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Magazine of the Saskatoon Symphony

Volume 2 Issue 2 November 2012 – January 2013

We Will Rock You Jeans ‘n Classics and the Music of Queen

Celebrating Celtic Style

Symphony Holiday Spectacular with a wee bit of the clover

The Majesty of Messiah

A Saskatoon Holiday Tradition

Break Out the Beethoven It’s the New Year!

The Great Invasion

Haldan Martinson of the Boston Symphony meets a Chicago-style conductor

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November, 2012

Welcome to another issue of inTune – The Magazine of the Saskatoon Symphony. Browse these pages and you’ll see the wide range of musical experiences we offer. Let something here capture your imagination. The concerts in this issue run the gamut from a tribute to eighties rock band Queen, to a Celtic holiday celebration, to a fusion of contemporary sounds with video works. There’s a magnificent performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Saskatoon Chamber Singers and soloists, an intimate Sunday concert and an appearance by Boston Symphony Orchestra principal violinist, Haldan Martinson, with American guest conductor Kirk Smith. That’s a lot of choice! Successful organizations depend on investment for financial health and to plan strategically. The SSO is no different. Ticket sales cover only a portion of the cost of what you see and hear on stage. As the holiday period begins, we hope you’ll put the SSO on your gift list and make a donation. Do so by contacting the SSO office at 306.665.6414. Your gift is tax-deductible and it will help us ‘Orchestrate for the Future.’ In the last two months, the SSO was honoured to perform a grand opening concert at North Battleford’s new Dekker Centre for the Performing Arts. We participated in Culture Days, with assistance from SaskCulture and the City of Saskatoon, so fans of all ages could experience the thrill of conducting an orchestra. Our musicians performed at a classical happy hour at The Bassment jazz club. We also partnered with the Western Development Museum, culminating in a rehearsal on Boomtown’s Main Street and video presentation at our Spooktacular concert. It’s a privilege to work with partners in our community, as it is to present to you quality orchestral performances. We hope you enjoy results of both as much as we love planning and presenting them to you. Best wishes for a joyous and musical holiday season! inTune 3

In the next issue - available January 21 AT THE MOVIES: A NIGHT OF OSCAR® AWARD-WINNING MOVIE MUSIC

Conexus Pops Series at TCU Place February 9, 2013

Also in this issue Orchestra musicians and 6 Chair sponsors Welcome messages 9

Maestro Victor Sawa, conductor

We think you should know 10

silence is golden - The mark of Zorro

Board of Directors and 11 Administration

presented by New Community Credit Union at the Roxy Theatre February 23, 2013

Brian Unverricht guest conductor Rick Friend piano


at the Roxy Theatre February 28, 2013

Command Brass from Royal Canadian Air Force Band, Winnipeg Saskatchewan Brass A Brass Quintet from the SSO

Group Discounts 11 Funding agencies and Corporate sponsors


Pre-concert talks 35 SaskTel Symphony in Schools 40 SSO Book & Music Sale 41 Drop-off locations Supporters circle 44–46 © Saskatoon Symphony & contributors

Players’ Choice Series at the Delta Bessborough March 3, 2013

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Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players

Gyro Productions Masters Series March 9, 2013

Daniel Smith guest conductor Beatrice Rana piano


‘The Core’ Series at Paved Arts March 22, 2013

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Contents Photo: Rosanna Parry

One vision: the music of Queen 14

Conexus Pops Series – November 17, 2012

Mathieu Pouliot guest conductor Jeans ‘n Classics rock ensemble Centennial Collegiate Choir St. Joseph High School Choir Tommy Douglas Collegiate Choir

see, hear, think 18

‘The Core’ Series at Paved Arts – Nov. 23, 2012

Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players

symphony holiday spectacular - Celtic Style 22

Holiday Concert - presented by PotashCorp – December 8, 2012

Maestro Victor Sawa conductor Circling Over Shannon, Kim de Laforest violin River City School of Irish Dance and special guests


Holiday Concert Series – December 15, 2012

Maestro Victor Sawa conductor Saskatoon Chamber Singers d. by James Hawn Meara Conway, Cassandra Warner, Michael Harris, Chris Kelly Buy tickets and get more information: in person TCU Place Box Office by phone 975.7799 toll-free 1.888.639.7770


Players’ Choice Series – January 13, 2013

Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players

the great 36

Gyro Productions Masters Series – Jan. 19, 2013

Kirk Smith guest conductor Haldan Martinson violin

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Violin 1

Violin 2


Michael Swan, Concertmaster Martha Kashap, Assistant Concertmaster (on leave) William Boan, Acting Assistant Concertmaster Mary Lou Day Lillian Jen-Payzant Joan Savage Marcel van den Hurk Simon Fanner Maxim Pletnev Nova Wong Brita Tastad

Oxana Ossiptchouk, Principal Karen Bindle Rosanne Daku Karen Ogle Sophie McBean Arthur Boan William Boan (on leave from Violin 2) Evan Friesen

Lahni Russell, Principal

Viola James Legge, Principal

Chair generously sponsored by the Viola Section of the Saskatoon Philharmonic Orchestra Saache Heinrich Jeremy Janzen Heather Wilson Miles Buchwaldt Stacey Mennie

Chair generously sponsored by Bill Richards and Sandra Beardsall John Payzant Bernadette Wilson Carman Rabuka Joel MacDonald (on leave) Christina Bakanec Scott McKnight

Bass Richard Carnegie, Principal David Humphrey David Grosse Warren Hay (on leave) Stephen Kreuger Zachary Carter

Listing current at press time.

