Symphony New Brunswick Announces Concert Postponements

SYMPHONY NEW BRUNSWICK INC.

PRESS RELEASE

March 18, 2020

Symphony New Brunswick Announces Concert Postponements

In response to the provincial closure of our theatres and venues and due to the growing threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, Symphony New Brunswick is announcing postponement of its three Bravo Series concerts scheduled for March 21-22, 2020 in Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John.  Virtuosos Series concerts of the Saint John String Quartet scheduled for April 2nd in Fredericton; April 4th in Moncton and April 5th in Saint John are also being postponed.

The Symphony’s priority is to protect our musicians and patrons in this period of uncertainty.

At present, the Symphony plans to reschedule all postponed concerts to later in the year and will honour tickets purchased for these events. Season ticket holders, patrons and sponsors will be contacted over the next two weeks with further information.  

In view of the evolving nature of the pandemic, the Symphony will re-evaluate the situation in April. Based on the recommendations from the province, we will decide whether or not the remainder of the season can proceed as planned or if further changes will be necessary. We will be keeping in touch with our patrons in unique and interesting ways via our website, and social media channels.

Symphony New Brunswick will be closing the office temporarily to the public and will revisit this decision weekly. Our staff will be working remotely and available through e-mail and social media.


If you would like to make a donation of any amount to Symphony New Brunswick during this unprecedent time, please do so here.

For more information, please contact:

Symphony New Brunswick Inc.

Brunswick Square, Level 3

39 King Street

Saint John, N.B.

E2L 4W3

symphony@nbnet.nb.ca

Phone:                506-634-8379                 

Facebook:          www.facebook.com/symphonynb

Twitter:                             @SymphonyNB              

First taste of the SNB Composition Competition

News Release February 26, 2020

Family Show, Diversity and Inclusion, demonstrates some of the many ways that music connects us.

The Audience at the Family show will be able to hear the first two winners of Symphony New Brunswick’s Emerging Artist Composition Competition.

There has been some fantastic response to the composition competition and “emerging” Compositions will be heard in several of the upcoming shows in this season and in the next. “The young composers have written short pieces for a small orchestra and this makes it possible to insert the compositions into our regular concerts” says General Manager Jennifer Grant “We hope that this helps emerging composers along their paths to a broader National audience.”

The first compositions are by Sasha Leger with a piece titled “Glacial Waltz” and Anthony Gath with a piece called “Blue”. Each composer has written for a Chamber sized group. “The size as well as the content fits into the theme of the Family Show perfectly. We are thrilled to be able to start including and encouraging local NB composition talent in our concerts.”

Imperial brings in the holiday spirit with annual Christmas concert

Review by Jennifer Musgrave

Imperial brought another winning performance in collaboration with Symphony NB on December 18, 21st, and 22nd with songs classic and contemporary for the holidays. Symphony performed their Christmas concert with conductor Kevin Mallon who brought some much needed warmth to the chilly night air. The Christmas spirit was felt and heard all around as Symphony began with the classic “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson. It’s nice to hear a familiar tune during the Holidays and symphony delivered but with extra pomp as many instruments emulated the sounds of a sleigh ride to recreate the experience. The brass notes stuttered playfully like the whinny of the horse ending the audience’s imaginary ride on the winter night.
The spirit of playfulness was in the air with Mallon on stage creating a relatable atmosphere that was inviting and familial. Mallon grew up and pursued his music education in Belfast, Northern Ireland and brought a personal touch to the night with his anecdotes or thoughts on each upcoming piece. With some of the contemporary pieces Mallon took care to make sure the audience would listen and pay attention to the ways in which the music truly imitated the sounds of winter. Even if you are not one for the Holidays, hearing these pieces really captured the feel of the winter months and the gloomy weather that stirs one into reflection. The two pieces “Snow Drift” by John Burge and “Finlandia” by J. Sibelius felt in tune with the truths of winter. The harsh blowing winds, the sounds of ice droplets melting, and the flurries overlaying one another could be heard throughout the crescendos of these pieces.
The evening featured several songs with soprano soloist Sally Dibblee; a renowned singer throughout North American opera houses and known for her concert performances with Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and Symphony New Brunswick just to name a few. As a former faculty member with Mount Allison University she is in demand for voice instruction and lectures. The proof lay in the performance, as Dibblee’s voice rang effortlessly throughout the Imperial theatre acoustics. The resonance of her voice was the crown jewel of the night and blended with Symphony’s winter inspired repertoire in pieces such as Handel’s “I know my redeemer liveth from Messiah” and Strauss Jr.’s “Czardas from Der Fledermaus.”
It wouldn’t be a Christmas concert without excerpts from the Nutcracker suite now would it? This performance however decided to bring a unique flare to the tradition with surprise collaborations with young student dancers from local schools. This particular performance featured dancers from Saint John schools while the others featured Fredericton and Moncton schools. Dressed in flower dresses four young girls brought a simple yet graceful routine to the majestic “Waltz of the Flower” piece. Others brought a moody and expressive flare to the “Russian Dance” as well as a well synchronized routine with the “Chinese Dance” that was both contemporary and honouring of the original spirit of the piece. Overall the night contained enough variety to satisfy all your winter cravings whether gloomy or festive.

