Symphony New Brunswick is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Sametz of Saint John as Director, Operations and Administration, effective September 1, 2021. This is a new position reporting to the Symphony’s President and replacing the previous position of General Manager.
Mr. Sametz has extensive experience in the arts industry in Saskatchewan, having held several senior positions with the Saskatchewan Arts Board and, earlier in his career, serving as General Manager of the Lethbridge Symphony. He is a member of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and has previously performed with Symphony New Brunswick.
Mr. Sametz will be responsible for all aspects of Symphony New Brunswick’s planning, administration, operations and financial management. In commenting on the appointment, Symphony President Reid Parker says, “Peter joins a new team of professionals which is expected to lead Symphony New Brunswick to new heights of artistic achievement. Peter’s skills will nicely complement those of his new colleagues and we are all excited to welcome him to SNB.”
Since her appointment on July 1, Music Director Mélanie Léonard has been finalizing the 2021-2022 season, details of which will be announced this September Tickets will be on sale at the Playhouse and Imperial and Capitol Theatres on September 15th. Planning for the 2022-2023 season is also well-advanced.
Music Director Mélanie Léonard is pleased to announce details of Symphony New Brunswick’s 2021-2022 season. Due to lingering pandemic concerns, the season will feature a continuation of concerts by Camerata New Brunswick, SNB’s chamber orchestra, although the orchestra will be slightly enlarged for some programs where more diverse instrumentation is required.
Maestra Léonard makes her conducting debut as Music Director October 22-24 in Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton respectively featuring works by Quebec composer Jacques Hétu, Mozart and Schubert. Guest pianist Maxime Bernard will perform the beloved Mozart Piano Concerto no. 21 in C and Camerata will close the concert with Schubert’s Symphony no. 5, a premiere performance by SNB.
In November, Camerata will perform “Galactic Journeys” with guest conductor Lucas Waldin featuring a selection of excerpts from the Star Wars films and other galactic music in arrangements for smaller orchestra. The show will be in Saint John on November 18 at 7:30; Fredericton on November 20 at 7:30 and Moncton November 21 at 2 p.m.
Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebration was delayed by covid; but SNB plans to party anyway on December 18, 20 and 21 in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton respectively. Martin Beaver, one of Canada’s foremost violinists will join the orchestra to perform Beethoven’s beautiful Violin Concerto. Mélanie will also conduct Beethoven’s lively Symphony no. 4.
In two concerts on March 19th in Fredericton and Saint John and on March 20th in Moncton, Maestra Léonard will be back to conduct “Contrapunctis” or “Music’s Da Vinci Code Revealed”, a program of early to modern music displaying the handiwork of Johann Sebastian Bach and demonstrating how his unique style influenced composers such as Mozart and Shostakovich and Canadian composers Jocelyn Morlock and Louis Babin.
On April 10th through the 12th in Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton Symphony New Brunswick presents “Ad Astra”, a program featuring our rising stars. We cannot wait to announce our guest conductor, soloists, and impressive emerging artist to be featured.
In May and early June, SNB travels to the northeast of the Province for a pair of concerts before returning to Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton for the season finale. Mélanie leads the orchestra in a program of French compositions with a taste of the Maritimes. Bizet’s two Suites from the opera Carmen will end the concert after works by Gabriel Fauré, Camille Saint-Saëns and New Brunswick’s very own Ludmila Kneskova-Hussey. Concerts will be May 30th in Saint John, June 1st in Moncton and June 2nd in Fredericton.
Tickets will be on sale September 10 at the box offices of the Imperial Theatre, the Playhouse and the Capitol Theatre and can also be purchased online through Symphony New Brunswick’s web site.
Symphony New Brunswick is also pleased to announce the continuation of its popular “Virtuoso Series” in Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton featuring the Saint John String Quartet, ventus Machina and Résonance. Details of the concert programs, dates and venues will be posted on the Symphony website.
Symphony New Brunswick’s board of directors is delighted to announce the appointment of Mélanie Léonard as our new music director.
“Mélanie has a unique mix of experience and vision that can take Symphony New Brunswick to the next level,” Reid Parker, SNB’s president, says, “We believe she has what it takes for us to become a more prominent player in Canada’s orchestra scene.”