Personnel varies by concert. The SSO gratefully acknowledges the support of additional musicians who perform with the orchestra when larger works are presented. Oboe Sara Spigott

Keyboard Gillian Lyons

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Photo: Trudy Janssens, Photography One 2 One

Music Director Maestro Victor Sawa Flute



Randi Nelson, Principal

Stephanie Unverricht, Principal

Don Schmidt, Principal Brian Unverricht Dawn McLean-Belyk

Chair generously sponsored by Mrs. Lilian and Mr. Doug Thorpe

Chair generously sponsored by Dr. Mary C. Marino

Brenda Moats (flute, piccolo)

Oboe Erin Brophey, Principal (on leave Jan/Feb, 2013) Kevin Junk, Acting Principal, Jan/Feb, 2013 (oboe, English Horn)



Marie Sellar (bassoon, contrabassoon)

Brent Longstaff, Principal


Darrell Bueckert, Principal

Carol-Marie Cottin, Principal Arlene Shiplett Dubrena Myroon Micajah Sturgess

Margaret Wilson, Principal


Chair generously sponsored by Jack and Sylvia Vicq

Terry Heckman, Principal Daniel Funk Dean McNeill

Timpani Chair generously sponsored by Ms. Betty Reynolds

Percussion Mathieu Pouliot, Principal

Chair generously sponsored by The Ewing Family, in Memory of Earl and Mary Ewing Kevin Grady

Melissa Goodchild

Bassoon emeritus Peter Gravlin, Retired

Harp CĂŠcile Denis, Principal

Thank you to all our musicians and to our chair sponsors who support their work. For information about the benefits of chair sponsorship, please contact Jill Reid at 306.665.4862 or email inTune 7

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Our “Season of Champions” continues through the holiday season and into the New Year, full of diverse musical offerings performed for you by the musicians of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Champions in their own right, they will be joined by exceptional guest artists such as Haldan Martinson, a principal violinist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the superb Jeans ‘n Classics rock ensemble. We are working with local artists, too. We have three high school choirs singing in our tribute to Queen, plus Celtic band Circling Over Shannon, wonderful fiddler/violinist Kim de Laforest, and the River City School of Irish Dance collaborating with us for the Holiday Spectacular, Celtic Style. We hope that you enjoy the variety and the musical excellence. We are grateful to our many patrons, volunteers, donors, funders and sponsors, each a champion of symphonic art. A vibrant arts scene makes Saskatoon an attractive destination for visitors and new residents, but we continue to need champions to keep this scene healthy. The SSO strives to use music’s power to influence lives in positive ways. Please join us at concerts and in our fundraising as we orchestrate for the future to ensure that our symphony orchestra remains strong and relevant. And, of course, enjoy the music! Lynn Ewing, President Saskatoon Symphony Society

Photo: Trudy Janssens, Photography One 2 One

Welcome from the SSO!

From Maestro Vic This season two of our guest conductors are drawn from within the orchestra. Richard Carnegie did a fine job of our first family concert and Mathieu Pouliot is going to help Jeans ‘n Classics and the orchestra “rock you” with the music of Queen on November 17. My colleague, American conductor Kirk Smith, will be here for the next Masters Series concert, The Great, on January 19. I hope you’ll give him and the exciting Haldan Martinson, of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a warm mid-January welcome. I’m already humming the music for the “Celtic Style” Holiday Spectacular Dec. 8. Guests include Celtic band Circling over Shannon, SSO fiddler Kim de Laforest, and Irish dancers. It’s true—we’re going to have an old-fashioned classical ceilidh! Handel’s Messiah at Third Avenue United Church runs Dec. 15, with the Saskatoon Chamber Singers, directed by James Hawn, and four very talented soloists. It’s a holiday tradition, so I hope I will see you there. Cheers! Maestro Victor Sawa, Music Director

From the Musicians Thank you for joining us for this dynamic season of champions! Like you, we come from diverse backgrounds. Many of us are full-time professional musicians. We are also music or school teachers, visual artists, carpenters, dentists, farmers, pilots, students and more! We are part of your community and what we have in common with you is our shared interest and love of music.

We look forward to sharing our music with you in a fun and varied season that will appeal to all tastes. Whether you wear jeans or a tux, don a feather boa or a sparkly glove, enjoy chamber music at the Bess or are introducing classical music to your children at a kids’ show, we want you to sit back, have fun, and enjoy the music! Musicians of the Saskatoon Symphony inTune 9

We think you should know . . .

Coming to the Symphony? A SCENT-FREE ENVIRONMENT

Photo: Heather Fritz Photography

The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and Saskatoon Opera had an affair last March. People are still talking about it! Guests were wined and dined par excellence at the Delta Bessborough. Saskatoon Symphony musicians were joined by internationally-acclaimed Canadian tenor, Richard Margison OC, who presented a concert of operatic arias and Italian song under the baton of Saskatoon Opera’s Tadeusz Biernacki. The evening was truly a celebration of art in all its forms. Flowers by Fred created a breathtaking, romantic mood in the dining room with thousands of red roses. Guests were treated to both silent and live auctions of the crystalline ceramic work of Rod and Denyse Simair, as well as paintings and pieces donated by the artists of Art Placement and Darrell Bell Gallery. Other donors included Trading Post, June Jacobs and Debra Marshall.

Please help us create a scent-free environment by avoiding using perfumes, aftershaves, colognes, and scented lotions and using unscented versions of personal care products on concert evenings. We thank you in advance for your consideration.

turn off Your cell phone Please turn your mobile devices and other electronics to silent or off before the concert begins. Relax, and enjoy the music.

Privacy policy We respect your privacy and have policies to ensure that the security of the personal information you provide us is maintained. To view our complete privacy policy please visit our website:, or call the office: 306-665-6414 or email

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Red and Black 2013 will take place Saturday, October 5th, at the Delta Bessborough. We will be announcing our artist’s name soon, so watch for it. Tickets will be available through the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra or Saskatoon Opera. Get your tickets early, as this event was a sellout in 2012. See you there in Red and Black!



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SSO Management and Staff

Ken Coutu Rob Dobrohoczki Lynn Ewing Annalisa Govenlock Shawn Heinz Rob Hendry Sharon Hildebrand Meagan Hinther Roger Jolly Mairin Loewen Bryn Richards Kassidy Schneider

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Saskatoon Symphony Office

Lillian Jen-Payzant, Orchestra Librarian

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One Vision: The Music of Queen TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre, 7:30 pm

Mathieu Pouliot guest conductor Jeans ‘n Classics featuring Michael Shotton lead vocals Andrea Koziol backing vocals Stephanie Martin backing vocals Steve Heathcote drums Adam Martin guitar John Regan keyboards Steve Lucas electric bass

Massed high school choir: Centennial Collegiate Choir directed by Stacey Mortenson

St. Joseph High School Choir directed by Shaun Bzdel

Tommy Douglas Collegiate Senior Choir directed by Lisa Aune

Conexus Pops Series is generously sponsored by

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INTERMISSION We Will Rock You We Are The Champions Flash You Take My Breath Away Who Wants To Live Forever Don’t Stop Me Now Somebody To Love Bohemian Rhapsody

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Mathieu Pouliot guest conductor Jeans ‘n Classics Mathieu Pouliot is the principal percussion player of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Born in Lévis, PQ in 1988, he studied in percussion at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, where he also began his development as a conductor with Maestro Gilles Auger. At his first appearance on the podium, at the Lévis Symphony conducting workshop, Mathieu was awarded the jury prize, and an invitation to conduct the orchestra in the next season. He later began a Masters degree in conducting at the Université de Montréal with Jean-François Rivest and Paolo Bellomia. Mathieu postponed his studies when he accepted a position with the SSO. He has conducted for a number of orchestras, including the Québec Youth Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Francophonie.

