Reimagine the Possibilities – 90th Season Replanned

The SSO is spending this year Reimagining the Possibilities as we adjust our celebratory 90th season to embrace the change.

We have been working closely with Saskatchewan Public Health and have prepared for a newly planned season ahead. We’ll have a smaller orchestra size to accommodate the social distancing safety protocols, a limited capacity for in-person audience, and we’re launching a Digital Concert Stream where our concerts will be available live and on demand.

Safety has been our primary concern, so there are lots of changes ahead to ensure the safety of our musicians and audience. See FAQ below.

Things aren’t going to be “concerts-as-usual” and pulling this all together has been incredibly challenging, but also incredibly exciting – the SSO has a mandate to make music for as many people as we can, and this re-imagined season allows us to present concerts that we can’t wait to share with you.

Since none of us are going on exotic vacations this year, the SSO is bringing you a year of musical adventure.

Stroll the streets of Paris, drink beer at Oktoberfest, tango in Buenos Aires,

spend a night at the Carnival of Venice – its going to be different but

completely memorable!

We’re not announcing our plans for the whole year but rather one or two musical trips at a time, and each concert will have all sorts of online adventures to enjoy (think cooking lessons from an Italian chef, or a wine tasting class!).

We know everyone will have a lot of questions and over the next few weeks we’ll be giving out as much information as possible to make sure everyone feels safe and ready for some musical adventure. From reimagined concerts, new fundraising initiatives, and much more, we’ve got a busy few weeks ahead. Thank you so much for supporting us all through this incredibly unique celebration of 90 years of SSO.

The SSO has made a name for itself as an organization that thinks outside the box, so right from day one we’ve been exploring how we can safely make music again. It’s going to be a challenging year, but one filled with unique opportunities and a chance to make special memories. To reimagine is to re-create – let’s go where the music takes us!
-Mark Turner, Executive Director

 

FAQs

Are you cancelling your season?

No! While we aren’t able to have the season as planned we are being creative and reimagining what our 90th season looks like.

To ensure the safety of everyone involved, for now our reimagined concerts will be 60 minutes without an intermission.


What do you mean by reimagining the season?

We’re embracing the change.
We are finding new ways to bring as many people our concerts while following, and going above and beyond, the current safety guidelines. We have put together a series of concerts that explores incredible music with a smaller cohort of musicians for an in person and online audience.
Our new season plan allows us to have flexibility as the guidelines are updated and we are excited to bring you music we aren’t usually able to perform!


Will I be able to attend concerts in person?

Yes, and no.

Because we are limited to a 150 audience size we’re exploring the potential of repeat performances to accommodate as many as possible.
These in person tickets will be made available to subscribers first.

There may be a limited number of tickets available for purchase but that will vary by concert.


How can I watch the Saskatoon Symphony if you are limiting the in person audience?

We are going digital! Our concerts can now be viewed from wherever you are. There will be a live stream of the concert on the day of and then an option to see the concert whenever and as many times you like with video/symphony on demand available through the SSO Stream.


When will the concerts be?

Your calendars are already marked! We are keeping the same dates as previously announced in March – so even though the programming has changed, the dates haven’t.

We’ll be announcing the full line up of dates very soon!

 

Where will the concerts take place?

We’re just finalizing all the details, so we’ll announce all venue information in the coming weeks.

 

We are going to try something completely different this year – you’ll know the dates well in advance of a concert, but to allow us to create a truly unique travel adventure, you won’t find out where the musical trip is going until about a month ahead of time.

This allows us to grow or shrink in response to the current safety guidelines, and ensure that we’re always adapting and adjusting to keep everyone safe.

We’re going on a musical staycation. While we aren’t able to have any getaways any time soon, we hope you enjoy our exploration of sounds around the globe right here from Saskatoon.

 

How do you plan on addressing the pandemic risks?

We’ve been working very closely with Saskatchewan Public Health and research taking place in our industry. The good news is that orchestras around the globe have been slowly and safely reopening, and we get to use what they’ve learned to build our concerts.

