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Were you at our sold-out Classical Mystery Tour concert? Many of you took the time to say how much you enjoyed it. Thanks—we love hearing from you. This issue of inTune shows how diverse our events can be. First, there’s ‘At the Movie’s,’ our ‘Oscars’ concert, part of the Conexus Pops Series. Last season’s version was so much fun, we’ve been waiting for a repeat ever since. ‘From Lara, With Love,’ our Gyro Productions Masters Series concert February 11, features violin sensation Lara St. John and guest conductor Daniel Smith, a rising star in the conducting world. They both have engagements across the globe, so we are lucky to have them both here to share the love this Valentines. Then something completely different—the Silence is Golden Silent Movie event, presented by New Community Credit Union. This is the third year we have worked with the Riversdale BID on this event. This year’s movie is the ‘The Thief of Bagdad,’ in the beautiful Roxy Theatre. The SSO plays the score live, conducted by Brian Unverricht, and silent movie music guru, Rick Friend, nimbly uses the the piano to match the changing action on the screen. The ‘SGI SSO College Challenge’ on Friday, March 9, features SSO musicians performing with music students from the U of S, in front of elementary and high school students. Anyone can attend—tickets are just $14. Surely one of the highlights of this season will be the ‘Voices of Spring’ Gyro Productions Masters Series concert, Sunday, March 18. Two choirs from the U of S will join Maestro Sawa and the orchestra to perform Brahms’ masterpiece, A German Requiem. The music is transcendent and, far from a typical mass for the dead, the music is about hope and renewal for the living—a fitting way to usher in the spring! Enjoy the reading and the concerts. inTune 3
In the next issue - available March 19 HOW THE GIMQUAT FOUND HER SONG
Classics for Kids Series April 1, 2012
Platypus Theatre guest artists
FOR MICHAEL – THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL JACKSON
Conexus Pops Series April 21, 2012
Gavin Hope lead vocals Kathryn Rose, Katalin Kiss, Lis Soderberg backup vocals Jeans ‘n’ Classics Rock Ensemble Maestro Victor Sawa conductor
Also in this issue
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Orchestra musicians and 6 Chair sponsors
Music for a Sunday Afternoon Series April 29, 2012
Welcome messages 9
Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players
Pre-concert talks 10
Make mine mahler
SaskTel Symphony in Schools 16
News from the SSO 16
Gyro Productions Masters Series May 19, 2012
Saskatoon Youth Orchestra, guest artists Maestro Victor Sawa conductor
Music for a Sunday Afternoon Series May 29, 2012
Funding agencies and Corporate sponsors
SSO Book & Music Sale 34 Drop-off locations Supporters circle 35 Board of Directors and 39 Administration
Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players
Fundraising Gala 44
Plus symphony news & profiles
Group discounts 46
We think you should know 46
Published by the Saskatoon Symphony Society 408 20th Street West, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0X4 Tel. 306.665.6414, email@example.com, www.saskatoonsymphony.org Comments and suggestions welcome. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the SSO office. Program advertising enquiries: Mike Covey, email@example.com Contributors to this issue Mike McCoy, Tom Dreyer, Jill Reid, Terry Heckman, Marie-Hélène Nault Leblanc, Mike Covey Photos by Trudy Janssens - Photography One 2 One, Mike McCoy, Jill Reid, Twain Newhart, 17 Wing Air Command Brass, others contributed. Printed in Canada. © Saskatoon Symphony and contributors.
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Magazine of the Saskatoon Symphony
Volume 1 Issue 3 January / March 2012
Contents AT THE MOVIES – A NIGHT OF 12 OSCAR®-WINNING MUSIC
Conexus Pops Series – February 4, 2012
Maestro Victor Sawa, conductor
from lara, with love 18
Gyro Productions Masters Series – Feb. 11, 2012
Lara St. John, violin Daniel Smith, guest conductor
rcaf command Brass 23
Brass-Lovers Special – February 16, 2012
with the Saskatoon Symphony Brass Quintet
the thief of bagdad 26
Silence is Golden presented by New Community Credit Union – February 25, 2012
Rick Friend, piano, Brian Unverricht, conductor
SSO College challenge 30
Online brochure / website
saskatoonsymphony.org Buy tickets online at
tcutickets.ca in person TCU Place Box Office by phone 975.7799 toll-free 1.888.639.7770
Students Are Special – March 9, 2012
University of Saskatchewan Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion students Brian Unverricht, conductor
voices of spring 44
Gyro Productions Masters Series – March 18, 2012
University and Community Chorus and Greystone Singers, directed by Graham Codling Monica Huisman, soprano Garry Gable, bass-baritone Maestro Victor Sawa, conductor inTune 5
Michael Swan, Concertmaster
Oxana Ossiptchouk, Principal
Linda Bardutz, Principal
Chair generously sponsored by Darien Moore and Don Ching
Chair generously sponsored in Anonymity
Martha Kashap, Assistant Concertmaster Mary Lou Day Lillian Jen-Payzant Joan Savage Marcel van den Hurk Simon Fanner Maxim Pletnev Nova Wong
