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2016 – 2017 Season Brochure A new perspective.

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MUSIC DIRECTOR ERIC PAETKAU 2

It’s hard to believe it has already been a year. The SSO and I have had a full season to build our relationship, work extremely hard, and perform some extraordinary concerts. Acquainting myself with the individuals that make up the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra has been a rewarding opportunity—personally and musically. It has been a thrill for me to create musical moments of magic with these incredible musicians. My and the organization’s vision of making this great orchestra not only a notable representative of the city of Saskatoon and its vibrant community, but a leading Canadian orchestra, is right on track. As we move forward, our true prairie voice only gets better. Next season features exceptional and internationally renowned soloists, new Canadian works, big orchestral favourites, and the

much beloved Pops series continues. Along with our symphonic programming, we are introducing even more with the addition of a new series of historically informed baroque concerts. Continuing on our journey of exceptional artistic quality, we proudly embrace our unique community, and emphatically proclaim, “this is who we are!” Join us for the 2016–2017 season where you will experience music and performance that will captivate your every emotion—from pure joy to a profundity that shakes the very depths of your soul. The experiences and emotions of next season’s concerts are intended to delight and awe you, our audience. The SSO—fresh, innovative and proudly yours. I look forward to sharing the excitement with you!


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MARK TURNER

across Canada have already taken note of what’s happening in Saskatoon. With our new season, we have set out to change what our orchestra can achieve. We want to bring our audience music they haven’t heard in decades alongside new music they need to hear. We want to create artistic opportunities for all musicians with Saskatchewan roots, and that will always be a priority for us. We are launching two additional series. One will breathe new life into baroque music and and the other, After Dark, will experiment with the definition of a concert. New musical partnerships, new projects, new sounds, new perspectives—these are essential to the SSO and what we can do. Join us for incredible live music this season.

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In my first month at the SSO, a prominent magazine published an article saying that classical music was dead. There are many people who delight in saying that orchestras are old fashioned and headed the way of the dodo. It had somehow become hip to hate on composed music. I had people tell me that the SSO was a lost cause. So, two years ago, we set out to prove all those people wrong. With sold out concerts, more and more subscribers all the time, innovative events and musical experiences, brilliant guest artists, a young audience, and an orchestra that just keeps getting better and better…. I think we’ve made our point. Classical music is not only alive and well in our city, it’s flourishing and making an impact. Eric and I share the vision that our orchestra be a leader artistically and creatively, and we’re proud that people

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Chopin Concerto for Piano № 2

SEASON CALENDAR

Sep 17, 2016t

september

january

Sep 17, 2016

Jan 22, 2017

Sep 25, 2016

Jan 28, 2017

MASTERS I Chopin Concerto for Piano № 2

CHAMBER II Music of Mozart

MASTERS III Mozart Festival

CHAMBER I Influencers of Mozart

october

february Oct 15, 2016

Feb 25, 2017

POPS I On Broadway

Oct 28, 2016

MASTERS IV Sibelius № 5

march

BAROQUE I Bach's Cantata 140

Mar 11, 2017

POPS III Careless Whisper

november

Mar 25, 2017

Nov 19, 2016

MASTERS V Ukrainian Oratorio

MASTERS II Stravinsky’s Firebird

december

Mar 31, 2017

BAROQUE III The Coronation Mass

Dec 3, 2016

POPS II Christmas with the SSO

april

Dec 9, 2016

Apr 22, 2017

Dec 10, 2016

Apr 30, 2017

POPS IV Star Wars

BAROQUE II Messiah (Performance)

CHAMBER III Influenced by Mozart

BAROQUE II Messiah (sing-along)

For complete program listings and information visit www. saskatoonsymphony.org

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may May 13, 2017 MASTERS VI O, Canada!


mas ters MASTERS II Stravinsky’s Firebird

Sep 17, 2016

Nov 19, 2016

MASTERS IV Sibelius № 5

MASTERS V Ukrainian Oratorio

Feb 25, 2017

MASTERS III Mozart Festival Jan 28, 2017

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MASTERS I Chopin Concerto for Piano № 2

MASTERS VI O, Canada! May 13, 2017

Mar 25, 2017

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CHARLES RICHARD-HAMELIN

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17 SEP 2016

chopin concerto nº2 A STANILAND* Voyageur F CHOPIN Concerto for Piano № 2 in F Op 21 Lv BEETHOVEN Symphony № 7 in A Major Op 92 ERIC PAETKAU MUSIC DIRECTOR CHARLES RICHARD-HAMELIN PIANO

An opening night of epic proportions. At the 2015 edition of the International Chopin Competition, Charles Richard-Hamelin became the first Canadian to be named a laureate at the famed competition. Since then, he has skyrocketed to stardom, and now he brings his masterful and award-winning Chopin to the SSO. In our 86th season, we celebrate the work of Canadian composers like Andrew Staniland, whose work Voyageur