To ensure the musicians are safe we’re putting in brand new protocols, including:

  • a minimum 2M distance between each player, and larger distances for some instruments
  • masks will be worn, excluding when a wind or brass player is using their instrument
  • UV  and 0.3 micron filtration systems placed throughout the orchestra
  • careful and thorough cleaning procedures before, during, and after performances

This means that concerts will feature a chamber orchestra, 15-30 players. The repertoire includes everything from Bach to Tchaikovsky to Debussy and new music!

For the Audience – the precautions that we’ll use include:

  • self-assessment questions ahead of attending an event
  • we ask everyone to wear masks
  • enter through one side of the hall, exit out the other
  • seated socially distant so that everyone is 2M apart from others “outside their bubble”
  • hand sanitation stations throughout the space
  • no intermission – 60 minute concerts – so please plan for no public bathroom use unless its an emergency
  • no food or beverage sales at the venue

Anyone who has in person tickets for a performance will receive an email early in the week ahead of the concert to ensure they are fully informed on the safety requirements we’ll have for our audience.

 

Over the last few months, the staff at the SSO have been heavily involved in the international dialogue about the safe practice of music. We’ll be releasing our full protocols later in August so that everyone has a chance to see the level of detail and effort being made to ensure a safe reopening to rehearsals and concerts.

 

We’re thrilled to be launching a Digital Concert Stream.  With this you’ll be able to watch our concerts live online and enjoy them again with Video On Demand. The concerts are all being filmed in 4K resolution, and we’ve been lucky to work with some of the best, most creative technicians to bring this Digital Concert Stream to life.

Our Digital Concert Stream will allow anyone with internet to watch the SSO through our own website. You can pay-per-view or buy a subscription for the year for just $95. We’re going to be able to reach more people than ever before, and connect to music lovers across our province and beyond!

 

More news about the Digital Concert Stream will be released in August.

 

We have heard from so many of our patrons that they want to help bring some celebration to this unusual 90th anniversary.

This fall we’ll be launching a new fundraising campaign that will help the SSO face the challenge and continue showcasing the important role music plays in all our lives.
We’ll announce the new fundraising campaign in early September 2020.

 

We’ll be in touch with all subscribers over the next few weeks – that’s going to be over 400 calls and emails, so we really appreciate your patience.

All subscriber TCU Place seats will be held – if you’re already a subscriber, we’ll keep your seats so that when we return to having a full audience, you’ll still have your seats.

 

I have already subscribed to the SSO, what happens now?

Thank you so much for supporting the SSO! You will have first right of refusal to in person tickets and full access to our SSO Stream. We will be in touch to discuss the details.

 

I was waiting to renew my subscription, what happens now?

If you were a subscriber for our 89th season and have not yet renewed we will be in touch regarding the updated subscription plan. We hope you will continue to support your orchestra and join us on this incredible journey.

 

I would like to subscribe, what do I do now?

Send us an email (subscriptions@sasksatoonsymphony.org) with your preferred method of contact and we will be in touch!

 

 

 

The staff of the SSO are all still working from home, so re-planning, rebuilding, and reconstructing our season and subscriptions has been no small undertaking – we appreciate everyone’s support and patience! We have the best supporters in the world and we’re so grateful to be able to keep the music coming for you this year.

 

 

 

 

SSO Performances Online

Take a chance to listen to some past performances and new online performance by the SSO and our collaborators!

We’re thrilled to bring you two brand new videos – both collaborations with amazing friends of the SSO to help kick off these summer nights!

Music for Violin and Orchestra, 2nd Movement with Timothy Chooi – premieres June 19th at 7:30pm!

Join us on Saturday, June 20th at 7:30pm to kick off summer with a performance of Vivaldi’s Summer from his Four Seasons with violinist Veronique Matthieu!

It’s spring!  The SSO was joined by Veronique Matthieu for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – take a listen to Spring!

Violinist Veronique Matthieu joined the SSO for a weekend of performances in October 2019.  The concert featured two sets of Four Season concertos, Vivaldi’s iconic set of seasons and Astro Piazzolla’s tango-tinged.  The Sunday afternoon performance at the Dekker Centre in North Battleford was filmed by Bamboo Shoots for SaskTel Max Local On Demand.

