Ichmouratov’s Youth Overture

This weekend we’re thrilled to be performing Airat Ichmouratov’s Youth Overture.  The piece is a fantastical explosion of sound and energy, and asks a great deal from the orchestra – we’ve been looking forward to bringing his music to the Saskatoon audience for a few years! The music of Russian-Canadian composer and conductor Airat Ichmouratov,…

Introducing Andréa Tyniec

As Andréa says, “we learn so much about ourselves when we experience a brand new piece of music.”  And we like to think that experiencing a new artist on stage is also a wonderful chance to learn.  Andréa Tyniec makes her SSO debut on February 9th, and ever since the day we planned this concert we’ve been…

Raum’s King Lear

Saskatchewan composer Elizabeth Raum has left her imprint on the classical music landscape of Canada.  We’re always delighted when we get a chance to play her music – and are very excited for the SSO Wind Quintet to be playing Raum’s take on Shakespeare’s King Lear. Elizabeth was commissioned by Regina’s Globe Theatre to write…

A Winter’s Tale from Brian Burman

As part of our week exploring the musical impact of Shakespeare, the SSO Chamber Ensemble is exploring chamber works inspired by the plays of the bard.  And we’re thrilled to be performing Brian Burman’s Winter’s Tale. Brian Burman was grew up in Los Gatos, California, on the edge of what today is known as Silicon…

Juliet’s Tomb and Beethoven’s Quartet

Beethoven never wanted his string quartets to have a programmatic nature, as some other composers had been given their own works.  But years after being published, a story came to light that expressed Beethoven’s love of the work of William Shakespeare. As part of our upcoming If Music Be the Food of Love concert featuring…

Milhaud’s Creation of the World

In the 1920’s, Darius Milhaud was part of an avant-garde group of French composers designated by the music critic Henri Collet as “Les Six.” This association was loose to say the least, and not unified, as The Mighty Five had been in Russia in a single mission. Sometimes they did collaborate with one another, but…

Ravel’s Jazzy Concerto

The works on this concert remind us that it didn’t take long for jazz to become the global music it is today. When jazz emerged around 1915—the word first appeared in a San Francisco sports column to describe a wild curve ball—it referred most often to dance music that was particularly “hot,” definitively southern, and…