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is the perfect fanfare to an exceptional season. Maestro Eric Paetkau will lead the SSO musicians through Beethoven’s seventh symphony, which audiences fell in love with all over again in the movie The King’s Speech. * denotes Canadian composer


THOMAS YU

GODWIN FRIESEN

stravinsky’s firebird

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19 NOV 2016

M RAVEL Mother Goose Suite C SAINT-SAËNS The Carnival of the Animals I STRAVINSKY The Firebird Suite (1919) ERIC PAETKAU MUSIC DIRECTOR GODWIN FRIESEN PIANO THOMAS YU PIANO

Some stories never grow old. Storytelling plays a big role in this concert featuring a homegrown piano duo. Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite features vignettes of childhood fairytales in an orchestration that shows off the French master’s understanding of orchestral colours. In 2015, Saskatoon pianists Godwin Friesen and Thomas Yu each made a very big impression on the national music scene. Thomas returns to the SSO

since being named CBC’s first Piano Hero. Godwin placed first at the National Music Festival finals in 2015 and now studies at the prestigious Glenn Gould School of Music. This two-piano work is a wonderful trip to the zoo. Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite is considered to be a central work of orchestral repertoire. The composer’s 1919 setting of the work will be a musical high point of the season.

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TIMOTHY CHOOI

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28 JAN 2017

mozart festival WA MOZART Overture to The Magic Flute A WEBERN German Dances, After Schubert D820 WA MOZART Concerto for Violin Nº 5 in A Major, K. 219 WA MOZART Symphony № 41 in C Major, K. 551 “Jupiter” ERIC PAETKAU MUSIC DIRECTOR TIMOTHY CHOOI VIOLIN

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Mozart’s music is timeless. The SSO is proud to work with our local musical community to present a week-long celebration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that concludes with this concert. Timothy Chooi has been gaining fame around the world for his brilliant violin technique and beautiful sound. It takes a special violinist to play the concertos of Mozart, and it’s time for Saskatoon to find out why the younger Chooi brother

is called “le miracle.” Mozart’s last symphony stands as one of the greatest works of the repertoire and Eric Paetkau will masterfully take the SSO on a wonderful musical journey to Mozart’s "Jupiter".


JONATHAN CROW

sibelius symphony nº 5

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25 FEB 2017

J MASSENET Valse Très Lent J BRAHMS Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op 77 J SIBELIUS Symphony № 5 in E Flat Major, Op 82 ERIC PAETKAU MUSIC DIRECTOR JONATHAN CROW VIOLIN

Big debuts and grand returns. It has been far too long since Saskatoon audiences have heard Brahms’ violin concerto. When the SSO decided to bring it back to the stage for the first time in over two decades, we wanted to make it a special performance. We knew we had to have Canadian violin superstar Jonathan Crow to bring this Brahms to life. Crow is one of the most highly respected musicians in the country and this performance marks his

first time with Saskatoon’s orchestra. Sibelius’ music captures the freshness and steadfast emotions of the north. His fifth symphony brings you to the shores of Finland and lets you stare directly into the sea. The composer himself said he wanted to create something “more vivid.”

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CARISSA KLOPOUSHAK

masters series

25 MAR 2017

ukrainian oratorio L KUZMENKO* The Golden Harvest M OESTERLE* Unreasonable World P TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony № 2 in C Minor, Op 17 ERIC PAETKAU MUSIC DIRECTOR CARISSA KLOPOUSHAK VIOLIN KATERYNA KHARTOVA SOPRANO JOEL ALLISON BASS-BARITONE U OF S CHORUS & GREYSTONE SINGERS DR. JENNIFER LANG CONDUCTOR

Ukrainian immigration 125th anniversary The SSO is proud to be one of five orchestras perfroming Canadian composer Larysa Kuzmenko's incredible new work that has a deep meaning to the cultural landscape of the prairies. The performance features Saskatoon’s own Kateryna Khartova in her orchestral debut.

