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Season 87 is all about exploring the sounds that reflect the incredible spirit of our home. We take pride in our commitment to Canadian artists and our work to bring Saskatchewan guests to the front of the stage. Furthering the boundaries of sound and developing new artists and new ideas is a big part of who we want to be and where we want to go. We need to capture Our Prairie Voice. With your donation to our Share in the Future campaign, we can realize the dream of recording music that is meaningful to us with artists whose work we love. From masterworks to music that must be heard, the SSO invites you to be part of our new season. Be present. Be challenged. Be inspired.

Share in the Future – Sharing Our Music The SSO has become one of the most vibrant and exciting cultural institutions in Canada. We need your help as it’s time to take our music beyond our stage. We have big plans for the funds raised through your gifts to the campaign. The Our Prairie Voice recording series will allow the SSO to capture the musical revolution taking place in Saskatoon. It creates work for our musicians, it creates a new revenue stream for our organization, and it creates a chance for us to share what’s happening in Saskatoon with Canada and beyond. With the generous support of the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation, all donations of $100 or more made before May 31 will be matched. With 1,000 donations of $100, we can realize our dream. Donors to the campaign will have exclusive access to a recording session in the upcoming season.

Masters 1 Opening Night

September 23, 7:30 PM, TCU Eric Paetkau, Music Director James Ehnes, Violin For Home – K. Lau* Concerto for violin – L. Beethoven Symphony No. 8 – A. Dvorak Feel the thrill of Dvorak 8 and Beethoven at the hands of superstar James Ehnes.

Masters With Tanya Tagaq

November 18, 7:30 PM, TCU Eric Paetkau, Music Director William Boan, Violin Tanya Tagaq, Vocalist Prelude & Liebestod – R. Wagner Concerto for Violin – S. Barber Thunder Drum – C. Hatzis* Qiksaatuq – C. Mayo, T. Tagaq

Masters 3 Homecoming

January 20, 7:30 PM, TCU Tania Miller, Conductor Guy Few, Trumpet


Saskatoon’s own William Boan makes his SSO solo debut alongside the highly anticipated return of the virtuosic and original Tanya Tagaq.

Pellèas et Mélisande – G. Faure Concerto for Trumpet – J. Estacio Symphony No. 3 – J. Brahms Two important homecomings in one night: trumpeter Guy Few and Maestra Tania Miller.

Masters 4 A Mass for Peace

Masters 5 Tchaikovsky 6

E February 10, 7:30 PM, TCU Eric Paetkau, Music Director Canadian Chamber Choir Greystone Singers Exaudi – J. Morlock Banks of Green Willow – G. Butterworth The Armed Man Mass – K. Jenkins The Year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. The Armed Man is the beginning of the SSO’s year-long dialogue of peace.

Masters 6 Season Finale

March 24, 7:30 PM, TCU Eric Paetkau, Music Director Anastasia Rizikov, Piano Saskatoon Youth Orchestra Richard Carnegie, Conductor Youth Overture – Ichmouratov Concerto for Piano No. 2 – C. Saint-Saens Symphony No. 6 – S. Tchaikovsky One of the most heart-wrenching pieces of music ever written; and, the SSO debut of a rising star, Anastasia Rizikov.

May 5, 7:30 PM, TCU Eric Paetkau, Music Director Gryphon Trio Through the Glass Darkly – D. McIntyre Triple Concerto – L. Beethoven Symphony No. 9 – D. Shostakovich To end a year of amazing music, we celebrate with Shostakovich 9 and the exceptional Gryphon Trio in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto!

Pops 1 Stardust – The Music of David Bowie

Pops 2 The Nutcracker Meets Duke Ellington October 14, 7:30 PM, TCU Janna Sailor, Conductor Jeans ’n Classics

December 2, 7:30 PM, TCU Eric Paetkau, Music Director Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra Dean McNeill, Conductor

Icon. Trailblazer. Trendsetter. The maverick of rock pop. Jeans ’n Classics come back to town with all of David Bowie’s hits!

A new Saskatoon tradition­—a must-see concert with the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra where jazz and Tchaikovsky collide for the ultimate Christmas cheer.

Pops 4 9 & 3/4s – The Music of Harry Potter

Pops 3 Don’t Give Yourself Away – The Music of Joni Mitchell March 3, 7:30 PM, TCU Vince Mendoza, Conductor Sarah Slean, Vocalist

Eric Paetkau, Music Director April 21, 7:30 PM, TCU

Arranger and conductor Vince Mendoza leads the SSO and Sarah Slean in the songs of prairie girl Joni Mitchell from her orchestral albums Both Sides Now and Travelogue.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sorcerer’s Stone with the SSO’s trip to the wizarding world!

Baroque Sunday Chamber Building Bridges

Baroque 1 – Four More Seasons November 4, 7:30 PM, Knox United Church Eric Paetkau, Music Director Pascale Giguere, Violin

Violinist Pascale Giguere joins the SSO for a performance of Piazzola’s Four Seasons and Baroque favourites.

