On Bach’s Time – His Life in Music

Experience the Baroque era in a detailed look at the wondrous music, life and times of J.S. Bach. This course will be illustrated with musical examples and visuals, and musical snippets will be played on the keyboard to describe the content! Questions are encouraged throughout the course. 

Join us as we explore Bach’s eternal world together!

The SSO is proud to present Saskatoon pianist Dr. Sofia Mycyk in this six-week course.

Classes take place Fridays at 11:00am (Saskatchewan time) – each class is 60 minutes.

The first class takes place on April 30th, and will be available on video to those who aren’t able to attend the class live on Zoom.

Click here to Register!


How does it work?

Before the first class, you’ll receive an email that gives you access to the 6 weeks of scheduled Zoom classes.

If you can’t participate in the live Zoom class, you’ll have access to the video of the class on our YouTube channel.

Week 1

Introduction and Early Years
Organ Virtuoso

Week 2

Life in Cothën
Brandenburg Concerti, Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Violin and Cello Suites

Week 3

Life in Leipzig I
The Passions

Week 4

Life in Leipzig II
Solo Concerti, Italian Concerto

Week 5

Keyboard Wizardry
The Goldberg Variations, The Art of Fugue, The Musical Offering

Week 6

The Cantata Journey
Cantatas, Mass in B minor

On the world stage, Dr. Sofia Mycyk has performed as soloist with orchestras in the United States and Canada, and has been featured at the Landowska Harpsichord Society in Chicago, Thursday Musical series in Minneapolis, at the Dekker Centre in North Battleford, the Lyell Gustin Recital Series, and the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival in Saskatoon. Recent performance highlights for Dr. Mycyk include the Lakes Area Music Festival, PianoFest in the Hamptons, LOFTrecital concerts in Minneapolis, and performing Colin McPhee’s Piano Concerto in Ted Mann Concert Hall, as winner of the concerto competition. This January Sofia collaborated with soprano Katya Khartova in a recital entitled “Ukrainian Art Song on a Starlit Night” presented and live-streamed by the Saskatoon Opera.

With the generous support of the Shevchenko Foundation, Worobetz Foundation and Ukrainian Canadian Congress, she released her first album entitled Hutsulian Watercolours in 2018, featuring solo piano music by Ukrainian composers.

In 2015 Sofia was the répétiteur for the Saskatoon Opera’s production of Puccini’s Madame
Butterfly, following the previous year’s engagement as Music Director for the Saskatoon Opera tour of Dean Burry’s The Brother’s Grimm.

Last spring Sofia graduated with a Doctorate in the Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota where she held a Teaching Assistantship in Collaborative Piano. Her teachers have included Dr. Timothy Lovelace, Dr. Michael Kim and Bonnie Nicholson.

Besides playing the piano, Sofia loves the great outdoors, running, reading and staying in touch
with family and friends. She resides in Saskatoon, teaching, performing and collaborating. Her studio encompasses a full range of students from beginner to advanced levels, and includes theory and chamber music instruction.

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!

 

The Music of Joseph Bolonge

Audiences today don’t know enough Joseph Bolonge, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, and we need to change that because he was an important figure in music history who’s music is making a major comeback.

Chevalier de Saint-Georges was a champion fencer, classical composer, virtuoso violinist, and conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris. Born in the French colony of Guadeloupe, he was the son of George Bologne de Saint-Georges, a wealthy married planter, and Anne dite Nanon, his wife’s African slave.

His father took him to France when he was young, and he was educated there, also becoming a champion fencer. During the French Revolution, the younger Saint-Georges served as a colonel of the Légion St.-Georges, the first all-black regiment in Europe. He fought on the side of the Republic. Today the Chevalier de Saint-Georges is best remembered as the first known classical composer who was of African ancestry; he composed numerous string quartets and other instrumental music, and opera.

The Chevalier played a key role in the aristocratic life of Paris in late 1700s, with close ties to the Palace of Versailles. The Chevalier often found himself the guest at the private musicales salons of Marie Antoinette at Versailles…with Chevalier playing his violin sonatas, with the Queen accompanying on the forte-piano.

Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ music was the toast of Paris and Versailles. During the 1780s, Saint-Georges’ star continued to get brighter and brighter. His output during this time was swift – operas, concertos, sonatas – but he also shaped the music that Paris was hearing. We have Saint-Georges’ to thank for the commissioning of Haydn’s Paris Symphonies, which the Chevalier conducted upon their premieres.

https://youtu.be/swDqw3LDyKY

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?

Trumpeter Dean McNeill sheds some light on Tartini’s incredible Concerto for Trumpet

Find out more from our Principal Oboe Erin Brophey as she breaks down how to make an oboe reed!