Since its inception, Jeans ‘n Classics has been a star performer in the arts and entertainment scene. Its concept of combining rock musicians and headlining stars with symphony orchestras has been a huge success, attracting new and younger audiences to concert halls across North America.

As a percussion player, Mathieu studied with Carol Lemieux, Gabriel Dionne and Denis Dionne at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, where he received the Prix du Conservatoire with great distinction, awarded unanimously by the jury— the highest honour of the school. He then studied at the Université de Montréal with Louis Charbonneau, timpanist emeritus of the Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal. Mathieu performed with several orchestras, including the Québec and Lévis Symphonies, and many other ensembles in the province of Québec. He was invited to join the World Youth Orchestra and performed as a member of the orchestra of the Collegium Musicum Schloss Pommersfelden in Germany, where he was also invited as a guest soloist. He has performed various concertos with orchestras and premiered Auger’s Symphonie Concertante for timpani and orchestra.

In 1988, Michael signed to Herb Alpert’s label, A&M, with the pop-based group Diamond Life, whose hit ‘Habits of the Heart’ still gets play. In 1991, after appearing on Boston’s platinum fifth album, ‘Walk On’, he signed to EMI records worldwide with his own original hard rock band Von Groove. To date, Von Groove has completed their ninth album under the Z Records/Marquee labels. In 1998, he also became part of the rock group The Outpatience, which released its debut album, ‘Anxious Disease’ (Teichiku/Virgin). This album features all of the members of Guns n’ Roses (including a duet with Axl Rose), Steve Stevens of Billy Idol fame and Louis Conte (of Phil Collins, and many other A-list sessions).

Mathieu has been a member of the SSO since 2011.

To find out more about Jeans ‘n Classics visit their website:

Michael Shotton lead vocals Born in Newcastle, England, Michael Shotton loved music from the moment he discovered The Beatles. Starting his performing career at age three, he accumulated years of experience playing drums (southpaw!) and singing in countless original, top-40 and specialty tribute acts.

Recently, Michael has been playing drums with the well-known Canadian band The Spoons, as well as performing as a solo vocalist on symphony dates across North America—all while providing the voice behind many radio & television commercials, such as Coke, Labatt’s, Coors, Crunchie,  Fosters, and the Bay. inTune 15

In 2001 he independently wrote, produced and released a 9/11 fundraiser song entitled ‘The Heart of America’, which is currently part of a compilation album with the likes of Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen. He also teamed up with Gordon Deppe (The Spoons) and Tom Lewis (Partland Brothers, Alan Frew) to form the pop-rock band 5 STAR FALL. Their debut record ‘Automatic Ordinary’ is available through as well as Currently, Michael has teamed up with Canadian Hall of Fame icon Rik Emmett; playing, co-producing, and co-writing the melodic hard rock of ‘AIRTIME’. The debut album, ‘Liberty Manifesto’ is available internationally under the Marquee/ Escape labels, at and In 2007, Michael had the honour of writing and co-producing ’Just Believe’, the theme for the Canadian Special Olympics, a song that captures the spirit of the games and its competitors. After all of this, he still found time to develop his own TV show for pre-schoolers, called ‘Mike’s Garage’, featuring a kaleidoscope of songs, characters and adapted for television with support from Bob McGrath of ‘Sesame Street’! Michael has an almost impossibly wide vocal range. The spectrum of his abilities, the charisma of his stage presence, and his astonishing appetite and lust for life are qualities that shine through his performances and the multitude of other things he does. He plays; he sings; he entertains. But he also writes, engineers, and produces. Consult his friends and family as character witnesses and they will say, “It doesn’t do Mike justice, to simply say he’s versatile, or eclectic. He’s possessed by an inexhaustible, energetic spirit.”

Andrea Koziol backing vocals

Andrea is a Toronto based singer and composer, who is active on the folk and jazz festival circuit. She has five solo CDs to her name, including her most recent ‘Half Way Sweet’ which is the result of her ongoing fascination with juxtaposing the ukulele against larger ensemble pop music arrangements. Her voice can be heard on countless Canadian albums, and her music can be heard in films such as The R Word, The Baby Formula and Elemental. An active co-writer, she has penned award winning songs for jazz prodigy Michael Kaeshammer, and Canadian pop sensation Tianda. Andrea is a devoted member of the all girl vocal ensemble Lushus, and has collaborated with the guitar great Kevin Breit, the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, and countless birds in her backyard. She has a very rewarding relationship with Jeans ‘n Classics, singing with wonderful symphony orchestras all over North America...and loving it! Visit Andrea at:

Stephanie Martin backing vocals Raised in California and Montreal, Stephanie now calls Toronto home. After successful runs in theatre (the leading role of Eponine in the bilingual production of Les Misérables in Montreal led to other projects and acclaimed appearances in Paris, London, Germany and Japan), film and television (she has lent her voice to several films and animated television series, including for Disney, the role of Pocahontas in the French language versions of the films and records) she released her debut CD ‘Shape, line & harmony’ in 2007. The disc was inTune 16

chosen by CBC Radio as one of the year’s best releases and is distributed nationally by Fontana North/ Universal Music. Martin, backed by her four-piece band has been touring in support of ‘Shape, line & harmony’ and is currently preparing her sophomore project. She continues to establish herself as a Canadian songwriter, a bilingual recording artist and actor in Canada and abroad.