Ms. Léonard emerged from a crowded field in a competitive selection process that began in 2018. SNB received more than 50 applications from conductors in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Parker says the selection committee was won over by her diverse experience, passion for outreach, leadership skills and dynamic conducting style.
“Technically, I think she’s going to be an exciting conductor. I think the players will respect her; they’re going to want to give her more,” he says. “You see that when someone special steps on the podium.”
Ms. Léonard was thrilled at the news of her appointment.
“I am so excited for this new challenge, building new relationships, and expanding my experience as a professional musician,” she says, “But also, on a human level, I feel it’s important to grow and seek out opportunities to push ourselves, and working with Symphony New Brunswick is definitely going to do that.”
Her resumé runs long, including, most recently, serving as music director of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. She has also been resident conductor and associate conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
She was invited to conduct at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and with several Canadian orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Edmonton, Regina, Calgary and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras and Symphony Nova Scotia.
Maestra Léonard is also in demand for various recording projects. She has recorded soundtracks for Auraat Montréal’s Notre-Dame Basilica; Land of Fantasy, a Cirque du Soleil show presented in Hangzhou, China; and Paradise City, an immersive multimedia universe in South Korea.
She was the first woman to complete a doctorate in orchestral conducting at the University of Montreal. In 2012, she received the Jean-Marie Baudet Prize in orchestral conducting awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
A Job Like No Other
The music director role is diverse and challenging, spanning artistic vision, team leadership, community outreach, and more.
“The conductor is a super personnel manager,” Mr. Parker says.
Not only do they have to have a deep understanding of every note in the score, but must also know the strengths and weaknesses of all the players in the orchestra, with whom it’s essential to build rapport and trust.
“It’s a tough job,” he says, “It’s not just waving a stick around at concerts.”
Ms. Léonard guest conducted Symphony New Brunswick in 2018. She recalls the concerts as exciting and describes the musicians as welcoming and hard-working.
“It felt like a right fit,” she says. “I really liked their openness to try what I was suggesting.”
She looks forward to collaborating with them again soon and building on their initial experience together. She’s very interested in leadership, and very conscious of how she shows up.
“The orchestra is always going to sound good if the musicians are happy to be working with you,” she says. “If they feel good, they will be happy to give their best freely.”
The music director’s job also goes far beyond the concert hall. There’s a significant outreach and community development component and a strong push for broader connection and relevance, which Ms. Léonard, who is fluently bilingual, enthusiastically embraces.
“We have a role beyond music,” she says. “We fit into an artistic and an even greater ecosystem. I want to implement projects and ideas that are inclusive. I want every single person in New Brunswick to feel welcome at the orchestra.”
A Winding Path to the Podium
Maestra Léonard’s journey to conducting was “never a straight line,” she says.
“I’m not one of those people who knew I wanted to be a musician at five years old.”
In fact, at one point as a young player, overwhelmed by hours of violin practice, she thought, “I’m never going to be a musician, this is way too much work!”
Born in Montréal and raised in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que., she was always very artistic, doing ballet and competitive ballroom dancing as a child, playing in an orchestra in high school, and studying visual arts and theatre at CEGEP.
As a young woman, thinking about what she wanted to do with her life, conducting hit all the right notes.
“When I reflected on all the moments that made me the happiest, that made me feel alive, it was obvious I wanted to be on the stage,” she says. Beyond performing, conducting encompassed many of her skills and interests, including developing ideas and leading a team.
“When I performed for the first time as a conductor, in university, it just felt like everything locked in,” she says. “It felt like exactly what I should be doing.”
Future Looks Bright
Ms. Léonard joins Symphony New Brunswick at an encouraging time. The recent 70th-anniversary fundraising campaign was a great success, attracting new support for Symphony New Brunswick Foundation’s endowment that will give the Symphony more financial stability and a foundation from which to grow. And, despite the challenges of COVID-19, Symphony NB was one of the few orchestras in Canada that continued to perform live this past year.
Ms. Léonard is looking forward to arriving in the province, meeting the players and people of New Brunswick, and touring around. She loves the Maritime landscape, which she enjoyed for several weeks on a camping trip a few years ago.
Mostly, she’s excited to learn more about what Symphony NB has accomplished to date and to help to develop ideas for the future. She sees great potential to help usher in a broader concept of Symphony New Brunswick, expanding its role in the arts community and beyond.
