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A great night out is something special these days. With schedules busier than ever, it’s too easy to not treat ourselves to a night out. For the SSO's 88th season, we set out to define what it means to have a great night out in Saskatoon. Our thrilling programming brings you to the edge of your seat and reminds you of the exceptionally moving experience that is live music. Each Masters Series concert features an SSO guest artist debut. The Pops concerts show your orchestra at its finest playing popular music. Our Baroque Series highlights some of the greatest talents here in Saskatchewan. We're bringing a 1930’s concerto to life, and we’re bringing two worldrenowned artists—with Saskatoon connections—to the stage. We're collaborating, creating, and making music happen across our region. With passionate musicians, incredible music, and unique connections and stories on every program, each concert has been crafted with you in mind. So take your seat and sink in to the musical escape of the sound of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.

Because You Deserve a Great Night OUT The Baroque Concerto

Saturday, October 20 7:30 PM • TCU Place

Saturday, October 6 7:30 PM • Knox United Church

We Will Remember

Ravel Piano Concerto with Gordon Gerard, conductor & Godwin Friesen, piano Saturday, January 26 7:30 PM • TCU Place

Saturday, December 8 7:30 PM • TCU Place

Disney in Concert Saturday, March 9 7:30 PM • TCU Place

May the Fourth

Handel's Messiah Friday, December 14 7:30 PM • Knox United Church

Sing-Along Messiah Saturday, December 15 2 PM • Knox United Church

Great Baroque Choruses Saturday, May 25 7:30 PM • Knox United Church

The Music of Star Wars Saturday, May 4 7:30 PM • TCU Place

Tainted Love

Finding Heinz Moehn with Timothy Chooi, violin Saturday, March 23 7:30 PM • TCU Place

Eroica with Sarah Yunji Moon, flute Saturday, April 27 7:30 PM • TCU Place

Music of WWI Sunday, November 4 2 PM • Convocation Hall

If Music be the Food of Love Sunday, February 3 2 PM • Convocation Hall

Mother's Day Celebration Sunday, May 12 2 PM • Convocation Hall

Bernstein at 100

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with Andréa Tyniac, violin Saturday, February 9 7:30 PM • TCU Place

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with Stéphane Tétreault, cello Saturday, November 10 7:30 PM • TCU Place

Twelve Days of Christmas

BAROQUE

Jeffery Straker

with Tony Yike Yang, piano Saturday, September 22 7:30 PM • TCU Place

POPS

Rachmaninoff Romance

Warren Lee, piano Thursday, August 16 7:30 PM • Convocation Hall

Merry Christmas, Stephen Leacock November 23 & 24

Johannes Moser Recital Saturday, March 17 7:30 PM • Convocation Hall


Share In The Future The SSO has come a long way. In just four years we've become one of the great orchestras in Canada. We strive to support the artistic practice of all classical musicians in Saskatoon, while bringing our audiences unique programming that reflects the community we make music in. This is a golden age for Saskatoon's orchestra and we’re sure you’ve been able to hear our hard work paying off. But, the hard work isn't done just yet. As an organization, we have a lot of work still to do. We want to commission new works for our orchestra. As one of the greatest champions of new music, the SSO should be an active artistic partner in the creation of new works. We want to share our love of music. Through educational initiatives like our Kitocikewin program and a new partnership with Saskatoon Sistema, we need to be active in the musical education of the next generation so that they can share our love of challenging, complex, and rewarding music. We want to keep growing, but we can only keep the SSO moving forward with your support. This year's Share in the Future supports the transformative growth of the SSO. Our goal is to raise $100,000 by May 31st to help us end this season on a strong note and ready to meet the new era of the SSO with a crescendo.

August 2018

BERNSTEIN AT 100 Thursday, August 16 7:30 PM • Convocation Hall Warren Lee, piano

No one left a bigger mark on classical music in the 20th century than the legendary Leonard Bernstein. To mark the 100th anniversary of his birth, we're thrilled to present a recital of world-renowned pianist Warren Lee. Lee's recent recitals and recording of Bernstein's music has garnered him praise from audiences and critics alike. Find out why reviews have said he "has talent to burn"! Featuring the music of Bernstein, Liszt, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

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MASTERS

FORECASTING THE CANADIAN WIND

RACHMANINOFF ROMANCE Saturday, September 22 7:30 PM • TCU Place Eric Paetkau, conductor Tony Yike Yang, piano Yatra - Wijeratne* Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73 - Brahms Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 - Rachmaninoff

