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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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Messiah soloists – bass Matthew Pauls

Baritone Matthew Pauls has been praised for his on-stage poise and magnificent singing (Opera Canada). Matthew’s stage credits include, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, the Speaker and 2nd Armoured Man in Die Zauberflöte, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Don Inigo Gomez in L’Heure Espagnole, Benoit in La Bohème, Marullo in Rigoletto, the Mysterious Man in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Frank Maurant in Street […]

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Handel’s Messiah – soloist Lisa Hornung

In Handel’s masterwork, the alto has her work cut out for her – from the speed of the “refining fire” to the endurance of “He was Despised”, the repertoire is varied and vital to the narrative.  The SSO is thrilled to have Lisa Hornung tackle these beautiful Messiah moments. Honoured as one of the University […]

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Our Guest – Garry Gable

It would be impossible to do a performance of How the Grinch Stole Christmas without an exceptional narrator – the story has been read by parents and children for decades, each word burned in to our Christmastime cultural identity.  The icon score that accompanied the beloved cartoon was narrated by the voice of Boris Karloff…which […]

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Handel’s Messiah – soloist Spencer McKnight

Tenor Spencer McKnight returns to the SSO for the third season.    Since his first performance of Handel’s Messiah with the SSO, Spencer has quickly become a crowd favourite for his stratospheric high notes and spectacular ornaments. This season Spencer is the tenor soloist for Bach’s Wachet Auf and Handel’s Messiah, with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.  Spencer will also be […]

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Stravinsky’s Firebird 1919

n 1910, Stravinsky premiered The Firebird ballet with the Ballet Russe, and it became an international success. The new collaboration between Sergei Diaghilev, Stravinsky, and the brilliant dancer Nijinsky brought together what must be considered the most extraordinary minds in ballet history. Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was born in 1882 in Russia, became a French citizen […]

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