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Violinist Carissa Klopoushak grew up playing in the SSO, and we couldn’t be more proud to welcome her back for her SSO solo debut. A violinist known for her fearless playing of expressive new music, Carissa will perform a Canadian concerto work for violin and orchestra. Ukrainian folk music played a central role in many of Tchaikovsky’s great works, none more poignantly than his second symphony. The work shows his clear love for the Ukrainian people and his Ukrainian family roots. * denotes Canadian composer


BRYAN ALLEN

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13 MAY 2017

o, canada! J OLIVER* Raven Steals the Light V HO* The Shaman, Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra J BURGE* Four Seasons of the Canadian Flag ERIC PAETKAU MUSIC DIRECTOR BRYAN ALLEN PERCUSSION

Happy birthday, Canada! The SSO has a passion for Canadian music, but with our nation celebrating its 150th birthday, it was essential to bring three great Canadian works to our stage for the first time. From the time the earth was covered in darkness comes composer John Oliver's work exploring the story of a mischievous raven who tricked an old man and brought light to the world. In 2011, composer Vincent Ho was so inspired by indigenous stories of the

shaman, as well as percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie that he wrote a mystical concerto just for her. For the first time ever, the work will be played by someone other than Glennie: the SSO's very own Bryan Allen, one of the finest percussionists in the country. John Burge’s new Four Seasons showcases the diversity of a nation whose future is as rich as its heritage, strong and free. * denotes Canadian composer

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pops series

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POPS I On Broadway Fireside Singsers

POPS II Christmas with the SSO

POPS III Careless Whisper

Oct 15, 2016

Dec 3, 2016

Mar 11, 2017

POPS IV Star Wars Apr 22, 2017

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ON BROADWAY WITH FIRESIDE SINGERS pops series

15 OCT 2016

on broadway Les Misérables Phantom of the Opera The Sound of Music, and more ERIC PAETKAU MUSIC DIRECTOR MARILYN WHITEHEAD FIRESIDE SINGERS CONDUCTOR & FOUNDER FIRESIDE SINGERS

For more than 40 years, Saskatoon’s Fireside Singers have brought beautiful music to our city; whether at their annual Christmas performances or through their musicals, the group has established themselves as one of Canada’s premier choirs. The collaboration between the SSO and Fireside Singers promises a concert that goes where the lights are bright.

The evening features music from beloved musicals Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Carousel, and many, many more!

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THE GRINCH

pops series

3 DEC 2016

christmas with the sso MUSIC FROM A Charlie Brown Christmas How the Grinch Stole Christmas ERIC PAETKAU MUSIC DIRECTOR

It's just not Christmas in Saskatoon without the SSO, and this year we’re going to Whoville! Dr. Seuss’ beloved Christmas classic comes to life with your symphony orchestra. The music of the classic movie includes Welcome Christmas and You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. Re-live your childhood memories or create new ones with your kids with

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your favourites from the Grinch and Charlie Brown. And it wouldn’t be Christmas at the SSO without Christmas Festival and Sleigh Ride. Join your orchestra and some very special guests for this holiday musical treat.


THE SSO DOES THE ‘80s

careless whisper

pops series

11 MAR 2017

HITS FROM THE ‘80s INCLUDING Prince, the Go-Gos, Eurythmics, George Michael JEANS ‘N CLASSICS MELANIE LEONARD CONDUCTOR

Jeans ‘n Classics returns to the SSO with big hair, neon headbands, and parachute pants. Go back in musical time to a decade where everybody knew your name, Rose bored you with stories of St. Olaf, and a Carebear stare would fix it all! The SSO cannot wait to get down with the music of Prince, Eurythmics, and the Go-Gos. So, "wake me up before you gogo" and "Walk Like an Egyptian:" we've got it and we want all the yuppies to come get

rad. The early '80s matched and even surpassed the '60s for new bands, sounds and most of all fabulous songs. New music was everywhere and radio again was king. In this tribute to that era we are thrilled to present the music of Tears For Fears, The Bangles, George Michael, Prince, Heart, Bananarama, The B-52s, Cindy Lauper and many more.

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STAR WARS MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS pops series

22 APR 2017

music of john williams MUSIC FROM A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back Return of the Jedi, and some surprises ERIC PAETKAU MUSIC DIRECTOR SASKATOON YOUTH ORCHESTRA

At the 40th anniversary of the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, the SSO celebrates the music of one of the most significant musical minds of the 20th and 21st centuries. John Williams is a prolific and one of the most recognizable film composers, including Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Jaws, among many more. The scores for each Star Wars movie showcase not only the pinnacle of movie scoring, but also the creative output of one of the greatest

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orchestral composers in history. The evening features the music from each of the seven Star Wars movies, so come in costume of your favourite series character. Plus, there may be a few other great movie references thrown in for good measure!


FEATURING THE SSO’S CORE MUSICIANS

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SUNDAY CHAMBER I Influencers of Mozart Sep 25, 2016, 2pm

SUNDAY CHAMBER II Music of Mozart Jan 22, 2017, 2pm

SUNDAY CHAMBER III Influenced by Mozart Apr 30, 2017, 2pm

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NEW

BAROQUE SERIES Baroque has never sounded so good in Saskatoon. The SSO Chamber Orchestra made its triumphant return last season and now we're thrilled to bring this effervescent music to our audience

in three great concerts. That incredible baroque sound and incredible guests: don't miss your chance to hear this music as it was meant to be played.