September 14 & 15 8 PM • saskatoonsymphony.org Five wind quintets from across Canada have joined forces for a project like nothing ever done before. The result is five new wind quintets that will be premiered by Mistral 5 and the SSO's principal strings. Included is their own commission, Five Bucks a Head, by composer and cellist Cris Derksen.*

MUSIC TALK @ MCNALLY Tuesday, September 18 7 PM • McNally Robinson Booksellers Every Tuesday before a masters concert, join Eric Paetkau and Mark Turner as they dig deeper into the music of the upcoming SSO’s Masters Series. Lively discussion, Q&A, and special guests make for a night of learning and musical enrichment.

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Opening night is cause for celebration as Maestro Eric Paetkau returns for his fourth season on the podium for the SSO. Tony Yike Yang is a rising star, wowing crowds around the world after being the youngest ever laureate at the Chopin Competition. The evening marks his first performance of Rachmaninoff’s romantic 2nd Piano Concerto.

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AFTER PARTY @ THE HUB Saturday, September 22 After the concert • The HUB Join us over at the Holiday Inn for our After Party! Mix and mingle with our guest artists, musicians, and SSO music lovers.

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OCTOBER


Saturday, October 6 7:30 PM • Knox United Church

Composers in the Baroque era started our fascination for the concerto: a soloist takes centre stage to show off their virtuosity and it never fails to impress! Three of the SSO’s finest musicians explore their instrument concerti: Margaret Wilson (clarinet), Carol Marie Cottin (horn), and James Legge (viola).

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BAROQUE

THE BAROQUE CONCERTO

Saturday, October 20 7:30 PM • TCU Place

Join the SSO for an evening of unforgettable songs and stories with Saskatchewan’s own Jeffery Straker. From playing in small-town Saskatchewan to performing across Canada and the world, Straker's a clever lyricist with folk-pop songs, rootsy-storytelling, and a sense of humour. When you add an orchestra, the result is a dynamic and memorable concert experience. AFTER PARTY @ THE HUB

TIME FOR TODDLERS Wednesday, October 24 9:30 AM & 11 AM 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. Visit saskatoonsymphony.org/time-for-toddlers for more info and to register.

Saturday, October 20 After the concert • The HUB

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HONENS RECITAL Friday, October 12 7:30 PM • Convocation Hall The Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers with support from the SSO, present the first recital of the winner of the Honens International Piano Competition. The biggest piano competition in the world takes place in Calgary in September of 2018, so you can follow along with the excitement online and then see the very first recital of the competition winner! Visit saskatoonsymphony.org for tickets starting June 1.

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NOVEMBER


MERRY CHRISTMAS, STEPHEN LEACOCK November 23 & 24 saskatoonsymphony.org

The SSO’s Chamber Players present a concert featuring music that was shaped by the First World War, including works by Gilse, Bridge, and Hindemith.

Chamber opera by Neil Wiesensel A co-production with Saskatoon Opera

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MUSIC OF WWI Sunday, November 4 2 PM • Convocation Hall

Saturday, November 10 7:30 PM • TCU Place Eric Paetkau, conductor Stéphane Tétreault, cello

Known for his gentle satire on small town life, Stephen Leacock wrote the short story "Merry Christmas" as his own cry against the horrors of World War I and the inescapable robbing of innocence that war brings. Leacock is visited by two spirits over the course of one night. These otherworldly visitations will lead to a transformation, including one that empowers the author to use his writing as a tool for peace.

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 - Elgar Flanders Fields Reflections - Burge* Le Tombeau de Couperin - Ravel A Song Before Sunrise - Delius

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the SSO presents an exciting concert featuring gorgeous music influenced by the war: Ravel’s beautiful and joy-filled tribute to fallen friends; John Burge’s Flanders Fields Reflections, and Edward Elgar’s exceptional Cello Concerto featuring the remarkable Stéphane Tétreault. Find out why he has brought audiences around the globe to their feet! *Denotes Canadian composer.