“We have to find ways to be relevant, to reflect societal changes and find resonance in what’s important to New Brunswickers,” she says. “I feel we have a role and responsibility but also the privilege to lead change, to have an impact.”
Symphony New Brunswick Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Gilles Gérard Joseph Melanson of Moncton to the Board of Directors.
Gilles is a retired physician and classical music enthusiast. After graduating from Université de Moncton, Gilles studied medicine at Dalhousie University and went on to specialize in Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. His medical career brought him to Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec where he worked in various medical and psychiatric roles. Gilles is also an accomplished musician and studied piano at the school of music of the Collège Notre Dame d’Acadie and classical organ with Dr Félix Bertrand of Moncton, New Brunswick.
Gilles was an active member of his community in Ottawa and continues to volunteer on various committees since his relocation to Moncton. Most recently he has been involved in the competitive classical musical festival system of the Greater Moncton Music Festival. He is the president of the New Brunswick Federation of Music Festivals, and delegate to the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals/ Fédération Canadienne des festivals de musique, as well as a member of the Governance and Bilingualism Task Force of the Federation. Gilles is excited to join the Symphony New Brunswick Board of Directors and share his expertise as we navigate the challenges brought forward from the pandemic and as we grow and strengthen our organizations reach in the province.
“We are confident that Gilles direction and guidance will positively impact our organization.” says Reid Parker, President of Symphony NB. “He is sure to complement our current board of directors helping us continue to grow our presence in the Moncton region and serve New Brunswickers for many years to come.”
Symphony New Brunswick Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of David Shore and Katie Bowden of Saint John and Lise Léger-Anderson of Caraquet to the Board of Directors.
Katie Bowden is an accomplished marketing and communications executive and current President and Chief Creative Officer of Duke Creative Collective. She is an award-winning creative consultant and strategic advisor with more than 20 year’s experience in marketing and brand strategy, creative development and project management. Her skills will serve the organization well as we continue to evolve our historic and bespoke brand in New Brunswick.
David Shore, a bright legal mind brings to the Symphony experience in compliance, policy and internal regulatory matters. David graduated 1st in his class from the Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law in 2014. He has since worked as an articling student with Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP in Toronto and Cox & Palmer as an Associate Lawyer in Saint John. Currently he is Legal Counsel for the New Brunswick Financial and Consumer Services Commission. David is keen to help lead Symphony New Brunswick as we recover from the impacts of Covid – 19 and work to rebuild our presence in New Brunswick.
Lise Léger-Anderson, retired educator, recently relocated from Montreal back to her home in Caraquet. Lise has a profound love of music and experience supporting the arts through Opéra de Montréal, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Métropolitain. Following her retirement and return to New Brunswick, Lise supports a wide range of music enterprises in Acadie and serves as President of Jeunesses Musicales Péninsule Acadienne and Vice-président of the Festival Acadien in Caraquet. Her passion is introducing the people of Northeast New Brunswick to musical excellence. Lise is looking forward to helping expand our reach into the northern part of the province and fulfilling our mandate to share live symphonic music with all New Brunswickers.
“We are honored to welcome Lise, Katie, and David to our diverse and deeply experienced board of directors to provide invaluable guidance to our organization,” says Reid Parker, President of Symphony NB, “they will further complement our exceptional and dedicated board of directors helping us continue to thrive for many years to come.”
About Symphony New Brunswick
SNB is a significant employer and a powerful economic driver, attracting people and companies to New Brunswick. And the return on investment is strong: every dollar spent on art and culture yields multiple ones in spinoff economic activity.
SNB operates the province’s only full-scale, full-season professional symphony orchestra and Camerata New Brunswick, a 20-member professional chamber orchestra. The Company also hosts the Saint John String Quartet; Ventus Machina, a professional woodwind quintet in Moncton; and Résonance, a chamber music group in Saint John. Through high-quality educational offerings and performances, innovation and creativity, SNB promotes the awareness and appreciation of symphonic music in an increasingly diverse New Brunswick.
70 Years of Symphony
In celebration of 70 years of Symphony, the Province of New Brunswick has partnered with SNB to create a series of short films that share the organization’s history and the vision. These films are available on our YouTube channel: Symphony New Brunswick – 70 Years of Symphony.