Imperial Theatre presents voices from the past – a review by Jennifer Musgrave

Jeremy Dutcher and Symphony musical collaboration connects cultures and people
On Saturday November 16th Indigenous musician and composer Jeremy Dutcher performed with Symphony at the Imperial Theatre in a collaborative production that brought First Nations music to maritime audiences. Presented in Halifax, Fredericton, Moncton and finally Saint John, the show sold out for all four performances and it wasn’t long before you could see why.
Being a Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) member of the Tobique First Nation in North-West New Brunswick, Dutcher has endeavored to keep the music of his people alive through musical synthesis of the old and the new. Dutcher is known for this unique layering of Wolastoqiyik songs and his voice, but the experience in person amongst the backdrop of the regal Imperial architecture was truly haunting and soulful.
As Dutcher explained that evening, fewer than one hundred people speak the Wolastoqiyik language fluently anymore. In the early 1900s their songs were captured in wax cylinders by an anthropologist, William Mechling, and stored in archives out of reach from the very people whose culture had produced them. Over 100 years later Jeremy Dutcher, with encouragement from his elder, went on to explore these recordings after completing his training in Western classical music. He has now brought these digitalized recordings into a public sphere with his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (released in April of this year) where those voices sing alongside his powerful voice.
After the success of his album, Dutcher has now collaborated with guest conductor Lucas Waldin to produce a show featuring entirely indigenous music. The performance featured collaborative pieces that utilized Dutcher’s astounding vocal and piano accompaniment, Waldin’s graceful overlay of Symphony instrumentals, and the very recordings Dutcher’s ancestors made long ago. Dutcher spoke of the significance of this as languages often bring with them the perceptions and worldviews of the people that speak them. This endangered language brought an entire world to the audience’s awareness through the transmuting emotions of the music they experienced.
Perhaps this was Dutcher’s secret as the music brought everyone together in that audience. One song performed was called “the great river” and Dutcher explained the significance and beauty of the Wolastoq River in New Brunswick (St. John River) that joins with the ocean to create a significant and powerful swirling energy center. All the audience could understand this song without translation; we all know that river and the energy you feel going over it. The song likewise brought on a great swell of emotion; needless to say tears flowed freely that night.
Along with Lucas Waldin’s wonderful conducting, the harmonization of the orchestra with Dutcher’s songs were transformative; a true collaboration of harmonies and minds. Andrew Miller, Symphony NB’s Principal Bass, noted how this concert affected him as someone who has lived in this area as well: “It meant a lot to me to be doing music about this river that I’ve lived along for 25 years. I know Jeremy’s music has a lot to do with language, but of course he also communicates on a level that goes deeper than any words.”
The show was a balanced mix of performances from symphony NB featuring significant aboriginal artists such as Cries Dirksen, Cathy Elliott, and Buffy Sainte Marie. Dutcher’s performance of “Until it’s time for you to go” by Sainte Marie was inspired and emphatically cherished by the young singer. Dutcher’s sincerity brought a lighthearted and healing energy that was very authentically his own. His playful nature connected with the audience and brought with it an optimism that was hard to resist.
For Dutcher returning to Saint John was particularly significant as many of the songs performed that night were about this area of land by the Wolastoq River. The name Wolastoqiyik actually can mean “people of the river” or “People at the river.” With the current push to re-establish the name of the Saint John River to the Wolastoq River, perhaps this singer’s feelings will resonate in people’s minds when considering that proposal. Dutcher’s efforts to connect all the audience to his truly spiritual and loving feelings about this land were certainly successful as he ended the show by commenting fondly that “if lonely in the spring you may look up the river and you’ll see me coming.”

SNB leaks Christmas Concert sing along songs

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King!
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’ angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem.”
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King!

Christ, by highest heaven adored:
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the favoured one.
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see;
Hail, th’incarnate Deity:
Pleased, as man, with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King!

Hail! the heaven-born
Prince of peace!
Hail! the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die:
Born to raise the son of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King !”

1. O come all ye faithful, joyful and tri – umphant,
            o come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem.
    Come on and behold him, born the King of Angels.
 Oh come, let us adore him, oh come, let us adore him  o come, let us adore him,      Christ the Lord.
 
