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Composer – Emily Doolittle

Canadian-born, Scotland-based composer Emily Doolittle grew up in Halifax Nova Scotia and was educated at Dalhousie University, the Koninklijk Conservatorium in the Hague, Indiana University and Princeton University. From 2008-2015 she was  Assistant/Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Cornish College of the Arts. She now lives in Glasgow, UK, where she is an Athenaeum Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She […]

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Meet Carissa Klopoushak

No stranger to Saskatoon audiences, Carissa Klopoushak grew up playing with Saskatoon’s orchestra and now she returns home to make her long awaited solo debut with the SSO. Carissa Klopoushak has made a name for herself as a curious, creative, and versatile violinist.  A charismatic and engaging performer, Carissa’s playing has been described as the complete […]

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Tchaikovsky's 2nd

Tchaikovsky’s 2nd

Tchaikovsky may not be considered a nationalist composer in the same sense as the group of Russian composers known as “The Five” or “The Mighty Handful.” Nevertheless, he retained a love for Russian folk song and Orthodox chant his entire life. His liturgical music includes a setting of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and […]

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Meet Melanie Leonard

We’ve been waiting two years to have Melanie Leonard come to conduct the SSO….well, we should say, come to conduct our SSO!  Melanie is the Music Director of our friends the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra (also the SSO!), and has been on the podium for many of Canada’s orchestras. Recently, she took time out of her busy […]

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jan 2017

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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