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Greetings from our Executive Director Sometimes a concert is more than just a concert. Tonight we are among the privileged; we get to experience something that no one else on earth tonight will experience. Tanya Tagaq is in a class truly her own.  There is literally no one who does what she does, and that is really magical.  To bring this kind of artistic moment to our audience is really a highlight of the SSO’s history. Tonight is not like a regular night at the symphony. This is not passive music, and we do not want you to experience it passively. This is music that you’re going to have to listen to. It’s going to challenge your expectations of what a concert is and I hope that it begins to set a new trend.   We are very proud to feature the music of Cree composer Andrew Balfour and thrilled to have Barbara Croall and her music on stage with us tonight.  I believe that tonight stands as a testament to Canada coming in to its golden age of classical music. As we approach our 150th birthday as a nation, we are beginning to genuinely develop our own national sound— and if this concert plays only a tiny role in it, then we’ve accomplished a lot. It would be impossible to not recognize that the traditions Europeans brought with them to their new world caused much damage. In days not so long ago, racism and a need for power kept the voices of equality and respect and graciousness and peace silent. In very recent days, our society failed to act, failed to help, failed to understand.     It is our hope that through the arts, through making music boldly, through humility, and through sharing stories and making new ones that we can begin to heal as a people.   Tonight please allow yourself to feel deeply, to hear music with new ears.  And enjoy music-making at its most powerful.

Mark Turner

Executive Director Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra


Saskatoon Symphony Board and Administration HONOURARY PATRONS Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan, and Mrs. Tami Wall His Worship, Mayor Donald J. Atchison and Mrs. Mardelle Atchison Peter Stoicheff, President, University of Saskatchewan

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jacqueline Ackerman Sarah Alford Judy Balon Rob Dobrohoczki Shawn Heinz Robert Hendry

Cindy Kildaw Teresa Knogler Neil Reddekopp Bryn Richards, Chair Sharon Thomas

SSO MANAGEMENT AND STAFF

Terry Heckman, Director of Personnel

Eric Paetkau, Music Director

Lillian Jen-Payzant, Orchestral Librarian

Mark Turner, Executive Director

Bryan Allen , Production Assistant

Angela Kempf, Director of Development

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Natal Laycock, Office Manager Karen Reynaud, Director of Operations

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MUSIC DIRECTOR Eric Paetkau

Podium supported by Mary Marino in memory of Lucia Marino

VIOLIN 1 Michael Swan Concertmaster Chair supported by CEL Electrical Contractors

William Boan Assistant Concertmaster Mary Lou Day Lillian Jen-Payzant Joan Savage Marcel van den Hurk Simon Fanner Maxim Pletnev

VIOLIN 2 Oxana Ossiptchouk Principal Chair supported by Kathryn Warden & Peter Stoicheff Karen Bindle Sophie McBean Arthur Boan (On Leave) Evan Friesen

VIOLA James Legge Principal

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

CELLO Lahni Russell Principal

Chair supported by Sandra Beardsall, Bill Richards, Esther Cherland, David Jobling John Payzant Bernadette Wilson Carman Rabuka Christina Bakanec Scott McKnight

BASS Richard Carnegie Principal

Chair in memory of Wayne Turner David Humphrey David Grosse (On Leave) Stephen Kreuger Zachary Carter

Cole Morrison

FLUTE Randi Nelson Principal

Chair supported by Lilian & Doug Thorpe Brenda Moats (Flute, Piccolo)

OBOE Erin Brophey Principal

Chair supported by Anne & Neil Reddekopp Kevin Junk (Oboe, English Horn)

CLARINET Margaret Wilson Principal Melissa Goodchild

BASSOON Stephanie Unverricht Principal Chair supported by Mary Marino & Chris Kent Marie Sellar (Bassoon, Contrabassoon)


HORN Carol-Marie Cottin Principal

Chair supported by William & Suzanne Dust Arlene Shiplett Dubrena Bradley (On Leave) Anna Millan Mathew James

TRUMPET Terry Heckman Principal Daniel Funk Dean McNeill

TROMBONE Don Schmidt Principal Brian Unverricht

Personnel varies by concert. We gratefully acknowledge the support of additional musicians who perform with the orchestra when larger works are presented.

Violin 1: Sam Milner, Jerry He Violin 2: Kristan Couture, Emily Hooge, Evan Barber, Brandon Johnson

Bass: Emmett Fortosky Flute: Jennifer McAllister English Horn: Carl Hofmeister Bass Clarinet: Alyssa Thompson Bassoon: Kayla McKenzie Trumpet: Frank Harrington Harp: Cecile Denis

Dawn McLean Belyk

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connections with the orchestra. A Named

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individual, group, company, or foundation to by attaching their name to one of the key positions in the orchestra.

