Online Beethoven 250 Festival

This week marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday- so to celebrate we’ve got our online Beethoven Fest back for you to enjoy!

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!

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!

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

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

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 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 audio of these radio shows will be made available.

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


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!


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.

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.

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) 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.)
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. 

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Live Stream Digital Ticket

Each concert will be live streamed from St John’s Cathedral in downtown Saskatoon. For a $15 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 $15 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

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



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?
You can find the full calendar of events by clicking here


Where will the concerts take place?

We’ll be hosting our concerts at St John’s Cathedral on Spadina until such time we can return to larger gatherings.  One of Saskatoon’s most iconic buildings, St John’s sits atop the banks of the South Saskatchewan, and has ample space for us to space a slightly smaller orchestra – we’re grateful they’ve welcomed us in to their home!



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 ( 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,