Nutcracker meets Duke Ellington
7:30PM, Saturday, December 2, 2017
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8
($15 – $95)
Eric Paetkau, Music Director
Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, Dean McNeil, conductor

It was so much fun the first time, we’re bringing it back!

The SSO teams up with the SJO to bring a Christmas classic – Tchaikovsky’s beloved seasonal hit the Nutcracker Suite alongside Duke Ellington’s jazz take on it.  A night of holiday cheer, orchestral sounds, and a jazzy good time.

Think Sugar Plum Fairy meets Sugar Rum Cherry

A Christmas Festival – Leroy Anderson

Nutcracker Suite – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Nutcracker Suite – Duke Ellington

And other holiday favourites

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 Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra

The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (SJO) is committed to presenting the highest caliber professional large jazz ensemble music through its programming and through the featuring of local and nationally/internationally celebrated jazz talent. Through these concert activities the SJO delivers top-quality art music to the city of Saskatoon and beyond while professionally developing many of our own established and emerging jazz musicians.

While some SJO concerts are retrospective in nature (e.g. Friends Remembered 2015 SK. tour, Tribute to Duke Ellington, Tribute to Frank Sinatra), others are visionary (e.g. 2014 jazz festival performance of Phil Dwyer’s Changing Seasons (for large jazz orchestra, string orchestra and classical solo violinist Mark Fewer), large ensemble orchestrations of Mike Rud’s Juno award winning CD Notes on Montreal). All concerts feature important current and emerging musicians whose work intersects with the large jazz ensemble idiom specifically.

For many years SJO Artistic Director Dean McNeill directed the Metro Jazz Ensemble of Saskatoon (MJE), which was the precursor and indeed the inspiration for the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra.