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Careless Whisper – the SSO Does the 80s
7:30PM, Saturday, March 11, 2017
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8

($15 – $70)
Melanie Leonard, conductor
Jeans N Classics

Jeans ‘n Classics returns to the SSO with big hair, neon headbands, and parachute pants.  Go back in musical time to a decade where everybody knew your name, Rose bored you with stories of St. Olaf, and a Carebear stare would fix it all!

The SSO cannot wait to get down with the music of Prince, Eurythmics, and the Go-Gos.  Whether you want to “Walk Like an Egyptian” or “wake up before you go-go”, we’ve got it and we want all the yuppies to come get rad.

Set One

Head over Heals
Take On Me
Walk Like an Egyptian
Sweet Dreams
I Feel For You
Raspberry Beret
She Blinded Me with Science
White Wedding

Set Two
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Comin’ Up
Ghost in You
Manic Monday
Let’s Groove
Workin’ Day and Night
Eternal Flame
Love Shack
…and a special encore!

Jeans N Classics

The early ’80s matched and even surpassed the ’60s for new bands, sounds and most of all fabulous songs. New music was everywhere and radio again was king. In this tribute to that era we are thrilled to present the music of Tears For Fears, The Bangles, George Michael, Prince, Heart, Bananarama, The B-52s, Cindy Lauper and many more.

Mélanie Léonard

Known for her youthful vibrancy and dynamic versatility with musical genres and styles, Mélanie Léonard is increasingly sought after as a guest conductor. She served as Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Resident Conductor from 2009 to 2012 and as Associate Conductor for the 2012-2013 season. Starting in the 2016-2017 season, she takes on a new role as Music Director of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.


A Montréal native, Ms. Léonard illustrates her virtuosity on the classical and jazz scenes. 2007 marked her first of several collaborations with the Montréal International Jazz Festival.


Ms. Léonard’s impassioned love of music, her charming stage presence, and her rapport with musicians and audiences are quickly becoming known on the national music scene. She guest conducted with a number of Canadian orchestras including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Symphony Nova Scotia, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and I Musici. Ms. Léonard worked with acclaimed artists, including Herbie Hancock, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Shauna Rolston, Charles Richard-Hamelin and actor John Rhys Davies.


In 2014, she founded the Wild West New MusicEnsemble in Calgary, for which she acts as Music Director and Conductor. From 2014 to 2016, she also served as Artistic Director for the Calgary New Music Festival. In 2016-2017, she is returning to the Kamloops Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia and Thunder Bay Symphony and makes her debut with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her conducting career,  Ms. Léonard joined the team of La Croisée des Chemins on ICI Radio-Canada Première in Calgary as music correspondent for the years 2013-2016.


Ms. Léonard holds a Doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of Montréal, where she studied with Maestri Paolo Bellomia and Jean-François Rivest. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory from the same university, and completed her Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Hartt School of Music (Hartford, CT), where she studied with Maestro Christopher Zimmerman. In 2012 she was honoured with the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestra Conducting by the Canada Council for the Arts.