Adam Martin guitar Adam hails from Burlington, ON and has been performing across North America for the last 20 years. Apart from being a guitarist, Adam also has his audio engineer diploma from the ‘Recording Arts Program Of Canada’ and is an active singer/songwriter/studio engineer. Currently, Adam performs regularly with vocalist Micheal Shotton and is an original member with the Eagles tribute band ‘Hell Freezes Over.’ He has a long relationship performing with Jeans ‘n Classics and loves working with the many great orchestras throughout North America.

John Regan keyboards It was a fateful night when pianist John Regan was spotted by Jeans ‘n Classics founder Peter Brennan in a smoky bar mashing up ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’ with Lou Reed’s ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’, as he has become a longstanding musician in the organization. With classical training behind his pop sensibilities, John performed as a solo act for many years, playing everything from Elton John to Randy Newman, from Tom Waits to Ben Folds. His abilities landed him a stint with Second City in London, Ontario. In addition to his work at the

piano, John frequently handles hosting duties of Jeans ‘n Classics concerts, deftly enhancing the shows and charming the crowds with interesting musical and local folklore. By day, John is a high school teacher, teaching history, religion and music and coaching the football team. John lives in London, Ontario with his wife and daughter.

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‘The Core’ at Paved Arts November 23, 2012


Hear, See, Think A collaboration between PAVED Arts and the SSO Paved Arts, 424 20th St W, 7:00 pm

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Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players Art/video works by: Graeme Patterson, Dee Gibson, Danielle Raymond, Jean-Sébastien Gauthier How are words and art connected? Is it possible to think without words and language? To see without words?

Jacob TV (Netherlands) Garden of Love (2004) Kazuo Fukushima (Japan) Mei (1962) Robert Aitken (Ontario) Icicle (1977) Ryan Purchase (Saskatchewan)

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Holiday Spectacular - Celtic Style December 8, 2012




Holiday Spectacular - Celtic Style TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre, 7:30 pm

Maestro Victor Sawa conductor Circling over Shannon house band Kim de Laforest violin/fiddle River City School of Irish Dance Irish dancers

Presented by

Repertoire Leroy Anderson Christmas Festival

Georges Bizet Farandole

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves

Kerry Christmas Carol

Wexford Carol Little Drummer Boy Leroy Anderson Sleigh Ride Hamilton Harty Irish Symphony, The fair day (movt. 2)

Devil’s Dream/Mason’s Apron


Silent Night The Farewell Set A wee Irish poem Vivaldi Four Seasons, Winter (movt. 2) We Wish You a Merry Christmas Christmas in Killarney

Have your photo taken with Santa and shop at the holiday vendors’ market in the lobby! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! inTune 22

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Maestro Victor Sawa conductor Victor Sawa is a triple threat of talent, experience and personal dynamism. Music Director of the SSO, he holds similar positions with orchestras in Sudbury and Regina. He was previously Resident Conductor with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (1993-1997), Music Director with the North Bay Symphony, the Guelph Youth Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Orchestra. He also served as Principal Clarinet with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. He has guest conducted for orchestras across the country. Victor has been the recipient of many awards and honours, including three Canada Council awards for Conducting, a Grand Prix du Disque—Best Chamber Music Recording (Canadian Chamber Ensemble), a Grammy award (with the New England Ragtime Ensemble), and the Tanglewood Festival award for Outstanding Musician. A Montreal native, Sawa holds a Bachelor of Music with Distinction from McGill University and an Honours Masters of Music Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. He is also a graduate of the Pierre Monteux School for Advanced Conductors. In 2011, Victor Sawa was appointed Honorary Consul for Japan.

Circling over Shannon Circling over Shannon is driven by the two fiery fiddles of Lighthouse Penguin alumni Skye Lennox and Ryan Spracklin, fuelled by the high octane strumming of Michael Hughes on bouzouki and guitar and accelerated by the frenetic freestyle playing of Matt Bradford on bodhran drum. Skye Lennox is a veteran of the Celtic music scene in Saskatoon. She fiddled with Siamsa, Saskatoon’s favourite Celtic band of the nineties, and was a founding member of the Lighthouse Penguins. Skye is currently the only certified Irish fiddle instructor in Western Canada and takes great pleasure in imparting her fiddle knowledge and experience to some 30 students of all ages. Michael Hughes hails from Glasgow, Scotland and fell in love with the Celtic music scene in Saskatoon, becoming a founding member of the Lighthouse Penguins in 1999. He is a regular player at the many Irish music sessions and ceilidhs throughout the year, and continues to enjoy original composition with his solo project “Jellicoe Street”. Third generation drummer Matthew Bradford has been playing the bodhran for the past 18 years. Matthew’s drumming skills were mentored from day one by his grandfather and Siamsa bodhran player, Wayne Bradford. Notorious for his frenetic freestyle technique and roof raising solos, Matthew has had the privilege of playing with a host of great musicians. One career highlight was being asked to stay and play the night away with fiddle and button accordion legends Frankie Gavin and Sharon Shannon at a session in Galway, Ireland. Ryan Spracklin has been playing the fiddle since he was a wee tiny lad. A founding member of the Lighthouse Penguins, he is delighted to be reunited with Skye Lennox to cook up a blistering unison fiddle sound. Ryan has a passion for live entertainment of all genres. It was this zeal that led him to pursue a career as a inTune 23

stage technician and musician. Having lived in Edmonton and Halifax, he has had the pleasure of playing with an assortment of fine celtic players, and is delighted to be back once more in his hometown to soak in the vibrant live music scene the city and province have to offer. Circling Over Shannon deliver an infectious melange of contemporary Celtic mayhem. The band is adaptable for various performance scenarios, including concert shows, Irish dancing accompaniment, house or garden parties, or pleasant background music. Their repertoire includes fiery jigs and reels, heartfelt Celtic songs, and moving airs and ballads. For more info contact Michael Hughes:, phone 306-3845175. Website: circlingovershannon

Kim de Laforest


Kim is a fiddle, violin, and viola performer and teacher based in Saskatoon. In her classical world, Kim spent 10 years with the Regina Symphony Orchestra before moving to Saskatoon. As a member of the SSO, Kim has served as assistant concertmaster, principal second violin, principal viola, and section violin and viola player. She has been soloist, concertmaster, and section player of the University of Regina’s Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva, and the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra. Kim has also been very involved in chamber music groups across the province. Highlights include Prairie Virtuosi, Saskatoon Composers’ Society Concerts, Musici Amati, and house band for CBC Christmas concerts. Kim plays with local Irish band Siamsa as well as doing solo fiddle work. She released her first solo CD ‘Kindred Spirits’ in 2004, and was featured on CBC’s ‘DiscDrive’ during its Saskatchewan tour. During Juno Fest 2007 in Saskatoon, Kim’s performance was recorded for CBC’s ‘Canada Live’.

