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

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

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

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



April 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flights of Fancy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Symphony new Brunswick Announces Board Appointment

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

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

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

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

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

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

Symphony Foundation Announces Board Appointment

PRESS RELEASE for immediate release

March 25, 2019

Symphony Foundation Announces Board Appointment

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

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

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

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

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

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


Saint John String Quartet plus 2 for Dramatic Contrasts

News Release
March 21, 2019

For immediate release

Dramatic Contrasts

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

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

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

String Quartet in C Major K 157
String Quartet in c minor Op. 17 No. 4
Jordon Nobles
J. Françaix
Divertimento for Bassoon
and String Quintet
String Quartet No. 1 in A Major Op. 4

Symphony New Brunswick Virtuoso Series presents Soundscapes

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

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

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

Mezzo Jillian Bonner Joins SNB’s production of the Messiah

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

Sussex Area Community Foundation supports local SNB concerts

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

Symphony Seeks New Music Director



Symphony Seeks New Music Director

At Symphony New Brunswick’s Annual General Meeting Sunday afternoon, the Symphony announced that a formal search for a new Music Director has commenced. The position will be advertised before the end of the month. Michael Newnham left the position last May and was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Symphony. Newnham will conduct the Symphony’s presentation of “Messiah” in December; but guest conductors will lead the remainder of the Symphony’s concerts this season and next. Mélanie Léonard, conductor of the Sudbury Symphony, conducted SNB’s successful tour last week and Bernhard Gueller, Music Director of Symphony Nova Scotia will be on the podium in November. Reid Parker, president of the Symphony, said some of the guests will be candidates for the position and he invited audience participation in the selection process. “Comments on each concert can be sent to the Symphony’s e-mail address and they will be considered by the Search Committee.” Parker also said he hoped an appointment can be made near the end of the 2019-2020 season.

The Symphony announced that it earned a surplus of $10,000 on its operations during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018. Symphony treasurer Cathy Rignanesi attributed the results to increased ticket revenue and a larger grant from Symphony New Brunswick Foundation Inc. “The Symphony added a concert to its ‘Bravo’ Main Series last season which helped boost revenue but the results can also be attributed to the Christmas tour featuring David Myles which sold out in Saint John and Fredericton.”

Parker stressed the growing importance of the Foundation to the Symphony. With its grant from the Canada Council frozen for the next three years at 2015 levels and growing competition within the Province for private sector funding, Parker said the Symphony is placing increasing reliance on the Foundation to remain financially healthy. “It is important for the Foundation to continue to grow,” he said, “and I must thank the Government of Canada for its continued support of the Foundation from the Canada Cultural Investment Fund-Endowment Incentives Component as well as from the private sector donors to the Foundation against which funding from this government program is matched.”

At the Annual General Meeting, two directors whose term on the board had expired were re-elected. The board consists of Parker, Michael Wennberg, David Barry and Ellen Desmond, all of Rothesay; Rignanesi of Quispamsis; Peter Hyslop of Hartland; Kathryn Hamer-Edwards of Sackville and Brian Baxter of Shediac Cape. In an organizational board meeting following the AGM, the officers were re-appointed: Reid Parker, president, Cathy Rignanesi, treasurer and Ellen Desmond, secretary.

The Symphony’s next concert series occurs November 12-14 in Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John respectively. Bernhard Gueller returns for his third guest conducting appearance with SNB and will conduct Joseph Haydn’s popular Symphony no. 104 in D (“London”), the Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 3 in C Minor with 27-year-old superstar Leonie Rettig, and the famous Adagio by American composer Samuel Barber.

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

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

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

Phone: 506-634-8379
Twitter: @SymphonyNB

Symphony New Brunswick joins Cirque Musica Holiday!

Tickets are On Sale Now for Cirque Musica Holiday
presents Wonderland with live music by Symphony New Brunswick! Coming to Moncton, the Avenir
Centre Friday, November 16 and to Saint John at
Harbour Station Sunday, December 2nd.
Get your tickets today! at
Cirque Musica Holiday presents Wonderland is the
perfect opportunity for the entire family to
experience great holiday music, LIVE, while enjoying an edge of your seat circus experience.


