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!

 

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!

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.