2. See, how the shepherds, summoned to his cradle,
     leaving their flocks draw near with lovely fear.
    We will go thither, bend your joyful footsteps. 
 Oh come, let us adore him, oh come, let us adore him,o come, let us adore him,      Christ the Lord.
 
3. Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
      sing, all ye citizens of heaven above.
      Glory to Go – d, glory in the highest. 
Oh come, let us adore him, oh come, let us adore him,
o come, let us adore him,      Christ the Lord.

The first Noel the angels did say
Was to certain poor shepards in fields as they lay:
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

And by the light of that same star
Three Wise men came from country far
To seek for a King was their intent
And to follow the star wherever it went
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

This star drew nigh to the northwest
O’er Bethlehem it took its rest
And there it did both stop and stay
Right o’er the place where Jesus lay
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then entered in those Wise men three
Fell reverently upon their knee
And offered there in His presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the kind of Israel!

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made heaven and earth of nought
And with his blood mankind has bought
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Symphony New Brunswick Announces Management Appointment

SYMPHONY NEW BRUNSWICK INC.

PRESS RELEASE
December 12, 2019

Symphony New Brunswick Announces Management Appointment

Symphony New Brunswick Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Gillian Gresh as Director, Donor Relations.

A driving force in Philanthropy and Events, Gillian brings over nine-years-experience to Symphony NB. She has a background in philanthropy, partnership development, event and project management, and strategic planning. She has worked with several organizations including Civilized Worldwide Ltd., the Canadian Red Cross, the IWK Foundation and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick.

Her ability to positively impact bottom lines, and execute strategy will serve us well as she undertakes the management of all aspects of private-sector fund-raising for both Symphony New Brunswick Inc. and Symphony New Brunswick Foundation Inc. She will be working with existing patrons and establishing relationships with new supporters for both organizations, ensuring professionalism and sensitivity.

Symphony New Brunswick Inc. operates the Province’s only full-scale, full-season professional symphony orchestra as well as Camerata New Brunswick, a 20-member professional chamber orchestra. The Company also hosts the Saint John String Quartet, Ventus Machina of Moncton and Résonance, a chamber music group in Saint John.

For more information about the Symphony and its activities, please contact:

Symphony New Brunswick Inc.
Brunswick Square, Level 3
39 King Street
Saint John, N.B.
E2L 4W3
symphony@nbnet.nb.ca

Phone: 506-634-8379
Facebook: www.facebook.com/symphonynb
Twitter: @SymphonyNB
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SNB AGM NOV 2, 1 PM in Dieppe

SYMPHONY NEW BRUNSWICK
– NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL
MEETING 2019
Notice is hereby given that the
2019 Annual General Meeting of
Symphony New Brunswick Inc. will
be held on Saturday, November 2
2019, in the amphitheatre at CCNB – Campus de Dieppe
505, rue du Collège at 1:00 pm. Items on the agenda will include the
following: President’s Report; General Manager’s
Report; Artistic advisory committee Report; Auditors’ Report,
including reception of the Audited Financial
Statements; Election and re-election of Directors;
and Appointment of Auditors for 2019-2020.
SYMPHONIE NOUVEAU BRUNSWICK – AVIS
D’ASSEMBLÉE GÉNÉRALE ANNUELLE 2019
Veuillez noter que Symphonie Nouveau-Brunswick
Inc. tiendra son assemblée générale annuelle 2019,
le Samedi, le 2 Novembre à 13 :00
CCNB – Campus de Dieppe 505, rue du Collège,
Amphitheatre. L’ordre du jour comprend les points suivants :
Rapport du président: Rapport du directeur général;
Rapport du comité musical; Rapport du vérificateur,
y inclus la réception des états financiers vérifiés;
élection et réélection des administrateurs; et désignation
du prochain vérificateur pour l’année 2019-2020.

Symphony New Brunswick to host competition for young New Brunswick composers

New Brunswick- Symphony New Brunswick is preparing for what will be a very exciting season. The search for the next SNB principal conductor and music director will bring eight different guest conductors to New Brunswick, and with them will be a line up of renown Canadian artists including cellist Denise Djokic, singer and composer Jeremy Dutcher, and violinist Martin Beaver. Some of the featured conductors include Janna Sailor, Kevin Mallon, Nadège Foofat, Mélanie Léonard, Geneviève Leclerc, and Martin MacDonald.

The 2019-2020 season will also continue to feature the talent of young Canadian Emerging Artists. Last season, winner of the 2017 National Music Festival Naomi Ford was a featured soloist with the orchestra. This season, contralto singer Heather Flemming will be featured Emerging Artist in this April’s concert entitled Spring Fling.