Notice is hereby given that the
2018 Annual General Meeting of
Symphony New Brunswick Inc. will
be held on Sunday, October 21st,
2018, at The Church of Saint Andrew and Saint David
164 Germain St, Saint John, NB E2L 2G3
at 2:00 pm. Items on the agenda will consist of the
following: President’s Report; General Manager’s
Report; Music Director’s Report; Auditors’ Report,
including reception of the Audited Financial
Statements; Election and re-election of Directors;
and Appointment of Auditors for 2018-2019.
Veuillez noter que Symphonie Nouveau-Brunswick
Inc. tiendra son assemblée générale annuelle le
Dimanche, 21 octobre 2018, au The
Church of Saint Andrew and Saint David à 14h00
164 Germain St, Saint John, NB E2L 2G3
L’ordre du jourcomprend les points suivants :
Rapport du président;Rapport du directeur général;
Rapport du directeur musical; Rapport du vérificateur,
y inclus la réception des états financiers vérifiés;
élection et réélection des administrateurs; et désignation
du prochain vérificateur pour l’année 2018-2019.

Mélanie Léonard Q & A

Mélanie Léonard will be guest conductor October 15, 16, 17 Bravo Series Concert, English Elegance.//

What inspired you to become a conductor? // Qu’est-ce qui vous a inspiré à devenir chef d’orchestre?

I had a very artistic and varied background. I always felt nourished by all the different types of art. I did ballet as a child and later in life, I competed in amateur ballroom dancing. I passed all my violin exams at the McGill Conservatory in Montréal, but when it came time to choose a discipline in CEGEP, I decided to study Arts and Litterature and graduated with a major in visual arts and a minor in theatre. Following that, I missed being immersed in music and started my bachelors in musicology, but completed it in music theory, since it was a good background to become a conductor. As I was thinking back on what made me the happiest, I remembered always feeling alive while performing on stage with other people. I am also very creative, full of ideas and entrepreneurship and I enjoy being in a leadership role and working with a big team. I loved my experience playing in a youth orchestra and conducting seemed to reunite everything that I was excited about. I started to take private lessons with Maestro Paolo Bellomia at Université de Montréal during my bachelor degree. Then, I completed a masters and a doctorate in orchestral conducting. It was my true calling and every time that I am on stage, surrounded by my friends and talented colleagues and in front of a full audience of music lovers, I feel fulfilled and grateful for living my dream.

How do you get ready for a concert?// Comment vous préparez-vous pour un concert?

C’est un travail de longue haleine! La préparation commence souvent un an d’avance avec le choix du répertoire. Puis, je commence à travailler mes partitions quelques mois avant un concert. Plus je m’approche de la date de la première répétition, plus j’étudie l’oeuvre en profondeur pour me l’approprier. J’aime vivre un certain temps avec une oeuvre pour l’intégrer et pour qu’elle devienne une seconde nature. De cette façon, quand je l’interprète, la musique s’exprime de façon organique et l’émotion n’est pas contrainte par l’intellect. J’aime avoir le sentiment que la musique entre dans mon ADN. L’étude demande aussi beaucoup de planification, car j’ai souvent plusieurs programmes de concerts différents à préparer en même temps.

What are your interests outside of music? //Quels sont vos intérêts en dehors de la musique?

Je suis une passionnée de musique, de poésie et d’art! En dehors de la sphère artistique, j’adore faire du kayak et de la randonnée en montagne. J’aime aussi beaucoup les jeux vidéo et la science-fiction!

What, for you, is the most fulfilling aspect of your life as a conductor? // Pour vous, qu’est-ce qui est l’aspect le plus enrichissant de votre vie en tant que chef d’orchestre?

L’expériene humaine. La possibilité de toujours pouvoir évoluer et grandir comme interprète et personne au contact des musiciens et du plublic de partout au pays. J’aime l’opportunité d’avoir à me dépasser à tous les niveaux.

Who had the biggest influence on you as a musician? // Qui a eu la plus grande influence sur vous en tant que musicien?