Isn’t it Romantic – SSO Online Class with Eric

The Romantic era produced some of the biggest orchestral works ever written.

The emotional outpouring and go-big-or-go-home attitude of the composers, combined with the ever growing size of the orchestra, was a recipe for heart-on-sleeve music pushed to its limits. This class explores some of the more famous masterpieces of the time, as well as some tasty music you might never have heard before.

 

 

Click here to view the class!


How does it work?

Before the first class, you’ll receive an email that gives you access to the 6 weeks of scheduled Zoom classes.

If you can’t participate in the live Zoom class, you’ll have access to the video of the class on our YouTube channel

Week 1 – Early Romantic

Things are starting to simmer
Music of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Berlioz, and Mayer

Week 2 – Mid-Romantic

We’re turning up the heat
Music of Brahms, Bruckner, and Bronsart

Week 3 – Late Romantic Part 1

We’re on full boil now
Music of Grieg, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Holmes

Week 4 – Late Romantic Part 2

We’re on full boil now
Music of Tchaikovsky and Dvorak

Week 5 – Post-Romantic Part 1

The lid has blown off
Music of R. Strauss, Debussy, and Coleridge-Taylor

Week 6 – Post-Romantic Part 2

The lid has blown off
Music of Sibelius and Mahler

Live Stream Tips & Tricks

So, you’ve bought your Digital Concert Stream subscription, or your one time Digital Ticket for the SSO live-streamed concert. You are settled in your favourite chair, snacks and drinks in hand and you are ready to enjoy the concert from the comfort of your own home.

But how do you watch the show? Great question! Here are some ways to watch and a few tips and tricks to help maximize your viewing experience.

Before the concert begins you will receive an email with the link to the live stream. You can click the link on any device and start watching as soon as the stream goes live at the concert start time. It will open a new window that will show either an image of the orchestra or an image from the concert you’re about to watch.

There will be a countdown in the bottom left corner of the video and it should automatically begin at the appointed time if you have the window open. If it does not begin at 7:30 push the play button. You can watch on any of your devices that have internet access, even your TV! We have some common ways to get the live stream on your TV below.

This video will be available for 24 hours!  If you aren’t able to watch at the concert start time, happen to miss the first few minutes, or even if you want to watch it again, you can do that for 24 hours.

You can press pause. Unlike real life you can pause a live stream! If you need to take a break for whatever reason you can pause or rewind the live stream when you need to. The system will keep recording and it won’t interrupt your feed if you press play five, or more, minutes later.

Lag happens. If the video is choppy or isn’t lined up with the audio that could be due to your internet connection. We recommend pressing pause to let the stream load a little. If that doesn’t work, sometimes hitting the refresh button is all you need. Don’t worry about missing anything as the live stream automatically converts to a recording and is available for 24 hours from the concert start time.

If you have any issues please contact us! Sometimes email inboxes filter out messages from us so if you know you should have a link coming your way and it hasn’t arrived contact stream(at)saskatoonsymphony.org. We have someone monitoring the email before, during, and after the concert and they will get back to you as quickly as possible so that you can get back to enjoying your at home (or wherever) concert experience.

For Digital Concert Stream subscribers there is a back up link available to you on the Digital Concert Stream Page found under “My Account”. Click here to log in.

How to watch YouTube videos and live streams on your TV!

If you have a smart TV you can:

1. Open the YouTube link from the email on your device and click the save button (next to the share button on the bottom right corner) to add the video to your “watch later” playlist. When you open the YouTube app on your smart TV you will be able to find the video in your playlist and bring it up on your TV Screen. (This does require you to be signed in to your YouTube account on the device and your Smart TV.)
OR
2. Open the internet browser function on your TV and type in the private YouTube link you received in your email.

Some smart TVs will immediately recognize that you are playing a youtube video on your device and ask if you want to watch it on your TV. Every brand is different so often a quick google search will get you the answers you need!

If you have a Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire you can:

1. Open the private YouTube link on your device and cast (or airplay) the video to your TV.

You can also click the link and click “Save” when the YouTube video has opened – then go to YouTube on your TV (through Roku, FireStick, etc), and you’ll find the saved video in your Library on the ride hand side menu.

If you do not have a smart TV or aren’t sure how to add apps to your TV you can:

1. Connect your laptop to the TV screen with an HDMI cable. This will allow you to use your TV as a mirrored screen or second screen. Push play on your laptop to start the video or live stream and it will show up on your TV.

Digital Concert Stream

A completely new way to experience the music. We are incredibly excited to launch our Digital Concert Stream.

What does this mean? It means your orchestra wherever you are. 

