The PRISMA Festival
PRISMA draws over 5000 concertgoers from BC and beyond to daily musical events, symphony and chamber music concerts, master classes and student recitals. The PRISMA Festival Orchestra, the highlight of the festival, performs four full symphony concerts.
PRISMA’s 2022 orchestra program will feature Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, and great masterworks by Boulanger, Mozart, Smetana and more, charismatically led by artistic director Arthur Arnold, music director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Our esteemed Guest Artists are members of some of the world’s leading orchestras, such as Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and more.
Symphony Concert – Week 1 (Friday, June 17)
• Boulanger – D’un matin de printemps (Of a Spring Morning)
• Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor
• Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade
Symphony Concert – Week 2 (Friday, June 24 / Saturday, June 25)
• Smetana – The Moldau from Ma Vlast (My Fatherland)
• TBD – Concerto Competition Finalists
• Bartok – Concerto for Orchestra
Tickets will go on sale in February 2022 following PRISMA’s AGM.
Gala Grand Opening Concert
Join us on Thursday, June 16 for a musical extravaganza unveiling the 2022 PRISMA Festival Orchestra and world-class guest artists from around the globe. Don’t miss this incredible smorgasbord of all that PRISMA has to offer.
PRISMA on the Beach
The Rotary Bandshell at Willingdon Beach Park is the site of our annual PRISMA on the Beach concert, which entertains thousands of music-lovers from Powell River and beyond. Located in the heart of the city, the park offers a campsite, wharf, fishing pier, playground, museum and other amenities overlooking gorgeous ocean views of the Strait of Georgia. A popup village of vendors and artists at the event will ensure that there are plenty of dining options to suit your tastes, and the opportunity to pick up a local souvenir or two! Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 18 and join us for this free, family-friendly event.
Chamber Music Concert
Guest artists and select students will inspire your imagination with a host of unique and intimate musical collaborations at our special Chamber Music concert on Thursday, June 23.
Sail to the Symphony Matinée
Spend an exquisite afternoon in Powell River with the PRISMA Festival Orchestra and our 2 Concerto Competition finalists on Saturday, June 25. Stay tuned – information about our 2022 Tour & Lunch Packages will be available in early 2022!
PRISMA’s annual Concerto Competition provides young, talented instrumentalists with an opportunity to showcase their musical prowess. Semifinalists will play solo with the PRISMA Festival Orchestra during the final concert. The winner of the competition, as judged by our international jury, will receive a $1,500 CDN grand prize. The runner-up will receive $500 CDN. Both finalists will be invited back to PRISMA on a full scholarship.
Masterclasses & Limelight Concerts
Limelight Concerts will feature both students and guest artists in unique configurations, playing the music that excites them the most. From solo tuba to chamber music ensembles, each 30-minute concert will be curated by a different member of the PRISMA Festival Orchestra or Guest Artist roster.
During the master classes the passionate and talented emerging young musicians get instruction from the world class guest artists in front of the Festival audience’s eyes and ears. The audience watches the progress that is happening right there on stage.
Masterclasses and Limelight Concerts are $5 daily admission (free for youth and pass-holders) and take place at the Evergreen Theatre (5001 Joyce Avenue).
Tickets & Passes
PRISMA offers individual tickets as well as festival passes. Both will be on sale starting in February after our Annual General Meeting.
PRISMA for Kids
PRISMA is pleased to offer special access to concerts and events for youth under the age of 18. This includes discounted concert tickets (while quantities last), free access to all masterclasses & limelight concerts, and exclusive access to orchestra rehearsals for school classes.