More videos from this concert will be added to this page soon!

The SSO’s Principal Bass Richard Carnegie and our Assistant Concertmaster Jacqueline Nutting joined forces to bring us this brilliant Beethoven Duo for our Beethoven Fest!


Anyone longing for travel? Please enjoy some photos from our various trips to London alongside the first movement of Haydn’s London Trio.

Allison married a British chap almost four years ago to the day! They enjoyed exploring the sights of London, never forgetting to stop for a proper cuppa tea!

While sitting under a tree in Hyde Park, Tom proposed to Erin. The first thing they did as an engaged couple was find a red telephone booth to call their family in Canada. Afterwards, they had the best Curry in the Baywater district of London. They both hate tea but love a good pint.

Stephanie enjoyed a fun family holiday shortly after graduating from high school. She was just old enough to have her first beer in a London pub with her dad and uncle. 2 sips was enough, they finished the pint.


Cellist John Payzant shares a beautiful work by Boismortier

Principal Oboes abound!
The SSO’s Principal Oboe Erin Brophey joins the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Oboe Tamsin Johnston for a little Mozart!

Principals Allison Miller, Erin Brophey, and Stephanie Unverricht (also known as Chicks with Sticks) clearly ain’t misbehaving during the social distancing!

The SSO’s Principal Bass Richard Carnegie shares a solo bass piece by Milton Barnes!

Our Principal Percussionist Fraser Krips brings us a chance to hear him collaborating with himself!

More collaborations on their way soon!

 

Orchestra 101

Whether you’ve always loved classical music or you’re just beginning your journey exploring orchestral music, we wanted to give you a chance to learn more about orchestral music.

Making music is so much more than just being able to bring the notes off a page to life.  Have you ever wondered what it takes to pick the right bow? Does a mouthpiece make a difference for a trumpeter? How do you tune a timpani?

Check out our first installment of Orchestra 101 with our Principal Oboe Erin Brophey as she breaks down how to make an oboe reed!

Meet the Musicians in Your Neighbourhood

On top of missing getting to make music for our audiences, we’re also missing each other!  Which was one of the reasons we launched Meet the Musicians in Your Neighbourhood.

Join us on Facebook Live on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm to catch Maestro Eric Paetkau interviewing musicians from the SSO and our musical friends in our community!

To tune in to these feeds join us at our Facebook Video page.

Each of the video interviews are live – while you watch you’re also able to ask a question and join in the chat.

Don’t have Facebook – don’t worry!  Our videos are all public, so you can still watch them even without being on Faecbook.

If you’re missed getting to watch the live interview, you can watch it anytime for the next month at our Facebook Video page

We’ve started by interviewing the members of the SSO’s Chamber Ensemble, and soon we’ll be featuring other players in the orchestra, local musicians and SSO partners and friends.

Check out the past Meet the Musicians interviews with:

flutist Allison Miller,
violinist Oxana Ossiptchouk,
oboist Erin Brophey,
clarinetist Margaret Wilson,
bassoonist Stephanie Unverricht,
trumpet Terry Heckman,
the low brass section,
our percussion section,
bassist Richard Carnegie,
horn Arlene Shiplett,
and concertmaster Michael Swan.

Throughout the month of June the SSO is featuring the vocal soloists who are lined up to perform with the SSO in the upcoming season, including:

soprano Emma Johnson,

soprano Andrea Lett,

mezzo Lisa Hornung,

tenor Spencer McKnight,

and bass Brenden Friesen,

 

Friends of the SSO

Musicians around the world are still making music, and collaborating in unique new ways during social distancing.  So we wanted to bring you a list of quarantine performances from some of the SSO’s friends – watching these videos is a good reminder of how incredibly lucky we are to have shared the stage with all these awesome people!

We’ll keep updating these performances regularly so check back for more!

Saskatoon’s own Ryan Davis brings us a performance of his new work Wildfire – and we absolutely love it!

The UofS Jazz Ensemble brings us a little sunshine to cheer you up on rainy days!

The Greystone singers, like us, lost the end of their season – but they worked together to create this great video!