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Being recognized as a donor to the SSO

Bryan Allen Principal

through the Named Principal Chair Program is

Chair supported by the Ewing Family in memory of Earl & Mary Ewing

about more than a financial commitment to your orchestra. This program will provide you with

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Gillian Lyons Principal

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The Importance of Jan Anyone can play piano. In fact, when I used to teach piano, I joked with students that an apple can play the piano...drop it on the keys and it makes noise. It takes a lot of hard work and brain power to be able to play the piano proficiently. And reckless dedication and a drive to become so accomplished that someone would hire you to play piano. There are literally hundreds of concert pianists in the world—thousands, in fact—and of those, only a meager handful who achieves some recognition for their playing that they become “famous.”   I met Jan Lisiecki a few years ago in the lobby of a concert hall after a performance he gave of a Chopin concerto. I could hardly speak for the rest of the night. I had witnessed a 14-year-old play with such integrity and passion and refinement that I felt completely overwhelmed. A few months later, I had the privilege of producing his first recital in Saskatoon. What I witnessed was a pianist who had such an incredible amount of fun making music that it showed through to everyone in the room.   I have been fortunate to see Jan perform nearly 20 concertos with orchestras all over North America—and I never know what to expect. To be clear, he is never flashy...he never tries to impress anyone. In fact, he doesn’t care at all if he impresses you or not.   This is what sets Jan apart from the pack of pianists, and why his CDs and concerts outsell nearly every other classical artist in the world. He wants to present performances that would make the composer happy—where every note, every phrase has been given its due care to ensure that the tone, the attack, the release, everything has a purpose within the greater piece.   While watching Jan play in New York a few years ago I was aware, maybe for the first time, what it meant to be an artist. It is a quiet and humble confidence that allows the music to speak for itself. Without flash and fireworks. Just colour and sound.   Beethoven’s incredible 4th piano concerto deserves this level of integrity.  I promise you the evening will be amongst the most captivating and enriching experiences of the whole year. – Mark Turner, SSO ED


Erin Brophey Erin Brophey is the SSO’s principal oboe – on top of her playing she is also instrumental as curator of the PAVED Arts Core Series. When did you join the SSO? September 2010 How did you become interested in music earlier in your life? My mother always cleaned to classical music. I still associate Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with vacuuming and lemon scent. How did you pick your instrument? I really liked the name. Seriously. I didn’t know what it looked or sounded like until it arrived in the mail.  When and how did you learn to play your instrument? Do you have your own way of learning/practicing? I learned from the great oboe master, Jim Mason (former SSO principal oboe) primarily in music school. I have to make reeds for my instrument to make sound. I spend most of my time reedmaking.  What piece of music do you love so much you could play again and again? Anything by Brahms. 

What’s the best advice you ever received in your career? Always be prepared and make more reeds than you think you need. If you could work with one musician/ composer/conductor, living or dead, who would it be and why? Poulenc. Based on the music he wrote, I believe he must have had a terrific sense of humour. I betcha I’d enjoy dinner with him. Do you get nervous before performances? If so, how do you calm your nerves? I get excited more than nervous. I meditate to focus. What’s the best thing about being a musician? The music. Always the music. I love being surrounded by it. What is your hope for the future of classical music in Saskatoon? I hope that the classical music continues to serve this community by providing a unique experience of temporal musical beauty that transcends the mundanity of everyday lives. 


Tanya Tagaq Tanya Tagaq’s music isn’t like anything you’ve heard before. Unnerving and exquisite, Tagaq’s unique vocal expression may be rooted in Inuit throat singing but her music has as much to do with electronica, industrial and metal influences as it does with traditional culture. This Inuk punk is known for delivering fearsome, elemental performances that are visceral and physical, heaving and breathing and alive. Her shows draw incredulous response from worldwide audiences, and Tagaq’s tours tend to jump back and forth over the map of the world. From a Mexican EDM festival to Carnegie Hall, her music and performances transcend language. Tagaq makes musical friends and collaborators with an array of like-minded talents: opera singers, avant-garde violin composers, experimental DJs, all cutting edge and challenging. Tanya’s albums make for complex listening, but her string of Juno nominations attests to her ability to make difficult music speak a universal tongue. She’s worked with artists as varied as Björk, Fucked Up, Kronos Quartet, Mike Patton and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Tagaq’s newest CD, Animism, won the Polaris Music Prize in 2014 and a Juno Award in 2015. The album was produced by west coast shape-shifter Jesse Zubot (Dan Mangan, Fond of Tigers) with additional production by Juan Hernandez. The record features live programmer Michael Red (Low Indigo), percussionist Jean Martin and Belgian opera singer Anna Pardo Canedo.