Baroque 2 – Messiah December 15, 7:30 PM (Performance) December 16, 2 PM (Sing Along) Knox United Church Eric Paetkau, Music Director Saskatoon Symphony Chorus Duff Warkentin, Conductor Saskatoon’s longest running Christmas tradition! Feel the joy of the season and the Hallelujah Chorus.

Baroque 3 – Magnificat May 26, 7:30 PM, Knox United Chruch Eric Paetkau, Music Director Saskatoon Symphony Chorus Duff Warkentin, Conductor Stephanie Unverricht, Bassoon Saskatoon’s timeless masterpiece and Vivaldi’s beautiful Concerto in E minor for bassoon featuring our own Stephanie Unverricht.

Time for Toddlers Specifically designed for your mini-maestro, these parent and child experiences are perfect for your 2- to 4-year-old music lover. Explore music through movement, song and dance with SSO musicians. Let the music connect you and your child and send you both on a journey through melody, rhythm, colour and beautiful sound. Proudly supported by Federated Co-operatives Ltd.

Join Maestro Eric Paetkau and Executive Director Mark Turner, plus the occasional special guest in lively discussion about the upcoming Masters Series concert and beyond. A free event the Tuesday before each Masters concert at McNally Robinson.

Cocktail party, meets new music, meets pub trivia. We’ll give you ten days’ notice for these electric pop up concerts. Got dark?

Other Season Highlights Symphony Sips Wine Tasting Persian Baroque with Constantinople and the return of Silence is Golden with two classic Charlie Chaplin films!

Canada’s Orchestras The National Arts Centre Orchestra is embarking on a cross Canada tour, performing in every province, and making their Saskatchewan stop with us! Alexander Shelley and Jan Lisiecki headline the tour.

Making their first Saskatchewan appearance in decades, the NYO returns to Saskatoon for a summer Sunday concert.

Ritornello Chamber Music Festival A vibrant celebration of chamber music new and old featuring Saskatoon musicians and international guests artists. During ’17–’18 we’ll launch a unique collaboration between the SSO and Ritornello.

Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra Over the next few seasons, the SSO and SJO have some exciting collaborations in the works. We’re proud to partner on these one-of-a-kind concert experiences with the SJO.

Strata New Music Festival The SSO is a firm believer in new music and in our province’s need to foster the next generation of music makers. We’re happy to support the work of Strata!

University of Saskatchewan – The Music Department In 2017, the SSO signed a standing partnership with the University of Saskatchewan. We’re proud of our long history of work with the Department of Music, and look forward to many years of collboration and research.

Patrons Club Experience a VIP night at the symphony. A glass of wine, some hors d’oeuvres, and an incredible concert. Have somewhere to hang your coat, and mix and mingle with patrons and guest artists. The SSO’s Patrons Club is the perfect mix of supporting your favourite orchestra and having a great night out. Membership includes two (2) tickets in the Grand Circle to all Masters and Pops concerts, special complimentary events, and insider opportunities. Want it all? Upgrade to get two tickets for every series concert of the season. Patrons Club is great for business. Ask about ticket packages or sponsorships with club access.

VENUES Masters and Pops concerts are held at TCU Place, 36 22 St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8 Baroque concerts are held at Knox United Church, 838 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3H4. Seating is on a rush basis. Doors will open at least 45 minutes before performance. Chamber concerts, Time for Toddlers, After Dark and other special event locations will be announced.



Sid Buckwold Theatre, TCU Place Sec. A Main Floor, A – G Sec. B Main Floor, H – S Sec. C Main Floor, T – Z Sec. D Grand Circle Sec. E Second Balcony












































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August 6, 2 PM, TCU National Youth Orchestra September 23, 7:30 PM, TCU Masters 1 James Ehnes October 1, 2 PM Sunday Chamber 1 October 14, 7:30 PM, TCU Pops 1 Jeans ’n Classics

January 20, 7:30 PM, TCU Masters 3 Tania Miller & Guy Few January 28 Sunday Chamber 2 February 10, 7:30 PM, TCU Masters 4 Canadian Chamber Choir February 28, 9:30 & 11 AM Time for Toddlers 3

October 18, 9:30 & 11 AM Time for Toddlers 1

March 3, 7:30 PM, TCU Pops 3 Sarah Slean

October 23, 7:30 PM, TCU National Arts Centre Orchestra

March 24, 7:30 PM, TCU Masters 5 Anastasia Rizikov

November 4, 7:30 PM, Knox United Baroque 1 Pascale Giguere

April 21, 7:30 PM, TCU Pops 4 The Music of Harry Potter

November 18, 7:30 PM, TCU Masters 2 Tanya Tagaq & William Boan

April 25, 9:30 & 11 AM Time for Toddlers 4

November 29, 9:30 & 11 AM Time for Toddlers 2

May 5, 7:30 PM, TCU Masters 6 Gryphon Trio

December 2, 7:30 PM, TCU Pops 2 SJO December 15 & 16, Knox United Baroque 2 Messiah

May 13 Sunday Chamber 3 May 26, 7:30 PM, Knox United Baroque 3 Stephanie Unverricht

SSO 17/18 Season Brochure  

Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra's 87th season brochure.

SSO 17/18 Season Brochure  

Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra's 87th season brochure.