each concert has been carefully curated to offer some of the best classical music in the Ottawa Valley.

As well as inviting musicians and singers to play with them, the PSO has been building ongoing partnerships with other talented artists in the community. This has allowed them to create a series to satisfy a variety of tastes.

“Having soloists is fun. We get to play with different artists that we don’t usually get to play with,” said Laura Vokey, PSO’s Coordinator of Education Outreach.

Notably, legendary pianist Fréderic Lacroix will play at the Nov. 3 concert. Vokey encourages piano students or fans to attend that particular concert for inspiration, as he will be playing Concerto No. 2 by Rachmaninoff, which is one of his most famous piano concerto.

Even those who aren’t traditionally interested in classical music are sure to be wowed by his show, said Vokey.

The Canadian Military Wives Choirs Petawawa will also lend their voices to the Christmas concert on Dec. 15.

The March 2, 2019 concert is all about celebrating women in honour of International Women’s Day and esteemed soloist Christina Petrowska Quilico will be on stage.

Vokey is most excited for the season finale concert on April 27, which will see Ivan Barney and Elena Semenets help perform Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals as CBC’s own Doug Hempstead narrates.

Many people are not aware that the area abounds with musical talent.

“The fact that we as a small community can sustain a full symphony orchestra is pretty impressive,” said Vokey.

“We want people to get to appreciate what we have right here,” she added.

For many PSO musicians, music is life.

Though they are not professional artists, they are extremely dedicated to their craft, spending years honing their talents. Many have also given of their time to help educate children about the wonders of music, going into local schools to give impromptu mini-concerts. This not only helps foster a love of music, but also raise awareness about the PSO.

“The hope is to reach more people, people of all ages,” said Vokey, adding children 12 and under can get in to concerts for free.

Special pricing has been created to promote the concert series. If you buy tickets for all four performances - in person at the box office only - you receive two complimentary tickets to any of the PSO orchestra concerts of your choice.

The series of concerts are being held at Festival Hall in Pembroke. For more details on the concerts please visit