North of the 49th Thunderchild First Nations Song Interlude Morning – Edvard Grieg Manitou Sky – Andrew Balfour Death of Ase – Edvard Grieg Old and Lost Rivers – Tobias Picker Anitra’s Dance – Edvard Grieg Midwewe’igan (Sound of the Drum) – Barbara Croall with Barbara Croall and Rod Nettagog Interval Ingrid’s Lament – Edvard Grieg Homecoming Solveig’s Song Cercle du Nord III – Derek Charke with Tanya Tagaq


Program Notes MIDWEWE’IGAN (SOUND OF THE DRUM) This “sound poem” for symphony orchestra and two Anishinaabeg soloists (Barbara Croall/Waasikogammisinikwe, Giniw dodem, Odawa; Rod Nettagog/ Sin Aankote, Makwa dodem, Ojibwe) evokes the Anishinaabeg tradition of “call and response” drumming, singing and message calling across the lakes of Manidoo Mnissing (Manitoulin Island). Maang (Loon) announces the beginning of dusk as the setting sun touches the water and begins to sink down into the depths. As the evening sky grows darker, two singers call and sing to one another back and forth with their voices, shakers and drums across the echoing surface of a deep and calm lake, with the breaths and whisperings of winds intermingled with ancestral voices and ethereal sounds of the nibi manidoog (water spirit beings) who protect the waters. The constant presence of gete dewe’igan (ancient great drum), that seems to sound deep from within the water’s depths, also resounds—reminding us of the heartbeat of the earth and medicine that the sound of the drum brings for all of us. Finally, with the blackness of night and stars shining down at their reflections on the smooth water, Maang sings her final mournful song before she herself descends down into the deep water and disappears. All songs sung (including Anishinaabemowin texts) and played on the pipigwan by Barbara Croall are her own original traditional songs. All songs sung and called by Rod Nettagog are his own original traditional songs.

Cercle du Nord III Cercle du Nord III attempts to capture a sonic environment of the Canadian far north. Trips to Inuvik, Northwest Territories provided many of the natural sounds, including: birds, dogs, dog sledding, walking and running in the snow, and wind. As I was trying to capture these sounds I found sounds of modern life infiltrating the pristine environment. Snowmobiles, trucks driving on the ice roads and a pervasive hum of the Inuvik power plant. I added the sound of a synthesizer, shakers and a grunting flute sound. These were recorded in my home studio. For much of the piece the string quartet hockets material between two or more voices, similar to the Katajak games played between two singers. Fiddle music is big in the north. I choose to highlight this by using a quasi fiddle tune passed between all the instruments early on. Grinding sounds produced by circle bowing are incorporated. As the piece progresses a synthesizer is added into the texture bringing a hint of electronica into the soundscape. The soundscape of the North has changed. I wanted to reflect this change. Rather than create an ethereal sonic landscape of the idyllic north I choose to look for something more fitting of our times. Derek Charke


Thunderchild First Nation Drummers and Singers Males Sage Cheenanow Darius Bull Terron Okanee Magic Wapass Teachers: Mr. Everett Okanee Mr. John Noon Mr. Ryan Baptiste

Females Jeana Takakenew Madison Armstrong Lesha Small Boy Destiny Net Maker Wanda Small Child Shakira Wuttunee Hill Nicole Frenchman Jenuwyn Paddy Reece Sun Child Teachers: Mrs. Linda Harris Mrs. Doreen Carrier Ms. Suzy Lister


Saskatoon Youth Orchestra The Saskatoon Youth Orchestra has been offering young musicians the chance to have fun, make friends and improve their playing skills since 1958. Then known as the Saskatoon Junior Symphony, the ensemble came about thanks to funding from the Kiwanis Club and the hard work of passionate local orchestral music lovers with ties to the SSO. Its music directors have included founder Murray Adaskin, Dr. David Kaplan, Dwain Nelson, Jack Johnson, Wayne Toews and George Charpentier. The youth orchestra remains an important source of the city’s classical musicians. Many SYO alumni have gone on to share their talent as professional performers or educators. Many others have become leaders in the community. The SYO serves elementary, high school, and university students from Saskatoon and surrounding communities, and consists of two programs. The Saskatoon Youth Orchestra is a full orchestra for players aged 12 to 25 under the direction of Richard Carnegie. Repertoire consists of professional calibre music in a broad range of styles. The Saskatoon Strings is a string ensemble for players aged 10-18 under the direction of Bernadette Wilson. Both Carnegie and Wilson are members of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, as are the sectional instructors for the SYO program. Our players study privately and audition for membership. The SYO Inc. strives to offer opportunities for our musicians to become involved in educational programs, leadership activities and community engagement.

