Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra 2011-2012 season brochure Aug 3, 2011

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Maestro Victor Sawa Music Director

Welcome to our 2011 – 2012 Season


It’s About Your Life Click to download document

Gyro Productions Masters Series Celebrate passion and romance, beginnings and endings, the exotic and the familiar. It’s music that is about your life! All concerts at TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre, 7:30 pm

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Saturday, September 10, 2011 Youthful Saskatoon-born pianist Helen Kashap returns home to join the SSO in an evening of rousing performances marking the start of the concert season. It’s music that’s meant to welcome you back to the Symphony and even put a spring in your step. Maestro Victor Sawa conductor Helen Kashap piano Ridout: Fall Fair Overture Grieg: Concerto for Piano (Helen Kashap, piano) Brahms: Symphony No. 2

classics for skepticS Bridal edition Saturday, October 15, 2011

Don’t care for classical music? Maestro Sawa has the cure—an evening of short, smash hits from the Masters. It’s music you know and love, but never thought of as “classical.” Great music is essential to great events, and what’s greater or more eventful than a wedding? Presented by: Maestro Victor Sawa conductor Rossini: Overture to Barber of Seville; Debussy: Clair de Lune; Bizet: Carmen Suite 1; Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Op. 11 - Movt. 1 Intermezzo, Movt. 3 March; Smetana: The Bartered Bride, Dance of the Comedians; Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61 Wedding March; Pachebel: Canon; Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet


Saturday, November 19, 2011 Canada’s masters of the classical guitar ignite the stage with a lightning-fast performance of a Rodrigo masterpiece and Vienna-based conductor Alexei Kornienko returns by popular demand to conduct Ravel’s sensuous and steamy Bolero. Travel to a land of Moorish castles, flamenco, and the scent of lemon in the air. Start pouring the sangria! Canadian Guitar Quartet guitar Alexei Kornienko conductor Glinka: Jota Aragonesa de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance Rodrigo: Concierto Andeluz for 4 Guitars (Canadian Guitar Quartet) Massenet: Ballet Music from Le Cid Ravel: Bolero

Live Classical Music - Dazzling Guests FROM LARA, WITH LOVE

Saturday, February 11, 2012 A Valentine celebration with a youthful flair. International violin sensation Lara St. John’s “passionate performance” makes “the temperature rise, regardless of the season.” Australian Daniel Smith made his conducting debut at age 16 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and is now filling concert halls around the globe, working with the likes of Gustavo Dudamel. Lara and Daniel on stage together will be electrifying. Daniel Smith, guest conductor Lara St. John, violin Smetana: Ma Vlast Miller: Before Alline Dvorak: Violin Concerto (Lara St. John, violin)


Sunday, March 18, 2012 In a rare Sunday evening event, the University’s 150-member chorus and the Greystone Singers, with two of Canada’s most-talented singers, raise their voices in a masterpiece of genius and vision. Its monumental message of comfort, hope and renewal speaks to us about awakening and new life— perfect for the start of spring. University and Community Chorus & Greystone Singers, directed by Graham Codling Monica Huisman soprano Garry Gable bass-baritone Maestro Victor Sawa conductor Brahms: German Requiem

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Saturday, May 19, 2012 Exciting and epic, Mahler’s “Fifth” unleashes awe-inspiring power and fury and then recedes to caress the soul with tenderness. Its brilliance was used to perfection in the movie “Death in Venice” and now you will experience it live. Plus, the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra joins the SSO for the first half of the concert. It’s an ambitious event that will end the season on a high note. Maestro Victor Sawa conductor With the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96 Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite II Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Let loose and get into the groove with the power of a great orchestra, stellar guests who will raise the roof, and events that will make your Symphony experience fun and fabulous! All concerts at TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre, 7:30 pm


Saturday, September 24, 2011 Canada’s most accomplished leading man and original star of Phantom of the Opera (Raoul & Phantom), salutes men of the Broadway musical through stories and music, including showstoppers from Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma and Mame, to name just a few. It’s a journey through song and laughter that will leave you breathless as you dream “The Impossible Dream” and marvel in “The Music of the Night.” Mark Payne is a sought-after conductor who serves as music director for the Starbright Summer Festival and the opera program at the University of Western Ontario, as well as chorus master & pianist for Orchestra London. David Rogers baritone Mark Payne conductor

CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR - A Tribute to the Beatles with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Saturday, January 21, 2012