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MUSIC TALK @ MCNALLY Tuesday, November 6 7 PM • McNally Robinson Booksellers

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Book & Music Overstock Sale {November 23-25} 10 AM-6PM Daily • SSO Rehearsal Hall

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AFTER PARTY @ THE HUB Saturday, November 10 After the concert • The HUB

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DECEMBER


POPS POPS

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Saturday, December 8 7:30 PM • TCU Place

A holiday variety show of orchestral proportions! The SSO is joined by an amazing line up of Saskatoon stars including Eileen Laverty, Trevor Wingerter, and Garry Gable for a night that will put you in the holiday spirit. AFTER PARTY @ THE HUB Saturday, December 8 After the concert • The HUB

BAROQUE

HANDEL'S MESSIAH Friday, December 14 7:30 PM • Knox United Church Eric Paetkau, conductor Allison Wamsley, soprano Lisa Hornung, alto Spencer McKnight, tenor Adam Harris, bass Saskatoon Symphony Chorus, Duff Warkentin, conductor

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS A Saskatoon Opera Event Saturday, December 29 7:30 PM • Knox United Church

Some of the most exciting singers in Canada call Saskatoon home. Each December they get together over the holidays to sing their hearts out! Entry by donation at the door.

We couldn't make a year of music without you! December 3

Please help us by making a charitable donation to the SSO by year end. And, watch your mailbox for your letter from Maestro Paetkau. www.saskatoonsymphony.org/donate

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Handel’s timeless music is one of the SSO’s best nights of music all year. Get your tickets early—it always sells out!

SING-ALONG MESSIAH Saturday, December 15 2 PM • Knox United Church

It doesn't matter if you’re a professional or have never sung a note before: our SingAlong Messiah is our favourite concert of the year. There is nothing like a group of people all singing this incredible music to put a smile on your face. Don’t want to sing? That’s totally fine! Come and hear a massive choir treat you to the Hallelujah Chorus!

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RAVEL PIANO CONCERTO Saturday, January 26 7:30 PM • TCU Place Gordon Gerard, conductor Godwin Friesen, piano

PATRONS CLUB Experience the VIP night out 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? Ask about upgrading to get 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.

La Création du Monde, Op. 81a - Milhaud Piano Concerto in G major - Ravel Winter Poems - Buhr* Atayoskewin - Forsyth*

Saskatoon's own Godwin Friesen returns home to perform Ravel’s fun and jazzy Piano Concerto in G. Regina Symphony Orchestra's Music Director Gordon Gerrard leads the SSO in an imaginative program exploring Milhaud's jazz creation of the world and the music of great Canadian composers Glenn Buhr and Malcolm Forsyth. *Denotes Canadian Composer

MUSIC TALK @ MCNALLY Tuesday, January 22 7 PM • McNally Robinson Booksellers

AFTER PARTY @ THE HUB Saturday, January 26 After the concert • The HUB

DID YOU KNOW? The Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players perform concerts at seniors' residences across the city. Whether a collection of great chamber music or a special musical holiday celebration, the SSO is thrilled to bring music to as many music lovers as we can!

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IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE Sunday, February 3 2 PM • Convocation Hall

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The SSO Chamber Players bring you a concert that tips its musical hat to William Shakespeare. Music includes Beethoven's impressions of Juliet's tomb, Royden Tse's Tempest, and Saskatchewan composer Elizabeth Raum's King Lear. Who knows, maybe an actor or two may even be found on the boards...

TAINTED LOVE Saturday, February 9 7:30 PM • TCU Place Eric Paetkau, conductor Andréa Tyniac, violin

SCHOOL TOUR Each year the SSO Chamber Players perform at 30 schools throughout the region thanks to the support of SaskTel. To find out how to bring the SSO to your school visit saskatoonsymphony.org.

Carnival Overture - Berlioz Distant Light - Vasks Selections from Romeo and Juliet - Prokofiev

Romance and tragedy are in the air when the SSO performs Prokofiev's passionate Romeo and Juliet. To open the night, we're joined by the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra with Berlioz. Andréa Tyniac makes her SSO debut performing Vask's heart-stopping concerto Distant Light. Andréa is known for her fearless artistry and we can't wait for her performance of this stunning concerto. MUSIC TALK @ MCNALLY Tuesday, February 5 7 PM • McNally Robinson Booksellers

AFTER PARTY @ THE HUB Saturday, February 9 After the concert • The HUB

TIME FOR TODDLERS Wednesday, February 13 9:30 AM & 11 AM

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MARCH


Sunday, March 17 7:30 PM • Convocation Hall Johannes Moser, cello Till Fellner, piano

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One of the world’s greatest cellists just happens to be the son of Saskatchewan musical royalty. Edith Wiens’ son, Johannes Moser, marks his first performance in the province with a recital.