Karen Bindle Rosanne Daku Karen Ogle Sophie McBean Arthur Boan William Boan Evan Friesen
Viola James Legge, Principal Saache Heinrich Jeremy Janzen Katie McBean Heather Wilson
Chair generously sponsored by Bill Richards and Sandra Beardsall John Payzant Bernadette Wilson Carman Rabuka Joel MacDonald Christina Bakanec Scott McKnight
Bass Richard Carnegie, Principal David Humphrey David Grosse Warren Hay Dave Pyra (on leave) 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. Violin Philip Kashap, Kim deLaforest Viola Emily Woytiuk, Miles Buchwaldt, Michael Hrycay Bass Nevin Buehler Flute Jennifer McAllister Oboe Sara Spigott, Berlin Janzen Bass Clarinet Adrianna Dyksman Bassoon Danielle Robertson-Boersma Trumpet Frank Harrington Percussion Mark Altman, Will Martin Piano/Keyboard Gillian Lyons inTune 6
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
Marie Sellar (bassoon, contrabassoon)
Brent Longstaff, Principal
Darrell Bueckert, Principal
Carol-Marie Cottin, Principal
Margaret Wilson, Principal
Chair generously sponsored by Marguerite Caldwell
Chair generously sponsored by Ms. Betty Reynolds
Chair generously sponsored by Jack and Sylvia Vicq
Arlene Shiplett Dubrena Myroon Micajah Sturgess
Mathieu Pouliot, Principal
Brenda Moats (flute, piccolo)
Oboe Erin Brophey, Principal Kevin Junk (oboe, English Horn)
Bradley Powell (on leave) Alyssa Thompson, Acting Second Clarinet
Trumpet Terry Heckman, Principal Daniel Funk Dean McNeill
Bassoon emeritus Peter Gravlin, Retired
Percussion Chair generously sponsored by The Ewing Family, in Memory of Earl and Mary Ewing Trent Remlinger (on leave) Brad Litster, Acting Second Percussion
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 firstname.lastname@example.org inTune 7
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Welcome from the SSO! Photos: Trudy Janssens, Photography One 2 One
Welcome to the winter/spring portion of our 2011/12 season. The concerts we have on offer are examples of the SSO’s commitment to feature artists from our community, as well as from the national and international music world, joining our gifted musicians, led by our inimitable Maestro Sawa. Each concert is a unique experience, as you will see as you page through this magazine and enjoy our events. Music—it’s about your life. The concerts covered in this issue of inTune show how The SSO continues to take steps to ensure true that statement is. the symphony is truly a part of our diverse
From Maestro Vic
community. The SSO College Challenge is an example of introducing young people to orchestral music, and our new home in Riversdale presents similar opportunities.
Much of the SSO’s success is due to our patrons, volunteers, donors, funders and sponsors—we are very grateful for their support. We believe a great, growing city needs an equally vibrant orchestra and we are poised to launch a campaign to ensure that the SSO has the resources to continue to offer and foster excellence in musicianship, to take great music to the people, and to use the power of music to make a positive difference. Please join us at our concerts and in our fundraising to help us orchestrate the future and, above all, to enjoy the music. Jane Wollenberg, President Saskatoon Symphony Society
First, we celebrate great music “At the Movies”—the SSO’s “Oscars” concert with popcorn and paparazzi. Then there’s romance with ‘From Lara, With Love,’ a Valentines concert featuring two dynamic, internationally-acclaimed musicians performing on stage with our orchestra Feb. 11. Then we’re off to the Roxy Theatre for the rollicking ‘The Thief of Bagdad,’ with live “symphonic surround sound.” On March 9, we present the ‘SGI SSO College Challenge,’ a special concert for students (open to everyone), with the SSO and the U of S Brass and Wind students peforming together. That’s followed Sunday, March 18, by ‘Voices of Spring,’ featuring Brahms’ choral masterwork, A German Requiem. With a massed choir, superb soloists and a message of hope and renewal, it will be a truly memorable event. Make it part of your life! Maestro Victor Sawa, Music Director
From the Musicians Thank you for joining us for this dynamic season! 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
Free Pre-Concert Talks Prior to Masters Series Concerts
Enhance Your Experience at the Symphony ATTEND THE PRE-CONCERT TALK Relax, you don’t need to have a knowledge of music to enjoy Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra concerts! However, if you would like to find out more about the music being performed, join us for free talks before SSO Masters Series events. Hosted by David Kaplan and friends, the pre-concert talks focus on the evening’s repertoire and the composers. Whether you are attending a classical music concert
for the first time, or are in the audience on a regular basis, you will find the sessions relaxed and informative. They begin at 6:55 pm and conclude by 7:20 pm, in time for you to take your seat in the theatre. 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. Occasionally, the location may vary, but signage will keep you informed..
