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Handel’s Concerti Grosso

In 1735 Handel had started to incorporate organ concertos into performances of his oratorios. By showcasing himself as composer-performer, he could provide an attraction to match the Italian castrati of the rival company, the Opera of the Nobility. These concertos formed the basis of the Handel organ concertos Op.4, published by John Walsh in 1738. […]

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Mozart's Coronation

Mozart’s Coronation

Of the sacred works that Mozart composed in Salzburg none is as well known or as popular as the Mass in C K. 317. In 1779 Mozart returned from his disastrous trip to Paris and, partly out of material necessity and also to please his father, he took up a position in the Archbishop’s service […]

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Meet Erin Brophey

When did you join the SSO? September 2010 How did you become interested in music earlier in your life? My mother always cleaned to classical music. I still associate Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with vacuuming and lemon scent.   How did you pick your instrument? I really liked the name. Seriously. I didn’t know what it […]

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Gilliland’s Oboe Concerto

SSO audience’s got their first dose of Allan Gilliland’s amazing work last season when he orchestrated an entire show for us to perform with Eileen Laverty.  Though born in England, Allan calls Edmonton home…and its easy to see where his adopted homeland has seeped into his musical styles. His Oboe Concerto was the perfect fit […]

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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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