Kim’s second solo CD ‘Transitions’ was released in November 2011. As a part of the trio Prairie Sea (fiddle, guitar, dulcimer and vocal ensemble based here and in Nova Scotia), Kim will be releasing a CD this winter. As well as being a busy performer, Kim is a sought-after instructor and adjudicator, and she teaches a large studio of students in Saskatoon. Kim joins an international roster of instructors to teach at fiddle camps in Prince Albert, LaRonge, Moose Jaw, Tisdale, Bowsman MB, at the Clear Lake Fiddle Camp ( Clear Lake, MB ), the Tuffnell Fiddle Camp, the Frontier Fiddlers Camp ( in Manitoba ) and at the Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party. Kim has also worked with students at orchestral workshops in Regina and Saskatoon. For two seasons, Kim was Assistant Director of Saskatoon’s Mysterium Healing Sound Choir. Kim is excited to be coaching the Saskatoon Fiddle Orchestra for a seventh season. Kim is also proud to be part of a project that is bringing fiddle music into two Saskatoon core area schools for a fourth year. Website:

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Messiah December 15, 2012



Messiah Third Avenue Centre at Third Avenue United Church, 7:30 pm

Maestro Victor Sawa conductor Saskatoon Chamber Singers directed by James Hawn Meary Conway soprano Cassandra Warner mezzo-soprano Michael Harris tenor Chris Kelly bass

Repertoire and concert notes

For a detailed listing of repertoire and the concert notes for this performance please refer to or the program insert available at the concert.

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Victor Sawa conductor (see bio on page 23)

Photo: Shaun Bzdel Photo: Shaun Bzdel

James Hawn

Director, Saskatoon Chamber Singers

James Hawn has been active with the Saskatoon Chamber Singers for most of its history. Prior to his 2003 appointThe Saskatoon Chamber Singers was ment as Director, he was a long-time founded in 1977 by a group of former Greystone Singers who wanted to continue member of the bass section. He has also been actively involved in national and singing in a quality choral ensemble. The provincial choral communities, through choir has been a finalist in both the CBC the Saskatchewan Choral Federation (SCF) choral competition for amateur choirs and and the Association of Canadian Choral the International Choral Kathaumixw in Communities (ACCC), including serving Powell River, British Columbia, and participated in the non-competitive Festival 500 in on both organizations’ boards. In 2006 he was presented with the SCF’s Pro Musica St. John’s, Newfoundland. It has also been the guest choir at Saskatchewan Sings, and Award, which recognizes “exemplary sersang at the installation of Lynda Haverstock vice to choral music in Saskatchewan.” (a former member) as Lieutenant-Governor James was an English language arts of Saskatchewan. In 2010, the choir perteacher for 32 years with the Saskatoon formed at Podium, the biennial conference Public Board of Education. He also of the Association of Canadian Choral taught some music, was involved in Communities, held in Saskatoon. The choir’s choral and church music, musicals, and repertoire has been rich in variety since its drama in the school system and the establishment, and Canadian music has community. He has regularly directed always been an important component of its for Saskatoon’s Gateway Theatre and programming. the Saskatoon Summer Players. James recently completed six years on the Best known for its annual Remembrance board of TCU Place, and is currently on Day concert, the Chamber Singers’ first the National Technical Committee for CD, ‘Remember’, was released this fall. Skills Canada. For five years James was Remaining concerts this season, which chair of the Cultural Advisory Committee marks the choir’s 35th anniversary, include and he is now an elected member of the “R & R: Rheinberger and Richards” on SaskCulture board. He continues to teach February 12th; and “My Spirit Sang All Day” part time in the Adult Basic Education on April 28th. department at SIAST, Kelsey Campus.  Website: inTune 27

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performance, she maintains an interest in research having received a SSHRC grant to study the challenges in presenting Canadian Opera.

Cassandra Warner mezzo-soprano Cassandra Warner is a winner of the recent Metropolitan Opera Competition in Western Canada. She took third prize at the 2010 Chants de Marmande of soprano France and performed the lead role of Rose Maurrant in Weill’s Street Scene with Recipient of the Maureen Forrester Opera Toulon. She performs this season in Award, Saskatchewan-born soprano concert with Milton Concert Presentations Meara Conway completed her Masters in of Ontario as well as with Vancouver Opera Opera Performance at McGill University Company as Edith in Pirates of Penzance in 2009. Winner of the Canadian Music and in the role of second lady in Opera Festival Competition and a Schulich Atelier’s production of The Magic Flute. She Academic Scholar, she began attending was also featured in the SSO’s performance law school at McGill University in 2009, yet continues to study and perform across of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this season. Canada and in Europe. Her 2012 season included appearances with Theatre As a member of the Calgary Opera LacBrôme, and a North American tour Company ensemble, Miss Warner created where she joined a celebrated, internathe role of the Saloon Singer in the world tional cast in performances of Dido and premiere of The Inventor written and Aeneas. In 2013, Meara will finish her law conducted by Bramwell Tovey and also studies in France and will study voice with performed the roles of Dorabella in Cosi two of France’s most recognized voice fan tutte, Frau Viehman, the Witch, and the teachers, an opportunity facilitated in Wolf in The Brother’s Grimm by Dean Burry. part by winning the 2010 Wallis Memorial Other recent roles include the title role of Opera Competition. Cendrillon in Massenet’s Cendrillon, the Meara has appeared as soloist at premier opera at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, Montreal’s Festival en Lumière, the First Priestess in Iphigénie en Tauride (Opera Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, with Atelier), Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus the Regina Philharmonic Choir, and (Highlands Opera Studio), Dorabella in Così at Ottawa’s Tulip Festival. She also fan tutte (Royal Conservatory Orchestra), presented a recital after winning the Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel (Opera Nuova), Regina Musical Club Competition in Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro (Royal May 2010. She performed the roles of Conservatory Orchestra and Lyric Opera Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte, C.O.S.I. Academy, Studio, Weimar, Germany). She has perItaly; S.O.L.T., Toronto), Soeur Constance formed the role of Joas in Handel’s Athalia (Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites), (Orpheus Choir of Toronto) and performed Morgana (Handel’s Alcina), and Dido in concert with Elixir, Saskatoon. (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas) for Opera While attending the Glenn Gould School McGill, as well as appearing as a soloist of the Royal Conservatory of Music, with the McGill Symphony in Mahler’s Miss Warner received the highest award Das Knaben Wunderhorn under Alexis for voice, the 2010 Lily Kertes Rolin Hauser. Complimentary to her passion for