DAVID L. KAPLAN, CM., Ph.D, OC
Since 1960 David Kaplan has made varied and exceptional contributions to Saskatchewan’s musical life. Professor Emeritus, and former head of the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Music, he conducted the Saskatoon Symphony from 1963–1969 and from 1970–1971, founded the Saskatchewan Music Council, and chaired the Canadian Music Centre’s Prairie Regional Council. He has arranged or composed pieces for woodwinds, including a series of 50 solos for school use in 1985. Dr. Kaplan devotes much of his time to his community. The Saskatoon Klezmer Band, Zmarim, was formed in 1985 after some informal “kibitzing” at a Bar Mitzvah. He has organized events such as the Festival of Faith for Multi-Faith Saskatoon, as well as the musical activities for the annual Holocaust Memorial and Remembrance Day services. In 2010, former international students Xiaoping “Bob” Xu and Ling Chen, of China, donated a $1 million scholarship fund to the U of S Music Department in Dr. Kaplan’s name.
February 4, 2012
MAESTRO VICTOR SAWA AND SOME OF THE “STARS” OF THE SSO
At the Movies – A Night of Oscar®Award-Winning Music
The Conexus Pops Series is generously sponsored by
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre, 7:30 pm
Maestro Victor Sawa conductor
Elmer Bernstein The Magnificent Seven Henry Mancini Mancini Suite Klaus Badelt Pirates of the Caribbean Maurice Jarre Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago John Williams Jaws Max Steiner Gone with the Wind intermission
Jerry Goldsmith Patton Suite Rodgers and Hammerstein The Sound of Music Elton John The Lion King John Williams Harry Potter Thanks to Darren’s Music Place, the Roxy Theatre & Rainbow Cinemas, Gyro Productions Trudy Janssens - Photography One 2 One, Masala Model & Talent, for production assistance.
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THE magnificent seven
Nominated, 1960 – Best Original Score
Over the course of his career Elmer Bernstein was nominated for 14 Oscars® but only won once (Thoroughly Modern Millie). However, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Academy. His score for The Magnificent Seven also won him a Western Heritage Award.
Victor Sawa conductor Victor Sawa is a triple threat of talent, experience and personal dynamism in the orchestral world. Music Director of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, he holds similar positions with orchestras in Sudbury and Regina. Maestro Sawa 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 been a guest conductor 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.
Henry Mancini was nominated for 18 Academy Awards and he won four—two for Best Original Song (‘Moon River’ and ‘The Days of Wine and Roses’) and two for Best Original Score (‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and ‘Victor Victoria’).
lara’s theme - dr. zhivago
1965 – Best Original Score
1965 was the year ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Dr. Zhivago’ squared off at the Oscars®. Each had ten nominations and each came away with five awards. Maurice Jarre was the winner for Zhivago’s musical score. Lyricist Paul Francis Webster later added words to Lara’s Theme to create the instant hit ‘Somewhere My Love.’
pirates of the caribbean
5 nominations (but none for its rousing score) (2003)
Creative differences in the scoring of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean—The Cure of the Black Pearl’ resulted in composer Hans Zimmer being asked to take over. He was busy with other work and suggested Klaus Badelt. Badelt didn’t wish to return to write the music for later sequels in the Pirates franchise, saying he thought it would be a boring task. “What would I do,” he asked, “write the same music again?”
1975 – Best Original Score
John Williams wrote the score for ‘Jaws,’ the Steven Spielberg movie that signalled the birth of the summer blockbuster. The film’s score is ranked sixth on the American Film Institute’s ‘100 Years of Film Scores.’ inTune 13
The ‘shark’ theme, with its alternating pattern of two notes, E and F, is a classic of suspense. On the soundtrack, it was performed by tuba player Tommy Johnson.
gone with the wind
13 nominations, including Best Original Score (did not win), 1939 – Won Best Picture
Max Steiner, who emigrated to the U.S. from Austria, was trained by classical composers Brahms and Mahler. He is considered the “father of film music.” His iconic score for ‘Gone with the Wind’ was written in only three months, while he also scored three other movies. Although it failed to win an Oscar®, losing to ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ Steiner’s composition is ranked as the second-greatest film score of all time by the American Film Institute.
from a typical war movie score. It contains two marches—the Patton March, now often performed at American state occasions, and the Winter March, darker but still impressive. Goldsmith used echoing trumpet triplets throughout the movie to represent General Patton’s belief in reincarnation—a device that has been called “one of the most ingenious ... in film music history.”
the sound of music
10 nominations, 1965 – Won five, including Best Picture and Best Score (Adaptation)
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s last Broadway musical collaboration (1959) went on to become one of the most popular movies of all time, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Oscar Hammerstein died in 1960, before the film was made, patton so when Richard Rodgers wrote two new 10 nominations, including Best Original Score songs for the film, he also wrote the lyrics. (did not win), 1970 – Won Best Picture
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4 nominations, winning Best Original Score and Best Original Song, 1994
Disney’s animated film was scored by Hans Zimmer, who received an Academy Award for his work. However, he was upstaged by the star power of Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, who provided the songs for the movie and won an Oscar for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”
harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone
3 nominations, including Best Original Score (did not win), 2001
John Williams scored the first three movies in the Harry Potter franchise. The waltz-like ‘Hedwig’s Theme,’ woven throughout the music, was actually written for two of the film’s trailers. It was Williams’ contribution to the Tanglewood Festival’s annual benefit concert in 2001. Later Williams composed a nine-movement suite based on the score’s themes, with each movement highlighting a different section of the orchestra. inTune 14
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A BRASSY BENEFIT FOR THE SSO The Command Brass ensemble of the RCAF 17 Air Command Wing, Winnipeg, will perform at the Roxy Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 16. Joining them will be our SSO Brass Quintet. If you are a brass enthusiast or just love great music,it’s just $10 at the door and proceeds go to the SSO.