Log In to Digital Concert Stream

Live Stream Digital Ticket

Each concert will be live streamed from St John’s Cathedral in downtown Saskatoon. For a $20 Digital Ticket you and your household can watch the concert as it happens from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you have internet access.

This could be you, enjoying the SSO from home!
You can watch all SSO concerts from home

When you purchase your Digital Ticket from the SSO you will receive an email with a direct link that gives you access to the streamed concert. Not able to make it for the start of the concert? The live stream video will convert to a recorded file and it will be available for 24 hours.

A Digital Ticket is $20 and gives you access to one concert for 24 hours.

Click Here to Buy Digital Tickets

Plan on watching 6 or more concerts? Wish you could watch them whenever you want and as many times as you want? A Digital Concert Stream Subscription is for you! 


Digital Concert Stream Subscription

Log In to Digital Concert Stream

For only $95  you can have access to all SSO live streamed concerts for the year. You will also have full access to SSO video on demand. This means you can watch all our concert and bonus content wherever you want, whenever you want, and as many times as you want.

Love our opening night concert and want to see it again? You could watch it every day and its all covered by your $95 subscription!

Have major FOMO because you missed one of the live streams? Have no fear! You can catch all our incredible concerts at a later date and it still only costs you $95.

No FOMO for these lake goers. They have a subscription to the SSO Digital Concert Stream.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Purchase your Digital Concert Stream subscription by clicking here (you can checkout as a guest)
    Purchase your Digital Concert Stream Subscription
  2. You’ll get a confirmation email for your purchase
  3. We will set you up with a unique login based on your email.
  4. Once the Digital Concert Stream is set up you’ll be able to login to watch videos.
  5. Ahead of a live stream, you’ll receive an email with links to watch through the Digital Concert Stream or through a private YouTube link.
  6. Live streamed performances are available for 24 hours – 7 days after all live streamed concerts you’ll be able to watch the concert film of that concert on demand by logging in to the Digital Concert Stream. (there’ll be lots of bonus features and behind the scenes content to enjoy in the concert films!)
  7. Enjoy unprecedented access to the SSO for a year!

You not only get a fantastic discount for all the live streamed concerts by getting the Digital Concert Stream Subscription, but you also get the benefits of video on demand all while supporting your orchestra. How can you go wrong?

Here’s the full live stream lineup:

 

 

See if you can spot our new billboards around Saskatoon! Let us know where you will be watching from by tagging us on social media –  @SSOyxe.

Musical Herstory

For centuries, the writers of musical textbooks (and the programmers of musical institutions) excluded women who composed.

Women have been writing and performing music for as long as men have; so how come we don’t know about very many women composers? In this class we’ll explore the socio-historical reasons behind the absence of women from textbooks while exploring their music and their lives.

With stories such as appealing to the vanity of Louis XIV in order to publish their music, or conducting from a prison cell with a toothbrush, the Herstory of Music shows the bravery and tenacity of women finding ways to create music in a world dominated by men. And the Herstory does not just live in the past – it is being made today by living and breathing women. How much has really changed?

Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre

The SSO is proud to present Saskatoon composer Kendra Harder in this six week course exploring the Herstory you need to know.

Classes take place Thursday’s at 7pm (Saskatchewan time) – each class is 60 minutes.

The first class takes place on September 17th, and will be available on video to those who aren’t able to attend the class live on Zoom.

Click to Register Now


How does it work?

Before the first class, you’ll receive an email that gives you access to the 6 weeks of scheduled Zoom classes.

If you can’t participate in the live Zoom class, you’ll have access to the video of the class on our YouTube channel

Week One – History of Feminist Musicology

Composers in focus – Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre and Marianna Martines

Week Two – The Education and Socialization of Women

Composers in focus – Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann

Week Three – The Suffrage Movement and Difficulties of Being a Female Musician or Musician of Colour in the 20thCentury

Composers in focus – Dame Ethel Smyth and Florence Beatrice Price

Week Four – Living Composers – The Advancement of Music Technology and the Avant-Garde

Composers in focus – Kaija Saariaho and Sofia Gubaidulina

Week Five – Living Composers – Composers in the Neighbourhood

Canadian composers in focus – Alexina Louie and Cris Derksen

Week Six – Living Composers – Music as a Living and Interacting Entity. Plus – what else do composers do besides write music?

Composers in focus – Kaley Lane Eaton and Niloufar Nourbakhsh

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!

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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.

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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!


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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!

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Principals Allison Miller, Erin Brophey, and Stephanie Unverricht (also known as Chicks with Sticks) clearly ain’t misbehaving during the social distancing!
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The SSO’s Principal Bass Richard Carnegie shares a solo bass piece by Milton Barnes!

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

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More collaborations on their way soon!