In addition to the Emerging Artists Series, Symphony New Brunswick will be initiating a competition for young New Brunswick composers this year and for upcoming seasons. There will be up to five winners chosen whose pieces will be featured in the upcoming seasons and performed by Symphony New Brunswick. This new initiative intends to be carried out into the orchestra’s future in order to continuously give young composers the opportunity to create new compositions for SNB every season.

Young composers from New Brunswick universities with active music departments including St. Thomas University, Université de Moncton, and Mount Allison are encouraged to apply. Composers are to submit short works for small orchestra, which will be assessed first by the resident professor and then by an outside adjudicator. Young composers from New Brunswick who are currently studying at a university outside of the province or abroad are also encouraged in entering. In this case, works can be submitted directly to the symphony.

For questions concerning the composition competition, please contact the Symphony New Brunswick office at: symphony@nbnet.nb.ca or 506 634 8379

We hope that many young New Brunswick musicians will take advantage of this fine opportunity.

Symphony New Brunswick Announces Board Appointment

SYMPHONY NEW BRUNSWICK INC.
PRESS RELEASE, Français suite

August 27, 2019

Symphony New Brunswick Announces Board Appointment

Symphony New Brunswick Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Edmund Dawe of Alma, New Brunswick to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Dawe received undergraduate degrees in music and music education from Memorial University, a Masters degree in piano performance from the University of Western Ontario, and a Doctorate in piano performance from the University of British Columbia.

He was Head of the Music Department at Mount Allison University from 1997 to 2003, and Dean of Music at the University of Manitoba from 2007 to 2018. In both positions, Dr. Dawe played a prominent role in securing funding for new facilities and equipment. During his tenure at the University of Manitoba, the Faculty of Music was the recipient of one of the largest gifts in Canadian history to a music program– $20 million from Marcel A. Desautels and his Foundation.

At the University of Manitoba, he raised the profile of the music faculty, introduced new programs, expanded enrolment, increased community collaborations and oversaw the construction of the most modern post-secondary music facilities in Canada. He also served as a member of the President’s Advisory Committee of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Dawe retired from the University of Manitoba in 2018, and was appointed Dean Emeritus.

Dr. Dawe is an accomplished pianist with several recordings and two ECMA nominations to his credit. His knowledge of the business and operations of symphony orchestras is extensive and will be of immense value to Symphony New Brunswick as the orchestra continues to grow.

Symphony New Brunswick Inc. operates the Province’s only full-scale, full-season professional symphony orchestra as well as Camerata New Brunswick, a 20-member professional chamber orchestra. The Company also hosts the Saint John String Quartet and Ventus Machina of Moncton.

For more information about the Symphony and its activities, please contact:

Symphony New Brunswick Inc.
Brunswick Square, Level 3
39 King Street
Saint John, N.B.
E2L 4W3
symphony@nbnet.nb.ca

Phone: 506-634-8379
Facebook: www.facebook.com/symphonynb
Twitter: @SymphonyNB

The Search for a new MD begins at SNB

News Release for Camerata NB “Airs and Graces”

New Brunswick- This October, Camerata New Brunswick presents a concert of classics for chamber orchestra showcasing the oeuvres of Haydn, Mozart, Respighi, and Jose Evangelista. The concert will be conducted by guest conductor Genevieve Leclair and will feature Patrick Bolduc on solo bassoon.

Haydn’s Symphony no. 45, also known as the “Farewell” Symphony, was premiered in 1772 at Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy’s palace in Eszterhaza, Hungary. At the premiere, the musicians followed indications from Haydn in the last movement to leave the stage one by one, snuffing out their candles, until only two violins remained. Theatrics of this sort were rare at the time but Haydn adhered to this technique to deliver an important message to his patron. After an extremely long summer season, Haydn and his musicians were long overdue to return home to their families. However, the Prince had requested they stay longer to perform a new symphony. Haydn composed the “Farewell” symphony with the objective to hint at the Prince that it was time to let the musicians go home. Haydn’s clever idea apparently worked. The next day, the Prince bid his musicians farewell and allowed them to return home to their families.

“The Farewell Symphony is a piece close to my heart and I never tire of conducting it” states guest conductor Genevieve Leclair. “It shows off Haydn, a composer I am extremely fond of, in all his wit, humor and in full mastery of his art.”

The only surviving bassoon concerto by Mozart will be another feature of this concert. Symphony New Brunswick will showcase their very own Patrick Bolduc, SNB’s principal bassoonist, in this virtuosic masterpiece. Even though the bassoon was not a common solo instrument during Mozart’s time, the main thematic material of this concerto was carefully designed for the instrument, showcasing its unique qualities and disguising its limits in power and range.