Valentine’s Day is coming up and the SSO Book and Music Sale are putting all the romantic reading you’ll need and more on sale at the SSO Building, 408 20th St. W., Saturday, February 11, from noon till 2:00 pm. Lara St. John and Daniel Smith, our talented guests for From Lara, With Love, will be there after rehearsal (approx. 1 pm) to autograph your purchases. Lara will autograph her CDs for you, too!
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come new corporate sponsors to the family of SSO business partners. They include SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SGI, and New Community Credit Union. Also thank you to those who have supported the SSO in kind, including Darren’s Music Place, St. John’s Music, Long & McQuade, Trudy Janssens - Photography One 2 One, Rosanna Parry Photography, and more we will list in the next issue.
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LARA ST. JOHN
From Lara, With Love TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre, 7:30 pm
Daniel Smith guest conductor Lara St. John violin
Miller Before Alline Smetana Má Vlast
Z českých luhů a hájů (Bohemia’s Forests and Meadows) Vltava (The Moldau) Blaník
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 (B. 108)
Allegro ma non troppo Adagio ma non troppo Finale: Allegro giocoso ma non troppo
Pre-Concert Talk Join Dr. David Kaplan to learn about the music in tonight’s
repertoire. TCU Place Green Room, 6:55 to 7:20 pm. Free with ticket to the concert.
Meet Lara St. John and Daniel Smith in the lobby after the concert. They will also sign purchases at the Valentines Book and Music Sale event at the SSO, 408 20th St. W., Saturday, February 11. Sale starts at noon, signing at 1 pm. inTune 18
Lara St. John
Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John has been described as “something of a phenomenon” by The Strad and a “highpowered soloist” by The New York Times. Ms. St. John has appeared as soloist with orchestras around the world including those of Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Hannover, London’s Royal Philharmonic, the Brazilian Symphony, China Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, among many others. She has made 10 recordings including seven for her own label, Ancalagon Records. In 2011 she won the Juno Award with her brother Scott and The Knights for their album Mozart. Lara began playing the violin when she was two years old. She made her first appearance as soloist with orchestra at age four, and her European debut when she was 10. Her teachers have included Felix Galimir and Joey Corpus. She performs on the 1779 “Salabue” Guadagnini thanks to an anonymous donor and Heinl & Co. of Toronto. Website: www.larastjohn.com
Daniel Smith guest conductor Young Australian conductor Daniel Smith is filling concert halls around the globe. Recent and future highlights include collaborations with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Sydney Symphony, Opéra Monte Carlo, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, the National Orchestra of Romania, Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, Opera i Filharmonia Podlaska, Orchestra della Toscana, Orquestra de Cadaqués, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Orchestra of Sofia and the Eminence Symphony Orchestra.
Successful in both symphonic and operatic genres, he has recently worked on productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cavalleria rusticana, Così fan tutte, Fanciulla del West, La Rondine, Der Rosenkavalier, Tosca, La traviata, Wozzeck, and others, as well the soundtrack for The Tower of Druaga and works of film composers John Williams and Joe Hisaishi. Winner of the Orchestra’s Choice Prize for Best Conductor in the 2011 Lutosławski International Conducting Competition, Grand Finalist in the 2011 Bucharest International Conducting Competition, most voted candidate on the world-wide web in the 2009 Malko International Conducting Competition and winner of the 2009 Brian Stacey Conducting Prize, Daniel was voted the “Person To Watch in 2010” by Fairfax Media International. Daniel has been a member of several international juries and is regularly invited to give masterclasses around the world. He was Assistant Conductor and protégé to Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti, working with some of the world’s most eminent orchestras, and has studied under Maestri Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Jorma Panula, Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff, Imre Pallo and Harry Spence Lyth. He holds a Master of Music degree, two Fellowships in Music and five Diplomas of Merit from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Vysoká škola múzických umení v Bratislave, Accademia Musicale Chigiana Siena, Trinity College London, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the American Academy of Conducting. Daniel has been involved in music since learning the flute at the age of 6. He studied at the Berky Music Academy for 15 years, and later, with William Bennett and Sir James Galway. He held the position of Principal Flute with the SBS Radio & Television Orchestra and was accepted into Cirque du Soleil’s Talent Bank. His conducting debut, at age 16, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, was broadcast around Australia on Television Network 9. Website: www.danielsmithonline.com
Michael Miller 1932– BEFORE ALLINE Originally from Portugal, Miller taught piano, composition, and theory at Mount Allison University, where he was awarded Professor Emeritus status. The composition ‘Before Alline,’ written in 1989, is part of a three act opera about the effects of the American Revolutionary War on the Maritimes. The opera is based on the life of Henry Alline, a New Light preacher and itinerant evangelist in Nova Scotia at the time of the Revolution. Around Alline had its premiere in February 1990, in a performance by the music department of Mount Allison University.
