Announcing our New Music Director: Meet Mélanie Léonard!

 

Photo: Westmount Photography – Robert Provencher

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 Welcomes Gilles Gérard Joseph Melanson of Moncton to the Board of Directors

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 Announces Board Appointments

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.

Media Contacts 

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Gillian Gresh

Director, Donor Relations

Symphony New Brunswick Inc.

ggresh.snb@bellaliant.com

(506) 608-0792

Celebrating Women in Music

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.

 

Program

Germaine Tailleferre – String Quartet

Bekah Simms – Murmuring Bones

Amy Beach – Quartet for Strings op.89

Fanny Mendelssohn – String Quartet in E flat major

 

Concert Details

 

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

Three more Camerata Concerts and three more guest conductors planned for 2021.

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.

SNB plans for “Winter Delights”

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

Billets en vente maintenant: 42$ adulte / 10$ étudiant

 

Wednesday/mercredi     Saint John
12/16/2020 19h30
Imperial Theatre
Theatre Imperial
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)

Saturday/ samedi   Fredericton
12/19/2020 19 :30
The Playhouse
506 458 8344

*All covid -19 regulations will be respected.

*Toutes les mesures de protection Covid-19 seront respectées.

SNB RUSH TICKET OFFER

SNB RUSH TICKET OFFER September 24, 2020 for season 2020-2021

Symphony New Brunswick renews its Under 35/over 70 special community pricing.  This offer may be extended to other members of the community, please contact us to discuss.

Send a picture of you, your date of birth and your city to symphony@nbnet.nb.ca

SNB will send you a membership card that you can use on the day of the concert only at any box office or venue.

Show your card and purchase any Ticket to any concert for $15. (inclusive)

Subject to seat availability on the day.

SNB’s first concert is Summer Roses October 2, 3, 4

Concert details: symphonynb.com

Phone (506) 634-8379 for more information

Symphony New Brunswick begins its season of wonderful live concerts

Press release Summer Roses

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.

Summer Roses

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.

Program

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!”

Joel Cormier

“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”

Karin Aurell

“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!”

Christie Goodwin

Soloists and guest conductor are all available for interviews. Photos attached.

Joel Cormier <joel.mb.cormier@gmail.com>,
Karin Aurell <karin.aurell@yahoo.ca>,
Christie Goodwin itsanoboesolo@yahoo.ca
Martin MacDonald macdonald_martin@hotmail.com

Symphony@nbnet.nb.ca   506 634 8379 /(609 8048)

SNB NEWS

Symphony New Brunswick Season 2020 LIVE! October through December

Her Honour, The Honourable Brenda Murphy, is pleased to be a patron of Symphony NB. 

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 –

                            “New Brunswickers discovering New Brunswick”

October Camerata Concert

Summer Roses

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 Camerata Concert

Autumn Leaves

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

December Camerata Concert

Winter Delights

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

Special Events

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


Virtuoso Series

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

A Message From Our President

To our valued patrons,

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 symphony@nbnet.nb.ca. We thank you again for your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you all in person soon. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Reid Parker
President, Symphony NB 
 

Presidents Message

Presidents Message

Greetings everyone,

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 ggresh.snb@bellaliant.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.

G. Reid Parker

President

Symphony New Brunswick Announces More Concert Postponements

SYMPHONY NEW BRUNSWICK INC.

PRESS RELEASE

April 3, 2020

Symphony New Brunswick Announces Concert Postponements

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.

Cancelled/Postponed Concerts

  • March 21, 22, 2020: The Family show is postponed until September. Dates to be announced as soon as possible.
  • 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.  

In these 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 e-mail communications.  

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 together.

For more information, please contact: symphony New Brunswick Inc.

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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