Orchestral Open House The SYO is inviting young musicians to take part in an Orchestral Open House on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 from 4-7 p.m. Players will get a free lesson with our sectional instructors and then join the full SYO for part of the rehearsal. This is a great chance to see if orchestral music is a good fit. If you know of a musician who might be interested, please ask them to register at info@syo.ca.


SYO Players 2015-2016 Flute Nicole Toews Bonnie Yang Sandi Yang Kyle Myrfield Oboe Ben Black Carl Hofmeister Glenda Lindgren Daniel Zhou Clarinet Brady Anderson Xavier Costermans Maribeth Gauthier Alice Li Bassoon Ian Meadows Zachary Senick Gary Liu French Horn Andy Edwards Andrew Kim Emmanuella Oyenuga Trumpet Nicholas Arsenault Nathaniel Christian Ernest Li Trombone Spencer Krips Morgan Tannis Allen Yang

Tuba Jamie Bell Violin I William Boan Simone Friesen Jerry He Claire Heinrichs Brandon Johnson Veronica Kmiech Hannah Lissel-DeCorby Ava Leschyshyn Erica Pietroniro Hannah Weger Steven Zhang Violin II Walker Barsi Katherine Cole Jeanny J ung Kira Koehler Emma Neufeld Jenna Polischuk Nikoo Soltan Jessie Tang Fanny Wang Bingyi Wu Melanie Pudifin-Laverty Viola Aida Lissel-DeCorby Ryan McMurtry Samara St. Louis Nathan ter Velde Sarah ter Velde

Cello Lyreshia Chanthasiry Amos Friesen Erinna McMurtry Louisa Selby Roscoe Smith Darren ter Velde Jerome Wang Bass Ben De Cecco Nathan Groat Ben Kmiech Leo Laniece Rhett Schroeder Percussion Fraser Krips Anya Pogorelova


Barbara Croall Barbara Croall (Waasikogammisinikwe/’Shining Water Woman’) is Odawa First Nation (Giniw dodem, Manidoo Mnissing) and balances her time composing, performing and teaching music, with work in outdoor education rooted in traditional Anishinaabeg teachings, work with Aboriginal youth and singing in traditional ceremonies. A graduate of the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany (Meisterklassendiplom – Aufbaustudium) and the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Music in Composition), other music composition studies include with: Dr. Samuel Dolin (Glenn Gould School/RCM, Toronto); Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies and Robert Saxton (Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orkney); and Helmut Lachenmann (Centre Acanthes, France). In the fall of 2014 she was the invited guest lecturer for the Lise Waxer Memorial Lecture Series at York University (Toronto), with her lecture topic “Water Keepers Through Song”—about the deep historical and continuing connections between Midewiwin beliefs, Anishinaabeg women’s singing traditions and lifeways, and Anishinaabeg methods of water ecology of the Great Lakes System and its related tributaries. As a cancer survivor, her own holistic recovery drew her attention to the interconnections between First Nations women’s health, community water quality and Anishinaabeg women’s knowledge of plant medicines. The first instruments she learned to play at the age of five were the traditional Anishinaabe wooden flute (pipigwan) and the drum (dewe’igan)—also when she also began composing her own music in the oral tradition. This followed with studies in classical piano with Melissa Vandendool and Irina Kugucheva (Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto), eventually receiving her ARCT in Piano Performance. In addition to performing in piano masterclasses with Boris Lysenko, she has also studied chamber music/instrumental accompaniment/vocal accompaniment with Irina Kugucheva, Mariana Rosenfeld-Milkis, Andras Webber and Leslie Kinton (Royal Conservatory of Music/Glenn Gould School), as well as piano duo performance with Walter Buczynski (Faculty of Music, University of Toronto). Apart from her music for traditional First Nations flutes and voice in the Anishinaabe way, her music for soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestra, film, theatre, dance and interdisciplinary performance has been premiered internationally (Lithuania, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, UK, US, Korea, Mexico, and Bulgaria) and across Canada. In 2002 she was commissioned to compose the incidental and theme music for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 North American Indigenous Games in Winnipeg. From