Bedřich Smetana 1824–1884 MA vlast Czech composer Bedřich Smetana developed a musical style that became closely identified with his country’s aspirations to independent statehood from the Austrian Empire. The first examples of his nationalistic music were written in 1848, in part as a result of his experience as a member of the Svornost (Citizen’s Army) where he helped
man the barricades on the Charles Bridge against the troops of Emperor Ferdinand. Ma Vlast (My Country or My Fatherland) is a series of six symphonic poems that Smetana wrote between 1874 and 1879, and is the first of his large scale works that are independent of words. Although often performed as a single work in six movements, each of the movements was written as a separate entity. The complete set was first performed in 1882. At the performance “Everyone rose to their feet and the same storm of unending applause was repeated after each of the six parts. At the end of Blaník (the final part) the audience was beside itself and the people could not bring themselves to take leave of the composer.” What is remarkable is that Smetana had become completely deaf by the end of 1874, before much of Má Vlast had been written. In the winter of 1882-83 Smetana began to suffer from depression, insomnia, hallucinations, and a temporary loss of speech. In February 1884, the composer ceased to be coherent and was committed to an asylum in April of that year, where he passed away the following month.
Bohemia’s Forests and Meadows First performed on December 10, 1875, this piece describes the beauty of the Czech countryside, in the form of a tone poem that tells no real story, but includes a section evoking the grandeur of the forest, and the depiction of a village festival. The Moldau First performed on April 4 1875, Smetana utilized tone painting in one of his best known and internationally famous tunes, an adaptation of La Mantovana, to evoke the sounds of the great rivers of Bohemia. Blaník First performed on January 4, 1880, this piece is named for the mountain Blaník, inside which legend says that an army of knights led by St. Wenceslas sleep. The story goes that the knights will awake and help the country in its time of greatest need. Smetana uses the theme from a Hussite hymn that makes reference to the eventual victorious rise of the Czech nation.
Dvořák spent a number of years working and teaching in New York. Some of his better known works include the New World Symphony, Slavonic Dances, American String Quartet, Cello Concerto in B Minor, and the choral work Stabat Mater. The Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, was the second of the three concertos that Dvořák composed and orchestrated. He had met the great violinist Joseph Joachim in 1878 and decided to write a concerto for him. It was finished in 1879, but Joachim was skeptical of the way the work was constructed, and never played the piece. The concerto was premiered in 1883 in Prague by the violinist Frantisek Ondricek, who also gave its first performances in Vienna and London. “Smetana was the one who founded Czech music, but Antonín Dvořák was the one who popularized it.” (Schoenberg) Program notes prepared by Tom Dreyer. © 2011
violin concerto in a minor Dvořák, a composer of romantic music, often incorporated the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia into his works. His father was a butcher and sometime player of the zither, who hoped that his son would follow in his footsteps, but Antonin had other ideas. Dvořák studied the organ and became an accomplished player of the violin and viola. His professional career began at 18, and he wrote his first string quartet at the age of 20. Dvořák played the viola in the Bohemian Provisional Theater Orchestra, conducted during part of that time by Bedřich Smetana. Working with the father of the Czech style of music would have had a profound impact on Dvořák’s compositions. Johannes Brahms was an admirer of Dvořák’s work and also had a tremendous influence on him, and the two became good friends.
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Brass-Lovers Special February 16, 2012
In Concert: “Command Brass” from the RCAF Band, Winnipeg with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet Roxy Theatre, 320 - 20th St. W., 7:00 pm
A Benefit Concert for the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
Brass ensemble of the RCAF Band, Wininpeg Command Brass is an ensemble drawn from the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, 17 Wing, Winnipeg. Although it has a large repertoire of well-known classical pieces, it also performs a wide array of jazz and contemporary music selections. Command Brass is known for its versatility, and its concerts present both the bold and warm musical colours that brass instruments are loved for.
Brass concerts are infrequent events, so here’s your chance to hear one of the best quintets in the country perform in the wonderful acoustics of the Roxy Theatre. The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra’s own Brass Quintet will join Command Brass on stage for a skillful, fun celebration of great music that will warm the hearts of even the most brazen brass enthusiast—all in support of your symphony orchestra.
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Silence is Golden Silent Movie Event February 25, 2012
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Silence is Golden presented by The Thief of Bagdad (1924) The Roxy Theatre, 320 - 20th St. W., 1 pm and 7 pm 321 20th St. West, Saskatoon, SK P 653-1300 F 653-4711
Score performed live by The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Sponsored in part by Brian Unverricht conductor Rick Friend Silent Movie Pianist
The Thief of Bagdad DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS The chief star and producer of ’The Thief of Bagdad’ wrote scripts that fit his gallant, optimistic persona. Starring in his own movies since the early 1920’s, Douglas Fairbanks, “America’s greatest exponent of the smile,” appeared in and wrote stories for ‘The Mark of Zorro,’ ‘The 3 Musketeers,’ ‘Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood,’ ‘The
Thief of Bagdad,’ ‘The Black Pirate,’ ‘The Gaucho’ and ‘The Iron Mask.’ ‘The Thief of Bagdad,’ was his biggest adventure film, costing $2 million, with a long production time. It is based on a popular story from the Tales of the Arabian Nights, invoking elaborate sets, and lavish costumes. Critically acclaimed, it made the “Top Ten List” of The New York Times.