“It shows off the beautiful tone, the incredible agility and versatility of the instrument” says Leclair. “It’s nothing short of staple of the bassoon repertoire and I am looking forward to accompany Patrick Bolduc.”

The program will continue with the third suite of Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances. This suite, written for string orchestra, demonstrates Respighi’s profound love of late Renaissance music. “It is like looking at Renaissance music through a twentieth century kaleidoscope” remarks Leclair.

Finally, Camerata NB will perform a piece by award-winning Canadian composer of Spanish origin, José Evangelista. His style is defined by the influence of his Spanish origins, Balinese gamelan, modal music and Western avant-garde. Spanish Airs is composed of fifteen short movements for string orchestra based on Spanish folk melodies. “I challenge audience members not to dance their way home after this piece!” states Leclair.

Guest conductor Genevieve Leclair says she is excited to be in New Brunswick conducting this program of fine works. “The program as a whole is a real gem” she states. “I look forward to making music with the members of the orchestra and to sharing it with the multiple communities this orchestra belongs to. That is the most important part of what we do!”

Concert details :

October 4 in Woodstock at the Baptist Church at 7:30 pm
October 5 in Dieppe at the Centre des Arts et de la Culture at 2pm
October 5 in Shediac, St Joseph Catholic Church at 7:30 pm
October 6 in Rothesay at Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 2:30pm

Concert tickets are available at the door in each city.
Tickets also available on eventbrite.ca
Or through the Dieppe Arts and Culture Centre for Saturday afternoon (506) 854-2787

Symphony Foundation Receives Federal Government Grant

SYMPHONY NEW BRUNSWICK FOUNDATION INC.

PRESS RELEASE

June 7, 2019

Symphony Foundation Receives Federal Government Grant

Symphony New Brunswick Foundation Inc. has received a grant of $212,872 from the Government of Canada.

The contribution is a matching grant from Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Investment Fund – Endowment Incentives Component. The award is based upon private sector donations received by the Foundation during the twelve months ended last December 1st. Both the private donations and the government grant are held in a permanent endowment fund with income earned on these funds being contributed annually to Symphony New Brunswick’s operations.

“Investments in arts and culture help to build vibrant communities, allowing our economy to grow, creates good jobs for the middle class, and gives more Canadians the opportunity to experience the performing arts,” said the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism. “Matching private sector donations to endowment funds of arts organizations is a great way to ensure that these institutions diversify their revenue streams in the future. To date, the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund has provided $1.7 million in matching funds to the Foundation for the benefit of Symphony New Brunswick Inc. This is a good example of a successful partnership between government, private sector and arts organizations.”

Saint John and Rothesay are home to a thriving arts and culture scene that is helping to drive the economic resurgence of our community, and Symphony New Brunswick is one of the key organizations driving the growth of our arts and culture scene and, in turn, our local economy. That’s why I’m pleased that our federal government is continuing to invest in this incredible organization and, in doing so, the growth of our riding’s arts and culture scene and the economic growth it drives,” said Saint John–Rothesay M.P. Wayne Long.

“Our Foundation continues to receive this very important support from the Department of Canadian Heritage,” says Reid Parker who is President of both Symphony New Brunswick Inc. and Symphony New Brunswick Foundation Inc., “Notwithstanding the turbulence in financial markets over the past few months, Symphony New Brunswick Foundation continues to grow and makes a vital annual contribution to the Symphony. We send our sincere thanks to Minister Rodriguez and his staff at Canadian Heritage for this outstanding help.”

Notwithstanding the success of the Foundation, the Symphony continues to rely heavily on ticket sales, government grants and private donations to balance its books.

Symphony New Brunswick Foundation Inc. is a registered charity based in Saint John, N.B. Although the Foundation and Symphony New Brunswick Inc. are independent organizations, the Foundation’s sole purpose is support of the programs of Symphony New Brunswick Inc.

Symphony New Brunswick Inc. operates the Province’s only full-scale, full season professional symphony orchestra as well as Camerata New Brunswick, a 20 member professional chamber orchestra. The Company also hosts the Saint John String Quartet and Ventus Machina of Moncton.

For more information about the Foundation and its activities, please contact:

Symphony New Brunswick Foundation Inc.
39 King St.
Brunswick Square, Level 3
Saint John, N.B.
E2L 4W3

symphony@nbnet.nb.ca

Phone: 506-634-8379
Facebook: www.facebook.com/symphonynb
Twitter: @SymphonyNB

BEER, BEETHOVEN AND THE BLUES!

HAPPENING IN FREDERICTON

BEER, BEETHOVEN AND THE BLUES! Friday, June 14, 7-10 p.m.
AN EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED! Now in it’s 3rd year, The Fredericton Friends of Symphony NB present the Beer, Beethoven & the Blues! Join us at Picaroons Roundhouse for an evening of great beer, great friends and fantastic music! Performers include local favourites pianist Mary Ogilvie, violinists Bianca Cruz, Helen Li, (SNB apprentices) and JAZZ JONES (A terrific 5 piece combo you may have heard performing every Saturday night at Brewbakers)

This event will be live painted by 4 local artists and artists’ work will be auctioned! Local businesses have also donated several items for silent auction.

Tickets are $35 and are available at Picaroons Roundhouse, Picaroons Brewtique and online through eventbrite at https://bit.ly/2HzD6MS. One free drink and snacks with purchase. Don’t wait too long; this event sells out every year!

Symphony new Brunswick Announces Conductor Line-up for 2019-2020 Season

SYMPHONY NEW BRUNSWICK INC.

PRESS RELEASE

April 16, 2019

Symphony new Brunswick Announces Conductor Line-up for 2019-2020 Season

Symphony New Brunswick Inc. has announced the names of guest conductors for the Orchestra’s 2019-2020 season. Six of the seven guests are candidates under consideration to fill the vacant Music Director’s position.

The Symphony announced a search for a new Music Director last November and received over 50 applications. Reid Parker, president of the Symphony, said the work of picking the best candidates has been assigned to a five-member Search Committee headed by the Symphony’s Concertmaster, David Adams.

Adams said, “It’s been an interesting and challenging job so far. All of the applicants are highly educated and many have extensive conducting experience. Although six have been selected for 2019-2020, several more are equally qualified and we may want to consider one or more of them before making a final selection.” The Search Committee will eventually recommend its final pick to the Symphony’s Board of Directors.

Geneviève LeClair of Montreal will conduct three concerts of Camerata New Brunswick in October at venues yet to be confirmed. Ms. LeClair holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Boston University and has guest-conducted the National Ballet of Canada and several major symphonies in Canada and the United States, including the Winnipeg Symphony, the McGill Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean.

Later in October, the full symphony will be conducted by Calgary-based Janna Sailor in Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton. Sailor is the founder and Music Director of the Vancouver-based Allegra Chamber Orchestra, Canada’s first all-female professional orchestra. In addition to her appearance with SNB, she also has guest appearances in 2019-2020 with Symphony Nova Scotia and with the Regina, Winnipeg, Kingston and Saskatoon Symphonies.

The Symphony’s Christmas tour in December will be conducted by Kevin Mallon (Toronto). Irishman, Mallon, has conducted in Western and Eastern Europe. He is Music Director of the Toronto Aradia Ensemble, (producing 50+ CDs for Naxos) and Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra in Ottawa. He was Music Director of Orchestra Toronto (2013-2018) and interim Artistic Director of Opera Lyra, Ottawa. Mallon has conducted Symphony Nova Scotia, the Windsor Symphony, Regina Symphony, The Hamilton Philharmonic and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Nadège Foofat will conduct the full symphony in an April three-City tour. Foofat is a Canadian living in New Hampshire. Most recently, she was assistant conductor to Kent Nagano at the Hamburg State Opera. Nagano is known in Canada as the Music Director of the Montreal Symphony. Foofat recently appeared as a guest conductor with Symphony Nova Scotia and the Winnipeg Symphony and has also conducted the Toledo and Nashville Symphonies and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Camerata New Brunswick will be on stage again in early May with former Nova Scotian, Martin MacDonald directing. This will be the second opportunity for symphony fans to see MacDonald conduct. He will have directed the Symphony’s tour in April, 2019 featuring the popular “Jeans ‘n Classics” showcasing the music of ABBA.

The final three-city tour of the full symphony will be directed by Mélanie Léonard. This will also be Léonard’s second appearance with SNB. She conducted the orchestra last October in a concert with a British theme with guest cellist Shauna Rolston. This time, it will be an all-Beethoven concert in honour of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

In commenting on the number of women who have been invited, Adams said, “It has only been in recent years that women have begun to make their mark in what used to be a male-dominated profession. Several major orchestras are now led by females and we were pleased with the number and quality of the applications we received from women. However, gender will not be the determining factor in who wins the job.”

Adams also said that the Symphony will welcome comments from audience members as they see the contenders perform. “We want the process of hiring a new Music Director to be as transparent and inter-active as possible. We want everyone to be happy with the selection and all comments will be considered by the Search Committee and the Board of Directors.”

SNB General Manager Jennifer Grant said full details of the 2019-2020 season will be announced in late April. “While the dates are finalized and most of the programs have been developed, a few are not completed and some venue arrangements have to be settled. We are also looking at innovative ways to package and price the concerts to appeal to more people.”

