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We need to close the gap

There is something magical about the rare few artists who really make music.  In an era when the classical “superstars” of our day got famous on their ability to impress, nothing feels better than to see an artist of great integrity truly make music. While sitting backstage watching Timothy Chooi play beautifully crafted Mozart, it reminded me […]

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Mozart’s last violin concerto

Mozart composed the majority of his concertos for string instruments from 1773 to 1779, but it is unknown for whom, or for what occasion, he wrote them.[1] Similarly, the dating of these works is unclear. Analysis of the handwriting, papers and watermarks has proved that all five violin concertos were re-dated several times. The year […]

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Introducing Timothy Chooi

Canadian Violinist, Timothy Chooi has been described as “the miracle (Montreal Lapresse)”. Regarded as one of Canada’s most promising and exciting young artist, Timothy Chooi has recently won the Bronze Medal Winner of the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, completed an extensive recital tour with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, performed with Pinchas Zukerman and the […]

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Mozart’s Jupiter

Symphony No. 41 is the last of a set of three that Mozart composed in rapid succession during the summer of 1788. No. 39 was completed on 26 June and the No. 40 on 25 July.[1] Nikolaus Harnoncourt argues that Mozart composed the three symphonies as a unified work, pointing, among other things, to the fact that the Symphony No. 41, […]

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A New Era – SSO and U of S to sign partnership agreement

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Jan. 28th to enhance and extend joint initiatives that benefit the cultural interests of the province of Saskatchewan and beyond. “This partnership will advance the wonderful collaborations between two of the province’s most influential […]

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The first 87 years…SSO and U of S have long history

The First 86 Years… The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra’s partnership with the University of Saskatchewan stems back to the founding of both the orchestra and the Department of Music. 1931 was a pivotal year for music in Saskatoon – that year, the Carnegie Corporation awarded the University a three year grant to establish a school of […]

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The Happiest Birthday of All

Even though the days are finally getting longer, January is still a dark, cold time. Thankfully there is a special day a the end of the month to bring us all hope. That day is January 27th. There are many fantastic figures born on this auspicious day, some notable people include actor Alan Cumming (1965), […]

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Top 5 SSO Gift Ideas

Christmas time is here! Happiness and cheer don’t necessarily go hand in hand with gift buying this season, so we’ve put together our top 5 SSO gift ideas. You can shop from the comfort of your own home, support the SSO, and give the gift of music to your loved ones. Number 5: Brahms’ Violin […]

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Sing-Along Messiah FAQ

Messiah time is almost here! We love putting together and performing Handel’s Messiah each year. If it were possible we would fit every one from Saskatoon’s large choral community on stage with us for one amazing choir. Since there isn’t nearly enough room up front (and scheduling rehearsals would be a nightmare) we have the […]

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Messiah soloists – soprano Danika Loren

Were you at our 85th Anniversary Share in the Future gala last November?  If you were, you’ll remember the soprano that stopped the show with her acrobatic stratospheric performance of a Bellini aria.  We are thrilled to have Danika Loren returning home to sing her very first Messiah. It’s been a year of firsts for […]

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