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Brian Unverricht conductor Born, raised, and educated in the province of Saskatchewan, Brian pursued further studies in New Jersey, Australia, Strasbourg, and the University of Calgary. For many years he taught band, choir, jazz studies, guitar, and general music in Saskatoon, Australia, PEI, and the DND schools in Germany.He is currently a sessional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan, teaching music education. While at Evan Hardy Collegiate, Brian was music director for 15 musicals and commissioned eight Saskatoon composers to write music for various performing groups. As a writer he has been published in Cadenza, the International Trombone Association Journal, and Canadian Winds, was editor of the Sask. Band Association journal, contributed to local music curricula, and wrote a high school guitar course. Brian has often served as a low brass clinician, a director and coordinator for band camps and brass days or Jazz Days at Hardy, an adjudicator for music festivals, and the regional rep for the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association. In 2004 he received SMEA’ s outstanding Achievement Award that recognizes outstanding accomplishment and an ongoing dedication to excellence in music.
As a trombonist, Brian has been a member of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra since the late sixties, and has performed with numerous groups in a wide variety of genres over the years, including the Metro Jazz Ensemble and the Saskatoon Klezmer band. Brian conducted the SSO’s performance of ‘The General’ last season.
Rick Friend piano A native of Clifton, New Jersey, Rick Friend studied piano and composition at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. Rick became interested in silent movies in high school when, just for fun, he and his friends rented a 20 minute version of Buster Keaton’s ‘The General’ from the library. Watching it in silence for a few minutes irked his curiosity to go to the piano and start improvising for the film as it played. From then on, he was hooked on silent movie improv music. Serious improvisations began 20 years later at the Loyola Movie Palace in Los Angeles, where he accompanied international silent movies such as ‘Faust’ and ‘Madame Dubarry.’ After moving to Canada, he played for four seasons of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Open Vault Series, and in 1987 began playing for the Toronto Film Society. He became inTune 27
involved in Cinemateque Ontario, accom– panying their showings of Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis,’ and Carl Dreyer’s ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc.’ Later, he mounted a showing of ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ with his own score for nine musicians at The Music Gallery in Toronto.
a dramatic short film, ‘The Red Window.’ His piece ‘Wilcox Street’ for brass quintet was performed in L.A. in the spring, 2000. Rick’s passion for live music for silent movies is the symphony, which, with its infinite variety of colours, serves well the values, moods, and feelings in these works of art from the Golden Age of the ‘silent’ screen.
Rick has appeared as soloist,performing his arrangements for ‘The Mark of Zorro,’ ‘The General,’ ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ ‘Nosferatu,’ and ‘The Thief of Bagdad,’ with many orchestras including symphony orchestras in Fort Worth, Atlanta, Quebec City, Springfield (MA), Regina, Victoria, Saskatoon, Elgin (IL), Interlochen (MI), and the Ocean City Pops in New Jersey. Last March, Rick made his third appearance at the Savannah Music Festival, Georgia, accompanying Murnau’s ‘Sunrise.’ In 1997, Rick helped Toronto honor their own Mary Pickford (1891–1979) in a TV biography, ‘The Life and Times of Mary Pickford,’ on CBC. The same year, he scored
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Students Are Special Friday, March 9, 2012
SGI SSO College Challenge
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre, 10:00 am
with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and
University of Saskatchewan Music Department Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion students
Rossini Barber of Seville Bizet Suite 1 from Carmen Grieg Peer Gynt Suite #1 Vaughan Williams English Folksong Suite Williams The Imperial March (from â€˜Star Warsâ€™)
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Take the SGI College Challenge What happens when you team up the professional musicians from the Saskatoon Symphony with brass, woodwind, and percussion students from the U of S Music Department? It’s bound to raise the roof and create quite a stir. The Saskatoon Symphony presents this excellent opportunity for students in Grade 6 to 12 to experience a live orchestral event at TCU Place. It’s designed specifically for this age group— especially for students with an interest in band, music and other arts—but is open to anyone. Tickets are $14.00 (including service charge). On stage, in addition to professional musicians from the SSO, will be music students from the U of S who have been selected through an audition process.
The challenge? – to play select pieces of music with the professionals of the SSO. A challenge will also be issued to the audience to tweet comments and questions, which will be displayed on an overhead screen. Some onstage musicians will be tweeting also, making the experience interactive. Prior to arriving at TCU Place, audience members will be able to download free software onto their cell phones, allowing them to become musical instruments. Impromptu performances will be encouraged in the lobby as the audience arrives. The U of S Music Department will also be mounting lobby displays featuring information about their music programs. The SGI SSO College Challenge is a chance to see the development of talent at many levels and an opportunity for music lovers of all ages to experience an outstanding Friday morning in the company of great music and excellent musicians.