1998 to 2000 she was Composer-in-Residence with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, working under Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste. She also performs as a soloist (traditional First Nations flutes/voice/other instruments) with orchestras across Canada and the US, and has frequently been a guest composer and performer at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.. In the summer of 2015 she toured Switzerland, Italy and Germany performing recital programs of works for solo pipigwan and solo piano. Recording credits of her music and performances include: CBC Radio One, CBC Radio Two, Bayerische Rundfunk-Bayern 3, Deutsche Radio Swiss (DRS-II), Radio France, Italian National Television, APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Canada), Kennedy Center Live Broadcasts (Washington DC). Awards include: the Glenn Gould Award in Composition (1989), numerous scholarships at the Royal Conservatory of Music/Glenn Gould School (199296) and awards from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (199398), three nominations for the K.M. Hunter Award (2003, 2007, 2012), a Visual and Expressive Arts Program Award (National Museum of the American Indian, 2009), and a Dora Mavor Awards nomination (2012). Barbara is also the founder and director of Women of the Four Directions (WFD), promoting Indigenous women’s artistic and cultural activities. She has also served as an Advisory Board Member of the First Nations Composers’ Initiative (FNCI). For more information about Barbara Croall, visit: www.barbaracroall.ca


Rod (Minaade Sin Aankote/ ”Bluestone Cloud”) Rod (Minaade Sin Aankote/“Bluestone Cloud”) is Ojibwe from Henvey Inlet First Nation and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. He has been singing, dancing and drumming for over two decades. He is regularly invited to powwows, aboriginal cultural events and for in-school presentations with the Bluestone Cloud Drum throughout Ontario, and he has been powwow MC in the French River area. Rod has also been a featured guest artist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, performing along with composer/musician Barbara Croall (Odawa) in her orchestral work Midwewe’igan (Sound of the Drum), as a Lead Singer/Drummer/Actor in her theatre production Gookom’s Purse, and as ‘Bear Man’ in the world première performance of her orchestral theatre work Wezoowaad Anang (Shooting Star) honouring the memory, life and contributions of Shawnee leader, Tecumseh. Rod also portrayed a ‘warrior’ in the documentary film, A Desert Between Us and Them: South Western Ontario During the War of 1812—commemorating the role of First Nations in the War of 1812. Rod has been a cultural facilitator/outreach worker for Niwasa Headstart Program, and cultural support worker for the Nya;weh Program at Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School, Parkview Secondary School and Cathedral High School (Hamilton, Ontario). He continues to share about the culture throughout the community, teaching traditional drumming and singing at hosted events and local schools. Rod sits on the Youth and Elders Committee at the Aboriginal Health Centre in Hamilton (De dwa dehs nye>s), and also sits on powwow organizing committees in the Hamilton area (including “Protecting Mother Earth”) and in his home community in Northern Ontario. Rod teaches drumming from the core traditional values and teachings about the traditional “Grandfather Drum” and its role for the community: what the drum held in the past for our ancestors; what it holds today for our youth, families and wellness; and what the drum carries toward the future for First Nations and Aboriginal peoples. Rod and his drum group, Bluestone Cloud, can be heard regularly on the powwow circuit throughout Ontario.


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Robert & Vina Edwards Donovan & Beverly Einarson Brenda Einarson Esther Beryl English Paul Enns Barbara & Jake Ens Susan Ens Funk Darrel Epp Elisabeth (Elsie) Epp Elsie Epp Helen Epp Ken Epp Bonnie Ewing William G. Ewing Mark Fachada Nick & Bernadette Fanner, RMT Simon Fanner Joan Feather Jacqueline Ferraton Allan & Helen Few Wayne Fitzmaurice Randy Fleming Joan Flood Carmen Foley Larry Fowke Kenneth & Erika Fox Berry & Giselle Frank Chris Frank Gayvin Franson Vivian & Don Fraser Meta Freitag Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Jonathan & Ruth Friesen Louella Friesen, RMT Mary Friesen, RMT Robert Friesen Joe & Cathy Fry Karen Fullerton Pat Funk Daniel Funk Garry & Kathleen Gable, RMT Bruce Garman Earl & Rosa Gebhardt Lynn Gee Don & Norma Gendzwill Graham George Wayne Gibson Ian & Patsy Gilchrist

Lynne Gillies Maura Gillis-Cipywnyk Doug Gilmour Henrietta Goplen & Ned Powers Fran Gordon Don Gorsalitz/DCG Philanthropic Services Vicki Gossen Annalisa Govenlock Carla Gradin Kathy Grant Howard & Jean Green Eileen W. Greschuk Bob Greschuk Katharine & Alexander Grier Don & Heather Griffith Deanna Gruending Andrea Grzesina Aline Guillas & Jack Stuart Glen Gunther & Genevieve Salamon Doreen Haaland Maureen Haddock Andrea Hala Joan Halmo & Michael Pomedli Ted & Marie Hammer John & Alice Hanlin Gary Hanson Peter Hardman Greg Hardy Jean & John Harrington Michael Harris, RMT Ginnie & John Hartley Brian & Loretta Hartsook Bob & Ollie Hasselback Deborah Hay Del & Michael Hayden Susan Healey Dorothea Heckman Saache Heinrich Violet Heinrich Jaclyn Heinrichs Brian Heinrichs Shawn Heinz Evelyn Henault Lila Henderson Rob & Pam Hendry Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.