Meara Conway

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International Prize in Vocal Studies and was finalist in the 2010 Royal Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition. She has attended Vancouver Opera’s Young Artist Coaching Intensive with Carol Isaac, Richard Margison’s Highlands Opera Studio, and Joan Dornemann’s International Vocal Arts Institute. Miss Warner is also a laureate of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques and is an honorary member of the Vancouver Opera Guild.

Michael Harris tenor Michael completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Manitoba, and earned an Advanced Performance Diploma at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. In addition to operatic and oratorio performances, Michael is a participant in Voci Strane, a local Early Music vocal collective. He resides in Saskatoon with wife Taunya and children William and Branwen. He maintains an active voice studio, and is an executive member of the Saskatchewan RMTA. Michael is Musical Director of Choeur des plaines, and was Chorus Master for the SOA productions of La Bohème and La Traviata. Saskatchewan performances have included Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and Clausen’s A New Beginning, Britten’s Serenade, the Saskatchewan Music Festival Centennial performance of Sterndale Bennett’s May Queen in Regina, and recently the SOA production of Purcell’s King Arthur, as Lancelot.

Chris Kelly bass Chris Kelly was born in Prince Albert. He studied piano with Janet Wendland and was a member of the Prince Albert Boys Choir under the direction of Margo Fournier—eventually serving as accompanist and director of junior choirs. Chris entered the Department of Music at the U of S as a piano performance major and voice minor. He studied voice with Dorothy Howard and convocated with a

double major—completing performance and academic requirements in both voice and piano. In 1996 Chris received his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Western Ontario, where he studied under Alvin Reimer. Chris is currently a sessional lecturer in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Music—teaching voice and serving as an accompanist. He also maintains a private voice and piano studio and performs regularly in recital, opera, and oratorio. Chris has performed as guest soloist with the Saskatoon and Regina Symphonies in Handel’s Messiah and Verdi’s Requiem and in the University Chorus’ performances of Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Bruckner’s Te Deum and most recently in Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio. He has had numerous lead and chorus roles with the Saskatoon Opera Association including Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Zuniga in Carmen, and Dr. Grenville in La Traviata. In addition to teaching, he accompanies, coaches singers, adjudicates, and is a church organist and choir director. Chris is a member of the Saskatchewan and Canadian Registered Music Teachers Associations and of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). 

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Players’ Choice January 13, 2013



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Wind Quintet, Op. 52

Sehr frisch und feurig


Romanze: Sehr ruhig und innig Leicht fliessend – Ausserst lebhaft Finale: Sehr schwungvoll

Four Bagatelles (arranged by Geoffrey Emerson)

Allegretto scherzando Tempo di minuetto. Grazioso Allegretto scherzando Poco Allegro


Beethoven String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, “Razumovsky” Allegro

Molto Adagio Allegretto Finale: Presto

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Theodor Blumer 1881–1964 wind quintet, op. 52 Theodor Blumer was a German composer born in Dresden on March 24, 1881. The son of a chamber musician and composer, he studied composition, conducting and piano at the Dresden Conservatory. From 1925 to 1931 he was the director and principal conductor for the Dresden Radio. At the same time he was a teacher at the Orchestral Training School of the Dresden Staatskapelle, after which he moved to Leipzig to become the conductor of the Middle German Radio Orchestra until 1942. From 1952 until his death he lived in Berlin. Upon his death he was returned to Dresden to be buried near the grave of Carl Maria von Weber.

in Prague studying violin, viola, voice, organ, piano and music theory. He began composing at age 20 and was very influenced by the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. He was appointed as a professor at the Prague Conservatory in 1891, and he gained international recognition in 1892 with his appointment as the artistic director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City. He would remain there until 1895 and compose some of his most well-known works during this time—namely the “New World” Symphony, the “American” String Quartet, and his famous Cello Concerto in B minor.

The Four Bagatelles being performed in this concert come from the Bagatelles, Op. 47, written in 1878 for two violins, cello and harmonium. Originally a set of Blumer was associated for many years five, they were written for an amateur with the Chamber Music Society of the cellist friend whose only keyboard instruDresden Staatskapelle, inspiring him to write chamber works for all combinations of ment was the harmonium. Because of this winds and strings. His association in particu- unusual combination they are rarely performed in the original instrumentation. lar with the wind players in this ensemble The English arranger, Geoffrey Emerson, resulted in a large body of work for wind has chosen this dectet instrumentation quintet for which he gained both national and international recognition. He wrote five because it is nearly the same as that for pieces for wind quintet alone, as well as two the Spohr and Rheinberger Nonets (with sextets which also include piano. His style is the addition of one violin), both of which lush late Romantic, reminiscent of Johannes have been heard on this series. His aim was to give ensembles another work Brahms and Richard Strauss. The Quintet, to rehearse along with these two. The Op. 52, was written in 1901. The first moveCzech folksong “Bagpipes were playing at ment opens with a heroic horn melody Pobuda” is used in both the first and third accompanied by flowing quintuplets. The movements. second movement features the lowest register of the clarinet, and the oboe takes the lead in the third movement. The fourth movement has some lyrical moments but (1770–1827) again features the horn at its most heroic.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Antonin Dvořák 1841–1904 arranged by Geoffrey Emerson

FOUR BAGATELLES Born in Nelahozeves, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), Dvorak was the eldest of 14 children—eight of whom survived infancy. He had a broad musical education


Born in Bonn, Germany, to a musical family, Ludwig van Beethoven was to become one of the world’s greatest and most recognized composers. His early musical training took place in Bonn, with his father as a strict task master. His first trip to  inTune 31