 

Eileen Laverty has left our audiences speechless on a number of occasions…its not just her stunning voice, its also her ability to touch our hearts with her musicianship.  She recorded this performance during social isolation, and its perfect.

 

Our friend Thomas Yu has been using his social distancing time to reconnect with the piano on some brand new arrangements he’s putting together…is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

 

Our friend Timothy Chooi has been very busy making music from home during social distancing! Take a listen to a concert he did from his living room for the Violin Channel.

 

Tenor Spencer McKnight is an audience favourite at our performances of Handel’s Messiah.  He teamed up with the SSO’s Mark Turner to make some music during social distancing…Mark recorded the piano part in his living room in Saskatoon and sent it on to Spencer so he could record his part in his living room in Outlook!

 

Accent…oh Accent! Our first concert effected due to the pandemic was our show with Accent, so we miss them the most.  They’ve been making some fun quarantine collaborations reminding us how much music can mean!

 

As the weeks of distancing go on, we were thrilled to see Thomas Yu share this beautiful performance!

Keep checking in as we’ll be posting more videos from friends!

Curated Playlists to Explore

The science behind listening to music is fascinating.

Right now as we’re all staying at home, listening to music is a pass time that is well worth digging in to.

We decided we’d put together some hand-selected playlists for you to try out. If you’re itching to listen to something but having found the right mix, you’re in luck because we’ve curated each list for your enjoyment!

Bach’s music is invigorating for your brain and your body.  His music detailed and methodical, planned out but ever fresh.  It will put a smile on your face, and help clear your brain.  This is music you can put on and go on with your day…but we highly recommend taking some time to sit and concentrate on his music!


Mozart’s music is utterly timeless – as effervescent and elegant now as the day it was written.  In his short 36 years, he wrote such a wealth of music filled with light and laughter.  Put this one while you’re working away on your laptop at home…it will keep you and your brain moving!


Known for writing some of the most heartbreakingly touching music ever, Brahms’ music is ideal for taking listening to curled up with some tea and breathing deeply.  Melodies that move with ease and tension that finds release, Brahms’ music is good for helping you drop your shoulders.


There is an amazing wealth of music that needs to be heard. The SSO has a passion for new music and for music that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. So we brought you this list – from the amazing George Walker to the stunningly beautiful music of Dobrinka Tabakova, we think you’ll find something to love!

 

Online Beethoven 250 Festival

2020 was the world’s year to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of an icon.  Beethoven celebrations were to play a big part of the end of the season for the SSO.  Since we can’t do our 8 day Beethoven Festival with you in person, we’re taking it online!

The month of May will see the SSO bring you a number of online performances, activities, and learning experiences.

Eric Paetkau hosts discussions about three of Beethoven’s most important symphonies.  He’s joined in these discussions by three of next season’s guest conductors, Janna Sailor, Judith Yan, and Martin MacDonald.

On top of exploring the music in the symphonies, each party will pick their favourite recording of the work and square off on which recording wins the day!

Tuesday, May 5th at 7pm – Eric Paetkau with Martin MacDonald – Symphony 5 – Watch the Video
Their favourites include:
Roger Norrington with the London Classical Players,
David Zinman with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich,
John Eliot Gardiner with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique.
Carlos Kleiber with the Vienna Phil
Listen to Their Playlist

Tuesday, May 12th at 7pm – Eric Paetkau with Janna Sailor – Symphony 7 – Watch the Video
Their favourites include:
Leonard Bernstein conducting the Boston Symphony in his final performance ever
Arturo Toscanini and the New York Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Simon Bolivar Orchestra
Nicolas Harnoncourt leading the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Listen to Their Playlist

Tuesday, May 19th at 7pm – Eric Paetkau with Judith Yan – Symphony 9 – Watch the Video

Wilhelm Furtwangler conducting the Berlin Philharmonic live in 1942
Nicolaus Harnoncourt with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Roger Norrington with the London Classical Players
Riccardo Chailly with the Gewandhaus Leipzig Orchestra
Listen to Their Playlist

These video chats will be posted on the SSO’s YouTube channel and posted on our social media feeds.