There are a lot of musicians who I admire and who inspired me. Leonard Bernstein and Arnold Schoenberg are two of them. Of course, I never had the chance to meet them in person, but it is their work, music and philosophies that I connected with. However, I have to say that the person who provoked the deepest relfection and thought evolution in regards to my own work and philosophy as a musician, conductor and artistic leader is performance artist Marina Abramovic. I was deeply touched by her work “The artist is present” and loved her other works as well. Her art is thought provocative and always comes from a place of authenticity. She was never afraid of her own ideas or convictions and pursued on her path despite the resistance she was met with. Today, she is highly respected for her work. Her views on the importance of being present in the moment and always honest and authentic in who we are with ourselves and in front of an audience inspire me greatly. I find myself in this philosophy and keep it at the forefront of my approach in music.

What do you look forward to most in your trip to New Brunswick? // Qu’attendez-vous de votre voyage au Nouveau-Brunswick?

I look forward to the music of course, and having the chance to work with Shauna Rolston for a second time in my career. I look forward the journey that I will share with the orchestra in between the rehearsals and the performances and the sharing of what will come of it with the audience. When I visited New Brunswick in the past, I felt welcomed and I am excited to share a musical moment with the people that will come to the concert.

Saint John Artist donates proceeds of exhibition to support Symphony New Brunswick

After attending a recent concert by Symphony New Brunswick conducted by Michael Newnham with Philip Thomson playing Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto, the well-known artist, Octavio Ribeiro, decided to respond to a donation request in a most artistic manner.

“I attended a memorable concert by Symphony New Brunswick last night. The orchestra has come a long way under the direction of Maestro Michael Newnham and the performance by the brilliant Philip Thomson was outstanding. The Symphony is a precious cultural asset in New Brunswick and I would like to lend it my support in a small way.” Says Ribeiro

Octavio Ribeiro’s painting are being displayed until June 15th as one of the exhibitions organized by Imperial Theatre Exhibition Committee (ITEC) , which since 1994 has been giving gallery space to established and emerging artists with sufficient material. This is Octavio Ribeiro’s second exhibition in the Imperial Theatre, having exhibited very successfully in 2006.

“A plea was made from the stage of the concert for funding contributions” said Ribeiro “and I have decided that I will donate all proceeds from the sale of my paintings at the Imperial to Symphony New Brunswick.”

Ribeiro hopes to see his paintings fly off the walls during the full houses expected with Mamma Mia at the Imperial and hopes that his donation to Symphony New Brunswick will help it maintain its quality and that it will continue to reach into the hearts of New Brunswickers for many years.

Ribeiro’s exhibition is titled “The Studio”. Octavio Ribeiro studied Fine Arts and Education at the West of England College of Art in Bristol, England, and Art History at Carleton University in Ottawa. He has experience of different media but prefers to work in oils and watercolour. His subjects are usually figure and floral studies, interiors, cityscapes, and still life.

He has exhibited in group shows at the Royal West of England Academy, in Bristol, England, at the Ring Gallery, the Trinity Gallery, the Citadel Gallery, the Handworks Gallery, and the Arts Centre all in Saint John and at Gallery 78 in Fredericton.

Octavio Ribeiro’s paintings can be found in collections in Europe, the United States, and Canada, including two paintings in the collection of the late Reuben Cohen who was said to have had the best collection in Atlantic Canada.

Symphony New Brunswick special offer “Dry Night Out” to those affected by the flood waters.

May 10, 2018

Symphony New Brunswick special offer “Dry Night Out” to those affected by the flood waters.

Basement flooded? Road washed out? Symphony New Brunswick reaches out with music.
Drop into the Playhouse or the Imperial, show us a picture of your water problem and pick up tickets to the symphony for $5!
Forget your troubles for an evening. Sit back, relax and enjoy the comfort of a great concert with Your Provincial Orchestra.

Tuesday, May 15 in Fredericton 19H30 at the Playhouse or Wednesday, May 16, 19H30 at the Imperial.