What would the Beatles have sounded like backed by a full symphony orchestra? Find out when four musicians who look and sound just like them present some 30 Beatles tunes with the SSO, including ‘Penny Lane’ with a full trumpet section, and ‘Yesterday’ with acoustic guitar and a complement of strings. The Los Angeles Times says the four Classical Mystery Tour mop-tops have “a high goose-bump quotient,” and “the crowd stood and bellowed for more.” John Owen (John Lennon) Tony Kushman (Paul McCartney) John Brosnan (George Harrison) Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) Maestro Victor Sawa conductor


Saturday, February 4, 2012 Don your awards-worthy bling or come as your favourite movie character. Step into Hollywood’s glitziest night and walk the red carpet into Maestro Sawa’s tribute to award-winning movie music, happening right in the heat of the current Oscar race. Get ready to mark your ballot, members of the SSO Academy! Maestro Victor Sawa conductor

FOR MICHAEL - THE MUSIC OF Presented by MICHAEL JACKSON Saturday, April 21, 2012

The King of Pop’s musical legacy lives on. From early songs like ‘Rockin’ Robin’ and ‘ABC’ to charttoppers like ‘Billy Jean,’ ‘Beat It,’ ‘Human Nature,’ and ‘Thriller,’ Gavin Hope and the Jeans ‘n Classics vocal and rock ensemble will highlight Jackson’s R&B and soul roots and his rise as an international pop icon. With the powerful sound of the Symphony, the audience will be chanting, ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til We Get Enough.’ Gavin Hope lead vocals Kathryn Rose backup Katalin Kiss backup Lis Soderberg backup Jeans ‘n Classics Band Maestro Victor Sawa conductor

Holiday Season Concerts What would the holiday season be without great music? Take time to enjoy the best of the season with these Saskatoon Symphony traditions. With the Holiday Package you can enjoy both concerts at a special price.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Third Avenue United Church, 7:30 pm A Saskatoon tradition, Handel’s masterpiece is once again presented in a setting of soaring beauty. A magnificent chorus and gifted soloists join the orchestra for this fantastic and moving concert. Come and experience the exuberant Hallelujah chorus, For Unto Us a Child is Born, Rejoice, The Trumpet Shall Sound, and much more, in a brilliant performance ranging from sublime tenderness to overwhelming power! Mary Joy Nelson soprano / Heather Molloy mezzo-soprano Michael Harris tenor / Jordie Hughton bass Maestro Victor Sawa conductor Note: General (rush) seating applies for this event.

Symphony hOLIDAY SPECTacular Saturday, December 10, 2011

TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre, 7:30 pm Dreaming of a White Christmas? Maestro Sawa is. What if he added a dash of green, and the sparkle of little sugar plum fairies, and the ringing of sleigh bells? Back by popular demand, the Holiday Special is a night to celebrate traditions and make some new ones. Join Gainer the Gopher in a distinctly green and white carol singalong, warm your heart as dancing tots add charm to the Nutcracker, and experience the beauty of the season as the orchestra performs holiday melodies from old chestnuts to timeless classics. Featuring Irish-born singer Stephen Maguire Gainer the Gopher Studio One Dancers Zodiac Tapestry Handbells Maestro Victor Sawa conductor

Classics for Kids Series SYLVIA’S STORIES IN MUSIC Sunday, October 2, 2011

TCU Place, Centennial Hall, 2:30 pm Popular children’s entertainer Sylvia Chave (Singing with Sylvia) returns with musical tales by classical composers, for children ages 3 to 8. Short and exciting with familiar characters and timeless music, these stories are told with Sylvia’s off-the-wall zaniness and ability to entertain children and adults alike. Sylvia Chave storyteller Dr. Glen Gillis conductor Ravel: Mother Goose Suite; Saint-Saëns: Carnival Free Culture Days Carnival of the Animals Starts at 2 pm-instrument petting zoo, face painting, refreshments and more! Sponsored by


TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre, 2:30 pm What is a bird if she has no song? It’s a cold winter day when Griffle the Great—the magical musical wizard—meets the sad and songless Gimquat bird. Soon the two are off on a tumble through time, searching for the Gimquat’s missing music. It’s an adventure that takes them from monasteries to Mozart and from rap to Ravel. After more than 200 performances around the world, this heart-warming tale told in Dr. Seuss-like verse, continues to garner rave reviews and keep audiences of all ages spellbound. Platypus Theatre guest performers Dr. Glen Gillis conductor

Students are Special! SSO COLLEGE CHALLENGE Friday, March 9, 2012

TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre, 10:00 am What happens when you spice up the orchestra with a dash of brass from the college crowd? Will they raise the roof or run for the hills? Whatever the result, it will be an opportunity for students and teachers to connect with some great music and talented musicians. Be there and witness the challenge— group and single tickets available. University of Saskatchewan Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion guest artists Copland: Fanfare
Rossini: Barber of Seville; Bizet: Carmen Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite 1; Vaughan Williams: English Folksong Suite