I BACH'S CANTATA 140 7:30PM FRI, OCT 28, 2016

KNOX UNITED CHURCH

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BACH Cantata BWV 140 “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” BACH Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 HANDEL “Let thy hand be strengthened”, Coronation Athem MORLOCK* Solace ERIC PAETKAU MUSIC DIRECTOR JULIA WEDMAN VIOLIN CHELSEA MAHAN SOPRANO SPENCER MCKNIGHT TENOR SASKATOON SYMPHONY CHORUS DUFF WARKENTIN CONDUCTOR

II HANDEL’S MESSIAH SEE NEXT PAGE

III THE CORONATION MASS 7:30PM FRI, MAR 31, 2017

KNOX UNITED CHURCH

GILLILAND* Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Harpsichord CPE BACH Symphony in Eb, Wq 179, H.654 HANDEL Concerto Grosso, Op 6 № 1 MOZART Coronation Mass, in C major K. 317 ERIC PAETKAU MUSIC DIRECTOR ERIN BROPHEY OBOE

I BACH'S CANTATA 140 Julia Wedman grew up playing with the SSO before going on to play and solo with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, one of the greatest baroque orchestras in the world. This concert marks a return home and an SSO solo debut for Julia. Bach’s “Wachet Auf” features some of the best loved music ever written. We are thrilled to bring this music to our audience with the SSO Chorus.

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III CORONATION MASS One of Mozart’s most beautiful choral works will surely be a perfect way to start your spring. Composed in 1779 in Salzburg, the work remains as stunning today as the day it was first performed. Canadian composer Allan Gilliland’s delightful oboe concerto in the baroque-style is one of the most charming works of the entire season. We are proud to feature SSO Principal Oboist, Erin Brophey, for this exquisite Canadian concerto.


HANDEL’S MESSIAH

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KNOX UNITED CHURCH

* At last season’s sell-out performance, many proclaimed that this was the greatest Messiah Saskatoon had ever seen, but we are intending to set the bar even higher this time around. Baroque tempi, bowings, and ornaments: this is how Handel should be heard.

7:30PM

FRI, DEC 9, 2016

2:00PM

SAT, DEC 10, 2016 * sing-along version

ERIC PAETKAU MUSIC DIRECTOR DANIKA LOREN SOPRANO LISA HORNUNG ALTO SPENCER MCKNIGHT TENOR MATTHEW PAULS BASS SASKATOON SYMPHONY CHORUS DUFF WARKENTIN CONDUCTOR

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TIME FOR TODDLERS

et cetera We invite all future music lovers—ages two to four—to move, imagine, listen, and explore classical music. Thanks to the support of Federated Co-operatives Ltd, the SSO is excited to expand our early childhood educational music concerts to four events and with multiple performances of each! This pro-

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gram is designed with young children in mind and for sharing the joy of live music. Performances Oct 5, Nov 30, Mar 8, May 17


AFTER DARK

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The SSO gets experimental after dark. This concert series pushes the boundaries of what a concert could be: surround the musicians, sip on cocktails, mix and mingle, play pub trivia. Most importantly, hear

music you’ve never heard before in a setting unlike any other. But, keep your ears and eyes open: these pop up concerts are short notice and bound to sell out!

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TUE & WED FEB 21 & 22, 2017

LISIECKI ENCORE

et cetera After his triumphant SSO debut, renowned pianist Jan Lisiecki makes a stop in town while on a recital tour of Canada. Solo recital works to include the music of Bach, Schubert, and more.

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"He may be young but Jan Lisiecki plays like a legend." - ClassicFM Tickets on sale August 1st to SSO Subscribers, general public Sept 1st. Convocation Hall—seating is limited.


MIDWINTER MOZART

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The SSO is teaming up with musicians across the city to present its first Midwinter Music Festival. Break free from the chill of January with a week-long celebration of the music of Mozart. The week begins with the Sunday Chamber music of Mo-

zart, and culminates with our third Masters Series featuring acclaimed violinist Timothy Chooi. During the week experience lectures, open rehearsals, concerts, and a very special recital. Watch for all the details this fall!

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Join the club and add some extra panache to your night out at the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. …a glass of wine waiting for you at intermission, delectable finger food, a chance to join guest artists, and other supportive patrons backstage in the Yuel Green Room. If you’re a subscriber who also donates to the orchestra annually, it’s time for you to enjoy the benefits of our new Patrons’ Club. Our goal is to enhance the concert experience—to make your night out at the symphony an even more special event! For your donation of $2600, you’ll receive two seats for all Masters and Pops Series performances and exclusive access to the private Patrons’ Club lounge. Do you attend more than just main stage concerts? Our new “I want it all” package includes two tickets for every series concert of the season.

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