The SSO’s Mark Turner turns to Beethoven’s piano sonatas and concertos for a musical journey. Hear the stories and inspirations behind some of the greatest piano music ever written, exploring Beethoven’s musical and situational influences.

Dig in to the differences between approaches from some of the great Beethoven pianists.  After each episode of Classical Now we’ll post the playlist for you to listen at your leisure, letting you hone your tastes and grow your musical library.

Tune in to Classical Now on CFCR 90.5FM or cfcr.ca every Monday night at 7pm, throughout the month of May, and June 1st.

This exploration of Beethoven’s piano sonatas with recordings by Artur Schnabel, Emil Gilels, Svatislav Richter, Glenn Gould, Walter Gieseking and more. 

The recordings of the Beethoven concerti for this series features Jan Lisiecki and Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

The SSO’s InTune blog has a wealth of information for anyone wanting to journey into classical music with more detail – and for our online Beethoven 250 Fest we wanted to put together some of the best blogs we’ve had about the composer’s music!

Explore Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas

Learn about Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony  and Even More about Beethoven 6

Beethoven’s rarely played Serenade

Beethoven’s stunning Septet

Eroica – the 3rd Symphony

Beethoven’s reference to Romeo and Juliet

His Triple Threat – the Triple Concerto

More than a Funeral March – 7th Symphony

An Ode to Joy – the 9th

Breaking Down Symphony 9

Maybe you’re curious about what Beethoven you should listen to, or maybe you just want to soak in some great music, we’re bringing you a special feature throughout the month of May.

In addition to our Maestro Eric Paetkau going Head-to-Head over favourite Beethoven symphonic recordings with some of our planned guest conductors of the upcoming season, we have pulled together some of our favourite Beethoven to share with you!

As a part of our Online Beethoven Festival, we hope this brings you closer to not only the timeless art of Beethoven’s music, but also to your SSO community. Take note that Beethoven’s Third Symphony was chosen more than once…but a different recording each time!

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 5

with Emanuel Ax, and André Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra

Natal Laycock – Director of Administration

“The music tells such an interesting story over the 3 movements, and I think Manny captures the story so well.”

Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, “Erioca”

with Alondra de la Parra and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich

Richard Carnegie – Principal Bass

“There are so many great recordings of this symphony, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard a such perfectly balance in the first movement. This performance somehow reconciles the long singing line of the opening motive with the excited nervous energy of the the repeated notes and running passages. Beethoven’s writing always made those two elements work together, but this performance, for me, achieves the seeming contradiction of putting the audience into a state of blissful relaxation and edge of your seat excitement at the same time!”

Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, “Erioca”

with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra

Terry Heckman – Principal Trumpet

“Perfection!

Each movement, and the whole symphony. And this recording has the perfect pace and style and tempos, to my mind. I spent a lot of time with it, in a ‘candles and quiet’ phase of my life, in my little basement suite in Calgary while at school there.”

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier”

with Anton Kuerti

Michael Swan – Concertmaster

“I saw Anton Kuerti perform this sonata live at 3rd Avenue United Church. In the few years following, he appeared twice as soloist with the SSO, first with the Schumann Concerto, and then the Brahms Concerto No. 2. I find his interpretations of the great German classics to be really stunning. A few days after his performance of the Brahms with the SSO, our core musicians were privileged to perform the Beethoven Quintet for Piano and Winds and the Schubert “Trout” Quintet with Mr. Kuerti.”

Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, “Erioca”

with Gunther Herbig and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Erin Brophey – Principal Oboe

“The Eroica symphony is the piece in Beethoven’s répertorie where he pivots from being a classical composer to a romantic composer. In fact, it is with this seminal piece that the romantic era was born.

I’m a bit of disturber of excrement and I love music that challenges and changes pre-conceived notions. I’m so inspired that Beethoven produced art that meant something to him and didn’t care about the “rules” of the Classical era. I’ve heard many beautiful performances and recordings of this amazing piece but the first one that I studied extensively in Music School is still my favourite – TSO; Gunther Herbig, conductor; Dick Dorsey, oboe.

Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 61

with Itzhak Perlman, and Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic

Stephanie Unverricht – Principal Bassoon

“Beethoven didn’t write solo repertoire for the bassoon, but it’s clear how much he loved bassoon based on the solos in his large orchestral works. There are so many beautiful solos in his symphonies, but I especially love the solos in the violin and piano concerti. His violin concerto begins with a simple but gorgeous woodwind chorale, followed by some simple scales. There’s a reason why we practice our scales! There are other bassoon solos sprinkled throughout. The middle of the 2nd movement has a beautiful bassoon line while the violin soloist dances on top. Connecting with the soloist on stage in this manner is such a joy.”

Serenade for Flute and Piano in D Major, Op. 41

with Emmanuel Pahud and Eric Lesage

Allison Miller – Principal Flute

“I fell in love with this recording while preparing this piece for one of the SSO Sunday chamber concerts this season. This work has been on my “must play” list for years now and I hope to be able to collaborate with my fantastic SSO colleagues and perform it soon! This recording demonstrates the highest level of refinement in modern flute playing and does justice to the delicate artistic writing Beethoven did so well for the flute. I hope you enjoy!”

Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”

Margaret Wilson – Principal Clarinet

“Started listening to it MANY times in high school – always a favourite long before I knew it was a standard requirement for almost all orchestra audition lists for clarinet.”

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op 73, Emperor

Dr Anne Doig – SSO Board President

“Sheer exuberance! Even the more lyrical moments are uplifting. Its common name belies its dancing joyfulness. It’s not regal, in a stuffy way—but definitely King of the keyboard in my books. The first LP of this piece that I owned was Radu Lupu with the Israel Phil under Zubin Mehta. Now I use Jan’s recording as an accompaniment on road trips, or pretty much anything.”

An Die Ferne Geliebte, Op. 98

Mark Turner – Executive Director

“Before the pandemic started, I was in the midst of preparing this cycle for performances this summer. I vividly remember the first time I heard it – Ben Heppner sang it in recital, and from then on I was fascinated by this work. It runs the gamut of emotions and is such an important moment in music history, the first song cycle. It set the stage for all lieder written after it. I love Heppner’s recording, and Peter Schreier’s glorious clean Beethoven singing, but listening to Gerald Moore play this is a lesson in sensitivity and artistry.”

The SSO is teaming up with the fine folks at Brainsport to launch the return of Beat Beethoven. It’s been over a decade since Beat Beethoven was part of the SSO’s annual offerings, and now we’re remounting it as a virtual fun run with goals (and Beethoven’s) to fit everyone!

Click here for details!

We were supposed to have an After Dark event in May…if you’ve never been to one, it’s a concert meets cocktail party, meets pub trivia.  So instead, we’re bringing you After Dark pub trivia on May 23rd.  Beaming right into your home through the magic of Zoom, you can play along, try mixing our Beethoven-inspired cocktail recipes, and enjoy some surprises (maybe even a name that tune round….).

Our Beethoven Edition of pub trivia is hosted like all After Darks by bassist Richard Carnegie with bassoon help from Stephanie Unverricht.

And there’ll definitely be prizes!

It took place Saturday, May 23rd at 8pm.

Don’t worry…it was so popular it might just happen again!

In 2017, the SSO teamed up with renowned artist Denyse Klette on the beginnings of a Composers painting series. In 2019, Klette and the SSO released Beethoven 250 in honour of the global celebrations of the iconic composer.  You can see the original painting at the SSO offices (when we’re open again) – but you can also have this spectacular painting at home to enjoy!

The limited edition print comes in two different sizes, and you can even get an artist touched print just for you!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER ONLINE

Keep an eye out for more products being released online soon!

The concert features SSO friends and amazing homegrown talents Jardena Gertler-Jaffe, Carissa Klopoushak, Godwin Friesen, and Spencer McKnight.

The concert, hosted by the SSO’s Eric Paetkau and Mark Turner, will stream on YouTube and Facebook Saturday, May 2nd at 7:30pm.

Download, print, and colour your own Beethoven. Based off of the art created by Denyse Klette, this colouring page encourages using as many colours and patterns your creativity can come up with! Feel free to share a photo of your artwork by tagging @ssoyxe on social media and using the hashtag #SSOBeethoven250.