Symphony New Brunswick Foundation
Symphony New Brunswick Foundation is celebrating 70 years of Symphony with an ambitious fundraising campaign to keep the province’s only full-scale professional symphony orchestra thriving. We have secured a matching donor who will match the first $70,000 raised during the Orchestra’s 70th season. The Foundation has ambitious growth objectives to support the creation of additional full-time jobs in the Symphony and sustain the Symphony in our province for many years to come.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Celebrating Women in Music with Saint John String Quartet March 25, 27, 28.
Despite the postponement of the much-anticipated Serenades for You! Symphony New Brunswick is still able to produce the smaller wonderful concerts of the Virtuoso Series.
Prepare to be charmed as SJSQ celebrates women composers over the past 180 years. Featuring Fanny Mendelssohn’s Germanic string quartet in E flat major, American composer Amy Beach, an impressionistic French quartet by Germaine Tailleferre and a spoken quartet from Newfoundland composer Bekah Simms.
Germaine Tailleferre – String Quartet
Bekah Simms – Murmuring Bones
Amy Beach – Quartet for Strings op.89
Fanny Mendelssohn – String Quartet in E flat major
Thursday, March 25, 2021 Charlotte Street Arts centre, Fredericton 7:30 pm
Tickets available at the door. Phone 506 634 8379 for reservations
Saturday, March 27, 2021 Moncton Peace Centre, 7:30 pm
The entrance for the concert is on Queen Street. If you come to the church doors on Queen St, turn to your right and continue past the church building. There will be a paved path along the side of the church, leading to a set of glass doors. Volunteers will be waiting to welcome you there.
Tickets available through the Capitol Box office or at the door
Sunday, March 28, 2021 Saint John Arts Centre, 2 PM
Tickets available at the door or through the Imperial Box Office
“Walk on the Wild Side” We’ll be hopping like kangaroos, swaying our elephant trunks and meowing our loudest meows! Join us as we explore animal sounds in music! Find the free live stream link at the Saint John Free Public Library Facebook page at 11:00am on Saturday, February 27th. https://m.facebook.com/sjfpl
News release January 4, 2021 For Immediate release
Three more Camerata Concerts and three more guest conductors planned for 2021.
SNB continues to celebrate NB talent while searching for the next Music Director.
Symphony New Brunswick welcomes 2021 with three more live Camerata Concerts at theatres in Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton. SNB will also be continuing its conductor search through these concerts with the intention of making an announcement at the end of May.
Camerata main stage concerts will return in March with guest conductor Melanie Leonard and NB superstar Rob Dutton performing a seldom heard Serenade for Flugelhorn, along with the luscious Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings and Haydn’s Symphony #49, le passione.
In April, we welcome Janna Sailor back in a program dedicated to the music of Harry Potter. This will be an extravaganza of costumes, visuals, stories and magical music aimed to please the many generations of Harry Potter fans.
May sees the return of guest conductor Genevieve Leclair in a concert of impressionistic composers and their contemporary (NB) influences. SNB also winds up this 70th anniversary season with a tribute to the first conductor, Kelsey Jones, with a powerful piece he composed in 1954 for Flute and String Orchestra, featuring rising NB/ international talent, Phoebe Robertson.
All covid-19 cautions will be observed by all guests, performers and at all performances.
“New Brunswickers discovering New Brunswick”
“We are absolutely sure that our audiences will be thrilled and proud to hear and see what has developed inside NB over the past 70 years of orchestra music in the province.”
Tickets will be on sale for past subscribers from January 8 and for general release from January 11 at your local theatres. Due to limited seating, regular subscriber seats may not be available. For this reason also, we ask patrons who may subsequently be unable to use tickets to return them to the theatre.
Tickets are $42 for adults and $10 for students. We are offering the same fantastic price of $99 for all 3 concerts at all venues.
The next Virtuoso Series Concert is Sticks and Strings, at which percussion and string bass join the Saint John String Quartet in an eclectic concert that mixes things up a bit.
January 22, 7:30 pm in Fredericton at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre
January 23, 7:30 pm in Moncton at the Community Peace Centre
January 24, 2 pm in Saint John at the Saint John Arts Centre
For more concert details please go to the snb website at: www.symphonynb.com or phone 506 634 8379.
News Release: Winter Delights December 3, 2020 for immediate release
Symphony New Brunswick is preparing to perform concerts December 16, 18 and 19 if at all possible. If necessary, concerts will be pushed into January, with any tickets already purchased valid for any new date.
Winter Delights promises to be a real delight for anyone that loves music, with special members of the NB orchestral community featured in this eclectic offering.
The program will open with the beautiful Christmas tribute by Corelli “made for the night of Christmas’ by request of Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni and published posthumously in 1714.
The Concerto for Clarinet features well known clarinetist, Andrew George, who is making a name for himself as a soloist, teacher and orchestral musician in his adopted home of NB. The concerto, In the Sea There is a Tower, is composed by another adopted NB artist, STU professor Martin Kutnowski. Martin is a well-established composer, featured in recent years on recordings by Ventus Machina as well as the Saint John String Quartet. As well as being a composer, and a revered teacher at STU, Martin toured south America in 2018 as solo pianist with the SJSQ
Rob Dutton is a longtime favourite throughout NB in just about every genre of music. He is probably best known for his brilliant trumpet playing in Handel’s Messiah (The trumpet shall sound) but is equally popular in shows and jazz ensembles. For this concert Rob has chosen a serenade that he will perform on flugelhorn, one of the trumpet’s gentler cousins.
We welcome back Mélanie Léonard as guest conductor for this show and as a candidate for the music director position. We are so grateful that Ms Leonard is able to come to our province at this difficult time and that she retains an interest in SNB.
Join Symphony New Brunswick and some of the very best of New Brunswick talent (at a show that is respecting all covid related restrictions) in a theatre near you. Let us delight you!
Guest Conductor Mélanie Léonard
Mélanie Léonard is currently the Music Director of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. A Montréal native, Ms. Léonard, guest conducted with a number of Canadian orchestras and performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on several occasions. She worked with acclaimed artists, including Herbie Hancock, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Shauna Rolston, Charles Richard-Hamelin and actors John Rhys Davies (Lord of the Rings) and Garrett Wang (Star Trek).
She conducted the orchestra and choir for the music recording featured in Aura, a show produced by Moment Factory and currently presented at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal. Mrs Léonard was also invited to give a conference about artistic leadership as part of the 2017 Festival Orford Musique. During the 2018-2019 season, she is making her debut with Symphony New Brunswick, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and is reinvited to guest conduct the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Stratford Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Léonard holds a Doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of Montréal, where she studied with Maestri Paolo Bellomia and Jean-François Rivest. In 2012 she was honoured with the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestra Conducting by the Canada Council for the Arts.
December Camerata Concert/ Concert Camerata de décembre*
Winter Delights/Délices d’hiver
With/ avec Guest Conductor/ chef invitée Mélanie Léonard; Soloists/soloistes Rob Dutton, Flugelhorn; Andrew George, Clarinet/clarinette
Arcangelo Corelli : Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8 “Christmas Concerto”
Martin Kutnowski: “En la mar hay una torre” (“In the Sea There Is a Tower”)/ (“Dans l’océan se trouve une tour”) Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra/ Concerto pour clarinette et orchestre à corde
David Sampson: Serenade for Flugelhorn and String Orchestra/ Sérénade pour flugelhorn et orchestre à corde
Josef Haydn: Symphony #44 in E minor/ Symphonie no. 44 en mi mineur “Trauer” Hob 1:44
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Wednesday/mercredi Saint John
506 674 4100
Friday/ vendredi Moncton
12/18/2020 19 :30 Moncton Peace Centre/ Centre Communautaire de la paix, Moncton
Entrance on Queen Street/ entrée sur la rue Queen
Tickets at the Capitol Boxoffice: 506 856 4379 (or door)
Symphony New Brunswick begins its season of wonderful live concerts
SNB is so happy to be able to offer live music to its audiences. Music is a part of community and of community healing. It is an experience shared through a common language that transcends time, space and status. SNB has scheduled three major Camerata concerts in 2020 and has a variety of plans and contingencies for the continuation of the rest of its regular season in 2021.
The first concert, October 2, 3 and 4,under the direction of Martin MacDonald, features some of the best young talent that we have here in NB in works by Séjourné and Honegger; presents a fresh orchestral arrangement by Andrew Creeggan of George Paul’s iconic Mi’kmaq Honour song; and for a taste of the traditional, celebrates with Mozart’s symphony Number 29.
Each of the first 3 concerts in this series features a guest conductor who is a candidate for the Music director position at SNB. With audience feedback in mind, each concert includes a classical symphony (in this case Mozart #29), which will help the audience to compare and contrast the 3 candidates more easily.
We hope to hear from many of you. Each opinion counts in this difficult but exciting decision.
With guest conductors flying into NB and quarantining to ensure your health as well as your musical delight, these will be very special concerts. We will be posting Martin’s quarantine experience on Facebook with a daily digital word from the maestro.
October 2, 2020 7:30 PM Imperial Theatre, Saint John October 3, 2020, 7:30 PM The Playhouse, Fredericton October 4, 2020, 2 PM Capitol Theatre, Moncton
Tickets are on sale now at each theatre. $42 adults and $10 students/ all 3 concerts for $99.
With Guest Conductor Martin MacDonald and soloists Joël Cormier, Marimba, Christie Goodwin, English horn and Karin Aurell, Flute
George Paul, arr A. Creeggan: Mi’kmaq Honour Song Emmanuel Séjourné: Concerto for Marimba and Strings Solo Marimba Joël Cormier Arthur Honegger: Concerto da Camera, H 196 for English horn, Flute and Strings: Solo English horn, Christie Goodwin; Solo Flute, Karin Aurell W. A. Mozart: Symphony # 29 in A Major K 201
Quotes from the soloists
“I can’t wait to finally get back on stage with Symphony New Brunswick and play Sejourne’s marimba concerto. I am very excited to play this very energetic piece. I haven’t played a marimba concerto in New Brunswick since the early 2000’s so I am very happy that this concert is happening!”
“I’m beyond thrilled that we are able to perform this show, and I am so looking forward to the Honegger with Martin, Christie and the SNB musicians. I have never played the Honegger before, but have wanted to play it ever since I heard my teacher perform it when I was in university”
“I have always loved to play the English horn, and Honegger’s idiomatic writing highlights the beauty and flexibility of the instrument as it weaves in and out of the flute and string lines. I am very much looking forward to sharing this piece with our New Brunswick audiences!”
Soloists and guest conductor are all available for interviews. Photos attached.
Symphony New Brunswick will reach deep into the resilience of its musicians and our music history to present a 2020-2021 season for you! We will adjust our performances to our ever-changing world and welcome audiences into the safe environments prepared by the theatres. We will exercise all necessary cautions on our side of the stage and we will work hard to prepare and perform top quality music that will help lift the audience out of this state of doubts and confusions. Because that’s what we are here for! And that’s what music is all about!
We sincerely hope that the season from 2021 will revert to plan and that we can have a large orchestra on stage and a full house. However, from October through December, we have created a plan that celebrates our NB musicians, features our prime Camerata orchestra and introduces three new candidates for the Music Director position to our audiences. Meanwhile, we will continue to present our popular Virtuoso series with some venue changes to accommodate distancing regulations.
We are so proud of the talent that is here in NB and are very much looking forward to being part of –
October 2, 2020 7:30 PM Imperial Theatre, Saint John October 3, 2020, 7:30 PM The Playhouse, Fredericton October 4, 2020, 2 PM Capitol Theatre, Moncton
With Guest Conductor Martin MacDonald and soloists Joël Cormier, Marimba, Christie Goodwin, English horn and Karin Aurell, Flute
George Paul: arr Andrew Creeggan: Mi’kmaq Honour Song Emmanuel Séjourné: Concerto for Marimba and Strings Solo Marimba Joël Cormier Arthur Honegger: Concerto da Camera, H 196 for English horn, Flute and Strings: Solo English horn, Christie Goodwin; Solo Flute, Karin Aurell W. A. Mozart: Symphony # 29 in A Major K 201
November 18, 2020, 7:30 PM Imperial Theatre, Saint John November 21, 2020, 7:30 PM The Playhouse, Fredericton November 22, 2020 2 PM Capitol Theatre, Moncton
With guest conductor Nadège Foofat and violin soloist Danielle Sametz
W. A. Mozart: Serenade K.525, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Vivan Fung: Pizzicato W. A. Mozart: Concerto for violin #5 in A major, K 219, solo violin Danielle Sametz W. A. Mozart: Symphony #33 in B flat major, K 319
With Guest Conductor Melanie Leonard and soloists Rob Dutton Trumpet, and Andrew George, Clarinet
December 16, 2020, 7:30 PM Imperial Theatre, Saint John December 18, 2020 7:30 pm Moncton Peace Centre December 19, 2020, 7:30 The Playhouse, Fredericton
Martin Kutnowski: “En la mar hay una torre” (“In the Sea There Is a Tower”) Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra David Sampson: Serenade for Trumpet and String Orchestra Edward Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for strings Haydn: Symphony #44 in E minor “Trauer” Hob 1:44
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde: Silent Movie with live music by Andrew Miller, a frightening collaboration between SNB and Resonance New Music
October 26, 7 pm, Imperial Theatre in Saint John October 31, 7 pm, Capitol Theatre in Moncton
Quadrilles SJSQ bookends Canadian composer Clifford Crawley’s Quadrilles with a pair of great D Major quartets by Mozart and Respighi.