Symphony New Brunswick Inc. operates the Province’s only full-scale, full-season professional symphony orchestra as well as Camerata New Brunswick, a 20 member professional chamber orchestra. The Company also hosts the Saint John String Quartet and Ventus Machina of Moncton.

For more information about the Symphony and its activities, please contact:

Symphony New Brunswick Inc.
Brunswick Square, Level 3
39 King Street
Saint John, N.B.
E2L 4W3

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Special Addition to Symphony New Brunswick Virtuoso Series in Fredericton and Saint John

Flights of Fancy

Symphony New Brunswick and Resonance New Music present “Flights of Fancy”, an eclectic concert of music for the unusual combination of voice, violin, string bass and marimba.

Well-known soprano Sally Dibblee will join Symphony members in a brand-new set of songs by New Brunswick’s senior and most prolific composer Michael R. Miller. Miller has set six poems written by his late wife Edith Hoisington Miller, published by Chapel Street Editions in 2016. Each song tells a small and intimate story, often invoking evocative images of nature.

Also featured will be Three Preludes by George Gershwin played by violinist Danielle Sametz, percussionist Joel Cormier and Andrew Reed Miller on bass. Written in 1926, these timeless classics have the vibrant sound of Jazz-age New York.

New Brunswick native Sally Dibblee has performed on stages across North America, most notably with the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), The Calgary Philharmonic and the Winnipeg Symphony.

Charlotte Street Arts Centre: Thursday, April 25, 7:30 PM
Saint John Arts Centre: Saturday, April 27, 7:30 PM

students/étudiants $10 Adults/adultes $26 Children Free/ enfants gratuits

Symphony new Brunswick Announces Board Appointment

Symphony New Brunswick Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Moncton native Lynne Castonguay, B.Ps., M.A.Ps., LL.B., to its Board of Directors.

As Secretary-General of the Université de Moncton, Ms. Castonguay is a member of the senior executive team of the university and coordinates the activities of its senior governing bodies, the Board of Governors and the Academic Senate, as well as their standing committees.

Lynne Castonguay has been with the University de Moncton for the past 25 years. She worked as assistant director of the International Centre of Common Law at the Faculty of Law from 1994 to 2005, and was appointed to her present position in 2006. She has been a member of the New Brunswick bar since 1994.

A highly engaged member of her community, Ms. Castonguay served as treasurer and president of the Association of French language Jurists of New Brunswick, as a member of the Forum de concertation des organismes acadiens du Nouveau-Brunswick and as a member of the Commission on legislative democracy of New Brunswick. In April of 2014, she was appointed vice-president of the International Organisation of Secretaries-General of the Universities of the Francophonie (GISGUF) for a two-year term. Since 2015, she has been a member of the Board of the Canadian University Boards Association (CUBA).

Ms Castonguay is a member of the Voce dell’Anima Choir under the direction of Soprano Monette Gould. She is a former voice student of Sister Martine LeBlanc, n.d.s.c., a former member of the Young Acadian Singers and has studied piano and clarinet.

Symphony New Brunswick Inc. operates the Province’s only full-scale, full-season professional symphony orchestra as well as Camerata New Brunswick, a 20 member professional chamber orchestra. The Company also hosts the Saint John String Quartet and Ventus Machina of Moncton.

Symphony Foundation Announces Board Appointment

PRESS RELEASE for immediate release

March 25, 2019

Symphony Foundation Announces Board Appointment

Reid Parker, president of Symphony New Brunswick Foundation Inc./La Fondation Symphonique Nouveau-Brunswick Inc., is pleased to announce the appointment of Derek G. Pannell to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Pannell is a Corporate Director and the Board Chair of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners Limited. He is Chair of Nutrien Ltd. He was previously the Chairman of Agrium Inc, African Barrick, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Noranda Inc. and Falconbridge Limited from 2001 to August 2006 and Vice President, Operations of Compania Minera Antamina from 1998 to 2001. He serves as a Commissioner on the Board of Saint John Energy. Mr. Pannell is a graduate of Imperial College in London, England and the Royal School of Mines, London, England (ARSM) and an engineer registered in Québec and Peru. He holds B.Sc. (Engineering), P. Eng, a fellowship of the Canadian Academy of Engineers and is an Honorary Professor of Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Lima, Peru.

Mr. Pannell joins the Foundation Board comprised of Mr. Parker, John Fitzgerald and Ronald Outerbridge, all of Rothesay, N.B. and Susan Dewar and Paul Leger, both of Saint Andrews, N.B.

Symphony New Brunswick Foundation Inc. is a registered charity based in Saint John, N.B. Although the Foundation and Symphony New Brunswick Inc. are independent organizations, the Foundation’s sole purpose is to support the programs of Symphony New Brunswick Inc.