Vienna in 1787, where he met Mozart, was cut short by the illness and eventual death of his mother. He was recalled from Vienna to look after his family, and it would not be until 1792 that he was able to return for further study. Vienna was the musical center of the world at the time, and Beethoven was to remain there for the majority of his life. He studied with Haydn, Salieri and Albrechtsberger, an expert in counterpoint. Beethoven wrote 16 string quartets altogether. The first set of six was published in 1801, and the last published the year he died. The three “Razumovsky” quartets (nos. 7,8 and 9) were written in 1806 for the Russian ambassodor to Vienna, Count Andreas Razumovsky. All three were published as a set in 1808 in Vienna and are said to be from Beethoven’s “middle period”. During this time Beethoven reached the

zenith of his fame and prosperity with a tremendous output including six symphonies (nos. 3 - 8), the opera Fidelio, the Mass in C, and the great “Waldstein” and “Appassionata” piano sonatas. The hearing loss Beethoven began suffering as a young man was becoming quite acute by this time. Beethoven used a Russian theme in both of the first two “Razumovsky” quartets. In the E minor quartet the theme finally appears in the third movement and is first introduced in the trio by the viola, followed by the cello and violin. The melody, Slava, is also used by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky (in his ballet Firebird), and probably most recognizably by Mussorgsky in his opera Boris Godunov.  Program notes prepared by Margaret Wilson, Principal Clarinet, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. © 2012

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Free Pre-Concert Talks Prior to Masters Series Concerts

Enhance Your Experience at the Symphony ATTEND THE PRE-CONCERT TALK Not sure about the music? Come early and get the inside scoop! Prior to each Masters Series concert, the SSO presents a Pre-Concert talk with informative and engaging conversations.

An expert presenter himself, Brian also invites other musicians and guest artists to add their insights about the evening’s program through interviews, performances, and lecture/demonstrations.

This season we welcome Brian Unverricht as our host. Not only is Brian a long standing musician in our orchestra, he is widely recognized as a superb educator. The 2012 Sask. Music Education Conference honoured Brian with its ‘Director of Distinction’ award.

The talks begin at 6:55 pm and last about 25 minutes. Concertgoers are invited to drop in anytime during the conversation. Pre-concert talks are held in the TCU Place Green Room. Follow the signs or check for directions from an usher or at the SSO kiosk in the lobby.


“If a composer could say what he had to say in words, he would not bother trying to say it in music.” - Gustav Mahler




T E L E V I S I O N CO M M E R C I A L S • CO R P O R AT E V I D E O S • M O B I L E P R O D U C T I O N

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Kirk Smith guest conductor Haldan Martinson violin

Forsyth Essay for Orchestra: ‘67 Mendelssohn Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64

(Haldan Martinson, violin)



Symphony in C Major, ‘The Great’ Andante – Allegro, ma non troppo – Più moto Andante con moto Scherzo. Allegro vivace – Trio Allegro vivace

Pre-Concert Talk Learn about the music in tonight’s repertoire. TCU Place Green Room, 6:55 to 7:20 pm. Free with ticket to the concert.

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Kirk Smith guest conductor Kirk Smith, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, is in his 32nd year as an educator and conductor. He is the Co-Principal Conductor of the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble at Columbia College in Chicago, where he has a 20-year association as a guest conductor with the Center for Black Music Research. Mr. Smith earned a BME and a Performance Certificate in clarinet from Shenandoah University, a MA degree in Conducting from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, and was a doctoral fellow in conducting at Ball State University. He has advanced studies in conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, the Conductors Guild Summer Institute, the world-renowned Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, and the International Workshop for Conductors in Zlin, Czechoslovakia. Smith’s principal conducting teachers were Charles Bruck, Harold Farberman, and James Setapen. He has participated in master classes by Daniel Lewis, Kirk Trevor, Brian Priestman, Frederik Prausnitz, Samuel Jones, and Milton Katims. Smith made his conducting debut in 1979, at the age of 21. Mr. Smith has guest conducted throughout the U.S. including appearances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville, Atlanta, Cleveland, Boston, Houston, Baltimore, Denver, Dallas, and New York, as well as in Mexico and Taipei (Taiwan). Notable soloists he has worked with include violinists Robert McDuffie, Sanford Allen, Diane Monroe, and Ashley Horne, and vocalists Simon Estes, William Brown, Hilda Harris, and Donnie Ray Albert, as well as the percussion group NEXUS and the legendary gospel singers, The Barrett Sisters. He has collaborated with highly regarded American composers such as Alvin Singleton, Libby Larson, Hale Smith, Olly Wilson, William Russo, Tracey Rush, and Linda Coleman and conducted premieres of their works. Recent engagements include the Des Moines Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Amarillo Symphony

Chamber Orchestra, the Orquestra de Sinfonia Oaxaca (Mexico), and the St. Petersburg State Symphony. He recently made his major American symphony debut with the Atlanta Symphony. This is Mr. Smith’s first concert with a Canadian orchestra.

Haldan Martinson violin Haldan Martinson made his solo debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1990 and made his national television debut in 1988 performing on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Mr. Martinson has soloed with many other orchestras, including the Richmond Symphony, Sinfônica de Campinas (Brazil), Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Indian Hill. Mr. Martinson is the recipient of numerous prizes, scholarships, and awards including the Spotlight Award of the Los Angeles Music Center. He has participated in the chamber music festivals of Ravinia, Taos, Santa Fe, and La Jolla. From 1996 to 1998 he was a member of the Metamorphosen Chamber Ensemble. Mr. Martinson graduated from Yale College (1994), where he was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize, one of the most prestigious awards granted by the university. He was concertmaster of the Yale Symphony Orchestra from 1991 to 1994. Mr. Martinson received a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory (1997). His former teachers have included Robert Lipsett, Endré Granat, David Nadien, James Buswell and Aaron Rosand. Mr. Martinson is also a prize-winning composer whose works for string ensemble have been featured frequently in concert. One of Mr. Martinson’s works, Dance of the Trolls for string orchestra, was commissioned by the Crossroads Chamber Orchestra in 1988 and was performed throughout Southern California.  inTune 37

As principal second violin of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Martinson is also a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. He joined the orchestra as a section violinist in November 1998 and was appointed to his current position in the summer of 2000. From 1998-2002 he was a member of the critically acclaimed Hawthorne String Quartet.