Thursday, October 22, 2020, 7:30 Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Fredericton Saturday, October 24, 2020, 2 pm Saint John Arts Centre Saturday, October 24, 2020, 7:30 Peace Centre, Moncton
“Playing with Fire” A Ventus Machina concert, featuring the premiere of Jean-François Mallet’s fourth narrated legend and David Maslanka’s epic Quintet no. 3. A collaboration between SNB and Ventus Machina
Thursday, November 5, 2020, 7:30 Charlotte Street Arts centre, Fredericton Saturday, November 7, 2020, 7:30 Peace Centre, Moncton Sunday, November 8, 2020 2 pm Saint John Arts Centre
Sticks and Strings Andrew Miller (Bass) & Joel Cormier (Percussion) join forces with the SJSQ in this eclectic concert.
Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7:30 Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Fredericton Saturday, January 23, 2021, 7:30 Peace Centre, Moncton Sunday, January 24, 2021, 2 pm Saint John Arts Centre
Maxim Minimal Another amazing collaboration of SNB with “Resonance New Music”
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 7:30 Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Fredericton Saturday, February 27, 2021, 7:30 Peace Centre, Moncton Sunday, February 28, 2021, 2 pm Saint John Arts Centre
“Folklore – Album launch Tour” Another collaboration between SNB and Ventus Machina- celebrating the release of VM’s second full-length album and ten years of Ventus Machina!
Thursday, March 4, 2021, 7:30 Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Fredericton Saturday, March 6, 2021, 7:30 Peace Centre, Moncton Sunday, March 7, 2021, 2 pm Saint John Arts Centre
Celebrating Women in Music Prepare to be charmed as SJSQ brings you quartets by women composers from home and afar.
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 7:30 Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Fredericton Saturday, March 27, 2021, 7:30 Peace, Moncton Sunday, March 28, 2021, 2 pm Saint John Arts Centre
I hope this note finds you all well. Thank you to those who contributed this Spring through kind words, encouragement and donations to our recent appeal. Your thoughts and gifts will help significantly as we navigate the new normal and plan our program for 2020-2021. The Symphony New Brunswick team truly appreciates your continued commitment.
The health and well-being of the Symphony family is our top priority and we will be keeping Public Health restrictions top of mind to ensure a safe experience for our patrons and musicians. Our General Manager, Jennifer Grant has opened the office on Tuesdays and if you have urgent business you are able to make an appointment to speak with her.
We expect to be able to resume our Virtuoso Series this fall, and we will be announcing details in a few weeks. We are also exploring alternatives for resuming our main series and much will depend on what happens with the pandemic, the successful re-opening of our theatres, and the relaxation of travel restrictions. As part of our re-opening strategy, we are hoping to resume auditions to fill the vacant Music Director position and, in order to do so, the candidates will need to cross Provincial borders. It may take a few more weeks to obtain clarity about what can or cannot be done and we urge you to remain patient and watch for further announcements.
We have been fortunate to have received support from the federal and provincial governments and as a result have not had to lay off any staff. Jennifer and Gillian are still hard at work and our core musicians have been helping us plan for next year while also working on digital educational tools and performances.
Please feel free to reach out to us at any time by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you again for your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you all in person soon.