Symphony New Brunswick Inc. operates the Province’s only full-scale, full season professional symphony orchestra as well as Camerata New Brunswick, a 20 member professional chamber orchestra. The Company also hosts the Saint John String Quartet and Ventus Machina of Moncton.

For more information about the Foundation and its activities, please contact:

Symphony New Brunswick Foundation Inc.
Brunswick Square, Level 3
39 King Street
Saint John, N.B.
E2L 4W3
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Saint John String Quartet plus 2 for Dramatic Contrasts

News Release
March 21, 2019

For immediate release

Dramatic Contrasts

Saint John String Quartet with guests Patrick Bolduc, Bassoon and Andrew Miller, Bass

April 4, 2019 McCain Hall, STU, Fredericton 19H30
April 6, 2019 Resurgo Place, Moncton 19H30
April 7, 2019 Saint John Arts centre 14H00
April 12, 2019 St Francis Xavier, Sussex 19H30

This exciting concert mixes some of the well-known favorite String Quartets with a bit of wind flair. Andrew Miller joins the quartet to make a string quintet, which then adds a bassoon as a soloist. This is a chance for anyone not quite sure about the bassoon to hear it played by a Master. Jean Françaix is a composer of some of the most delightful music for chamber groups. He is recognized as giving all of the musicians challenging but supremely rewarding parts to play, in which melody along with virtuosity combine for some memorable performance and listening experiences. Along with virtuosity, Patrick Bolduc, Symphony New Brunswick principal bassoon, brings his personal joie de vivre to the piece. This very special Virtuoso Concert should not be missed.

Mozart
String Quartet in C Major K 157
Haydn
String Quartet in c minor Op. 17 No. 4
Jordon Nobles
Mobius(2015)
J. Françaix
Divertimento for Bassoon
and String Quintet
Zemlinsky
String Quartet No. 1 in A Major Op. 4

Symphony New Brunswick Virtuoso Series presents Soundscapes

Symphony New Brunswick’s Virtuoso Series kicks off in 2019 with Soundscapes/ Paysages Sonores; a concert designed to warm the hearts and minds of its audience.

With concerts from the 24th to the 27th of January, the Saint John String Quartet will hit the winter roads to bring this sonorous tour to Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John.
The program is focused on the sounds of Mendelssohn and Debussy as well as the increasingly popular Arvo Pärt, each of whom has approached the ideas of sonority in their own way.

These three very different examples of sonority in the string quartet each demonstrate a passion for the soundscape. Mendelssohn investigates the beauty of the string sounds creatively but within rules of classical form, while Debussy goes straight for the beauty with minimal consideration of the rules; thus doing his bit in developing the new era of music that is now firmly on its way. Arvo Pärt benefits from the breakdown of classical structures but also reaches back in time to juxtapose simple sounds and repeated rhythms on modern sonorities. This concert is very much a concert of soundscapes, with explorations through musical time of the constants and changes.
Concerts are:
Thursday, January 24 McCain Hall STU, Fredericton,19h30
Saturday, January 26 Resurgo Place Resurgo, Moncton,19h30
Sunday, January 27 Saint John Arts Centre, 14h00
Tickets are available at the door for $26/ adults, $10/ students and children under 12 free
Mendelssohn String Quartet Op. 13 in a minor
Pärt Psalom
Debussy String Quartet in g minor Op. 10

Mezzo Jillian Bonner Joins SNB’s production of the Messiah

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jillian Bonner will be replacing Heather Flemming as Mezzo Soprano in the Symphony New Brunswick production of Handel’s Messiah, December 18 in Fredericton at the Playhouse, December 19 at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John and December 20 in Moncton at the Capitol. All concerts are at 7:30 PM with a pre concert talk with the Maestro at 6:30.
Jillian will be joined on stage by Soprano Sally Dibblee; Tenor, Owen McCausland and Bass, Paul Bustin. Symphony New Brunswick principal guest conductor, Michael Newnham will be on the podium.
For information on Ms Bonner go to www.jillianbonner.net

Sussex Area Community Foundation supports local SNB concerts

The Virtuoso Series has been growing in Sussex and Symphony New Brunswick is thrilled to have the support of the Sussex Area Community Foundation for this concert series.
At the acoustically wonderful St Francis Xavier Church on Church Street, several groups of SNB Core Musicians have been performing for the past several years. “The support of the SACF shows us that we are appreciated and makes the experience even better” says General Manager Jennifer Grant.
“The community is enthusiastic and the audience is very supportive. We will continue to expand our concert series in Sussex” http://symphonynb.com/calendar/ for details.