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Saskatoon Symphony Supporters Circle 2011–2012 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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THE PRODUCERS A New Mel Brooks Musical
Book by MEL BROOKS and THOMAS MEEHAN Music and Lyrics by MEL BROOKS Original direction and choreography by Susan Stroman By special arrangement with StudioCanal
Outrageous, hilarious, a teeny bit offensive, off the wall, and the winner of a record 12 Tony Awards. You will find yourself holding your sides with laughter as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom sing and dance their way through the greatest show biz scam there ever was! Mature content
Directed by Ron Knoll Produced by Peter England June 30 – July 8 | Frank & Ellen Remai Arts Centre THE PRODUCERS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212‐ 541‐4684 Fax: 212‐397‐4684 www.MTIShows.com
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Saskatoon Symphony Supporters Circle 2011â€“2012 season Serenade (continued)
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GYRO PRODUCTIONS PROUD SPONSOR OF THE SSO, VICTOR SAWA - MUSIC DIRECTOR
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Gyro Productions Masters Series Sunday, March 18, 2012
THE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY CHORUS
Voices of Spring
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre, 7:30 pm
Maestro Victor Sawa conductor University and Community Chorus and Greystone Singers, both directed by Graham Codling Monica Huisman soprano Garry Gable bass-baritone
A German Requiem
Chorus: Selig sind die da Leid tragen (Blessed are they that mourn) Chorus: Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras (Behold, all flesh is as the grass) Solo & Chorus: Herr, lehre doch mich (Lord, let me know mine end)
Chorus: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (How lovely are thy dwellings) Solo & Chorus: Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (Ye now have sorrow) Solo & Chorus: Denn wir haben hie (For we have here no abiding city) Chorus: Selig sind die Toten (Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord)
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Photo: Shaun Bzdel
THE GREYSTONE SINGERS
The University and Community Chorus The University and Community Chorus, with an annual membership of approximately one hundred twenty singers, is an excellent example of the community outreach program of the University of Saskatchewan Department of Music. The Chorus draws approximately half its membership from the University student body, faculty and staff, with the remainder consisting of community members from Saskatoon and area. Besides presenting concerts to Saskatoon audiences and collaborating with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus, the Chorus regularly performs choral-orchestral masterworks with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra such as the Requiems of Verdi, Mozart, Fauré, Duruflé, and Brahms; Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. The conductor, Graham Codling, is also a saxophonist, pianist, singer and composer. He was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, and earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 1992. Mr. Codling has worked as a music teacher in
elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools as well as a church musician in the United States and Canada. Besides conducting the Cecilian Singers (of Saskatoon), he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in music from the University of Saskatchewan with a specialization in Choral Conducting and Music Education. Website: http://www.usask.ca/music/ ensembles/uchorus.html
The Greystone Singers The Greystone Singers is a mixed-voice choir open by audition to all University of Saskatchewan students who love singing and enjoy learning a challenging and varied repertoire—from traditional and classical to sacred and secular, including folk songs and spirituals in a variety of languages and styles. Since 1958, when they were first organized, nearly two thousand young men and women have sung with this award-winning ensemble. This year’s choir consists of fortythree students from the Colleges of Arts and Science, Education, Engineering, Kinesiology, Edwards School of Business, and Graduate Studies, as well as majors in the Department of Music. inTune 41
Over the past twelve years the Greystone Singers have been national semifinalists in such competitions as the biennial CBC National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs and the Association of Canadian Choral Communities National Choral Competition, also winning second prize in the University Choirs category in 2006 and 2010. Besides performing at local events, festivals, and with the SSO, the “Greystones” annually tour throughout Saskatchewan. They make frequent appearances elsewhere in Canada, and, occasionally, the U.S., Europe, and other countries, including Cuba. In 2007 the choir performed in Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, and at Mazaryk University in Brno. In 2010 they toured China performing in Shanghai, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Beijing Institute of Technology, and the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, followed by a performance in Saskatoon at Podium—the national biennial convention of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities.
Monica Huisman soprano
Touted as the ‘next great voice on the Canadian Opera scene’ (Winnipeg Free Press) lyric soprano Monica Huisman, born and raised in Winnipeg, received her operatic training at the University of Toronto. She completed two years as resident soprano for the Vancouver Opera’s Young Artists Ensemble, and continued on to the International Opera Centre of the Netherlands, making her European debut at the famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam performing the role of Garsenda in Francesca da Rimini.
The conductor, Gerald Langner, is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan. A native of Jansen, Saskatchewan, he received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from West Texas A & M and Michigan State Universities. A recipient of the Dwaine Nelson Master Teacher Award in 2004, a past president of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation and a recipient of its Pro Musica award in 2010, Dr. Langner teaches classes in music and music education and remains active as a clinician and adjudicator for workshops and festivals throughout Canada.