Beat Beethoven Virtual Fun Run

WOW! Thank you to everyone who took part in our Virtual Beat Beethoven!

Over the course of the week, we had nearly 200 people participate in this walk/bike/run. We want to send a special thank you to the people who joined us from Columbia, Guatemala, and Scotland!

Although the run is done – you can still give it a go and enjoy getting active to this incredible music. 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, so its a great time to soak in his music any way you can.

 

Beat Beethoven – Don Cochrane

1: Pick your distance/music – playlists below!

2: Set up your running app – like Strava, Runkeeper, MapMyRun, etc

When it comes time for your Beat Beethoven run, press start on your chosen playlist and then press start on your app to keep track of your distance and time. You can keep track of distance or steps, that’s up to you! When you have completed the run/walk/bike stop your app and pause the playlist to see if you Beat Beethoven!

3: After your run share it with us! #SSOBeatBeethoven

Each Beat Beethoven run/walk/bike you do from May 24 – May 30 can be used to enter the draw for a prize pack from Brainsport. Upload a screenshot of your run time and where you stopped on your Beat Beethoven Playlist for your entry. Feel free to send us a Beat Beethoven selfie too!

Upload your photos to enter the draw!
Click here to upload photos

You can also post a picture/story on social media with #SSOBeatBeethoven. We will share them on our social media. 

PLAYLISTS

A true passionate spirit – just like Beethoven! A brisk 5km with one of the most iconic pieces of music ever written.

Run to his epic 5th symphony (about 30 mins):
IDAGIO
SPOTIFY
APPLE MUSIC

You’re looking for the ultimate inspiring run – feel the joy of Beethoven 9! Feel the thrill of getting closer to your goal as the choir comes in with one of the most powerful moments in all of music.

Run to Beethoven’s Choral Symphony (about 60 mins):
IDAGIO
Spotify
Apple Music

Time to explore nature on your bike – take a ride with Beethoven and his Pastoral Symphony! Hear the birds, watch the clouds, and soak in one of Beethoven’s most beautiful pieces of music.

Bike to Beethoven’s Symphony 6 (about 40 mins):
IDAGIO
Spotify
Apple Music

Don’t worry, it’s not all about the distance – take a chance to go for a great walk and explore these great Beethoven playlists!

Playlists to enjoy:
IDAGIO
Spotify
Apple Music

From Bach To Bartok Online Class

From Bach to Bartok – with Music Director Eric Paetkau

Free online class for SSO subscribers – if you’re not a subscriber but would like to give the class a try email us at classes@saskatoonsymphony.org

Take a fascinating journey through some of the greatest symphonic music ever written. From Bach to Beethoven to Brahms to Bartok, we’ll dive into the works of famous composers and look at them from a conductor’s perspective. There will be musical excerpts, juicy stories, and lots of Q&A.  Join me for a fun, fact-filled exploration of classical music’s masterworks and get a behinds-the-scenes look at what makes this music great.

-Eric Paetkau

Classes take place Fridays at 11am – videos of each class will be available to subscribers until June 30th.

Week 1, April 17. Baroque orchestral works – Bach, Handel, and more,
Week 2, April 24. Classical symphonies – Mozart, Haydn, and more,
Week 3, May 1. Beethoven Fest  1 – overview of the Beethoven Symphonies 1-5
Week 4, May 8. Beethoven Fest 2 – overview of the Beethoven Symphonies 6-9
Week 5, May 15. Early romantic symphonies – Mendelssohn, Schumann, and more,
Week 6, May 22. Later romantic symphonies – Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, and more,
Week 7, May 29. Early 20th Century symphonic works – Strauss, Mahler, Sibelius, and more,
Week 8, June 5. Other 20th Century symphonic works – Bartok, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and beyond

The classes take place live on Zoom – its an easy to use online program that lets you join the class.

Classes are reserved for subscribers – to get access to the recorded classes email us at classes@saskatoonsymphony.org

You DO NOT need to have an account with Zoom to join the class – watch the video below to learn more about how to use Zoom for this class.