Malcom Forsyth 1936–2011 ESSAY FOR ORCHESTRA, ‘67

have had a sense of responsibility to the audience ... I am myself a dedicated audience member, dedicated to the idea of concert music that does sweep people away ... Everything I’ve done is with that experience in mind’ (composer’s website, 2003). ‘Essay for Orchestra, ‘67’ is an early work composed shortly before he immigrated to Canada.

Felix Mendelssohn 1809–1847 VIOLIN CONCERTO IN E MINOR, OP. 64

Malcolm Forsyth immigrated to Canada in 1968. He joined the University of Alberta to teach theory, composition and trombone. His extensive career included composing, teaching, performing on the trombone, guest conducting and radio work

The first inklings of this beloved masterpiece occurred to Mendelssohn in July of 1838. Mendelssohn reported that his first musical thoughts on this concerto had “given him no peace”. It was not completed until the summer of 1844, six years later.

Although his music is written in a style consistent with contemporary classical music, Forsyth was committed to composing music that would speak to his audience: ‘I always

Mendelssohn wrote it to be premiered by his friend Ferdinand David (1810-1873), concertmaster of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, of which Mendelssohn was musical

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director. As a composer, musical ideas came quickly to Mendelssohn. The slow, painstaking part of his creative process was in revising and perfecting his compositions. Mendelssohn corresponded frequently with David, consulting with him for advice on the concerto. The work was premiered in 1845. David was the soloist, accompanied by the Gewandhaus Orchestra under the baton of the composer.

Franz Schubert 1797–1828 symphony in c Major, ‘the great’

Schubert began work on the Great C Major Symphony in 1825. That May, on an extended vacation in Upper Austria, he met up with his friend, the singer Michael Vogl. This trip was exhilarating for Schubert. He reportedly began this work during a six-week stay at the Mendelssohn was considered the “Mozart of town of Gmunden on Lake Traun, of which the 19th Century”. The combination of his ge- he wrote: ”the environs ... are truly heavenly nius and fortunate childhood circumstances and deeply moved me and benefited me”. It is not an unreasonable stretch of the resulted in some astonishing compositions imagination to hear Schubert ‘s exhilaration from an early age, notably his early string captured in the Great C Major Symphony. symphonies. The Mendelssohns were a prominent Jewish family who converted to Like many of Schubert’s major works, the the Lutheran Church. Unfortunately there symphony did not receive proper recwas an anti-Semitic element in Continental ognition during his all too short life. He Europe that cast a shadow on Mendelssohn’s offered this work to the Gesellschaft der life and work, especially in Berlin where his Musicfreunde in 1826 with the following dedparents lived. This element was not yet the ication: “Convinced of the Austrian Musical nightmare that it became a century later. Society’s noble intention to support any The Violin Concerto is imbued with the refined Romantic ardor characteristic of Mendelssohn’s style. His was the tamed Romanticism of William Wordsworth, not the wild Romanticism of Berlioz or Lord Byron. It is no surprise that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were smitten by Mendelssohn’s music.

artistic endeavour as far as possible, I venture, as a native artist, to dedicate to them this, my Symphony, and to commend it most politely, to their protection.” Schubert was paid the token sum of 100 florins. None other than Felix Mendelssohn conducted the first public performance of this work in 1839.

The Violin Concerto in E minor has some innovative features for its time. The solo violin states the opening theme, answered by the orchestra, which moves the music from E minor to G Major. The cadenza is placed before the recapitulation, and subtly transforms into an accompaniment to the orchestra when the latter announces the return of the opening theme. Another novel feature of this work is that each movement is connected to the next by a bridge passage.

The work contains elements of both Classical and Romantic music, combined with Schubert’s unique voice. Trademark features of Schubert’s style include ravishing melodies, frequent modulation (change of key) and repetitive accompaniments. His music possesses a quality of childlike innocence.

The second movement is in ABA form. The sentimental “A” section, in C Major, is in contrast with the “B” section in A minor, full of Romantic yearning. The capricious finale, in rondo form, is from the same sound world as Mendelssohn’s incidental music to Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The slow introduction to the first movement begins with an unaccompanied melody in the horns. The conductor Georg Tintner considered this to be the most perfect melody ever written. The melody is restated in the woodwinds, this time with harmony. The rest of the introduction, and indeed, the rest of this symphony, seems to grow organically from the opening melody.  Program notes prepared by John Payzant, member, Cello section, Saskatoon Symphony. © 2012 inTune 39

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Performances by Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players: • develop understanding and appreciation of symphonic music,

• present concepts and ideas aligned with music education standards, • integrate easily with other curriculum (e.g. language arts, social studies). Invite the Saskatoon Symphony to be a part of your school community. Email Jill Reid, General Manager,, call 665-6414, or visit for more information.

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DONATE YEAR-ROUND! Most books, sheet music, records, CDs, videos, DVDs and collectibles are gratefully welcomed.

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Saskatoon Symphony Supporters Circle 2012–2013 Season Thank you to all the donors on whose generosity we depend. Your investment allows the Saskatoon Symphony to strive for artistic excellence, and to create meaningful community connections, in a financially sound manner.

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Saskatoon Symphony Supporters Circle 2012â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2013 Season Serenade (continued)

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Saskatoon Symphony Supporters Circle 2012â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2013 Season Women of Note A membership of women who believe in the Saskatoon Symphony and its vital role within the city of Saskatoon. Formed March 1, 2012

Shannon Whyley Darien Moore Lorraine Salt

Darla Saunders Betsy Bury Connie Gutwin

Jane Wollenberg Mary Marino

Judy Anderson Lynn Ewing

Women of Note wish to ensure that the orchestra remains healthy, fully engaged with its community, and able to continue to offer excellent symphonic music. Their generous financial donation makes them members of Women of Note and ambassadors for our symphony.

If you are passionate about the the Symphony and wish to join Women of Note, please contact Jill Reid at This list reflects donations received after the publication of Volume 1, Issue 4 of inTune as well as those received in the fiscal year beginning June 1, 2012. Donations received after Oct. 31, 2012 will be included in the next issue.

For information on investing in your symphony through an annual, monthly, or weekly donation, a gift of securities, or a planned gift, including how your generosity can be recognized, please email Jill Reid, or call her at 306.665.4862.

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