Music for a Sunday Afternoon Series Are you looking for more classical music? Do you want to relax in a beautiful setting with some amazing music? Presented in the Delta Bessborough’s elegant ballrooms, with smaller ensembles from the orchestra presenting musical gems and works ideally suited for these “close encounters” with the Symphony, this series is the perfect antidote to hectic weekends and a great way to get to know the SSO. All concerts at Delta Bessborough, 2:30 pm Sponsored by

SKETCHING A SUNDAY AFTERNOON Sunday, September 18, 2011

MacMillan: Two Sketches for String Quartet Bach: Oboe Quartet in B-flat Major, B. 60 Brahms: Serenade Op. 11


Sunday, November 6, 2011 Join the Saskatoon music community to honour celebrated Saskatoon composer and frequent SSO collaborator Monte Pishny-Floyd on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Pishny-Floyd: Three Canadian Postcards Johnson: Failing – A Very Difficult Piece for Solo String Bass Schubert: String Quartet in d minor, Death and the Maiden

souvenirs from childhood Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bizet: Jeux D’Enfants Jarroch: Detska Suite (Children’s Suite) Ravel: Mother Goose Suite Deak: Bremen Town Musicians

on the hunt for mozart Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mozart String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458, The Hunt Maslanka: Wind Quintet No. 1 Sibelius: En Saga (Septet)


Sunday, May 27, 2012

The final concert of the 2011-2012 season features a new work by SSO Principal Bass, Richard Carnegie. Beethoven: String Quartet Op.18, No.4 Gayfer: Suite for Woodwind Quintet Carnegie: New Composition Francaix: Octet

Silence is Golden - Silent Movie Festival the thief of baghdad (1924) Saturday, February 25, 2012 Roxy Theatre, 320 20th St. W. Matinee 1 pm; Evening 7 pm

Thrill to the charisma and acrobatics of Douglas Fairbanks in this lavish 1924 spectacle of the silent era, with a sumptuous score performed LIVE by the orchestra, and featuring the knowledgeable and nimble fingers of Los Angeles-based silent movie music guru Rick Friend on the piano. Ride a magic flying carpet, travel crowded bazaars, marvel at a genie and caverns of fire and smoke-belching dragons. Applaud as flying horses and armies rise from the dust. A visual delight and an adventure in LIVE surround sound, this unique experience is presented in the Spanish courtyard ambience of one of Canada’s last atmospheric movie palaces, conveniently located on Saskatoon’s growing cultural corridor. Rick Friend piano Brian Unverricht conductor Note: Tickets for this event are sold exclusively online at To purchase tickets click on link for preferred performance: 1 pm matinee All seats $22.53 plus GST 7 pm performance All seats $33.15 plus GST General (rush) seating applies. Presented in part by

Corporate and Community Partnerships Quality music, musicians, and mentorships are key to the success of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Maintaining the resources needed to fulfill our mandate requires the generosity of all levels of government, arts funding agencies, foundations, our corporate and small business community, and individuals too numerous to mention. The SSO is creating partnerships in the community that are mutually valuable and, in addition to our donors and volunteers, we wish to thank the following partners for their confidence and support.

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Subscriber Savings and Benefits! As a subscriber, you are entitled to a range of exclusive benefits that add value and convenience to your Symphony experience. SAVINGS! Save up to 10% off regular ticket prices by subscribing to any of our full series or packages. GUARANTEED SEATS Choose your favourite seats for the Masters and POPS Series and enjoy them the entire season— no need to worry about box office lineups or sell-outs. Music for a Sunday Afternoon, Messiah, and other concerts offer general (rush) seating, so you can arrive early and choose a seat anywhere in the house. FLEXIBLE, NO-RISK TICKET POLICY Lost your tickets? That’s not a problem for subscribers. We’ll replace them free of charge. TICKET EXCHANGES AND TAX RECEIPTS Can’t attend? You can exchange your tickets at the TCU Place Box Office for another concert of the same value OR receive a tax receipt if you donate them by returning them to the Saskatoon Symphony Office at least seven days before the concert. BE THE FIRST TO HEAR! Subscribers receive news about special concerts, fundraisers, and other items of interest. Send a message to if you’re not on the list and ask to be included in future updates. GROUP SEATING: Subscribers receive preferred seating on group sales. Bring 20 or more people and receive 20% off the single ticket price. Email or call the SSO Office at 665-6414 for more information.

