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Is Joy to the World in Messiah?

Have you ever been listening to Handel’s Messiah and thought “wait, is that Joy to the World?”   Well no, you’re not hearing Joy to the World, but you’re not completely wrong. Joy to the World is considered to be the single most published Christmas song/hymn – its been recorded and performed by every choir, […]

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Spencer Messiah

Q&A with tenor Spencer McKnight

Tenor Spencer McKnight has quickly become an SSO audience favourite having made his debut with us in our 2014 Messiah performances.  His effortless coloratura and exceptional diction make him the perfect Messiah tenor. Fresh off performances of his recital program “Songs of the Great War”, a program outlining the music of the composer soldiers of […]

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Q&A with alto Lisa Hornung

Mezzo soprano Lisa Hornung is likely the SSO’s most featured artist – a regular on our stage for 30 seasons!   Aside from her wonderful text-driven oratorio performances, Lisa is a renowned teacher and hosts a vocal school each summer in her hometown, North Battleford.  Summer School for the Solo Voice recently celebrated its 20th […]

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The 5 Top 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 – A Musical Homecoming Saskatchewan has produced some of the finest musicians […]

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FAQs of Sing-Along Messiah

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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Chelsea Messiah

Q&A with soprano Chelsea Mahan

Soprano Chelsea Mahan has been a staple of the SSO’s programming of the last few seasons – she’s regularly featured in oratorio works with the orchestra and has become an audience favorite! She is a home-grown talent, and we’re thrilled to have her back with the SSO again this season! We took some time with […]

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A One-of-a-Kind Nutcracker Night

The SSO is excited to team up with the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra to bring you not one, but two Nutcracker Suites! Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet has proven to be one of the most timeless holiday traditions.  The composer capitalized on his incredible ballet to create one of the most fun and festive pieces in the orchestral […]

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Hatzis’ Thunder Drum

Co-commissioned by the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia with a grant from the Ontario Arts Council, Thunder Drum is a work for small orchestra and audio playback. (The audio playback is delivered from a MIDI keyboard.) Although the music of the outer movements is reminiscent of Western European 19th Century music and […]

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Discovering Vivaldi in the 20th Century

While the name Vivaldi is a household classical name, its easy to forget that until the early 20th century his music had been completely forgotten. By 1926, nearly all of Vivaldi’s work had been lost. So when Turin University musicologist Alberto Gentili was presented with a box of incomplete, unsorted pages from hundreds of Vivaldi’s […]

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SSO’s Picasso Connection

Saskatoon’s art scene is coming of age this week. Opening the Remai Modern is the most highly anticipated arts events of the decade in Saskatoon.  And particularly exciting for Saskatoon to have a chance to finally see its remarkable new Picasso collection on display for the first time. In 1964, the same year that the […]

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