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Free Events with Tania Miller and Guy Few

During our special Homecoming concert week celebrations there are many free events that you can take in. Music Talk at McNally Robinson with Tania Miller Tuesday, January 16th at 7pm-8pm McNally Robinson Join SSO Executive Director Mark Turner in conversation with Tania Miller.  Find out how Tania’s Saskatchewan roots have influenced her career, her thoughts […]

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A Call for Peace – The Armed Man

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, the November 11th end of the Great War.  The SSO will spend time during the year to explore the musical search and endeavour for peace. We begin our dialogue with Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man on February 10th.   In addition to extracts from the Ordinary of […]

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Faure’s Pelleas et Melisande

The score was commissioned in 1898 by Mrs Patrick Campbell for the play’s first production in English, in which she starred with Johnston Forbes-Robertson and John Martin-Harvey. Mrs Campbell had invited Debussy to compose the music, but he was busy working on his operatic version of Maeterlinck’s play, and declined the invitation. Debussy in his […]

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Guy Few – Artist Profile

Versatile and fearless…that’s the perfect way to describe Guy Few’s attitude and performances on stage.  Guy grew up in Saskatoon, and made his orchestral debut with the SSO in the 1980s.   His interpretations have been noted by the international press, “outrageous… simply phenomenal” (Le Devoir, Montreal) and “sheer brilliance” (L.A. Times). He has performed […]

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Tania Miller

Tania Miller – Artist Profile

The SSO is thrilled have Tania Miller return to our podium for this very special Homecoming concert.  She grew up in Foam Lake, did her undergrad at the University of Saskatchewan, and taught band in Outlook before going on to become one of Canada’s most respected musicians.  She has distinguished herself as a dynamic interpreter, […]

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Brahms’ sunny 3rd symphony

Hans Richter, who conducted the premiere of the symphony, proclaimed it to be Brahms’ Eroica. The symphony was well received, more so than his Second Symphony. Although Richard Wagner had died earlier that year, the public feud between Brahms and Wagner had not yet subsided. Wagner enthusiasts tried to interfere with the symphony’s premiere, and […]

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Messiah Matt

Q&A with Matthew Pauls

Matthew Pauls returns for a fourth year to the SSO’s Messiah performances – based now out of Winnipeg, Matt is returning home not only to sing but be part of our big musical family! We took some time to ask him for a few of his thoughts on Handel’s Messiah. How did you discover you […]

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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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Messiah Lisa

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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