PGSO unveils livestream concert plans

The Prince George Symphony Orchestra is hosting the beginning of its 50th anniversary season with three livestreaming concerts.

Last fall, the symphony hosted live chamber concerts for audiences of 50 people. 

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The plan for the 2021 spring season was to offer the same type of live music experience to patrons.

"But alas, COVID-19 has thrown a wrinkle into our plan and because of BC Health regulations, we are not able to present live concerts at this time," Teresa Saunders, general manager, said in an email announcing the change.

"We plan to return to live concerts as soon as health regulations permit. However, in the meantime, we are pleased to announce three upcoming streamed concerts."

On February 14 at 2 p.m., the Picturing Spring in Winter concert sees Maestro Michael Hall conduct two beautiful pieces for winds and strings. 

The first, Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner, was written for his wife’s birthday and was performed outside her bedroom as she awoke on the morning of her birthday. 

The second piece is thought to be one of the finest of compositions written for nine musicians: Nonet Op 139 by Josef Rheinberger.

On March 7 at 2 p.m., the symphony will perform Kinderconcert: String Beans for children between the ages of three and eight and all others who are young at heart. Written and produced by well-known local musician Barb Parker, this concert promises to keep children spell-bound.

On March 13 at 7:30 p.m., the PGSO presents Baroque Hits! as Hall returns to conduct an all-strings concert featuring Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S. Bach, Canon and Gigue by Johann Pachelbel, Rondeau from Abdelazer by Henry Purcell, Sinfonia in G, R 149 by Antoni Vivaldi, and Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg.

Tickets for each concert are $20 per household and now available at www.pgso.com or by phone at 562-0800 or at the PGSO office at 2880 – 15th Ave., Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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