Paul Heselwood Donna Heselwood Shannon Hey Jonathan Hey Doreen & Bob Hickie Margaret Hicks Katelyn Hicks Leslie Hicks Janet Hill & David Palmer Jack Hillson Ross Hinther Meagan Hinther Akira Hirose Jim Hodges Yvonne Hoffart Cindy Hogberg Gail Hogberg Margaret & Dennis Holdt Vicki Holmes Peter Hooge & Diane Enns Hooge Lisa Hornung Alexandra Hoy Martin Hryniuk Basil & Tara Hughton Margaret Hundeby-Hunter Dennis & Rosemary Hunt Hume Family Fund* Michelle Hupaelo Mohammed Hussain Tim Hutchinson & Lorraine Salt Regan & Daniel Ignatow Roxanne Inch Brenda Iwasuik George James Leo Janssens Willis & Marlys Jantz Deborah Janzen Arnold Janzen Richard Janzen Jennifer Janzen-Ball & Julie Graham J&T Income Tax Service Inc. Janice Jaques Zach Jeffries Mary Jenkins Lillian Jen-Payzant & John Payzant Bev Johnson Don Johnson


Gaylene Johnston Lindsay Johnston Phyllis Johnston Kathleen Johnstone Garry & Penny Joynt, RMT Margo Junk Gerald & Bernice Junk Bruce & Beverley Karras Norwood & Lois Kavanagh Gerarda Kaye & John Doane Xiankun Ke Greg Kelly Karla Kennedy Keith & Margery Ketilson Cindy & Kyle Kildaw Kevin Kitchen Anne Klaassen Eileen Klaassen Renata & Allan Klassen John Kleefeld Elizabeth Klein Denyse & Stephen Klette Wendy Klingenberg Alicia Klopoushak Larry Klopoushak Ineke Knight Moira Knight Holly Ann Knott Caitlin Knowles & Shawn Smith Katherine Knox Sanae Ko Eunice Koehler, RMT Donald F. Koob James Kornelson Cornelia Koudsi Katherine Kowal Gregoire Gerry & Dineke Kraay Stephen Kreuger Thor Kristiansen John Krowina Patricia Krutzen Paul & Marlene Kuch Jeffrey Kulyk Valérie Labé George La Borde / Athena Resources Ltd. Irene Lacoursiere Janet Lafond Melody Lafond Carol Lahey-Wiggs

Mimi Lam Ron Lambert Alison Laxdal David & Natal Laycock Gordon & Shirley Laycock Sandra Lazar James & Patricia Leach Leadership Saskatoon Joyce & Karl Lenz Terra Lynn Ley Lin Li Sarah Lightfoot Wagner Troy Linsley Shelly Loeffler Ann Loeppky Mairin Loewen Jim & Adele Longstaff Pat Lorje Kitty Louie Leeanna Louis Dwight Lucas Linda Ma Sharon & William Maber Michelle MacAulay Brenda & Wayne MacDonald Heather Macdonald Eileen MacKenzie Heather Macnab Colleen MacPherson Tyler Mamchur Lucille Mann Margaret Marcoux Gregory Marion Susan Martin Millissa Martin Patricia Martin John Martin Denille Martineau Valerie Martz & John Patterson Mary Matwyuk Diane & Harris May Gerald Mazzei Don McBean James McCartan Sharon & Scott McDonald Ron & Carrie McDonald Victoria McDougall Anne McGilp, RMT Allan McGuire