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto #2, piano solo Philip Thomson
Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
Mendelssohn: Symphony #4 (Italian)
Dvorak: Romance, violin solo, David Adams

Divertimento with Saint John String Quartet and Tim Blackmore

March 26, 2018 News Release ……..For Immediate Release


April 7, 7:30 – Resurgo Place, Moncton
April 8, 2 PM Saint John Arts Centre
April 20, 7:30 pm – St Francis Xavier Church, Sussex

Sonja, David and Chris from Saint John String Quartet are joining up with Tim Blackmore for a concert of early music flute quartets.
In this situation they have to play in a different manner. This is not because the music is “early”; SNB has recently performed Telemann and Haydn with Tim on harpsichord and “A Baroque Banquet” with guest Maestra Tania Miller; but because they are having to adapt to the recorder , which is a relatively soft sound, and to Tim’s leadership. Tim is dedicated to Early music and is very passionate about the small graces, arpeggios and trills that are the baroque architecture of this music.
There is a variety of composers showing off different styles and usage of the instruments. In the day of their composition, the instrumentation was flexible: the viola could be replaced by a horn or the violin by a second flute. This particular instrumentation was chosen by the group to achieve, what they feel will be the perfect balance of sounds.
This concert is a collaboration between the Early Music Studio and Symphony New Brunswick

Tim Blackmore Bio
Founder and Artistic Director of the Early Music Studio of Saint John and the Saint John Early Music Festival, recorder player and harpsichordist Tim Blackmore is a graduate of the Montreal Conservatoire, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Guildhall School of Music in London. He directs and performs with the Festival’s Collegium Musicum, Ensemble 18c., Carleton Quartet and La Tour Baroque Duo as well as with other leading New Brunswick musicians and organizations such as Symphony NB (with whom he toured as recorder soloist in 2015) and the Saint John String Quartet. As a member of the La Tour Baroque Duo he has given concerts in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Paris and London and his four recordings with the Duo have received critical acclaim in Canada, the US and Europe. In 2013 he was Musician-in-Residence at the Fortress of Louisbourg for Louisbourg’s 300th anniversary and in 2014 he received an Originals Award for his contributions to the cultural life of Saint John. In recent years he has expanded his repertoire to include not only the entire Baroque period but also works from the late 18th century Classical period.
The Saint John String Quartet bio
The Saint John String Quartet have worked together for more than 25 years. During this time the Saint John String Quartet has toured Canada, the United States, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong and China.
In 2008 the SJSQ received New Brunswick Day Merit Award.

The Quartet performs in a regular chamber music series in Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton, and as core members of Symphony New Brunswick. As musicians-in-residence at UNB Saint John, they perform a lunchtime series and provide workshops for the community. As teachers, they mentor countless students privately and are long time faculty with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. For young children, or the young at heart, the SJSQ offer Concerts for Kids series in Fredericton and Saint John libraries where kids can interact with the musicians and wiggle at will during the show.

Saint John String Quartet
& Tim Blackmore


April 7, 7:30 – Resurgo Place, Moncton
April 8, 2 PM Saint John Arts Centre
April 20, 7:30 pm – St Francis Xavier Church, Sussex


Quartet Op.8 No.1………………………………………………..Carl Stamitz (1746-1801)
I. Allegro II. Andante amoroso III. Poco Presto
Quartet Op.24 No.3…………………………………….Giuseppe Cambini (1746-1825)
I. Allegro Affectuoso II.Presto
Quartet Op.19 No.2 WB 62……………..…….Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782)
I. Allegro II. Andante III. Allegro assai
Quartet No.1……………………………………….…….….Alessandro Rolla (1757-1841)
I. Allegro II. Largo III.Rondo
Quartet Op.20 No.3…………………………………….………..Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831)
I. Allegro II. Adagio molto III. Allegro non troppo

SAVE THE DATE: May 12, 2018.

SNB Toasts long time Maestro Newnham as he expands his horizons


Presented by the Saint John “Friends of the Symphony” with special guest Maestro Michael Newnham
Raise a glass with the Maestro; chat with SNB musicians; bid on some fantastic musical offerings; get your knees up and let your hair down for a great cause. All proceeds go to support
Your Symphony New Brunswick
Tickets $75 includes a $25 tax receipt –
phone 634 8379 to reserve

Symphony New Brunswick presents Ventus Machina March 22, 24, 25.

Symphony New Brunswick presents Ventus Machina
The Dieppe woodwind quintet returns to their classical roots with the spring offering: “Meanwhile South of the Border”. This concert contains some of the best Woodwind Quintet music written recently in the U.S.: both virtuosic and melodic; colourful and optimistic.
The concerts will take place on Thursday March 22, 7:30 at McCain Hall STU; Saturday, March 24, 7:30 at Resurgo Place and Sunday, March 25, 2pm at Saint John Arts Centre.