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…

Flanders Fields Reflections

As part of our SSO Remembers series, we’re honoured to present a performance of John Burge‘s Flanders Fields Reflections at our November 10th concert.  The concert commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, and John’s piece is a perfect way to capture the emotion of all Canadian’s reflecting on the impact…

SSO Remembers

This November, the SSO marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice, the end of World War One, with a series of concerts that highlight music and stories of the era.  The Great War had a significant impact on music – composers fought in the war, died in the war, lost loved ones, and saw the ravages…

A statement from ED Mark Turner

The first thought I had in the moment was that I wouldn’t be able to play piano the same way again.  My life did not flash before my eyes (no pun intended), and time neither stood still nor flew by. And while stories like this are usually told in a moment-by-moment retelling of the event,…