SUBSCRIPTION AND TICKET PRICES Subscription and single ticket prices are listed in the back of this brochure and on our website at BUYING NON-SUBSCRIPTION TICKETS? Non-subscription tickets are available online at, in person at the TCU Place Box Office, or by phone at 975-7799 or toll-free 1-888-639-7770. GROUP DISCOUNTS Bring your friends to a concert and save! Groups of 20 or more receive 20% off single ticket prices. If you have a group of 10 or more, we are anxious to work with you. Email or call the SSO Office at 665-6414 for more information.

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Subscribers are special! Save 10% off regular ticket prices 

 Enjoy the same comfortable seat at each concert*  Receive special subscriber benefits (see previous page)  Be part of the Saskatoon Symphony family—special offers, and concert updates throughout the year! To purchase your subscription:  Download and complete an order form  Mail or take it to TCU Place Box Office, 35 - 22nd St. E. Saskatoon SK S7K 0C8  Or call 975-7799 (toll free 1.888.639.7770) Prices include all applicable taxes and fees.

Masters Series Subscription prices (10% discount applied) At TCU Place




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Section B Second Balcony, Main Floor Rows G-X Full Series




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Section C Third Balcony, Main Floor Rows A–F & Rows Y–Z Full Series




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Classics for Kids Series Subscription prices (10% discount applied) At TCU Place General admission

2-concert series $29.50

See TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre seating plan Dates and programs subject to change


POPS Series Subscription prices (10% discount applied) Full series

3 concerts

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Music for a Sunday Afternoon Series Subscription prices (10% discount applied) At Delta Bessborough General seating




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Holiday Concerts Subscription prices (10% discount applied) Includes: Ticket for Handel’s Messiah (at Third Ave United Church - general (rush) seating) PLUS ticket for Holiday Special (at TCU Place, reserved seating). Choose TCU Place seating from chart. Package price determined by Holiday Special seat location. Includes both concerts







Section A Grand Circle Total for package

Section B Second Balcony, Main Floor Rows G-X Total for package




Section C Third Balcony, Main Floor Rows A–F & Rows Y–Z Total for package




Single concert t Tickets to all our concerts (except the Thief of Baghdad†) are available through the TCU Place Box Office.

Online*: www. or By phone: call 975-7799, toll-free 1-888-639-7770 In person: TCU Place Box Office, 35 - 22nd St. E, Saskatoon

Masters Series ticket prices presented at TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre Includes $6.50 TCU Place Box Office service fee, plus taxes*




Section A – Grand Circle




Section B – Second Balcony, Main Floor Rows G-X




Section C – Third Balcony, Main Floor Rows A–F & Rows Y–Z




POPS Series ticket prices presented at TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre Includes $6.50 TCU Place Box Office service fee, plus taxes*


Grand Circle and Main Floor (all rows)


Second Balcony


Third Balcony


Holiday Special ticket prices presented at TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre Includes $6.50 TCU Place Box Office service fee, plus taxes*




Section A Grand Circle




Section B Second Balcony, Main Floor Rows G-X




Section C Third Balcony, Main Floor Rows A–F & Rows Y–Z




* Note: an additional TCU Place per order fee applicable to internet purchases will calculated and quoted at the time of purchase. † Thief of Baghdad tickets available at (see page 9)


Music for a Sunday Afternoon Series ticket prices presented at Delta Bessborough

Includes $3 TCU Place Box Office service fee, plus taxes* General seating







Messiah ticket prices

presented at Third Avenue United Church Includes $3 TCU Place Box Office service fee, plus taxes*


General seating


Classics for Kids Series ticket prices presented at TCU Place

All tickets Stories with Music, October 2 (Centennial Hall) Includes $3 TCU Place Box Office service fee. plus taxes*


How the Gimquat Found Her Song, April 1 (Sid Buckwold Theatre) Includes $4 TCU Place Box Office service fee & facility charge, plus taxes*


2012 SSO College Challenge ticket prices presented at TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre Includes $4 TCU Place Box Office service fee & facility charge, plus taxes* General seating See TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre seating plan

Dates and programs subject to change

All tickets $14

SUBSCRIPTION SALES AND BOX OFFICE TCU Place Box Office, 35 - 22nd Street, E. Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8 Phone (306) 975-7799 Toll-free 1-888-639-7770 Fax (306) 975-7761

SASKATOON SYMPHONY OFFICE 408 - 20th St. W., Saskatoon SK S7M 0X4 Phone (306) 665-6414 Fax (306) 652-3364 Email:


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