I sincerely hope you and your families are well and safe. Below is a brief update on what is happening at Symphony New Brunswick during this unprecedented time.
As you know, SNB was forced to either postpone or cancel all remaining events this season and much uncertainty remains about whether we can resume operations this fall. We are planning a wonderful season beginning in October and hope this terrible pandemic is over so we can once again enjoy live concert music together.
Our staff, and volunteers continue to work at home planning for our future. They are developing innovative ways to keep the Symphony New Brunswick family connected. We are fortunate to have the means to employ our eight core musicians through to the end of the season and I hope you are enjoying the productions they are sending to you through social media and e-mail. I want to thank them for their creativity in bringing music, and education into your homes during this difficult time.
The toll the pandemic is inflicting on everyone is terrible and we fervently wish that all of our businesses will revive successfully at the end of it. I remain confident the Symphony will survive and return as strong as ever once it is safe to resume public performances. Care has been taken over many years to build our Foundation’s endowment fund as well as the Symphony’s working capital and these efforts will help see us through. The Symphony is also expected to receive some help from the federal government’s recently announced wage subsidy program. We are incredibly grateful to our corporate sponsors for their help, understanding and continued commitment to our cause.
At our board meeting this past Thursday, we reviewed the plan and budget for next season which will include some of the events postponed this Spring. This will add extra cost next year for which we will be seeking funding. Normally we would be actively soliciting funds from our patrons at this time. We have refrained from doing so right now because we realize there are many other priorities on people’s minds. However, if you are able to help by making a contribution, please contact Gillian Gresh, Director, Donor Relations at email@example.com. Gillian can advise you concerning our financial needs for next season and how you can help now to make it easier for us to get back in business.
The search for a new Music Director continues and it is very unfortunate that the concert cancellations prevented us from auditioning or re-auditioning three of the candidates. We had hoped to make an appointment by the end of May but this decision has been postponed until December as we work to reschedule the candidates in the fall.
In the meantime, both our Artistic Planning Committee and the Music Director Search Committees are still hard at work and we hope to share some exciting news in the coming weeks.
We thank you for your patience and please rest assured that Symphony New Brunswick is alive and well and eager to see you all in person once again. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact either me, Jennifer or Gillian at any time.
Symphony New Brunswick Announces
Symphony New Brunswick is
announcing further postponement and cancellations of its Bravo and Virtuoso
series concerts. The Symphony’s priority
remains to protect our musicians, staff and patrons in this period of
uncertainty. Due to the Province of New
Brunswick’s social distancing mandate and the efforts to reduce the spread of
the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we will now be cancelling or postponing all
remaining Symphony New Brunswick concerts through the end of May.
March 21, 22, 2020: The
Family show is postponed until September. Dates to be announced as soon as
April 25, 26 & 28, 2020: The “Spring
Fling” Show is cancelled. The soloist, Heather Flemming will perform with SNB in
our Christmas production in December.
May 5, 6, 12, 2020: The
collaboration with the Atlantic Ballet has been cancelled.
May 15, 16 & 17, 2020: “Sounds like Summer” is postponed and will be rescheduled for the autumn.
May 27, 28, 29, 2020: Beethoven’s Birthday Bravo tour
is postponed but will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
difficult times, we are reminded that music has a unique power to bring
communities together and to create a sense of comfort and calm. We will continue to keep in touch with our
patrons in unique and interesting ways via our social media channels and though
The Symphony New Brunswick office
will remain closed. Our team is working
remotely and available through e-mail and social media. We have shifted our focus to planning a fantastic
2020-2021 season. Details will be
available at your local theatre and on the SNB website at the end of May.
Symphony New Brunswick remains optimistic
about the future. Tragically, many arts organizations and individual artists in
New Brunswick and elsewhere are suffering hardships but we remain confident the
Symphony will survive and continue to serve the public for many years to
come. Right now, we and our musicians
cannot be with you in person, but we will continue to seek innovative ways to
serve New Brunswickers through social media channels and other possible means. We want to thank our many patrons for their
support and understanding as we all work through this unprecedented period
For more information, please contact: symphony New Brunswick Inc.
SNB musician Joel Cormier is still practicing for the Emmanuel Séjourné Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra. This piece, scheduled to be performed in May, may well have to wait for its audience BUT it will be performed!!!
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
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.
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 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.