Atayoskewin by Malcom Forsyth

Atayoskewin is one of Forsyth’s most frequently-played compositions, and for a good reason: it is a brilliantly scored, imaginative, highly enjoyable evocation of three aspects of the Albertan northland, music that could only have been written by a Canadian. Forsyth composed his suite Atayoskewin (the Cree word for “sacred legend) in 1984 on commission from Shell Canada to…

Handel’s Messiah – soloist Allison Walmsley

We’re thrilled to have soprano Allison Walmsley returning home to perform with the SSO for our Messiah performances. Allison Walmsley is a Toronto-based soprano acclaimed for her “extensive upper register and resonate bottom” and is known to be a “natural and alluring actress” -Ludwig van Toronto. Hailing from Saskatoon, Sk, Allison completed her Bachelor’s degree…

Handel’s Messiah – soloist Adam Harris

Baritone Adam Harris is making his SSO debut this year in our performances of Handel’s Messiah.  We’re thrilled to have his beautiful voice lending its warm timber to this glorious music. Canadian baritone Adam Harris has been described as an intuitively musical and distinctively dramatic young performer. He has most recently appeared with Calgary Opera,…

Handel’s Messiah – soloist Spencer McKnight

Tenor Spencer McKnight returns to the SSO for the fifth 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. Three time national award winning tenor, Spencer McKnight, began singing at the age of 17. He was encouraged to pursue music…

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…

Top 5 SSO Stocking Stuffers!

Tickets to the SSO make a perfect stocking stuffer, so we made it simple to know what the perfect gift for your loved ones. The remainder of our season is jam-packed with incredible concerts, so this list was hard to widdle down! #5 – Godwin Friesen and Ravel’s Jazzy Concerto The SSO loves when it…

Ravel’s Tribute to Fallen Friends

This exuberant and elegant orchestral suite was arranged from selected movements of the composer’s original piano version. Three movements (“Forlane,” “Minuet,” and “Rigaudon”) from this orchestration of Le tombeau received a dance interpretation from Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht, Jean Borlin, and Rolf de Maré which was premiered on November 8, 1920, at the Champs-Elysées in Paris. The Tomb…

Merry Christmas, Stephen Leacock

Merry Christmas, Stephen Leacock! Humourist Stephen Leacock gave Canadians an identity at the time that the fairly new country needed a voice that bonded it ocean to ocean.  His writings were honest and captured a moment in time. Leacock found himself troubled by the onset of War – he understood that Canada needed to support…