FINDING HEINZ MOEHN Saturday, March 23 7:30 PM • TCU Place Eric Paetkau, conductor Timothy Chooi, violin Andrea Lett, soprano & Michael Harris, tenor Wake the Grain - Suchan* Violin Concerto - Moehn Requiem - Mozart

Unearthed in Saskatoon, Heinz Moehn’s long lost Violin Concerto gets its first performance in more than 80 years, and at the hands of the incomparable Timothy Chooi, no less! Moehn’s edition of Mozart’s monumental Requiem completes the program. *Denotes Canadian composer.

MUSIC TALK @ MCNALLY Tuesday, March 19 7 PM • McNally Robinson Booksellers AFTER PARTY @ THE HUB Saturday, March 9 & March 23 After the concert • The HUB

DISNEY IN CONCERT A DREAM IS A WISH

POPS

JOHANNES MOSER IN RECITAL

Saturday, March 9 7:30 PM • TCU Place Disney in Concert A Dream is a Wish transports audiences into the musical world of classical and contemporary Disney Animated Feature films to discover that dreams really do come true. Join us as we awaken a little mermaid who longs to be human, a lion cub who struggles to find his place in the circle of life, and two sisters who wish to warm a frozen relationship. The stories of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Aladdin and more, are told through the talents of four Broadway-calibre singers, original Disney film footage and sweeping orchestral scores performed by the SSO and conducted by Eric Paetkau. The magic of Disney storytelling comes to life once again and reminds us anew that anything is possible, "...if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true."

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Eroica

Saturday, April 27 7:30 PM • TCU Place Eric Paetkau, conductor Sarah Yunji Moon, flute Contredances - Beethoven Departures - Hatzis* Eroica - Beethoven

Is Eroica the greatest symphony ever written? Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony is as much a marvel today as when it was written. Our very own Sarah Yunji Moon takes centre stage to perform Christos Hatzis’ concerto Departures.

BOOK & MUSIC SALE {April 25 - May 4} 10 AM - 6 PM Daily The Book & Music Sale is an entirely volunteer run organization that collects donations of books, sheet music, recorded music, video, and more. Each spring they organize a huge 10-day sale. Over the past 31 years, the Book & Music Sale has raised over $1,800,000 for the SSO. Impressive considering most items range around $2! To learn more about sale dates, how to make donations, and any other sale-related inquiries, visit saskatoonsymphony.org.

*Denotes Canadian composer.

April 2019

MUSIC TALK @ MCNALLY Tuesday, April 23 7 PM • McNally Robinson Booksellers

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The Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players are hitting the road with Eileen Laverty this month! Since her incredible concert with the SSO in 2015, we've been counting the days until our next collaboration.

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Visit saskatoonsymphony.org in early 2019 for dates and locations.

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MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU The Music of Star Wars Saturday, May 4 7:30 PM • TCU Place

Join the SSO as we get our Star Wars on. The evening features music from The Last Jedi, Rogue One, Solo, and the original trilogy. Trying to find another way to spend May the 4th would be a wookie mistake. Concert enjoy you will. AFTER PARTY @ THE CANTINA Saturday, May 4 After the concert • The HUB

SSO MUSIC LOVERS TRIP May 8 - 12 • Toronto

Join other music lovers on the annual SSO trip for some very special musical events. This year's trip takes us to Toronto to see Saskatoon's own Danika Loren on stage in the Canadian Opera Company's production of La Bohème in the stunning Four Seasons Centre. The trip includes a performance of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra at the worldrenowned Koerner Hall, and a brunch with a very special guest! Enjoy all that the self-professed "centre of the universe" has to offer!

TIME FOR TODDLERS

BAROQUE CHAMBER

Wednesday, May 1 9:30 AM & 11 AM

May 2019

MOTHER'S DAY CELEBRATION Sunday, May 12 2 PM • Convocation Hall

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Join the SSO Chamber Players as they celebrate Mother’s Day with a program filled with beautiful music for the special day.

GREAT BAROQUE CHORUSES Saturday, May 25 7:30 PM • Knox United Church

The SSO and our Chorus bring you a concert of baroque choral hits including Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Ave Verum Corpus, and more. #TD25BELOW Thanks to TD Bank Group anyone 25 or younger can get a $15 ticket to our shows on the day of a concert. Restrictions apply. Visit saskatoonsymphony.org/td-25-below to find out more about this program.

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June 16th, 19th, 21st and 23rd 2018 @The Remai Arts Centre For tickets call 306.384.7727 www.saskatoonopera.ca


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