Lawrence McGuire C. McIntosh Hugh & Sheryl McKee Anne McKenna Joan McLean Dawn McLean Belyk Robert McLellan Barry & Margaret McLennan Rita & John McLeod Dean McNeill Robert M. McPherson Kelly McShane Tyson McShane Brian & Wendy McSheffrey Phav Meekins DeeAnn Mercier Paul Miazga Lorraine & Bob Mickleborough Stuart & Dorothy Middleton Isabelle Mills Carol & Lyle Minogue Nina Mohr Esther Molina Tom Molloy Roger & Sandra Monson Darien Moore & Don Ching Verity Moore-Wright Bonnie Moran Tom & Mona Morgan Jocelyn Morlock Kathy Morrell Joanna Morrow Randy & Paige Mortensen Electric Umbrella Janet Moser Walter Mossman Jacqueline Mowchenko Craig Mracek Marilyn Muir Yvette Mullen Anna & Taras Mycyk Beverley Nagus Ans Nahirney Terry Neefs Willette Neijmeijer Jeremy Nelson Ken & Val Neumann Stephen Nicholson Bonnie Nicholson, RMT Lorene Nickel


Brent Nimalovitch Lars Nissen Sarah Nixon-Jackle James Nolan Jan Norris Earl Nostbakken Mary Ann Nostbakken Hilda & Bruce Noton Noella Nutting Catherine O’Leary Wendy Obrigavitch Patricia Olson Marj Olson Dennis and Melissa Ong Ella Ophir Carol Ormiston & Pat Ormiston Wylma Orosz Colleen Ostoforoff Corinne Oxelgren Eric Paetkau Timothy Paetkau Paul Paetkau Ted Paetkau Paula Paley Martha Pankratz George & Ellen Parchomchuk Greg Paterson Janice Paterson, RMT John Patterson & Valerie Martz Cam Patterson Elation Pauls Patricia Pavey Michael & Louise Paynter Jenn Peak Derek Peak Odette & David Pearce Debbie & Ray Penner Beth Peters Ali Peters Katelyn Peterson Jan Peterson Dhayanthi Pfeifer Fred Phillips Ingrid Pickering Carol Pihach Gilda Pilon Roger Pilon James Plemel

Porsche of Saskatchewan Tannis Pratt Patrick Predy John Prietchuk Leonard & Arlene Proctor Rana Pudifin Karen Bolstad & Donald Purich Sinikka Purmonen Henriette Quessy Carman Rabuka Beryl Radcliffe Vern Ratzlaff Neil Rawlyk Delores & Alan Reed Bryn Rees Tara Reibin Laurel Reich Richard Reich Bob Reid Wilson Reid Steve Reid Frank & Ellen Remai Foundation Jeanne Remenda Anita Retzlaff & Ken Warkington Karen Reynaud, RMT Arlene Reynolds Betty Reynolds* Kathy Rhoden Shannon Richards Joanne Richter & Al Pietroniro Dorothy Riemer Al & Sandra Ritchie Ritornello Chamber Music Festival Michelle Rivers Ruth Robinson Simone Robinson Dawn Rodriguez Scott Rosendahl Sherry Rousell Lloyd Rowson Heather Rowson J. Frank Roy Wendy Roy Stacy Ruest & Shane Wallace Joni Rynsburger-Rathwell SSO Book & Music Sale

Volunteers Ken Sailor John Salamon Joel Salt Paul Sartison Sask New Music & Strata Festival of New Music Saskatoon Composers’ Performance Society Saskatoon Registered Music Teachers Association Saskatoon Youth Music Theatre Saskatoon Youth Orchestra Harvey Sauder Judy Schmid George Schmid Angela & Randy Schmidt Viola Schmidt Bev Schmidt & Murray Morgan Ralph & Marg Schneider Melissa & Rod Schubert Elizabeth Scott Sheila D. Scott Karl M. Seime Marie Sellar John Senior Phillip Settler Susan Shantz Carol Shaw Lana Sheppard Cindy Sherban Arlene Shiplett Robert & Lura Mai Sider Peter & Audrey Siemens Norman Sim Gloria & Clinton Simpkins Roona Sinha Dianne Sjoberg Grant Skomorowski Theresa Skwara* Rosemary Slater Paul Slobodzian Ashley Smith Pat Soiseth Len Soiseth Ruth Solheim Richard Spencer Petra Spletzer Cathy Sproule


Margaret Steckler Tom Steele & Marci Main Stephanie Stefanson-Pexa & Harold Pexa Victoria Stephanson Larry & Uta Stewart Norma Stewart & Wayne Chappell Debra Stewart SAMs Music & Instrument Sales Cassandra Stinn Ken Stirling Fern & Kelly Stockdale Winder Sunrise Publishing Ltd Linda Swab Michael Swan P. Michael & Margaret Swan Thomas Sylwestrowcz Henry Tabel Delphia Takala Daphne Taras Karin Tate BD Investments Ltd. Ranjan Thakre Brenda Thiessen Third Avenue Centre Derek Thompson Wendy Thomson Donna Thomson, RMT Patricia A Thomson Eileen & Lawrence Thoner Lois Tiessen Brent Tiessen