She appeared for Vancouver Opera (Frasquita, Carmen), Pacific Opera Victoria (Musetta, La Bohème; Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni; Frasquita, Carmen; the Fox, Cunning Little Vixen), with Manitoba Opera (Musetta, La Bohème; Pamina, The Magic Flute; Fiordiligi, Cosi Fan Tutte), and with Edmonton and Calgary Opera (Ellen, Lakme). She collaborated with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the NAC Orchestra in Mark Goddens’ world premiere of The Magic Flute, as well as Strauss’ Four Last Songs. On very short notice, she stepped into the role of Micaela in Opera Hamilton’s Carmen, in which Opera Canada hailed her the ‘star of the show.’ This season, she will also be heard in Winnipeg in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.
Website: http://www.usask.ca/music/ ensembles/greystones.html
Awards include: regional finalist, Metropolitan National Council auditions; finalist, International Vocal Competition ‘s’Hertogenbosch’ (Netherlands); first prize, Debut Young artist recital series; first prize, Czech/Slovak competition, Montreal; finalist in the Jeunesses Ambassadeurs Lyriques competition in Montreal.
Victor Sawa conductor See Maestro Sawa’s bio on p. 13
Johannes Brahms 1833–1897 A GERMAN REQUIEM
bass-baritone Garry Gable resides in Saskatoon where he teaches vocal studies and directs the Music Theatre Ensemble at the University of Saskatchewan. He was named a recipient of the 2011 Provost’s Awards for Outstanding Teaching at the University of Saskatchewan. Among his many students over the years are winners of CMFTA Nationals, Gordon Wallace Opera Competition, SRMTA, Provincials, and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Regional). He is widely sought as an adjudicator and clinician. Mr. Gable’s performing career has taken him across Canada and the USA in Broadway and all types of classical music, drama, and in-concert and stage presentations. He has performed several times in recital in China, where he is adjunct faculty in music conservatories in Wuhan and Tianjin. He has been heard several times on the CBC-Radio both regionally and nationally. In Saskatchewan, Garry has been seen on-stage with Saskatoon Opera as Frank in Die Fledermaus, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Alcindoro in La Bohème, Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, and this past fall in the role of Merlin in SOA’s re-vamped King Arthur. He has performed with Persephone Theatre as Maurice in Beauty and the Beast. There have been many appearances with the Saskatoon Symphony in several of Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the Bruckner Mass in F, Walton’s Façade and others.
Brahms completed the German Requiem in 1867, when he was 34, with the exception of the fifth movement, which he added later in order to achieve a more balanced structure. In its incomplete form Ein Deutsches Requiem was first heard in Bremen Cathedral on Good Friday 1868. The final version was performed the following year at Leipzig’s famous concerthall, the Gewandhaus. Brahms may have written the Requiem in memory of his mother, who died in 1856; it is equally possible that he had in mind his great friend and mentor, Robert Schumann, whose madness and tragic death had profoundly affected him. The composer himself gave no indication. As with all great music, the universal message of its vision transcends the circumstances of its conception. Brahms used the Lutheran Bible rather than the customary Latin one, compiling the text himself from both Old and New Testaments, and from the Apocrypha. It has little in common with the conventional Requiem Mass, and omits the horrors of the Last Judgement and any final plea for mercy or prayers for the dead. It also makes only a passing reference in the last movement to Christian redemption through the death of Jesus. Not surprisingly, the title of “Requiem” has at times been called into question, but Brahms stated intention was to write a Requiem to comfort the living, not one for the souls of the dead. Consequently the work focuses on faith in the Resurrection rather than fear of the Day of Judgement. Despite its unorthodox text, the German Requiem was immediately recognised as a masterpiece of exceptional vision, and it finally confirmed Brahms’ reputation as a composer of international stature. Excerpted from notes by John Bawden. inTune 43
The Red and Black Affair ~ Think Inspired Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and Saskatoon Opera are having an affair! Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 A Gala evening with Richard Margison The Adam Ballroom, Delta Bessborough The Red and Black Affair promises to be a night you won’t be able to forget! The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and Saskatoon Opera are ecstatic to host a gala that is certain to start some rumours. It’s all about world class tastes. If you have a taste for art collecting, you’re in luck! An art auction in the Grand Lobby will feature Saskatchewan’s best artists. An array of artistic originals featuring works that are unique to the Red and Black Affair – redefining the adage “one of a kind”. The chefs of the Delta Bessborough and the culinary team at Cava Secreta have designed a tantalizing menu that pairs perfectly with scintillating wines – enjoy your meal as sommeliers from Cava Wines and Spirits serve superlative wines that will fascinate your senses. But the night’s not over...always wanted to experience music that is world class calibre? Tenor Richard Margison is one of the greatest living opera singers – he is a favourite of the audiences of all the great concert halls of the world, and a star the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The room will be filled with the lush tones of Richard’s voice and the exhilarating sounds of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in this special performance of music that is sure to set the mood for the rest of your night! Did we mention that you have to wear red or black? Are you as excited as we are?
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Adapted by Patrick Barlow From the novel by John Buchan From the movie by Alfred Hitchcock Directed by Robert Metcalfe
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what to wear First time concert goers mention their surprise at the variety of dress in the audience—from jeans to evening wear, you’ll see it all. The Conexus Pops Series concerts are opportunities to dress according to theme, especially the annual Oscar® music night. Whatever you choose to wear, be comfortable and have fun.
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Published on Jan 23, 2012
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