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…

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…