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Homecoming
7:30PM, Saturday, January 20, 2018
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8

Tania Miller, conductor
Guy Few, trumpet

A homecoming is always cause for celebration, but when you combine two of Saskatchewan’s greatest classical exports the night is truly special.

Tania Miller returns to conduct the SSO for the first time in more than a decade.  Since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan Music Department, Miller went on to be Canada’s first female Music Director 14 ago when she took over the podium of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.

Trumpeter Guy Few, a Saskatoon audience favourite, brings us a new concerto written by Canadian John Estacio in honour of Canada’s 150th celebrations.

On sale August 1st, 2017

 

Pelleas et Melisande – Gabriel Faure

Trumpet Concerto – John Estacio

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Symphony No. 3 in F Major Op. 90 – Johannes Brahms

 

Tania Miller
In 2016-2017 Tania Miller celebrates her 14th season as Music Director of the Victoria Symphony in a position that she has occupied with distinction and acclaim. She has been a driving force behind new growth, innovation and quality for the Victoria Symphony, and has gained a national reputation as a highly effective advocate and communicator for the arts. As curator, she has distinguished herself in Canada as a visionary leader and innovator.  

On the podium, Maestra Miller projects authority, dynamism and sheer love of the experience of making music. As one critic put it, she delivers “a calm intensity . . . expressive, colorful and full of life . . . her experience and charisma are audible” Others call her performances “technically immaculate, vivid and stirring”.  

Recently celebrating the orchestra’s 75th anniversary in the 2015-2016 season, Tania Miller brought the Victoria Symphony on its first National tour with performances in Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver in concerts that were noted for their boldness, unified spirit and expressive vibrancy. Curating a season which included special guests Yo-Yo Ma, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, and a host of extraordinary artists taking part in special festivals and events, Miller showcased the orchestra and brought them once again to new heights.

Tania Miller has appeared as a guest conductor in Canada, the United States and Europe with such orchestras as the Toronto Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Bern Symphony Orchestra (Switzerland), Oregon Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Vancouver Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony, New West Symphony and Wroclaw Philharmonic (Poland) among others and looks toward to an upcoming debut with the Chicago Symphony.

 Maestra Miller’s early passion was opera; she conducted numerous productions for Michigan Opera Works in Ann Arbor (where she served as Artistic Director) and Opera McGill in Montréal. She obtained her doctoral and master’s degrees in conducting from the University of Michigan.

 Miller received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Royal Roads University in Victoria in recognition of her exemplary work as a leader and for her extraordinary artistic achievements in the community. In addition, she was a recent recipient of the Paul Harris Award from the Rotary Foundation for her community leadership. Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music bestowed her with an Honorary Diploma for her impact on Canadian music in 2015.

Guy Few
Guy Few’s instrumental versatility and fearless interpretations have been noted by the international press, “outrageous… simply phenomenal” (Le Devoir, Montreal) and “sheer brilliance” (L.A. Times). He has performed with many Canadian and US symphonies as trumpet, piano, corno and vocal soloist.

A prolific recording artist, Guy has released CDs on numerous labels including S.N.E., Arsis Classics, CBC Musica Viva, CBC SM5000, Naxos, Hänssler Classics and MSR Classics labels. Recording awards include a JUNO nomination, (CCP/Paetkau/MSR), a Grammy for Penderecki Credo (OBF principal trumpet/Rilling/Hänssler), and Best Classical Orchestral Album from Just Plain Folks Music Awards (guy and nadina/TCO/Kevin Mallon/MSR).

Guy has appeared on CBC-TV, CTV, BRAVO, TV5 and European television broadcasts and is heard regularly on CBC Radio, and NPR.  Guy Few is a Yamaha artist.

In addition to his active career as a soloist, Guy remains a committed and prolific chamber artist in a range of ensembles, including guy and nadina, Few Mara Duo, Bellows and Brass, THREE and Project Aria. He is also a regular guest at acclaimed summer festivals including The Festival of the Sound, Tanglewood, Takefu International Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Sweetwater and Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

Guy is a sessional lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University where he coaches chamber music and teaches trumpet. Guy has been a featured guest speaker for brain injury associations in Canada and the USA. The presentations deal with his two brain surgeries for Cavernous Hemangioma, the resulting memory loss and complications. Guy has been invited to speak on this topic for CBC TV and Radio (Peter Gzowski, Shelagh Rogers, This is my Music), Global TV affiliates, CTV, NPR, as well as symposia such as Bach and the Brain, Surgery Grand Rounds and OMEA. His speech, “Mokuso”, features meditations for pain and stage fright.  He is also featured regularly in the international press.

 

Pelleas et Melisande – Faure – 20 mins
A suite derived from incidental music by Gabriel Fauré for Maurice Maeterlinck‘s play of the same name. He was the first of four leading composers to write music inspired by Maeterlinck’s drama. DebussySchoenberg and Sibelius followed in the first decade of the 20th century.

Fauré’s music was written for the London production of Maeterlinck’s play in 1898. To meet the tight deadline of the production, Fauré reused some earlier music from incomplete works and enlisted the help of his pupil Charles Koechlin, who orchestrated the music. Fauré later constructed a four-movement suite from the original theatre music, orchestrating the concert version himself.

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Trumpet Concerto – Estacio – 22 mins
I. Triton’s Trumpet
II. Ballad
III. Rondo
Commissioned for Canada 150

Symphony 3 – Brahms – 38 mins
A musical motto consisting of three notes, F–A–F, was significant to Brahms. In 1853 his friend Joseph Joachim had taken as his motto “Free, but lonely” (in German Frei aber einsam), and from the notes represented by the first letters of these words, F–A–E, Schumann, Brahms and Dietrich had jointly composed a violin sonata dedicated to Joachim. At the time of the Third Symphony, Brahms was a fifty-year-old bachelor who declared himself to be Frei aber froh, “Free but happy”. His F–A–F motto, and some altered variations of it, can be heard throughout the symphony.[1]

At the beginning of the symphony the motto is the melody of the first three measures, and it is the bass line underlying the main theme in the next three. The motto persists, either boldly or disguised, as the melody or accompaniment throughout the movement. For the third movement – poco allegretto instead of the rapid scherzo standard in 19th-century symphony – Brahms created a unique kind of third movement that is moderate in tempo (poco allegretto) and intensely lyrical in character.[2] The finale is a lyrical, passionate movement, rich in melody that is intensely exploited, altered, and developed. The movement ends with reference to the motto heard in the first movement – one which quotes a motif heard in Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, Rhenish in the first movement just before the second theme enters in the recapitulation – then fades away to a quiet ending.

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