Nicole Tiessen K.W. Toews Kate Toews Charlene Tokar Christina Tong, RMT Heather Torrie Ann Tracey Cynthia Trostler Ian Turnbull Janette Turner Pat & Ken Turner Michael Tyrrell Sonja Ulan William & Kathleen Underwood Stephanie Unverricht Brian Unverricht Ursulines of St. Angela’s Convent Sylvia van den Hurk Jan van den Hurk Michelle van Houwe Gary & Marion Van Impe Nancy Vaxvick Jim & Marilyn Veikle Marjorie & Albert Veroba Nadine Wagner Mark Walkingshaw Natalie Walliser Jeanne Walters Melinda Waltz Rebecca Ward Holly Ward Dawn & Trevor Warren Kathleen Watson

Audrey Watson Lynne Wawryk-Epp Maureen Weber Catherine Weenk Margot Weiner & Don Ewles Noreen Wensley, RMT Erika & Johann Wentzel Pat Gober & Howard Wheater Anne-Marie Wheeler Brendon White Laura Wiebe Victor & Erna Wiebe Katie Wiens Dennis & Marie-Jeanne Will Michael Williams Margaret & Ken Wilson Bernadette & Anthony Wilson Margaret & John Wilson Karen Winmill Marilyn Wipf Gary & Amy Wobeser Cory Wolfe Margaret Woloshyn James Wood Kurt Woytiuk Don Wright William Yang Yip Memorial Fund* Carolyn Yong-Hing Dwight Young Nancy Young Dylan Youngstrom June & Thomas Zurowski

Thank you for all gifts made anonymously. *Gifts made through the Saskatoon Community Foundation List covers January 1 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015

Our donor recognition policy is continuing to evolve, and we appreciate your continued assistance in helping us to ensure that we have your preferred names or anonymity requests for future donor acknowledgements. If you would like to change the way we display your name or your name has been accidentally omitted, please contact Angela Kempf, Director of Development, at development@saskatoonsymphony.org or 306-665-6414


The Rabbit of the Orchestra For three generations now, young people have had their first taste of classical music through a wascally wabbit who set the bar very high. Whether you know it or not, Bugs, Sylvester, Porky, Tweety, Daffy and Elmer Fudd were teaching you what good music was. If the original creators of Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes planned to make people fall in love with music, they may not have been as successful. Instead, they went about using the music of Wagner and Rossini and Liszt as the launch pads of comedy. For many of us, when we read the words “magic helmet” we have a collective experience of hearing the music in our minds and it never fails to spark our imagination and hopefully, the beginnings of a smile. This is the impact one cartoon rabbit had on classical music. And now, for his 75th birthday the SSO is celebrating Bugs Bunny and his crazy friends. Picture it: a giant screen suspended above the stage, and as your favourite characters romp and sing on the screen, your favourite orchestra plays the live soundtrack. When Bugs sings “Welcome to my shop,” the SSO will be right there with him. This marks the high point in Pops concerts—in fact, it might be the perfect pops concert. Amazing music meets pop culture references that we all know and love.   Whether for the kids in your life or the kid in you, you owe yourself a night at the silliest symphony.


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GIFTS FROM INDIVIDUALS: Gifts can be made at any time online, with your subscriptions, or by contacting our office. RECURRING GIFTS: These are ongoing, specific, monthly gift amounts set by a donor made automatically by debit or credit card. These are a dependable source of support that the SSO can count on throughout the year. Make these online or contact our office. IN HONOUR OR MEMORIAL GIFTS: Tribute gifts are a great way to honour the life of a

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Painted Violins Take 13 violins that are past their prime and hand them off to 13 artists who are in their prime – the results are stunning. To celebrate the 85th season of Saskatoon’s orchestra, the SSO launches its Painted Violins. During the last year, the SSO has been working with Canadian artists to create one-of-a-kind works of art, where the medium is a handcrafted violin. The violins, most of which were much too worse for wear, were put in the studios of some incredibly talented artists and we gave them free rein. Maybe you’ve seen Monique Martin’s The Flight of the Bumble Bee, or spotted the spectacular work by Jeff Bluesky Crowe – we are officially launching the violins to the public at our concert on October 17. Each violin will be on display in the lobby on the opening night of our Pops Series. Over the course of this season, we’ll have the violins on display throughout the city. We’re even going to host a few special events for art and music lovers to see them up close and personal. In May we’ll be auctioning the Painted Violins off – which one is playing your tune?


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